Harkins, Merski: Nearly $700,000 in tax credits awarded to expand affordable rental housing

(Oct 14, 2021)

ERIE, Oct. 14 – Erie residents will soon have greater options for affordable rental housing, thanks to nearly $700,000 in federal tax credit funding awarded today, state Reps. Pat Harkins and Bob Merski announced. The lawmakers, both D-Erie, said the funding to GMA Development Group, LLC, for Royal Homes development sites in Erie will fund construction of 26 units. “Lack of affordable housing is a persistent problem for Pennsylvania’s low-income households, and too many families already spend more than half of their income on rent, leaving little left over for groceries, prescriptions and other necessities,” Harkins said. “Securing this funding will help expand housing options that give families livable options. It won’t solve our housing shortage overnight, but it’s a good start.” Merski said, “A stable, permanent place to call home is such an important foundation in life, but not all families have easy access to safe, affordable housing. The tax credits awarded today should help boost the supply of affordable rental units for Erie families.” The Low Income Housing Tax Credits are administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and were approved by the agency’s board. The funding is part of a package of $43.6 million awarded statewide for the construction of 1,974 affordable multifamily rental units. More information on the awards is Read more

 

Matzie: $2.4 million awarded to fund Beaver County affordable rental housing

(Oct 14, 2021)

AMBRIDGE, Oct. 14 – Beaver County residents will have greater access to affordable housing, thanks to more than $2.4 million in federal funding awarded today, state Rep. Rob Matzie announced. Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, said the funding to Hudson Companies for the Wayne Court Development in Ambridge includes approximately $1.25 million awarded under the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program and nearly $1.19 million from the National Housing Trust Fund. “For low-income families, housing expenses can eat up a huge chunk of the budget, and that problem has been growing as Pennsylvania families are facing rising rents and a shortage of affordable housing,” Matzie said. “The low-income tax credits awarded today will help offset this trend by bringing more low-cost housing options into the mix.” The federal tax credits are administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and were approved by the agency’s board. The funding is part of a package of $43.6 million awarded statewide for the construction of 1,974 affordable multifamily rental units. More information on the awards is available here . Read more

 

Matzie pleased by DEP denial of PennEnergy request to withdraw water from Big Sewickley Creek

(Oct 13, 2021)

AMBRIDGE, Oct. 13 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, issued the following statement regarding the state Department of Environmental Protection’s denial of PennEnergy’s request to withdraw 3 million gallons of water daily from Big Sewickley Creek: “I am pleased by the denial. DEP noted no less than seven areas of concern and deficiencies in the application by PennEnergy Resources to withdraw water from the Big Sewickley Creek, which flows through a portion of my legislative district. “While the clock on the appeal process begins, I am hopeful that PennEnergy finds a different source of water rather than go against the wishes of the communities and many individuals who care deeply about any possible damage to this valuable water source. In most cases, I believe we can have energy extraction and maintain a clean, healthy environment. I do not believe this is one of those cases. “Regardless of any decision by a regulator or the courts, abandoning the plan to withdraw water from Big Sewickley Creek should be the decision by PennEnergy Resources -- not because it’s the most sound business decision, but because it’s the right thing to do.” In a July letter to DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell, Matzie called on the department to deny PennEnergy’s request, citing concerns that withdrawing high volumes of water from the creek would escalate existing drought and Read more

 

Rep. Longietti's latest newsletter now available online

(Oct 08, 2021)

My latest newsletter is now available online and offers a look at recent legislation, new funding, and pictures from around the district! You can read it here. Read more

 

Burns, family hold ceremony honoring local hero

(Oct 08, 2021)

Dysart man killed when destroyer was sunk off Italy during WWII Read more

 

Longietti hosting Oct. 15 flu shot clinic

(Oct 07, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Oct. 7 – State Rep. Mark Longiett i, D-Mercer, is hosting a free flu shot clinic in partnership with Primary Health Network. The clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15 at the Greenville Knights of Columbus , 170 Clarksville St. (Route 18) in Greenville. “Getting a flu shot now allows folks to get a jump on protection and shore up their immunity before flu activity starts ramping up in winter,” Longietti said. “This year, the clinic will also offer a limited number of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, so residents who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine – or who are eligible for a third Moderna shot based on compromised immunity – will have an opportunity to get that, as well.” Longietti said participants must bring a valid photo ID and insurance card to receive a shot. Pre-registration is preferred (though not mandatory) and can be done by visiting www.primary-health.net or calling (724) 699-9211 and selecting option 3. Residents with questions may also call Longietti’s district office Monday through Friday at (724) 981-4655 or his satellite Greenville office on Tuesdays or Thursdays at (724) 588-1005. Read more

 

Sainato bill would extend disabled veteran tax exemption to surviving spouses

(Oct 07, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 7 – A bill recently introduced by state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, would expand the property tax exemption currently available to Pennsylvania’s disabled combat veterans so that it also benefits the surviving spouses of service members who were killed in action or passed away after receiving a disability rating. Sainato, Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, said he introduced H.B. 1953 – which would amend the state constitution – because he believes Pennsylvania needs to do more to recognize the sacrifices made by military spouses. “Military service resulting in disabling injury or death has a profound, life-altering impact on a service member’s spouse,” Sainato said. “Unfortunately, our laws do not do enough to recognize that sacrifice. Currently, Pennsylvania provides a property tax exemption for veterans who suffered disabling injuries in combat, but our state constitution limits that exemption to the veteran service members themselves. “That limitation creates an unfair result: it deprives the spouse of a military member who died from their injuries an important benefit they would have been guaranteed had their service member spouse survived, but with disabling injuries. My bill would correct that inequity and amend the state constitution to make the property tax exemption available to Read more

 

Matzie announces $1.24 million loan to fund purchase of multi-tenant commercial building in Hopewell Township

(Oct 06, 2021)

AMBRIDGE, Oct. 6 – State Rep. Rob Matzie announced today that a $1.24 million low-interest loan will fund the purchase of a multi-tenant commercial building in Hopewell Township. Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, said the loan to Pauana Holdings LLC, through the Beaver County Corporation for Economic Development, is an investment that will spur economic growth for the region. “The funding to Pauana Holdings will allow it to purchase a multi-tenant, 40,000-square-foot building located in Hopewell Township that will offer a combination of office and industrial space,” Matzie said. “That spells great news for the local economy because it will generate new business activity and create at least 25 new, full-time jobs over the next several years. Matzie said the 15-year loan has a fixed 2.5% interest rate. The total project cost is $3.2 million. The loan was approved by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority. More information about the project is available here , and more about PIDA is available here . Read more

 

Merski hosting winter coat drive Oct. 8-15

(Oct 06, 2021)

ERIE, Oct. 6 – State Rep. Bob Merski is encouraging Erie residents to donate to “Coats and More for Kids” – a winter weather coat drive he is hosting Oct. 8-15 at his district office. Merski, D-Erie, said he is partnering with United Way of Erie to make sure every family has the warm-weather gear they need before the mercury starts plummeting. “Any parent or caregiver knows how quickly kids grow out of clothes,” Merski said. “That may be a simple nuisance for some households, but for others, keeping kids outfitted from year to year can be a real problem. “With another harsh Erie winter on the horizon, I’m encouraging residents to donate jackets, coats, scarves, caps, mittens, boots – even snow pants – to ensure every family has what they need to keep kids warm and protected.” Merski said residents should bring new or gently used items to his 3901 Liberty St. office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Friday, Oct. 8 through Friday, Oct. 15. Anyone with questions should call the office at (814) 455-6319. Read more

 

Sainato: Nearly $300,000 awarded to bolster pregnancy, postpartum supports for women in recovery

(Oct 05, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, Oct. 5 – Grant funding of $296,092 will expand access to pregnancy and postpartum support services for Lawrence County women recovering from substance use disorder, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the grant to the Center for Community Resources Inc. – administered by the PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs – will help the center provide services and make referrals for outpatient treatment. “Pregnant and postpartum women recovering from substance use disorder have a hard road as they work to transition from treatment back to the community and responsible parenthood,” Sainato said. “Securing this funding will help ensure that there are services and supports that pick up where inpatient treatment ends so they don’t have to go that path alone.” The funding is part of a package of more than $12 million in grants announced today to help Pennsylvanians in recovery. That funding is part of a larger package of $55 million in federal money awarded to Pennsylvania through the SAMHSA Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Program COVID-19 Supplemental Awards. The grant will help the center serve residents in Lawrence, Beaver, Butler and Washington counties. More information about the funding is available here. Read more

 

Merski hosting ‘Hispanic Heritage’ online town hall at 6 p.m. Oct. 7

(Oct 05, 2021)

ERIE, Oct. 5 – To highlight National Hispanic Heritage Month, state Rep. Bob Merski, D-Erie, is hosting a virtual town hall at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 to highlight contributions by Erie residents of Hispanic heritage and discuss issues of importance to them. “Erie residents of Hispanic heritage have made our community infinitely richer through their diverse multicultural influences and contributions,” Merski said. “Our live online event Oct. 7 will give us a chance to hear from and celebrate some of those residents while also providing a forum to discuss issues of importance, including how Erie can be a more inclusive community. “I encourage everyone in the community to participate or tune in.” Those interested in attending the live online Teams event should send their name and e-mail address to Merski’s office by emailing RepMerski@pahouse.net or calling (814) 455-6319. The event will also be livestreamed on Merski’s Facebook page. For more information, those interested can contact Merski’s office at (814) 455-6319. Read more

 

Harkins, Merski: Nearly $585,000 awarded to support pregnant, postpartum women in recovery

(Oct 05, 2021)

ERIE, Oct. 5 – Pregnant and postpartum women recovering from substance use disorder will have greater support as they transition from treatment to the Erie community, thanks to $583,153 in funding, state Reps. Pat Harkins and Bob Merski announced today. The lawmakers, both D-Erie, said the funding to Allegheny Health Network will help the organization provide pregnancy support services and make referrals for outpatient treatment. “Getting through recovery can be difficult enough, but for pregnant or postpartum women, the added health and financial challenges can be overwhelming,” Harkins said. “Securing this funding will provide these Erie residents the added support and outpatient treatment they need to make a healthy return to productive lives.” Merski said, “After inpatient recovery treatment ends, expectant or postpartum moms need ongoing support to make a successful transition to the community. The funding announced today will help ensure services are in place to help them navigate the health-related, logistical and financial issues that may arise as they embrace the responsibilities of parenthood.” The funding – administered by the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs – is part of a package of more than $12 million in grants announced today to help Pennsylvanians in recovery. That funding is part of a larger package of $55 million in federal money awarded to Pennsylvania Read more

 

Matzie: $1.3 million awarded to bolster supports for residents in recovery

(Oct 05, 2021)

AMBRIDGE, Oct. 5 – Residents in Beaver and Allegheny counties recovering from substance use disorder will benefit from new supports, thanks to nearly $1.3 million in grant funding, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. Matzie said the funding will help several area organizations provide employment and pregnancy-related support services to Beaver and Allegheny County residents in recovery. “People recovering from substance use disorder work hard to get through treatment and return to productive lives, but their success depends on access to ongoing support,” Matzie said. “This funding will provide that support by helping residents in recovery get jobs and ensuring pregnant and postpartum women have the services they need for a healthy return to the community.” Matzie said the following organizations are receiving funding to serve residents in Beaver, Allegheny, and several other counties: Life’s Work of Western PA (employment support services) - $387,500. Allegheny Health Network (pregnancy/postpartum support services) – $583,153. Center for Community Resources Inc. (pregnancy/postpartum support services) – $296,092. In addition, Matzie said two organizations serving Allegheny County residents will receive $1.1 million. They include $700,000 to Sage’s Army, which provides community recovery and support Read more

 

Bipartisan group advances legislation to benefit veterans in PA

(Oct 04, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 4 – A bipartisan group of five legislators is advancing efforts to remove obstacles for military members transitioning to civilian work under a bill approved unanimously by the House Professional Licensure Committee today. House Bill 1868 – which would increase veterans’ presence on licensing boards and implement other veteran-friendly measures – was introduced by state Reps. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence; Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny; Zach Mako, R-Lehigh/Northampton; Karen Boback, R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming; and Dave Hickernell, R-Lancaster/Dauphin. “Pennsylvania’s military men and women give some of their prime years to serving our country,” said Sainato, who is Democratic chair of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. “Unfortunately, many face challenges transitioning to civilian work – in part, because of licensing regulations that fail to account for military skills, training and experience. The process can prove challenging for military spouses, as well, because of frequent relocations. “Our bill would help remove those obstacles by adding more veterans and military spouses to state licensing boards, ensuring military experience is properly considered in the review process and providing expedited review, among other measures.” Mako, prime sponsor of the bill, said, “As a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard, I know how difficult it can Read more

 

Sainato: Nearly $385,000 awarded to help local students stay connected

(Oct 01, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, Oct. 1 – Grant funding of $383,660 will help ensure students in two Lawrence County school districts don’t fall behind because they lack the tech tools to stay connected. Sainato, D-Lawrence, said New Castle Area School District was awarded $273,880 – including $219,880 for technology equipment and $54,000 for internet services – and the Laurel School District was awarded $109,780 – including $104,200 for tech equipment and $5,580 for internet services. “Kids can’t compete in a modern academic setting without reliable access to technology and the internet,” Sainato said. “Unfortunately, providing those resources can be challenging for some families. Securing this funding will help Laurel and New Castle Area school districts bridge that digital divide by ensuring household income never stands in the way of connectivity.” Sainato said the grants are part of a package of $20 million in funding to school districts statewide under the Emergency Connectivity Fund, a temporary fund created through the American Rescue Plan and administered by the Federal Communications Commission. The fund helps schools and libraries cover costs associated with digital devices such as laptops, tablets, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers and broadband connectivity purchases for off-campus use by students, educators and library patrons who currently lack Read more

 

Merski: Nearly $200,000 awarded to help close digital divide in Fort LeBoeuf School District

(Oct 01, 2021)

ERIE, Oct. 1 – Grant funding of $198,000 will help level the connectivity playing field for students in the Fort LeBoeuf School District by ensuring they have access to the internet and tech resources they need to learn. Merski, D-Erie, said the funding from the Emergency Connectivity Fund includes $144,000 to secure internet services and $54,000 for tech equipment. “Kids benefit greatly from online learning support outside the classroom, and access to internet and tech tools are key components of that support,” Merski said. “Unfortunately, providing that access can be difficult for some households. This funding is going to help close the digital divide by ensuring that all students stay connected.” Merski said the grant is part of a package of $20 million in funding to school districts statewide under the Emergency Connectivity Fund, a temporary fund created through the American Rescue Plan and administered by the Federal Communications Commission. The fund helps schools and libraries cover costs associated with digital devices such as laptops, tablets, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers and broadband connectivity purchases for off-campus use by students, educators and library patrons who currently lack sufficient access to broadband and connected devices. More about the awards is available here . The grant is part of the first wave of ECF Read more

 

Matzie: $140,000 awarded to help Ambridge Area School District bridge digital divide

(Oct 01, 2021)

AMBRIDGE, Oct. 1 – More than $140,000 in grant funding will help close connectivity gaps for students in the Ambridge Area School District by ensuring all students have access to internet and technology resources, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, said the funding from the Emergency Connectivity Fund will help schools and libraries ensure students have equal access to tech tools that are so important for off-campus learning. “Digital access is key to helping reinforce what kids learn in the classroom, but for some, access to those tools is not a given,” Matzie said. “Securing this funding will help us close the digital divide and ensure all kids have the access they need to achieve, regardless of household income.” Matzie said the program will help schools and libraries cover costs associated with digital devices such as laptops, tablets, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers and broadband connectivity purchases for off-campus use by students, educators and library patrons who currently lack sufficient access to broadband and connected devices. The funding is part of a package of $20 million in funding to school districts statewide under the Emergency Connectivity Fund, a temporary fund created through the American Rescue Plan and administered by the Federal Communications Commission. More about the awards is Read more

 

Merski partnering with LECOM to host Oct. 6 drive-through flu shot clinic

(Sep 30, 2021)

ERIE, Sept. 30 – With flu season fast approaching, state Rep. Bob Merski is partnering with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine to host a drive-through flu shot clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 6 at his 3901 Liberty St. office. Merski said the clinic will provide a quick and easy way for residents to strengthen their immunity before flu activity intensifies. “Although it’s hard to predict the exact timing and intensity of flu season on any given year, we know influenza activity usually starts increasing in October and grows more widespread as the season wears on, peaking between December and February,” Merski said. “I’m encouraging Erie residents to get an early jump on protection now, by visiting my October 6 clinic.” Merski said participants must bring their insurance cards to get a shot. Pre-registration is not required, but participants will be asked to complete a form on-site. Residents wishing to complete the form in advance can pick up a copy at Merski’s 3901 Liberty St. office. Residents with questions should call the office at (814)-455-6319. Read more

 

Longietti: Nearly $53,000 awarded to strengthen outreach for veterans

(Sep 28, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Sept. 28 – Mercer County veterans in need will benefit from stronger support services, thanks to $52,762 in grant funding from the Veterans Trust Fund, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said two separate grants – including $32,762 to the Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County and $20,000 to the Mercer County Office of Veterans Affairs – from the Veterans’ Trust Fund will expand outreach to veterans in need and ensure they and their families do not face food insecurity. “Veterans devote some of their prime years to serving our country, and they often continue giving back after their service, through volunteerism and community support work,” Longietti said. “But these heroes sometimes struggle themselves. Service has its costs, and some veterans face issues such as post-traumatic stress and depression. Others – like many in our community – are still feeling the impacts of the pandemic and the threat of homelessness and food insecurity. “This funding will help ensure that the full range of services – including housing, food, employment, behavioral health counseling and other social services – are available for those who have given so much of themselves to defend our freedom.” The Veterans Trust Fund is supported by Pennsylvanians who make a $3 donation when applying for or renewing their driver’s license, photo Read more

 

Burns: Cambria awarded $17,400 to digitize veterans’ records

(Sep 27, 2021)

Funding comes from Veterans Trust Fund, donations from Pa. residents Read more

 

Harkins, Merski: Nearly $700,000 in tax credits awarded to expand affordable rental housing
Oct 14, 2021

Matzie: $2.4 million awarded to fund Beaver County affordable rental housing
Oct 14, 2021

Matzie pleased by DEP denial of PennEnergy request to withdraw water from Big Sewickley Creek
Oct 13, 2021

Rep. Longietti's latest newsletter now available online
Oct 08, 2021

Burns, family hold ceremony honoring local hero
Oct 08, 2021

Longietti hosting Oct. 15 flu shot clinic
Oct 07, 2021

Sainato bill would extend disabled veteran tax exemption to surviving spouses
Oct 07, 2021

Matzie announces $1.24 million loan to fund purchase of multi-tenant commercial building in Hopewell Township
Oct 06, 2021

Merski hosting winter coat drive Oct. 8-15
Oct 06, 2021

Sainato: Nearly $300,000 awarded to bolster pregnancy, postpartum supports for women in recovery
Oct 05, 2021

Merski hosting ‘Hispanic Heritage’ online town hall at 6 p.m. Oct. 7
Oct 05, 2021

Harkins, Merski: Nearly $585,000 awarded to support pregnant, postpartum women in recovery
Oct 05, 2021

Matzie: $1.3 million awarded to bolster supports for residents in recovery
Oct 05, 2021

Bipartisan group advances legislation to benefit veterans in PA
Oct 04, 2021

Sainato: Nearly $385,000 awarded to help local students stay connected
Oct 01, 2021

Merski: Nearly $200,000 awarded to help close digital divide in Fort LeBoeuf School District
Oct 01, 2021

Matzie: $140,000 awarded to help Ambridge Area School District bridge digital divide
Oct 01, 2021

Merski partnering with LECOM to host Oct. 6 drive-through flu shot clinic
Sep 30, 2021

Longietti: Nearly $53,000 awarded to strengthen outreach for veterans
Sep 28, 2021

Burns: Cambria awarded $17,400 to digitize veterans’ records
Sep 27, 2021