Senator John Yudichak E-Newsletter

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In This Update:

  • PA Small Water and Sewer Grants Awarded in Luzerne and Carbon Counties
  • Lawmakers Review Plans to Reopen Schools Safely
  • Deadline to Apply for LIHEAP Recovery Crisis Grants is August 31
  • Be Aware of COVID-19 Scams
  • Reminder: Important 2020 Election Deadlines

PA Small Water and Sewer Grants Awarded in Luzerne and Carbon Counties

This week I announced that over $1.8 million in grant funding was awarded to projects in the 14th Senatorial District through the PA Small Water and Sewer Program. The PA Small Water and Sewer Program funding helps to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply system, sanitary sewer system, or flood control projects.

14th Senatorial District (Luzerne County projects)

14th Senatorial District (Carbon County project)

Lawmakers Review Plans to Reopen Schools Safely

As schools throughout the state continue to refine plans to meet the educational needs of students this fall, the Senate and House Education committees held a joint hearing this week with Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera and Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine to get an update on efforts to safely reopen schools during COVID-19.

The hearing included discussion of several important topics, including questions about reopening guidance, legal liability issues, local control, mask mandates for students and recommendations on responding to COVID-19 cases.

Earlier this year, lawmakers dedicated $207 million from Pennsylvania’s share of federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) funding to help schools cover increased costs from COVID-19.

Video and testimony from the hearing are available here.

Deadline to Apply for LIHEAP Recovery Crisis Grants is August 31

Pennsylvanians who are struggling to pay utility bills during the COVID-19 pandemic can still apply for assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Recovery Crisis program. The program offers payments directly to utility companies or fuel providers for renters and homeowners who have been severely impacted by the pandemic.

The program is scheduled to end on August 31. Applications are available online or by contacting your local County Assistance Office.

Be Aware of COVID-19 Scams

The Department of Banking and Securities recently raised concerns about new scams related to COVID-19. Some of the scams involve charitable donations, fraudulent health claims, apps, advance loan fees, foreclosure bailouts and other financial fraud targeting Pennsylvania consumers. More information is available to ensure Pennsylvanians do not fall victim to any of these scams.

State residents can ask questions or file complaints about COVID-19 scams by calling 1-800-722-2657. The department previously offered tips to avoid coronavirus scams in March.

Reminder: Important 2020 Election Deadlines

Although the 2020 general election is still a few months away, it is never too early to register to vote so your voice is heard in November. The deadline to register for the November election is October 19. The graphic above includes several other important deadlines for Pennsylvania voters.

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