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 www.PHFA.org . 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

 

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

 

Rep. Goodman welcomes announcement that Schuylkill County will go green

(Jun 12, 2020)

MAHANOY CITY, June 12 -- State Rep. Neal P. Goodman welcomed Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement that Schuylkill County will be moving to the green phase of recovery from the COVID-19 crisis on June 19. “I commend residents of Schuylkill County for taking this virus seriously and complying with the governor’s safety orders,” Goodman said. “Today’s announcement is the result of everyone taking necessary precautions to prevent the spread of this highly contagious virus.” Goodman said he is grateful to the health care professionals and emergency responders who have put their lives on the line to keep county residents safe. In the green phase, restaurants and bars, hair salons and barbershops, gyms and malls can reopen at 50 percent capacity. Also, construction can return to full capacity with safety protocols. “Small businesses have suffered since many of them had to close their doors during the lockdown,” Goodman said. “I hope county residents support the small business community so they can get back on their feet financially.” Goodman also urged residents to remain cautious and continue to wear masks and practice social distancing when appropriate, noting that 21 states have recently seen a spike in COVID-19 infections. Read more

 

Rep. Goodman votes against ending disaster declaration; calls for Schuylkill County to move immediately to green recovery phase

(Jun 10, 2020)

MAHANOY CITY, June 10 -- State Rep. Neal P. Goodman voted against a measure Tuesday night aimed at ending Gov. Tom Wolf’s disaster declaration, but said the time has come to move Schuylkill County to the green phase of recovery. 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 pa.gov/census #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: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/ For individuals : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForIndividuals For families : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForFamilies For businesses : https://dced.pa.gov/resources COVID Support for PA Businesses : The following provides information and and links to federal, state, local and private resources. https://www.pahouse.com/News/?id=113388 **Self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers: Apply here for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits .** https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForBusinessesUtilities Information from the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry on the federal CARES Act: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/CARES-Act/Pages/default.aspx The following link provides you with 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 ra-dcexemptions@pa.gov . Other questions about closures can be directed to ra-dcedcs@pa.gov . For more COVID-19 business information, DCED has set up a web site that continually will be updated as information becomes available: https://dced.pa.gov/resources . Read more

 

Pennsylvanians are sending a message; House Democrats’ Plan4PA responds

(Mar 17, 2020)

By the PA House Democratic leadership team When we return to Harrisburg after spending time in our legislative districts, we always bring back with us a pretty simple and clear message from the people we represent. The families, local business owners and community leaders we speak with at home want a Pennsylvania where public officials are fighting for them, not just the special interests and politically connected who lobby at the state Capitol every day. Working families are tired of struggling day after day to get by while big corporations and special interests get all the breaks. Our neighbors tell us it’s time for Harrisburg to stop putting politics ahead of the people, and it’s time to for us to stand together for a Pennsylvania that works for all of us. That’s why PA House Democrats have made the priorities we share with the people we represent the engine that drives our Plan4PA policy agenda. We want to grow our economy and create Good Jobs everywhere. That’s why our Plan4PA calls for jobs that pay real wages and support families. Our plan protects workers, gives them a voice in the workplace and a chance to retire. It supports careers and financial stability, not just a temporary job and the constant fear of insecurity. We want people to have access to Affordable Health Care so they can visit the doctor when they are sick. That’s why our Plan4PA Read more

 

Rep. Goodman comments on Gov. Wolf's budget address

(Feb 04, 2020)

“I’m pleased that Gov. Wolf has proposed a budget with no broad-based tax increases that invests more in schools and jobs. His proposal to make $1 billion available for schools to clean asbestos, lead and mold will benefit Schuylkill County, which has a significant number of old school buildings. Read more

 

Rep. Goodman, Sen. Argall welcome state grant for a healthcare facility within Miners Lofts

(Nov 18, 2019)

State Rep. Neal P. Goodman and state Sen. David Argall announced that Geisinger Health Foundation will receive $375,000 in state funding to build a healthcare facility for senior citizens within a former garment factory in Minersville that is being converted into affordable senior housing. Read more

 

Rep. Goodman announces $40,000 state grant for East Norwegian Township

(Nov 14, 2019)

State Rep. Neal P. Goodman announced that East Norwegian Township will receive a $40,000 state grant to help with improvements at Schoentown Park. Read more

 

Rep. Goodman, Sen. Argall announce grants to help pedestrian, vehicular safety in Minersville and Ryan Township

(Nov 12, 2019)

State Rep. Neal P. Goodman and state Sen. David Argall announced that Minersville and Ryan Township will receive state grants to improve pedestrian and vehicular safety. Read more

 

Rep. Goodman, longtime proponent of no-excuse absentee voting, hails House passing bill allowing mail-in balloting

(Oct 29, 2019)

Legislation initially introduced by state Rep. Neal P. Goodman that would allow Pennsylvanians to vote from their homes passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today. Read more

 

Rep. Goodman supports bills to help volunteer first responders

(Oct 29, 2019)

State Rep. Neal P. Goodman recently voted for several bills that would help provide more support to volunteer fire companies and emergency services. Read more

 

Representative Goodman, Senator Argall welcome grant to help Blaschak Coal extract rare earth elements from anthracite resources

(Oct 21, 2019)

State Rep. Neal P. Goodman and state Sen. David Argall congratulated Blaschak Coal Corp. of Mahanoy City for securing a $25,000 grant that will help the company extract rare earth elements and critical materials/minerals from anthracite-based resources. Read more

 

Goodman, Argall celebrate opening of New Philadelphia walking trail

(Sep 20, 2019)

NEW PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 19 – State Rep. Neal P. Goodman and state Sen. David Argall cut a ribbon with New Philadelphia Mayor Ed Slane and Borough Council members on a newly completed walking trail along the Schuylkill River in New Philadelphia. Read more

 

Rep. Goodman, Gov. Wolf announce $1 million grant

(Aug 01, 2019)

State Rep. Neal P. Goodman and Gov. Tom Wolf announced that Pottsville Area School District will receive a $1 million state grant to aid in addressing catastrophic roof leakage at Martz Hall, caused by a combination of hail damage, partial roof blow-off and age. Read more

 

Dollar General expansion in Schuylkill County to create 100 jobs

(May 17, 2019)

Governor Tom Wolf announced that Dollar General Corporation has established a new cold storage facility in Schuylkill County. At full capacity, the project is expected to support the creation of 100 new jobs. Read more

 

Rep. Goodman’s legislation to protect veterans’ access to prescription drug assistance programs passes state House

(May 15, 2019)

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed state Rep. Neal P. Goodman’s bill that would allow Pennsylvania veterans to participate in state prescription drug assistance programs if a state veterans’ benefit or federal disability payment puts them over the income limit. Read more

 

Expansion of Clearly Clean Products will create more than 125 Jobs in Schuylkill County

(Mar 28, 2019)

Clearly Clean Products, LLC, a manufacturer of recyclable plastic trays for retail food products, will expand its presence in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. The project, supported through state funding, is expected to create more than 125 jobs in the region. Read more

 

Renter and homeowner aid available
Jun 30, 2020

Small Business Assistance grants available
Jun 25, 2020

Rep. Goodman welcomes announcement that Schuylkill County will go green
Jun 12, 2020

Rep. Goodman votes against ending disaster declaration; calls for Schuylkill County to move immediately to green recovery phase
Jun 10, 2020

Fill out the 2020 census!
Mar 30, 2020

COVID-19 Helpful Resources
Mar 26, 2020

Closure List Exemptions
Mar 20, 2020

Pennsylvanians are sending a message; House Democrats’ Plan4PA responds
Mar 17, 2020

Rep. Goodman comments on Gov. Wolf's budget address
Feb 04, 2020

Rep. Goodman, Sen. Argall welcome state grant for a healthcare facility within Miners Lofts
Nov 18, 2019

Rep. Goodman announces $40,000 state grant for East Norwegian Township
Nov 14, 2019

Rep. Goodman, Sen. Argall announce grants to help pedestrian, vehicular safety in Minersville and Ryan Township
Nov 12, 2019

Rep. Goodman, longtime proponent of no-excuse absentee voting, hails House passing bill allowing mail-in balloting
Oct 29, 2019

Rep. Goodman supports bills to help volunteer first responders
Oct 29, 2019

Representative Goodman, Senator Argall welcome grant to help Blaschak Coal extract rare earth elements from anthracite resources
Oct 21, 2019

Goodman, Argall celebrate opening of New Philadelphia walking trail
Sep 20, 2019

Rep. Goodman, Gov. Wolf announce $1 million grant
Aug 01, 2019

Dollar General expansion in Schuylkill County to create 100 jobs
May 17, 2019

Rep. Goodman’s legislation to protect veterans’ access to prescription drug assistance programs passes state House
May 15, 2019

Expansion of Clearly Clean Products will create more than 125 Jobs in Schuylkill County
Mar 28, 2019