Thursday, November 20, 2014

Runaway Services at PathWays PA and Beyond

November is National Runaway Prevention Month, which means it is the perfect time to remind everyone of PathWays PA's Basic Center Program (BCP).

The BCP is a community-based residential facility located in West Philadelphia that provides runaway prevention and intervention services for teen girls who have runaway, are homeless or are at risk of being a runaway and/or homeless youth. Five clients, aged 13-17 years, may reside at the Basic Center Program at any given time. The BCP is also now offering an after-school drop-in program for residents and non-residents. The teen lounge will be available for girls ages 13-17 in Philadelphia on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Teen girls can get homework help, a snack, sign up for support and life skills groups or just hang out. To learn more about the Basic Center Program, please contact the Basic Center at 215-397-4287.

As the winter sets in and the temperatures turn cold, remember that America’s youth need safe shelter. Now is the time to urge our Federal Senators to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act. This essential bill provides youth with services, including street outreach, drop-in centers for youth, and most importantly with snow falling--beds!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Come Meet the HeroesPath Staff on Veterans Day

The HeroesPath staff will be participating in Veterans Day activities throughout the community to thank Veterans for their service and discuss how the HeroesPath program can help Veterans successfully transition to civilian life and civilian employment. Be sure to say hello to the HeroesPath staff when you see them at the following events:

Delaware County Veterans are invited to a breakfast hosted by State Representative William Adolph at Paxon Hollow Country Club, from 8:00am to 9:30am at 850 Paxon Hollow Road, Media Pa 19063. Free breakfast to honor the service of our veterans, as well as representatives from the DMVA and Herbert Fouch, HeroesPath Veteran Navigator to answer any questions veterans may have. RSVP by November 10 to Kyle Rice, Constituent Outreach Specialist at 610-544-9878.

The 55th Annual Delaware County Veterans Day Parade starting at 11:00am on State Street in Media. Our own HeroesPath Veteran Navigator, Herbert Fouch, Combat Veteran 2004-2005 Western Iraq, will be walking the parade route, please come out and join him.

MacDade Bowl – located at 2105 MacDade Blvd in Holmes PA are pleased to invite all vets, all active service members with their families to bowl from 10:00am-4:00pm. They will offer 2 games with shoes free for service members. Family members will be $2.00 each for the 2 games with shoes. Please contact Dee Gilchrist at 610-532-9044 for further information. A HeroesPath Veteran Navigator will be there from 2:00pm to 4:00pm to assist those vets in need of jobs and support services.

Applebee’s - Free meal available from open to close for Vets and Active Duty Military . Call your neighborhood Applebee’s to see if they are participating and for detail of proof of military service. The Havertown and Folsom Applebee’s are participating and they are located at 1305 West Chester Pike, Havertown, 610-449-2295 and 320 MacDade Blvd in Folsom, 610-461-7575. A HeroesPath Veteran Navigator will be at the Folsom location from 11:00am to 1:30 to assist those vets in need of jobs and support services.

Llanerch Diner – 95 E Township Line Rd, Upper Darby, PA 19082. The HeroesPath program has partnered with Llanerch Diner to provide a discount for all Military Veterans on Veterans Day. All vets will receive free coffee and 15% discount off of breakfast, lunch and dinner, meals only. Call 610-789-6057 for further information. HeroesPath informational materials will be in the vestibule.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Join Us in Building Assets in Pennsylvania!

PathWays PA invites you to join a statewide coalition focused on addressing the needs of low-income Pennsylvanians and the policies that can help them build assets and resources. This coalition will be part of the nationwide Assets and Opportunities Network, a movement-oriented group of advocates, practitioners, policymakers, and others nationwide working to expand the reach and deepen the impact of asset-based strategies. Network members are on the frontlines of state and local policy advocacy, coalition-building and service delivery.

RSVP to join us or to learn more during our interactive webinar December 2!

As you may know, PathWays PA is an active, known presence in the areas of policy and advocacy in Pennsylvania. We welcome the opportunity to work with your organization to build a strong, vibrant coalition that will play a key role in creating asset opportunities for your clients and for families throughout the state. The goal is to create a statewide effort, encompassing a broad range of organizations, focusing on issues including but not limited to:

  • Education: Ensuring access to early education, K-12 education, college savings programs, and adult education, as well as offering financial literacy in schools throughout Pennsylvania
  • Workplace: Giving all workers the opportunity to earn fair compensation through a higher minimum wage, improving opportunities for employment, earnings equity, and microenterprise
  • Banking: Increasing opportunities for building and improving credit, access to banking and other tools and strategies that build assets
  • Housing: Increase opportunities for home ownership and decrease foreclosures;
  • Healthcare: Increase insurance coverage within low income populations


The National Assets and Opportunities Network will be a resource for all organizations involved to access data rich information from across the country and statewide on reported figures such as those in the annual Pennsylvania Scorecard (click here for the 2014 version).

The National Network will also provide the Coalition opportunities to share Pennsylvania outcomes nationwide compared to other states to media outlets as the coming year’s Scorecard is developed.

PathWays PA is planning a statewide online networking meeting on December 2 at 3 PM. We hope you will participate in this webinar and join organizations across the state working together in building opportunities for Pennsylvanians on issues that have national appeal, local impact, and positive results for low-income families.

RSVP to join us or to learn more during our interactive webinar December 2!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Opportunity to Respond to HUD Youth Documents and Annual Report

From our friends at The National Network for Youth

The needs of runaway and homeless youth continue to be an issue across the country and right here in our community. As the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) works to meet President Obama’s “Opening Doors” mandate to end youth homelessness by 2020, HUD released some youth specific documents in the past month.

These documents include "Children and Youth and HUD’s Homeless Definition." In this document, readers can find outlines and summaries of the four categories of HUD Homelessness assistance program eligibility. A letter regarding HUD's work with youth homelessness has also been issued.

HUD also recently released their 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report. According to the National Network for Youth and others, this report includes "misleading data" - you can read a press release from national organizations here.

The National Network for Youth is offering organizations and advocates an opportunity to bring their comments to HUD. You can answer these brief questions to let them know what questions and concerns you may have about these documents by November 14, 2014.

If you are a runaway or homeless youth or know of youth who need assistance, there are programs that can help. PathWays PA runs a Basic Center for teen girls in West Philadelphia with room for five residential clients and an after-school drop-in center. The teen lounge will be available for girls ages 13-17 in Philadelphia on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Teen girls can get homework help, a snack, sign up for support and life skills groups or just hang out. To learn more about the Basic Center Program, please contact the Basic Center at 215-397-4287.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Available Food Assistance Programs

***If you live in Southeastern Pennsylvania, you can contact PathWays PA at 610-543-5022 to see if you qualify.***

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps)

What is it?
SNAP is a federal benefit program that puts food on the tables of low-income households. SNAP recipients in Pennsylvania use an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, also known as ACCESS. This card works like a debit card and can be used at grocery stores, supermarkets and some farmers markets. SNAP benefits buy food items or seeds and plants to grow your own food.

Do I qualify?
The SNAP program will look at all kinds of factors to determine your eligibility, like whether you have an elderly or disabled person living in your household, your savings account, medical bills, etc. Eligibility is also based on monthly income and expenses.

Households where all members receive or are authorized to receive Cash Assistance, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Family Works (FW) are considered categorically eligible for SNAP, which means they do not have to meet resource or income limits.

Because eligibility varies depending on your circumstances, even if you earn more than the eligibility range below, you may still qualify. The best way to determine if your household will qualify for SNAP is to apply.

SNAP Income Guidelines
Household Size
Maximum Gross Monthly Income (2014)
Maximum Gross Monthly Income for Families with Elderly/Disabled Members (2014)
1
$1,557
$1,946
2
$2,098
$2,622
3
$2,640
$3,300
4
$3,181
$3,976
5
$3,722
$4,652
6
$4,264
$5,330
7
$4,805
$6,006
8
$5,346
$6,682
each additional member
+$542
+$678


How do I apply?
You can apply at www.compass.state.pa or in-person at your local County Assistance Office.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

What is it?
WIC is a federally funded program that provides healthy supplemental food and nutrition services for pregnant and postpartum women, as well as infants and children under age five.

Do I qualify?
All pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children up to age five can be eligible. Income eligibility standards must be met for new participants and for recertifying current participants. Participants must also have medical or nutritional risk, which will be determined at the certification appointment. Participants must reside in Pennsylvania. WIC does not require proof of citizenship or alien status.

WIC Income Guidelines
Household Size
(include unborn children)
Monthly Approximate Income (2014)
Annual Income (2014)
1
$1,799
$21,590
2
$2,425
$29,101
3
$3,050
$36,612
4
$3,676
$44,123
5
$4,302
$51,634
6
$4,928
$59,145
7
$5,554
$66,656
8
$6,180
$74,167
each additional member
+$626
+$7,511


How do I apply?
Find your local WIC office at http://www.pawic.com/91/Local+Agency+List.html.

National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs

What is it?
The National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs provide free or low-cost nutritious meals to school children in an effort to encourage learning in school. Children can receive these meals in school until age 18. Free Summer Food Programs are also available.

Do I qualify?

National School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Household Size
Monthly Income for
Free Meals
(Through June 30, 2015)
Monthly Income for
Reduced Price Meals 
(Through June 30, 2015)
1
$973
$1,800
2
$1,311
$2,426
3
$1,650
$3,051
4
$1,988
$3,677
5
$2,326
$4,303
6
$2,665
$4,929
7
$3,003
$5,555
8
$3,341
$6,181
each additional member
+$339
+$626


How do I apply?
You can apply at www.compass.state.pa or in-person at your local County Assistance Office. You can also ask your school for an application and information.

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