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

 

O’Mara, Shusterman applaud funding for women’s apprenticeship program

(Jul 15, 2022)

HARRISBURG, July 15 – State Reps. Jennifer O’Mara and Melissa Shusterman today announced Apprentice Training for the Electrical Industry was awarded $394,383 for a program introducing young women to the electrical trade. “More women are entering the electrical trade than ever before,” O’Mara said. “It can be a great career path, and I am pleased we were able to help secure this important funding. Having more women learn this important trade will help break down old, incorrect stereotypes.” The program, “Rosie’s Girls,” is designed to familiarize young women with safety, tools, theoretical basics of electrical and telecommunications installation, and jobsite conditions, as well as an introduction to other career paths in the building and construction trades. This is a partnership with ATEI and the public-school districts in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. “This program is a great way to give the young women in Southeastern Pennsylvania hands-on training in a career field once dominated by men,” Shusterman said. “I applaud the effort by Apprentice Training for the Electrical Industry to recruit women into the trades workforce. I am happy to see the state invest in a program that will help give young women more professional opportunities.” The grants, offered through the Pennsylvania Department of Labor Read more

 

Shusterman announces nearly $1.4M in funding to improve traffic safety

(Jul 14, 2022)

HARRISBURG, July 14 – The 157 th Legislative District will receive nearly $1.4 million to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety, said state Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery. “This funding through the ‘Green Light-Go’ Program will improve traffic congestion, leading to fewer accidents,” Shusterman said. “These improvements will keep our residents safe, and I am pleased to see this funding invested into our district.” The grant program will help fund the following two projects: $976,880 awarded to Tredyffrin Township for upgrades to traffic signals at five intersections along Valley Forge Road. $399,101 awarded to Upper Providence Township to modernize the traffic signal at Collegeville Road (Route 29) and Doe Run Boulevard. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Green Light-Go grants are provided as reimbursement?s to municipalities for updates to improve the efficiency and operation of existing traffic signals. Grant funding through the Green Light-Go program may be used for traffic improvements including, but not limited to?, light-emitting diode (LED) technology installation, traffic signal retiming, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies. Read more

 

State budget moves Pennsylvania forward

(Jul 07, 2022)

HARRISBURG, July 7 – This evening, state Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, voted in favor of the state budget, applauding its historic investments in schools. This budget increases education funding by almost $750 million ($525 million in Basic Education Funding and $225 million in Level Up funding). This budget also invests $100 million in Special Education, $100 million in school safety and security, $100 million in mental health resources in schools, $60 million investment in Pre-K and $19 million in Head Start programs. School districts in the 157 th Legislative District, will receive the following additional school funding: 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). “This budget is an investment in our children’s future, providing equity in education and ensuring our most underfunded districts receive necessary funds to better their schools and provide opportunities for students,” Shusterman said. “Our children deserve a good education regardless of where they live. I am proud to see the playing field leveled for students across the commonwealth.” The budget also creates a Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania is one of 19 states that does Read more

 

E-BLAST: Veterans BBQ, Roe v Wade reaction, legislative update and more

(Jul 01, 2022)

Veterans, friends, and family are all welcome to my Annual Veterans BBQ at Wilson Farm Park Pavilion from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. Read more

 

Shusterman: The Supreme Court decision isn’t pro-life, it’s anti-choice

(Jun 24, 2022)

HARRISBURG, June 24 – Today, state Rep. Melissa Shusterman issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case. “Quite frankly, I'm disgusted. Overturning Roe v. Wade will result in millions of women losing the ability to make their own extremely personal and private health care decisions.” “Unfortunately, I have colleagues that will immediately begin working to make abortion illegal in Pennsylvania. This decision will result in an increase in maternal mortality rates. It isn't a pro-life decision; it's an anti-choice decision.” “Roe protected the freedom for women and their families to make their own health care decisions. I will always support the freedom for women to make decisions for their own body.” Read more

 

Shusterman to host annual summer barbeque for veterans

(Jun 23, 2022)

PAOLI, JUNE 23 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, invites local veterans to her annual summer barbeque from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9 at Wilson Farm Park Pavilion, 600 Lee Road, Chesterbrook. “I am very excited to meet with our veterans and their families,” said Shusterman. “This event is a way to thank our local veterans for the sacrifices they made to preserve our nation’s freedoms and keep us all safe.” Veterans are welcomed to bring along family and guests; this event is open to all ages. In addition to a barbeque buffet, several organizations will be available to answer questions about benefits and services for those who have served. RSVPs are required. Please RSVP by July 5 by calling Shusterman’s office at 484-200-8260, or register online . Read more

 

Berwyn Fire Co. to receive additional state funding

(Jun 22, 2022)

HARRISBURG, June 22 – State Sens. Carolyn Comitta and Tim Kearney and state Reps. Kristine Howard and Melissa Shusterman announced today an additional $500,000 state grant for the Berwyn Fire Co. to assist in replacing its main station with a state-of-the-art new fire house. The Berwyn Fire Co. has been operating out of its current building for more than 90 years. Their two-phased plan would replace the existing Main Station on Bridge Avenue in Easttown Township and build a new permanent station in Tredyffrin Township. “I’m thrilled that we secured additional state funding to support Berwyn Fire Company,” Comitta said. “Providing strong emergency response services is a top priority for our communities. I hope the added funds will help bring the new fire station closer to reality so that our firefighters and emergency first responders have the equipment and resources they need to continue to do their jobs safely and effectively.” “I am happy to have helped secure RACP funding for the Berwyn Fire Company,” Kearney said. “Our first responders are critical to the safety and well-being of our communities, and this funding ensures that Berwyn Fire Company has the support they need to build a new firehouse, making way for a stronger emergency response infrastructure to safeguard our communities. The state funding will assist in Phase 1 of the project, replacing the old station. Read more

 

Shusterman secures additional funding for 675 E. Swedesford Road

(Jun 22, 2022)

PHOENIXVILLE, June 22 – The 675 E. Swedesford Road HQ has secured an additional $500,000 in state funding through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program , state Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, announced today. This grant will assist in funding a two-story parking structure to support 675 Swedesford Road’s timber-built office headquarters. The project will include installing electrical; geopiers; metal fabrication; fencing and guardrail; precast concrete; structural steel; air vapor barrier; roofing; joint sealants and waterproofing; carpentry, metal stud, drywall, and ceilings; fire protection; plumbing; and HVAC. “I am pleased that we were able to secure this funding for the 675 Swedesford Road Headquarters,” said Shusterman. “This project will modernize the way Chester County does business, by creating a sustainable and energy efficient building while also bringing more job opportunities to the community.” 675 E. Swedesford Road headquarters is a proposed 5-story office space at the corner of East Swedesford Road and Old Eagle School Road in Tredyffrin Township. It is a new class of office space, using 36,000 square feet of reclaimed wood for ceilings, floors, and conference rooms. Wood has a low manufacturing carbon footprint and is the only material that can remove carbon from the atmosphere. By using wood instead of steel, 1,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions will never be produced. Read more

 

Environmental, re-entry, and recycling funding opportunities

(Jun 21, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Assessing Racial & Ethnic Disparities (R/ED) in PA’s Criminal Justice System (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Higher education institutions (public/not-for-profit), nonprofit organizations, and for-profit institutions (i.e., consulting firms). Use : To develop and implement a statewide research initiative to identify current R/ED levels using quantitative methods, understand potential drivers using qualitative methods, and make recommendations to chart a path forward. Funds : Up to $250,000. Application Deadline : July 12, 2022 More Information : Click on https://egrants.pccd.pa.gov/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Victim Advocacy – School District of Philadelphia (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply: Organizations that provide direct services to crime victims and may be operated by a non-profit organization or public (governmental) agency, or a combination of such agencies or organizations. Use : To support students and their families who are victims of violence within the School District of Philadelphia. Funds : Up to $375,000 over three years. PCCD expects to fund one (1) applicant over a three-year project period. Application Deadline : Read more

 

Rep. Shusterman's June 2022 Newsletter

(Jun 20, 2022)

Happy Summer! I first want to congratulateall of the 2022 graduates! I’m extremely proud of your hard work and dedication. Read more

 

Shusterman announces grant money to address student mental health needs

(Jun 08, 2022)

HARRISBURG, June 8 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, announced today the Woodlynde School in Chester County has received $136,370 in state funding to support student mental health needs. “Since the COVID-19 pandemic began more than two years ago, we have seen an increase of mental health needs in students at every age,” said Shusterman. “Our children are in desperate need of help. It is essential that our schools are equipped with resources to address these needs. I am proud to see this funding awarded to the Woodlynde School.” The Woodlynde School plans to use the funding to: engage a trained specialist in social-emotional mental health and to provide accompanying professional development for colleagues to support and develop their comprehensive Social-Emotional Learning programming, data gathering processes, counseling services, and behavior referral program. hire a teaching colleague who has experience in counseling, social-emotional learning, emotional support, and/or behavior analysis. provide team-based support to continue the school’s efforts in a comprehensive model for social-emotional learning and support in grades K-12. create a bank of resources and a shared vision of social-emotional supports in every classroom and every content area. grow the school’s behavior referral program and data collection procedures to respond to emotional needs Read more

 

E-Blast: Legislative Update, Happy Pride Month and more

(Jun 02, 2022)

As always, I want to share information that I hope you find informative and useful. Read more

 

Home and community-based services, crisis intervention, and archival records care funding opportunities

(Jun 01, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Quality Improvement Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : An entity enrolled with the Department’s OLTL as a Medical Assistance provider type 59 and have a signed OLTL-HCBS Waiver Agreement and be actively rendering services to participants in the CHC or OBRA waiver programs or both as of the date of May 1, 2022. Use : To help HCBS providers implement projects to improve the quality of services provided to individuals in the CHC and the OBRA waiver programs. Funds : Up to $40,000 in funding. Application Deadline : December 31, 2022 or until funds are expended. More Information : Click on https://www.dhs.pa.gov/providers/Providers/Pages/Long-Term-Care-Providers.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Work Force Support Grant (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Certified child care providers. Use : To support the work force of DHS certified child care providers. Funds : Amounts vary by award. Application Deadline : June 17, 2022. More Information : Click on https://www.pakeys.org/workforcesupportgrants/ . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: 2022 Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Policy and Implementation Program Read more

 

Lawmakers, county officials tour Paoli Hospital in wake of hospital closings

(May 27, 2022)

State Senator Carolyn Comitta, State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, and Chester County Commission Chair Marian Moskowitz recently visited Paoli Hospital, part of Main Line Health, to tour its campus and discuss the ongoing challenges facing hospitals and healthcare systems in the region. Read more

 

Local lawmakers on gun violence: ‘Enough is enough’

(May 26, 2022)

“There are elected officials that do care and want to act so tragedies like these don’t keep happening, but common-sense legislation is tied up and never gets a vote,” said state Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-157th Dist. Read more

 

PA Lawmaker Working On Bill To Support Abortion Resources

(May 23, 2022)

Melissa L. Shusterman is working on legislation for funding to organizations supporting all health care options, including abortion. Read more

 

E-BLAST: Legislative Highlights, Grants Available, District Events and More

(May 20, 2022)

Public funding should be going to organizations that provide all health care options for pregnant women, not biased organizations that don’t provide information about abortion. Read more

 

Now open for applications: Substance use disorder, violence prevention, and suicide prevention funding opportunities

(May 10, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Eligible practitioners with the capacity to provide SUD treatment or SCA-funded case management services at approved practice site(s) and can demonstrate a minimum of two prior years of experience in the SUD field as well as a service commitment of two additional years. Use : To support the supply, distribution and retention of individuals delivering SUD treatment and SCA funded case management services. Funds : Varies by award. Application Deadline : May 26, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.ddap.pa.gov/Documents/Funding%20documents/GIFA%2022-02%20LoanRepayment_applicationguidance.pdf . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Enhancing Services to Culturally Specific Populations Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : A nonprofit organization for which the primary purpose of the organization as a whole is to provide culturally specific services to one or more of the following racial and ethnic communities: 1) American Indians (including Alaska Natives, Eskimos, and Aleuts); 2) Asian Americans; 3) Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; 4) Blacks; and 5) Hispanics. Use : To establish, expand, or Read more

 

Ghost Guns Kill Real People. It’s Past Time to Address Their Use

(May 10, 2022)

Ghost guns – unserialized, privately made firearms – have become an increasing and dangerous problem in the United States and right here in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

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

O’Mara, Shusterman applaud funding for women’s apprenticeship program
Jul 15, 2022

Shusterman announces nearly $1.4M in funding to improve traffic safety
Jul 14, 2022

State budget moves Pennsylvania forward
Jul 07, 2022

E-BLAST: Veterans BBQ, Roe v Wade reaction, legislative update and more
Jul 01, 2022

Shusterman: The Supreme Court decision isn’t pro-life, it’s anti-choice
Jun 24, 2022

Shusterman to host annual summer barbeque for veterans
Jun 23, 2022

Berwyn Fire Co. to receive additional state funding
Jun 22, 2022

Shusterman secures additional funding for 675 E. Swedesford Road
Jun 22, 2022

Environmental, re-entry, and recycling funding opportunities
Jun 21, 2022

Rep. Shusterman's June 2022 Newsletter
Jun 20, 2022

Shusterman announces grant money to address student mental health needs
Jun 08, 2022

E-Blast: Legislative Update, Happy Pride Month and more
Jun 02, 2022

Home and community-based services, crisis intervention, and archival records care funding opportunities
Jun 01, 2022

Lawmakers, county officials tour Paoli Hospital in wake of hospital closings
May 27, 2022

Local lawmakers on gun violence: ‘Enough is enough’
May 26, 2022

PA Lawmaker Working On Bill To Support Abortion Resources
May 23, 2022

E-BLAST: Legislative Highlights, Grants Available, District Events and More
May 20, 2022

Now open for applications: Substance use disorder, violence prevention, and suicide prevention funding opportunities
May 10, 2022

Ghost Guns Kill Real People. It’s Past Time to Address Their Use
May 10, 2022