E-BLAST: Voting information and resources for you

(7 hours ago)

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. In Pennsylvania, you also have the option to vote early by mail. Read more

 

E-BLAST: District highlights, legislative updates, grants and more!

(Sep 29, 2022)

Veterans are invited to my Annual Veteran’s Breakfast at the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge on Thursday, October 13 from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Read more

 

Shusterman invites veterans to attend her annual breakfast

(Sep 28, 2022)

PAOLI, Sept. 28 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, invites veterans of the 157 th Legislative District and their guests to join her for a nutritious appreciation breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 at Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, 1601 Valley Forge Road, Valley Forge, PA 19481. “I am pleased to be able to host my annual veterans’ breakfast again this year,” said Shusterman. “It is a wonderful opportunity for my staff and me to recognize and honor those who have sacrificed so much to protect our rights and freedoms.” Representatives from several veterans’ organizations will be available to answer questions residents may have and provide information about state resources available to those who have served. This breakfast is open to veterans living in Phoenixville Borough, Willistown, Easttown, Tredyffrin, Schuylkill and Upper Providence townships. Reservations are required; RSVP by Oct. 7 by calling 484-200-8260 or online here . Anyone with questions can contact Shusterman’s office at 484-200-8260. Read more

 

Women's Re-Entry, Fire Company/EMS, and Open Space Funding Opportunities

(Sep 26, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry: 2023-24 PennSERVE Grants for Health and Community Service Programs (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Institutions of higher education, Indian tribes, local governments, nonprofit organizations, and states. Use : To allow organizations to recruit and support AmeriCorps members as they serve unmet community needs. Funds : Varies by award. Application Deadline : October 12, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.dli.pa.gov/Individuals/pennserve/grants/Pages/default.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Youth Justice Advisory Board Council Pilot Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Any agency currently implementing a youth engagement program including (but not limited to): Any private non-profit agency, public agency, or unit of local government. Use : To establish and coordinate county-based Youth Justice Advisory Board Councils (YJAB-Cs) across the Commonwealth with the long-term goal to increase directly impacted youth voice and input in their communities and with the youth-led subcommittee and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee. Funds : Up to $350,000 in total state funding to support between three or four organizations. Application Deadline : October Read more

 

Shusterman urges colleagues to vote “NO” on the Animal Welfare Board bill

(Sep 15, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 15 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, is urging her colleagues in the legislature to vote “no” on S.B. 907. The bill would create a Domestic Animal Welfare Board to review existing laws and regulations related to the keeping and handling of animals and to make recommendations for legislative and regulatory changes. “While having a board oversee animal welfare may sound like a good thing, I fear that this board will be packed with members who represent the pet sale industry and not animal welfare experts,” said Shusterman. “We must do all we can to strengthen our animal protection legislation and letting those who support puppy mills have a say will weaken the animal protection laws we already have here in Pennsylvania. I urge my House colleagues to vote no on this legislation.” Senate Bill 907 is currently sitting in the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. Read more

 

Violence Intervention and Prevention, Transportation, and Local Law Enforcement Funding Opportunities

(Sep 13, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Commonwealth Financing Authority: Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund (GEDTF) (Funding Source: Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund) Who May Apply : Allegheny County Municipalities, Authorities (Redevelopment, Municipal or Industrial), Councils of Government, Non-Profit Organizations, Trusts and For Profit Organizations. Use : To support community and economic development projects in Allegheny County. Funds : Awards between $150,000 and $500,000. Application Deadline : September 23, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.alleghenycounty.us/economic-development/authorities/gedtf-fund.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Transportation: Traffic Signal Technologies Grant Program (Funding Source: Motor License Fund) Who May Apply : Municipalities. Use : To install and maintain traffic signal technologies. Funds : Varies by award. This is a reimbursement grant with no matching funds required. Application Deadline : September 30, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.dot.state.pa.us/public/Bureaus/BOMO/Portal/TST_INFO.pdf . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Grant Program (Funding Source: American Rescue Plan Act Funds) Who May Apply Read more

 

Shusterman invites residents to her Sept. 14 Open House

(Sep 01, 2022)

PAOLI, Sept. 1– State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, said she is inviting residents of the 157 th Legislative District to join her and her staff for an open house from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 at her district office, 42 E. Lancaster Ave., Unit A. “Getting to meet with constituents is an important part of being a state representative,” Shusterman said. “The best way to serve my district is to know what is important to them. We welcome everyone to stop by our open house and I look forward to hearing constituents’ thoughts on issues, which will help me better serve as their voice in Harrisburg.” Residents of all ages are invited to visit the office, meet Shusterman, get the latest news from Harrisburg, sign up for a SEPTA Senior Pass and check for unclaimed property. Shusterman and her staff will also be available to assist with any state-related matters. During the open house, the district office will collect new and gently used children’s books. The donated books will be given to the Paoli and Easttown libraries. For more information, call the office at (484) 200-8260 or email RepShusterman@pahouse.net . Read more

 

GRANT MEMO: Youth Agriculture, Urban Agriculture, and Watershed Cooperative Funding Opportunities

(Aug 30, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: ?Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : An individual, partnership, association, firm, corporation, cooperatives or any other legal entity. Use : To support projects that grow agricultural infrastructure in urban food deserts to improve access to fresh, local food and provide opportunities for hands-on learning, community-building, and for people to become social entrepreneurs. Community gardens are eligible projects. Funds : $2,500 micro grants or up to $50,000 for collaboration grants. Application Deadline : September 16, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Funding/Farmbill/Pages/Urban-Ag-Grant.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: ?Very Small Meat and Poultry Processor Reimbursement Grant Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : An individual, partnership, association, firm, corporation or any other legal entity. Use : To support the development and expansion of current or future very small meat and poultry processing operations. Funds : Grants are limited to no more than $100,000 per applicant. Application Deadline : September 26, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Funding/Farmbill/Pages/Very-Small-Meat-Processor-Grant.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: ?Agriculture and Youth Grant Program Read more

 

Shusterman announces school funding for Phoenixville Area School District

(Aug 25, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 25 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, today announced the award of a new $250,000 Ready to Learn block grant for Phoenixville Area School District. She said the funding, for which she advocated, is in addition to record investments in basic and special education, mental health care, and safety initiatives provided for schools across Pennsylvania in the recently enacted state budget. “Phoenixville School District is set to receive this injection to help classroom learning and technology improvements directly,” Shusterman said. “Investments like the Ready to Learn program are designed to impact students where they learn and how they learn, with funds available for technology upgrades and other improvements to the classroom.” Shusterman also pointed out that school districts received the following state funds in this year’s budget: Phoenixville Area School District: $600,389 (11.1% increase from last year). Spring-Ford Area School District: $1,595,554 (15% increase from last year). Tredyffrin-Easttown School District: $589,067 (14.6% increase from last year). The budget increases education funding by almost $750 million ($525 million in Basic Education funding and $225 million in Level Up funding). The budget also invests $100 million in Special Education, $100 million in school safety and security, and $100 million in mental health resources for Read more

 

Rep. Shusterman Statement Regarding Requesting a Legislative Moratorium on Act 12 Section 1329 Public Sewer Sales

(Aug 22, 2022)

Over the past few months, I have heard from many Willistown residents who are affected by the recent sale of the Willistown sewer system to AQUA. Read more

 

E-BLAST: An Evening at the Arboretum is Aug. 23

(Aug 19, 2022)

I invite residents of the 157th Legislative District to join me from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 at the Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens, 631 Berwyn Baptist Road in Devon for an informal discussion about the vital role greenspaces play in maintaining the well-being of neighborhoods. Read more

 

Shusterman announces state funding for Valley Forge Park

(Aug 17, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 17 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, today announced the award of $150,000 in state funding for Historic Philadelphia Inc., which will allow for programing to continue in Valley Forge Park. Every $1 spent on tourism brings $3 into Pennsylvania and its economy, said Shusterman, who serves on the state House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee. “Valley Forge Park is a real critical piece of America’s history in our backyard,” she said. “I’m happy to have help put forth this funding in the recently passed state budget, one that makes record investments in Pennsylvania’s schools, cultural landmarks, critical programs and services, and more.” Historic Philadelphia Inc. also helps provide programming at Independence Hall and at the Constitution Center, as well as for the Chinese Lantern Festival in Philadelphia. “This is not just a local investment,” she said. “We’re promoting regionwide strengthening in our tourism sector, continuing to link the cultural sites in our great southeastern Pennsylvania counties.” The park is also home to protected wildlife and an extensive system of trails. It hosts thousands of visitors per month. Read more

 

Rep. Shusterman's August 2022 Newsletter

(Aug 15, 2022)

We are just a few weeks away from fall. Ihope everyone is enjoying the last part ofsummer before the kids head back to school! Read more

 

Shusterman: The Phoenixville Area Senior Center secures $125K in state funding

(Aug 11, 2022)

PAOLI, Aug. 11 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, announced today that the Phoenixville Area Senior Center was awarded $125,000 in state funding. The grant, funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development , will pay for renovation and engineering costs associated with an electrical improvement project. “This grant will help the Phoenixville Area Senior Center use the upstairs part of their building through HVAC renovations,” said Shusterman. “This means the center will have more space to provide additional services. I’m glad to see our tax dollars invested in a community center helping seniors stay healthy, active and connected.” Founded in 1978, the Phoenixville Area Senior Center exists to serve, support and enhance the lives of all senior citizens, 55 years of age and older. It is located at 153 Church St. in Phoenixville and offers different programs and activities for residents in Chester and Montgomery counties. Those who need help applying for grants, or those with questions should contact Shusterman’s office at 484-200-8260 or RepShusterman@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Shusterman to host 'An Evening at the Arboretum'

(Aug 11, 2022)

PAOLI, Aug. 11 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman invites residents of the 157 th Legislative District to join her from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 at the Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens, 631 Berwyn Baptist Road in Devon for an informal discussion about the vital role greenspaces play in maintaining the well-being of neighborhoods. Executive Director Tom Smarr will lead the discussion. Afterward, attendees are invited to stay for a self-guided tour of the beautiful grounds. “I look forward to listening to your concerns and discussing ways we can protect our greenspaces,” said Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery. “Not only are greenspaces good for the environment, but they also reduce stress and improve mental health. I hope you can join us.” Anyone with questions should contact Shusterman’s office at 484-200-8260 or RepShusterman@pahouse.net . Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens is a community supported botanical garden with 48 acres of gardens and woodland, 1.2 miles of trails, year-round educational programs and a Garden Shop. It’s open daily with free admission. Read more

 

County Election, Rail Freight, and Environmental Education Funding Opportunity For Your District

(Aug 08, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development: Election Integrity Grant Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Pennsylvania counties. Use : To support the work of county governments and their election offices. Funds : Funding is allocated proportionally based upon the number of registered voters within the county in the previous primary election. Application Deadline : August 15, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.esa.dced.state.pa.us/Login.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Transportation: Rail Freight Assistance Program (Funding Source: Multimodal Transportation Fund) Who May Apply : Freight railroads, freight railroad-served shippers, and economic development entities. Use : To support investment in rail freight infrastructure. Funds : The maximum state funding for a RFAP project is 70 percent of the total project costs, not to exceed $700,000. Application Deadline : September 2, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.penndot.pa.gov/Doing-Business/RailFreightAndPorts/Pages/Grants-and-Loans.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Transportation: Rail Transportation Assistance Program (Funding Source: General Obligation Debt) Who May Apply : Freight railroads, freight railroad-served Read more

 

Shusterman supports L&I decision to end waitlist for vocational rehabilitation services

(Aug 08, 2022)

PAOLI, Aug. 8 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, today applauded the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s decision to end waitlists for all significantly disabled and non-significantly disabled individuals seeking vocational rehabilitation services. “As co-chair of the Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Caucus and a member of the state Workforce Development Board, I consistently advocate for removing barriers that people with disabilities face when seeking employment,” Shusterman said. “I am pleased to see an end to the waitlist and am hopeful that it can remain open so more individuals will be able to gain career experiences and receive essential services.” L&I’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation assists Pennsylvanians with disabilities in obtaining and retaining employment while keeping their independence. Since 2016, nearly 370,000 individuals have received services from OVR, including vocational counseling, evaluations, medical diagnostic services, medical restoration services, employment training, placement services and career support services. L&I announced that this change is effective through June 30, 2023. OVR will then review the fiscal outlook and decide whether the services to all groups can remain open without the waitlist. More information on OVR services is available by visiting the local OVR office , or apply for OVR Read more

 

State programs now open for applications

(Jul 25, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Office of the Budget: Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) (Funding Source: General Obligation Debt) Who May Apply : Entities that have a project itemized in a Capital Budget Itemization Act from the past 10 years. List of eligible projects can be found here: Itemized Project Eligible for Funding . Use : The acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects that have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity. RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs. Funds : Projects must have a $1 million minimum project cost and a 50% match (state funds cannot be used as match). Application Deadline : August 19, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.budget.pa.gov/Programs/RACP/Pages/Main%20Page.aspx . UPCOMING APPLICATION DEADLINES: DDAP Pregnancy Support Services Grant: July 29, 2022 (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Any entity that is able to serve pregnant or postpartum women in recovery from SUD. - To provide support services to pregnant women and postpartum women in recovery from Substance Use Disorder Read more

 

E-BLAST: Veterans BBQ, abortion access in PA, historic state budget and more

(Jul 21, 2022)

Thank you to all the veterans, their families, and the vendors that made my Annual Veterans BBQ a huge success. Read more

 

Housing, Public Health Infrastructure, and Clean Energy Funding Opportunities

(Jul 18, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: Pregnancy Support Services Grant (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Any entity that is able to serve pregnant or postpartum women in recovery from SUD. Use : To provide support services to pregnant women and postpartum women in recovery from Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Funds: Awards up to $600,000. Application Deadline : July 29, 2022. More Information : Click on https://www.ddap.pa.gov/Documents/Funding%20documents/GIFA%2022-03%20Pregnancy%20Support%20Service.pdf . Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection: Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : School districts, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and businesses in Pennsylvania. Use : To assist in a transition to cleaner fuel transportation. Funds : Up to $300,000 per applicant. Application Deadline : There are two application periods. The program will collect and review all applications submitted by August 26, 2022, and again by December 16, 2022. More Information : Click on https://www.dep.pa.gov/Citizens/GrantsLoansRebates/Alternative-Fuels-Incentive-Grant/Pages/default.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Statewide Victim Witness Training Project 2023 Read more

 

E-BLAST: Voting information and resources for you
7 hours ago

E-BLAST: District highlights, legislative updates, grants and more!
Sep 29, 2022

Shusterman invites veterans to attend her annual breakfast
Sep 28, 2022

Women's Re-Entry, Fire Company/EMS, and Open Space Funding Opportunities
Sep 26, 2022

Shusterman urges colleagues to vote “NO” on the Animal Welfare Board bill
Sep 15, 2022

Violence Intervention and Prevention, Transportation, and Local Law Enforcement Funding Opportunities
Sep 13, 2022

Shusterman invites residents to her Sept. 14 Open House
Sep 01, 2022

GRANT MEMO: Youth Agriculture, Urban Agriculture, and Watershed Cooperative Funding Opportunities
Aug 30, 2022

Shusterman announces school funding for Phoenixville Area School District
Aug 25, 2022

Rep. Shusterman Statement Regarding Requesting a Legislative Moratorium on Act 12 Section 1329 Public Sewer Sales
Aug 22, 2022

E-BLAST: An Evening at the Arboretum is Aug. 23
Aug 19, 2022

Shusterman announces state funding for Valley Forge Park
Aug 17, 2022

Rep. Shusterman's August 2022 Newsletter
Aug 15, 2022

Shusterman: The Phoenixville Area Senior Center secures $125K in state funding
Aug 11, 2022

Shusterman to host 'An Evening at the Arboretum'
Aug 11, 2022

County Election, Rail Freight, and Environmental Education Funding Opportunity For Your District
Aug 08, 2022

Shusterman supports L&I decision to end waitlist for vocational rehabilitation services
Aug 08, 2022

State programs now open for applications
Jul 25, 2022

E-BLAST: Veterans BBQ, abortion access in PA, historic state budget and more
Jul 21, 2022

Housing, Public Health Infrastructure, and Clean Energy Funding Opportunities
Jul 18, 2022