Freeman announces $135,000 in state grant funding to support repairs at two Easton historical sites

(Sep 09, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 9 – Two grants totaling $135,000 were awarded to two historical sites in downtown Easton, state Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, announced today. The first grant ($100,000) will help the Third Street Alliance for Women and Children make critical masonry repairs at its historic Simon Mansion and adjoining Bixler-Ward House locations. The second grant ($35,000) will help the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society replace the roof at the 1753 Bachmann Publick House. Both grants come from the Keystone Historic Preservation Program. “These grants will provide needed funding for two significant historic structures in our community,” Freeman said. “Not only will it help preserve historic buildings, it will also ensure the organizations serving out of those locations will be able to continue providing their important programs and services for future generations.” Keystone Historic Preservation grants support projects that identify, preserve, promote and protect historic resources in Pennsylvania. Funding also supports municipal planning that focuses on historic resources or may be used to meet building or community specific planning goals, and construction activities at resources listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Additional information about the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission – the Read more


Freeman: $297K in state funding awarded for three water system upgrades

(Aug 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 17 – State grants totaling $297,158 have been awarded for three local water system upgrades, state Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, announced today. The three grants are from the PA Small Water and Sewer program and were all approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. They are: $146,871 to Glendon Borough to make stormwater improvements along Berger Road. $96,737 to Hellertown Borough to purchase an emergency generator for the Division Street Well so the pump can still function in a power outage. $53,550 to Wilson Borough to upgrade sewer manholes throughout the borough. “Investing in our water and sewer systems ensures clean water is available to everyone in our communities,” Freeman said. “This funding when added to the available funds from the three boroughs will fully fund all of these critical projects. This will make life easier for residents and help protect our local infrastructure.” More information about PA Small Water and Sewer grants is available here . Read more


Freeman announces nearly $400K in community development funding

(Aug 14, 2020)

State Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, today announced a total of $398,000 in funding for housing programs has been awarded to three community development initiatives in his district via the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement fund. Read more


Freeman announces nearly $115K in state grants to aid in COVID safety mitigation

(Aug 07, 2020)

EASTON, Aug. 7-- State Rep. Robert Freeman announced today that $114,870 in federal funding has been allocated to two area schools in the Easton area to assist with implementing public health and safety plans. Read more


Freeman announces nearly $695K in COVID funding for local colleges, universities

(Aug 03, 2020)

State Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, today announced that three local colleges and universities were awarded $694,780 to aid in creating safe and healthy learning environments amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more


Freeman announces $300K state grant to fund Wilson bridge replacement

(Jul 16, 2020)

HARRISBURG, July 14 – State Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, today announced $300,000 in state funding has been awarded to Wilson Borough from the Commonwealth Finance Authority. The funds will be used to replace the Lehigh Drive Bridge, which is deteriorating rapidly, with a concrete box culvert. “I’m always pleased when we can secure critical funding for needed projects in our local communities,” Freeman said. “This funding will provide a critical improvement to the Lehigh Drive Bridge and give motorists and pedestrians a sense of safety when they cross it.” Freeman added the grant comes through the state's Multimodal Transportation Fund , which encourages economic development and ensures safe and reliable transportation is available to Pennsylvania residents. It is part of a package of $30.2 million in grants awarded to fund 27 projects in 23 counties statewide. More information about the grant and program is available here . Read more


$1.74 million grant awarded to Easton Area Joint Sewer Authority

(Jul 14, 2020)

HARRISBURG, July 14 – The Easton Area Joint Sewer Authority today was awarded a $1.74 million state grant, announced Rep. Robert Freeman. Read more


Freeman introduces bill to help quiet fireworks

(Jul 09, 2020)

HARRISBURG, July 9 – Responding to concerns from residents about the proliferation of fireworks being discharged beyond the Independence Day holiday, state Rep. Robert Freeman introduced legislation this week that would give municipalities more authority to regulate the use of fireworks and would increase penalties for violating those regulations. Read more


Renter and homeowner aid available

(Jun 30, 2020)

Renters and homeowners who were financially impacted by the economic slowdown related to the coronavirus pandemic will be able to access applications for rent and mortgage relief beginning Monday, June 29. At that time, applications will be accessible from a red banner on the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s website at . Homeowners who became unemployed after March 1 or who suffered at least a 30 percent reduction in annual income due to reduced work hours and wages related to COVID-19 may be eligible for financial assistance to help with missed mortgage payments. To qualify for the Pandemic Mortgage Assistance Program, the applicant must be an owner-occupant of their residence, the dwelling must consist of one or two separate units, the mortgage must be at least 30 days delinquent, and the applicant-homeowner’s annual household income must not exceed the Area Median Income for their county of residence adjusted for the number of people in their home. For renters to be eligible for financial assistance under the CARES Rent Relief Program, they will need to document at least a 30 percent reduction in annual income since March 1 related to COVID-19, or they must have become unemployed after March 1. If unemployed, they must have filed for Unemployment Compensation. Their household income cannot exceed the Area Median Income for their county of residence adjusted for the number of people in their home. For more information Read more


Freeman bill would allow additional local regulation of fireworks, increase penalties

(Jun 29, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 29 – Municipalities would have more authority to regulate the use of fireworks and penalties would be increased for violating those regulations under legislation proposed by state Rep. Robert Freeman. Read more


Rep. Freeman announces $20K conservation grant for Nurture Nature Center Inc.

(Jun 26, 2020)

EASTON, June 26 – State Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, is pleased to announce that Nurture Nature Center Inc. has been awarded a $20,000 conservation grant by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under the Environmental Education Grant Program. The center will use the grant funding to develop a Watershed Friendly Properties Certificates Program throughout Pennsylvania. An October kick-off forum will engage local businesses, school and college leaders, community leaders, municipal leaders and residents. “It’s really remarkable that a multifaceted environmental center based in Easton is environmentally influencing government policies, business strategies and providing critical information to the public across the state,” Freeman said. “The center is dedicated to engaging the public in learning about environmental risks ranging from development to flood education.” Nurture Nature Center is a joint project of two nonprofits and is directly engaged in a wide array of environmental projects. Founded in 2007 in the wake of the repetitive flooding in the Delaware River Basin, it began as a center for flood education and outreach, achieving a national reputation for its work in the area. The center’s work in the area of flood risk communication and their methods of engaging the community about environmental issues have been cited as models, and many of the educational Read more


Small Business Assistance grants available

(Jun 25, 2020)

Applications are expected to be available June 30 for a new program aimed at providing critical funding to local businesses hurt by the coronavirus. Read more


Freeman supports limited reopening of real estate market

(May 19, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 19 – State Rep. Robert Freeman said he supports reopening segments of the Pennsylvania real estate market, in accordance with a letter sent to Gov. Tom Wolf this week by House and Senate Democratic Caucus leaders. Read more


Freeman lauds $350,000 in grants for local projects

(May 14, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 14 – Five local projects today were awarded $350,759 in state grants, according to Rep. Robert Freeman. Read more


Fill out the 2020 census!

(Mar 30, 2020)

In Pennsylvania, everyone counts and April 1 is National Census Day! If you haven’t already, don't forget to fill out your census form. Our population count determines our voice in government and how much federal funding we’ll receive for education, health care, transportation and more. Whether you respond online, mail or by phone , participate and help shape PA’s future. Your responses are anonymous and protected by law. To learn more, visit #PAcounts #2020Census Read more


COVID-19 Helpful Resources

(Mar 26, 2020)

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting Pennsylvania, we wanted to provide you with the following resources and information to help you and your family in the days ahead. Please note that this webpage will be updated as needed with additional information and resources. State Services and Resources The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has created a COVID-19 guide to assist everyone. It includes information on social distancing, mental health resources, unemployment, food assistance, changes from PennDOT and resources for small business: For individuals : For families : For businesses : COVID Support for PA Businesses : The following provides information and and links to federal, state, local and private resources. **Self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers: Apply here for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits .** Information from the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry on the federal CARES Act: The following link provides you with Read more


Freeman provides information on governor’s Stay at Home Order for Northampton County

(Mar 25, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 25 -- State Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, provided information on the Stay at Home order for Northampton County issued today by Gov. Tom Wolf and Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine. “Northampton County has been added to the Stay at Home order already implemented in nine counties across the Commonwealth,” Freeman said. “While difficult, these are the steps needed to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.” The Stay at Home order now includes 10 counties: Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton and Philadelphia. The amended order for Lehigh and Northampton counties takes effect at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 and will continue until April 6. The full Stay At Home Order is available to view here . Guidance on permitted activities under the order is available here . Read more


Closure List Exemptions

(Mar 20, 2020)

The PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has established a new resource account where businesses and staff can submit questions on exemptions regarding the closure of physical locations for non-life-sustaining businesses in the Commonwealth. Businesses seeking exemptions from closure: Please contact . Other questions about closures can be directed to . For more COVID-19 business information, DCED has set up a web site that continually will be updated as information becomes available: . Read more


Rep. Freeman announces $15K grant to fund census outreach

(Mar 19, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 19 – State Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, today announced a $15,000 state grant to fund outreach encouraging participation in the U.S. Census. The grant to the City of Easton was awarded under the Census 2020 Outreach Grant Program and will fund the city’s outreach efforts. “The census response rate is critical, as the number of people who respond ensures our community will get its share of resources for infrastructure, schools, and hospitals,” Freeman said. The Census 2020 Outreach Grant Program, administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development, supports grassroots efforts promoting awareness and participation in the 2020 Census across Pennsylvania. The program focuses on supporting efforts that target hard-to-count populations including, but not limited to, those who do not speak English as their primary language; ethnic minority, immigrant, and rural communities; children; the elderly; the LGBTQ population; and people experiencing homelessness. Read more


Freeman announces grants to benefit local historical organizations

(Mar 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 4 – Two Northampton County historical organizations will receive $16,564 in state funding through the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Cultural and Historical Support Program, state Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, announced today. “These organizations provide a wonderful investment in our community by preserving our history and culture for current and future generations to learn about our past,” Freeman said. “I am pleased to see this funding coming back to our area to support their invaluable efforts.” The organizations receiving the grant funding are as follows: $9,154 for the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society. $7,410 for the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. Cultural and Historical Support grants are to provide general operating support to Pennsylvania museums and official county historical societies that are not directly supported by other state agency operating support programs. An eligible museum must have an annual operating budget exceeding $100,000 and at least one full-time professional staff person. Read more