The USPS provides a critical service to this country, from delivering medication and social security checks to providing safe vote-by-mail options. I have heard from so many of you recently about how important it is that we make sure this essential, constitutional service is properly funded. I’m proud to be a co-sponsor of Senator Katie Muth’s resolution urging Congress to step up and make the financial investments needed to support and preserve the USPS. I’d encourage you to do the same by contacting your US representatives and Senators to let them know how you feel.
In this week’s newsletter, you’ll find information about my upcoming virtual racial equity event, new funding coming into our district, an update about Montco’s COVID testing wait times, and more.
For additional COVID-19 resources, please visit senatorcollett.com/coronavirus. My staff and I are here to help in any way we can. Need assistance? Have a question? Contact my office at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a message at 215-368-1429. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.
Wash your hands, wear your mask, and stay well.
Senator Maria Collett
12th Senatorial District
Racial Equity Solutions Tour Event 8/25
Join me and Senator Anthony Williams for a virtual discussion on how we can continue to take action against systemic racism, reimagine public safety, and improve policing in our local communities and throughout PA. Following a panel discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their thoughts about racial justice, equity, and the need for legislative action.
The event begins at 5pm on Tuesday, August 25.
Register to join the Zoom: senatorcollett.com/equity.
The discussion will also be streamed live at SenatorCollett.com/live and Facebook.com/SenatorCollett.
- Reverend Charles W. Quann – Bethlehem Baptist Church
- Dr. Joy Bostic – Director of African and African American Studies, Case Western Reserve University
- DA Kevin Steele – Montgomery County District Attorney
- Professor John Hollway – Director of the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, University of Pennsylvania
Quicker COVID Testing Results in Montco
Thanks to a new contract between Montgomery County and Mako Medical, residents who seek COVID-19 testing at a county testing site will receive their results within 36 hours. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the company has been averaging a 12-hour turn around. I want to thank the Montgomery County Commissioners for taking decisive action to reduce the time residents are waiting for results. Access to accurate, fast testing is key to reducing the spread of this virus.
Montgomery County residents (or those who work in Montco) who want or need to be tested may register online by visiting www.montcopa.org/COVID-19 and selecting “County Testing” at the top of the page. Phone registration is available by calling 610.970.2937 starting at 8:30 a.m. on the morning of the intended appointment until all slots are filled. Spanish-speaking operators are available.
If you do not live or work in Montgomery County, you can find additional testing locations on my website.
Funding for the 12th District
$3.7 Million to Improve Local Water, Sewer, & Stormwater Systems
In a district that has experienced some of the highest levels of PFAS water contamination in the country, and as climate change brings increasingly frequent flooding and severe weather to our region, it’s crucial to invest in our water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure. I'm excited to announce more than $3.7 million in grant funding to support these projects in our local municipalities!
PA Small Water and Sewer grant recipients:
- Ambler Borough – $355,093
- Borough of Hatboro – $200,000
- Hatfield Borough – $423,106
- Horsham Water and Sewer Authority – $298,000
- Upper Southampton Municipal Authority – $289,000
PA H2O grant recipients:
- Franconia Sewer Authority – $590,584
- Hatfield Borough – $670,227
- North Wales Water Authority – $882,761
$600,000 to Help Schools Support Students with Special Needs
I’m excited to announce that every school district within the 12th senatorial district has been awarded grant funding to provide supports and services for students with special needs. This critical funding acknowledges the additional challenges these students and their families face with modified and virtual teaching.
- Centennial School District – $18,609
- Central Bucks School District – $176,327
- Hatboro-Horsham School District – $62,824
- Lower Moreland School District – $26,372
- North Penn School District – $151,535
- Souderton Area School District – $79,189
- Souderton Charter School Collaborative – $1,000
- Upper Moreland School District – $23,808
- Wissahickon School District – $59,610
Primary Care Loan Repayment Program
Are you a primary care practitioner working or willing to work with underserved populations? You may qualify for the Pennsylvania Primary Care Loan Repayment Program (LRP), which provides grant funding to repay qualifying student debt in exchange for a two-year full-time or half-time commitment to practice in federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). Applications are being accepted now through September 30, 2020.
Physicians and Dentists are eligible for up to $100,000 for a full-time commitment and up to $50,000 for half-time; other practitioners may receive up to $60,000 for full-time and $30,000 for half-time. Learn more about eligibility here, and contact my office if you need assistance!
Deadline: LIHEAP Crisis Recovery Grant Program
Do you need assistance with your energy bills? The last day to apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Recovery Crisis Program is Monday, August 31 (or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first).
You can find more information about eligibility and how to apply on the PA Department of Human Services website.
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Offices of State Senator Maria Collett
All offices are temporarily closed to visitors due to COVID-19.
|North Wales Office
Gwynedd Corporate Center
1180 Welsh Road |
North Wales, PA 19454
1410 W. Street Road
Warminster, PA 18974
183 Capitol Building
Senate Box 203012
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3012