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Centre Daily Times - About 16 months after Centre County began its Emergency Rental Assistance Program, applications for rental and utility assistance continue to pour in. Without pause, the Centre County Office of Adult Services receives between 50-100 applications every week. Through ERAP, renters can get up to 18 months of assistance as long as they continue to be eligible and funding is available.
Eligibility includes households with a gross annual or monthly income that doesn’t exceed 80% of Centre County’s Area Median Income, that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and that are at risk or homelessness or housing instability. It is for renters only. Money in ERAP 1, the first half of the program, expires Sept. 30. As of May 30, there’s about $1.4 million of $11 million remaining, Faith Ryan, director of adult services, said.
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Women’s Law Project, a state-based public interest legal organization focused on gender justice with offices in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, announces a new program to help pregnant and lactating people in Pennsylvania navigate workplace and school-based discrimination.
The WLP Legal Navigator Program is focused on early intervention, education, and assistance to ensure more pregnant and lactating workers and students across Pennsylvania can protect their health and economic security with minimal disruption to work or school. Our goal is to ensure job security and reasonable, temporary accommodations before someone loses their job or is otherwise harmed.
The Legal Navigator Program represents an expansion of work that began in our Philadelphia office several years ago. We are launching this work in western Pennsylvania in response to an urgent need for assistance in that part of the state.