In this email update:
Community Safety Grants Available to Municipalities, Colleges, Other Organizations
Nothing is more important than creating a safe environment for young people. A new grant program will help build stronger partnerships to boost safety and reduce the risk of violence
The grants will be offered as part of a program that was included in this year’s state budget to improve school safety and combat community violence. A total of $7.5 million will be awarded statewide during this fiscal year through June 30th to support community violence prevention programs.
During a series of Senate Majority Policy public hearings on the subject of school violence which I organized earlier this year, this funding was strongly supported by a bipartisan coalition of local schools, state senators and representatives, and communities throughout the state.
Applications and more information about the grants are available on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s website under the School Safety and Security heading.
Property Tax and Rent Rebate Applications Due December 31
The state’s Property Tax Rent Rebate Program provides financial assistance to low-income seniors and disabled individuals by refunding a portion of rent or property taxes paid during the previous year. The deadline to apply for rebates on rent or taxes paid in 2017 is December 31.
Information and applications for the Property Tax Rent Rebate Program are available online at www.revenue.state.pa.us or by calling toll-free 1-888-222-9190. Property Tax Rent Rebate claim forms and more information are also available at my district offices in Mahanoy City, Hamburg, Pottsville, Spring Township, and Tamaqua.
More information on the program is available here.
Attorney General Calendar Contest Winner in the 29th District
In October, National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, fifth-grade students in Pennsylvania were invited to create an original work of art illustrating a drug-free message. The artwork of 13 students was selected to appear in the 2019 calendar, which is circulated throughout the state in an effort to educate the public about the dangers of drug use.
Ms. Isabell DiCarlo, a 5th grade student from West Penn Elementary School in Tamaqua, submitted artwork that was selected to be featured in the 2019 Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Drug-Free calendar.
Josh Paul from my Harrisburg staff presented her with a certificate from the Senate to recognize her impressive achievement. Congrats again Isabell, you have made us all proud!
SBA Aid for Counties impacted by Aug 10-15 Storms
Homeowners, renters and businesses impacted by the storms in Bradford, Columbia, Delaware, Northumberland, Schuylkill and Susquehanna, as well as neighboring counties Berks, Carbon, Chester, Dauphin, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Montgomery, Montour, Perry, Philadelphia, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Wayne and Wyoming may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans through the SBA Disaster Loan Programs.
Low-interest loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. SBA regulations permit loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million to restore damaged or destroyed buildings, inventory, equipment and assets.
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA’s website, send by mail, or complete in person. SBA’s Customer Service Representatives will be available at Schuylkill County’s Disaster Loan Outreach Center at the Port Carbon Borough Municipal Building to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help individuals complete their applications. The center will open Thursday, December 13th at 11 a.m. and will close Thursday December 20th at 4 p.m.