January 15, 2009 |
With frigid conditions gripping the state, an unlikely group of community activists and advocates for utilities gathered in the Capitol yesterday to push for more - and more consistent - funding for the state's heating assistance program for the poor. The groups, including the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania and the Energy Association of Pennsylvania, outlined how rising heating and cooling costs affect low-income residents. They also made a series of recommendations to improve the state's energy-assistance program, known as LIHEAP.
May 12, 2012 |
With family ties to Camden dating back six generations, Jonathan Latko was determined to rebuild a corner of his impoverished city by developing 124 apartments on a block along Market Street between the waterfront and downtown. Looking for money during the recession in 2009, Latko and some similarly civic-minded friends turned to Remington Financial Group, a firm that boasted of arranging multimillion-dollar funding for huge projects. Remington demanded - and got - a $12,500 up-front fee to arrange the financing, but it never materialized.
March 11, 1987 |
A measure that would provide a one-time $3 million appropriation to private schools that work with handicapped students was approved yesterday by the Senate Education Committee. The bill, which must go to the Appropriations Committee, deals only with the state's 34 so-called Approved Private Schools, institutions for students who are learning-disabled or socially and emotionally maladjusted. Students attend the schools because public school districts and intermediate units are unable to offer suitable programs.
September 25, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA A group of elected officials and a coalition of Cheyney University students and alumni said they will restart a 33-year-old federal civil-rights suit against the state unless Gov. Corbett's administration provides additional funding to help the deficit-plagued, historically black state school survive. "We're trying to make sure that Cheyney is treated not just fairly, not just equally, but equitably," said Michael Coard, a lawyer, Cheyney alumnus, and part of a coalition calling itself Heeding Cheyney's Call.
November 4, 1993 |
When Unionville High School science teacher Helen Martin needed money for a radio scanner to help track satellite frequencies for the school's weather satellite tracking station, she knew where to go. When her colleague, English teacher Kathleen Kapp, needed software for the high school's writing center, she also knew who could help. Both teachers, like many of their colleagues, have discovered that when they need additional money for creative classroom projects, they have a friend at the Chester County Educational Foundation, a nine-year-old nonprofit agency.
June 14, 2005 |
Philadelphia could be forced to eliminate at least $50 million in spending on youth programs because of a change in state funding patterns, city officials said yesterday. Most of the imperiled programs are part of the city Department of Human Services' Division of Community-Based Prevention Services. They include after-school initiatives, truancy programs, and some programs of the nonprofit Philadelphia Safe and Sound. "This really could be devastating," said Cheryl Ransom-Garner, commissioner of the Department of Human Services.
February 22, 1989 |
The executive director of a Hispanic community agency in Hudson County charged yesterday that Assembly Speaker Chuck Hardwick's office refused to sponsor state funding for the organization because its board is supporting U.S. Rep. Jim Courter for governor - a charge that Hardwick's campaign emphatically denied. Marita Borzaga, executive director of the Latin American Community Agency in West New York, N.J., said that Hardwick's director of member services, Donna Frangakis, told her on Thursday that Assembly Republicans would not post the legislative bill necessary for the agency's funding.
August 7, 1987 |
Gov. Kean rejected a final effort to save a state Labor Department office in Camden yesterday by vetoing a $1.2 million spending proposal that would have kept the office open. In rejecting the appropriation, Kean said the money would not address the long-term funding problem of keeping the office open. The office makes Social Security disability determinations for the federal government. Kean's action was expected. The Labor Department closed the Camden office June 30 and transferred its operations to another disability determinations office in Newark.
June 23, 2005 |
Mayor Street joined in a boisterous protest outside City Hall yesterday in the hope of pushing Gov. Rendell to fix a funding gap that has imperiled programs for 23,300 city children. The rally came a day before the two men were set to meet about the gap, and as the city's commissioner of human services was spending a second consecutive day in Harrisburg working on the issue. "A message has to be sent to anybody that has anything to do with the budget of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania," Street told a crowd of about 300. "Our children deserve better.
April 30, 1990 |
The City of Philadelphia has sued the state of Pennsylvania to free funds for child care. Supporting this action, I am nonetheless concerned that Philadelphia's children may suffer while this suit works its way through the legal system. We must not allow an argument over funding responsibility to jeopardize funding. The children's needs remain immediate. Furthermore, properly funded and staffed services can do work to protect children in need. For example, my social work agency, Episcopal Community Services (ECS)