Posted by Victoria A. Coyle, NPLS Executive Director on April 2, 2015
Congratulations to the City of Allentown for getting behind Mayor Pawlowski’s initiative to “Ban the Box!” This is a terrific collaboration demonstrating how local government can work together to promote the best interests of the people living within its boundaries.
Across the country, fair housing organizations, community justice and advocacy groups, along with federal and state housing agencies recognize April as Fair Housing Month. On April 11, 1968, the Federal Fair Housing Act was enacted. The Fair Housing Act prohibited discrimination in the rental, purchase and financing of dwellings based on race, color, national origin and religion. Each year thereafter, we commemorate the efforts to outlaw discrimination in housing and ensure equal enjoyment of housing opportunities to all.
Claire Smith, who has served on NPLS' Board of Directors since 2013, was featured in a recent news story in the Sungazette. Ms. Smith runs the outreach soup kitchen at the West End Christian Community Center in Williamsport. You can read the story by clicking on the following link.
The Department of Human Services (DHS) is expanding its Medicaid program, also known as Medical Assistance (MA). The expansion of MA will provide health care coverage in a streamlined manner to Pennsyvlanians who are most in need. It's important to note that eligibility rules will NOT change.