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Taking a ‘Housing First’ approach, Freeman bills would address blight and homelessness in tandem

(Jun 10, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, has introduced legislation aimed at addressing the findings from a Joint State Government Commission study on homelessness in Pennsylvania, while also providing a pathway for communities across the commonwealth to turn blighted properties into affordable housing options— impacting an estimated 15,000 Pennsylvanians experiencing homelessness, (either being on the streets, doubled up with family or friends, or in shelters) on any given day. Read more

 

Now open for applications: Broadband and community project funding opportunities

(Jun 02, 2021)

Now open for applications: Broadband and community project funding opportunities Read more

 

Freeman announces more than $429,000 awarded for projects in Hellertown and West Easton

(May 27, 2021)

EASTON, May 27 - State Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, announced that $429,205 in grant funding has been awarded to Hellertown and West Easton boroughs. The funding was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority through the Monroe County Local Share Account and Northampton Local Share Account programs. “These funding awards provide the financial means to allow our municipal governments and qualifying local organizations to undertake important projects that, as a result, strengthen our communities and enhance the quality of life for their residents,” Freeman said. “When we look, not just here in Northampton County, but in communities across the commonwealth, we understand how vital these investments and projects are to creating a prosperous Pennsylvania for generations to come.” Freeman said the grants are: $206,990 to Hellertown Borough for park improvements at Dimmick and Authority parks. $222,215 to West Easton Borough for continued work on the Public Works Garage. Freeman explained that the LSA funding is generated from casinos located in host or contiguous counties, and are distributed by the Department of Community and Economic Development within Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration. They are designed to help economic development, job training, community improvement and public interest projects. The CFA is an independent state agency responsible for administering Pennsylvania's Read more

 

Now open for applications: Library, gun violence, conservation and recycling funding opportunities

(May 26, 2021)

Learn about state grant programs that are now open. Read more

 

Grant opportunities: Historical & Archival Records Care program open for applications

(May 19, 2021)

Information on state and other grant programs that are open for applications. Read more

 

Now open for applications: Services for mental health and substance use disorder, boating infrastructure

(May 13, 2021)

Now open for applications: Services for mental health and substance use disorder, boating infrastructure Read more

 

Now open for applications: CFA Multimodal, Growing Greener, PFAS Remediation, Drug Courts and Diversion Program grants

(Apr 27, 2021)

Information on state and other grant programs that are open for applications. Read more

 

Freeman: Nature Nurture Center gets $3,000 grant

(Apr 22, 2021)

“The Nature Nurture Center is a wonderful museum and environmental center and offers some exciting programs. I have been a longtime advocate for protecting our environment, so it’s especially gratifying to see the group benefit from a state grant on Earth Day.” Read more

 

Freeman announces $142,000 grant to Hellertown

(Apr 22, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 22 – State Rep. Robert Freeman today announced a $142,000 Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program grant award to Hellertown for improvements to Authority Park, where the Hellertown Pool is located across from Dimmick Park. Read more

 

Freeman, James look to strengthen Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program

(Apr 22, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 22 – Nonprofits would be eligible to join development groups in rehabilitating and re-using historic buildings under the state Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program thanks to legislation introduced by state Reps. Robert Freeman and Lee James. Read more

 

Freeman: $100K to benefit two community initiatives

(Apr 15, 2021)

State Rep. Robert Freeman, D- Northampton, announced today that the Greater Easton Development Partnership will receive funding for two projects under the COVID-19 Relief – Supporting Elm and Main SEAM Program totaling $100,000. Read more

 

April 12 update: Grant programs now open for applications

(Apr 12, 2021)

Here are the latest state grant programs that recently opened for applications, as well as a federally funded American Rescue Plan grant opportunity available to humanities organizations. Read more

 

County Recycling Coordinator and Host Municipality Inspector grant programs now open for applications

(Apr 05, 2021)

Find information about state grant programs that are now open. Read more

 

Freeman announces area schools set to receive over $55 million in federal education funding

(Mar 30, 2021)

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE State Rep. Robert Freeman D-Northampton RepFreeman.com EASTON, March 30 -- State Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, announced today that more than $55.9 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding will be allocated for Pre-K to 12 schools in the 136 th House District when students return to school. Local school funding allocations include: Bethlehem Area School District -- $32.12 million. Easton Area School District -- $16.89 million. Saucon Valley School District -- $1.95 million. Wilson Area School District -- $4.53 million. Easton Arts Academy Elementary Charter School -- $506,926. “The COVID-19 pandemic has placed tremendous financial pressure on our school system and this federal funding will help schools safely reopen and help students catch up on learning they may have missed during the pandemic,” Freeman said. The funding is part of the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund passed by Congress and signed by President Joe Biden. The money can be used for food service; professional training; technology purchases; sanitization and cleaning supplies; summer and after-school programs; mental health supports and more. At least 20% of this money is meant to address Read more

 

PA House Democrats Launch Effort to Defend Democracy

(Mar 29, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – Responding to the Capitol insurrection in January and the signing of new restrictions on voting rights last week in Georgia, House Democrats are taking action to protect American democracy. Today, a website was launched that summarizes policy proposals to defend democracy as well as links to more information and the ability for people to quickly email their elected officials, noting their support of the bills. The House Democratic Caucus has been working on these proposals since a House Democratic Policy Committee Hearing in January, when members were briefed by legal scholars, hate crimes experts and members of Congress on the language of false conspiracy and election fraud being used to undermine democracy. That same language has shifted from encouraging outright attack to what many perceive as insidiously undermining basic voting rights. “We cannot allow the outrage and disgust of the American people watching an armed invasion of our government to be subverted by a slick rebranding into attacks on our right to fair and free elections” Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro said. Members of the House Democratic Caucus have introduced dozens of measures to expand voting rights, preserve election security, protect access to mail-in ballots and polling places, and to clarify and consolidate the often-outdated Election Code. Bizzarro said the site – www.pahouse.com/policy/defendingdemocracy -- will serve as a great Read more

 

Freeman bill to extend participation in state’s Main Street Program advances

(Mar 24, 2021)

-- Legislation that would allow communities to extend their participation in the state’s Main Street Program to up to a total of 10 years was unanimously approved today by the PA House Local Government Committee and now moves to the full House for consideration, according to the bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton. Read more

 

Now open for applications: Dislocated worker, intermediate punishment, and wildfire assistance grant programs

(Mar 22, 2021)

Several state grant programs are open for applications. Read more

 

Schweyer, prime co-sponsors introduce bill to repeal Pa. fireworks law

(Mar 19, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 19 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, along with state Reps Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, Steve Samuelson, Mike Schlossberg, all D-Lehigh, and Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, today introduced a bill which would repeal Pennsylvania’s law allowing residents to purchase and set-off powerful fireworks. “For the past few years, I, along with many of my neighbors have been awakened at all hours of the night from the loud barrage of fireworks near my home and with the Fourth of July holiday approaching, it is time again to address this problem,” Schweyer said. “This goes beyond the borders of Allentown. Many of my colleagues in the House from Philadelphia to Easton and Pittsburgh to Erie have all shared similar fireworks problems in their communities. This legislation would repeal the most recent changes made to the fireworks law and would provide all municipalities more power to enforce the law and help restore quality of life back to city residents.” "As the Memorial Day weekend draws closer, followed by the July Fourth holiday, so too will the inevitable calls and complaints to my office about fireworks activity," McNeill said. "Last summer, as noted by conversations I had with many residents throughout Lehigh County, it seemed as though the COVID pandemic produced an uptick in pyrotechnic use. This increased nighttime activity added to the stresses in our communities: upsetting pets, Read more

 

Freeman bill would permit extensions to Main Street program participants

(Mar 15, 2021)

State Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, has introduced legislation that would enable communities to extend their participation – for up to a total of 10 years – in the state’s Main Street program. Read more

 

Keystone Communities, Fish & Boat Education, and School-to-Work grant programs now open for applications

(Mar 15, 2021)

State grant programs now open for applications Read more

 

Taking a ‘Housing First’ approach, Freeman bills would address blight and homelessness in tandem
Jun 10, 2021

Now open for applications: Broadband and community project funding opportunities
Jun 02, 2021

Freeman announces more than $429,000 awarded for projects in Hellertown and West Easton
May 27, 2021

Now open for applications: Library, gun violence, conservation and recycling funding opportunities
May 26, 2021

Grant opportunities: Historical & Archival Records Care program open for applications
May 19, 2021

Now open for applications: Services for mental health and substance use disorder, boating infrastructure
May 13, 2021

Now open for applications: CFA Multimodal, Growing Greener, PFAS Remediation, Drug Courts and Diversion Program grants
Apr 27, 2021

Freeman: Nature Nurture Center gets $3,000 grant
Apr 22, 2021

Freeman announces $142,000 grant to Hellertown
Apr 22, 2021

Freeman, James look to strengthen Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program
Apr 22, 2021

Freeman: $100K to benefit two community initiatives
Apr 15, 2021

April 12 update: Grant programs now open for applications
Apr 12, 2021

County Recycling Coordinator and Host Municipality Inspector grant programs now open for applications
Apr 05, 2021

Freeman announces area schools set to receive over $55 million in federal education funding
Mar 30, 2021

PA House Democrats Launch Effort to Defend Democracy
Mar 29, 2021

Freeman bill to extend participation in state’s Main Street Program advances
Mar 24, 2021

Now open for applications: Dislocated worker, intermediate punishment, and wildfire assistance grant programs
Mar 22, 2021

Schweyer, prime co-sponsors introduce bill to repeal Pa. fireworks law
Mar 19, 2021

Freeman bill would permit extensions to Main Street program participants
Mar 15, 2021

Keystone Communities, Fish & Boat Education, and School-to-Work grant programs now open for applications
Mar 15, 2021