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Energy Efficiency and Economic Benefits Emphasized in DEP’s 2015 Climate Change Action Plan Update

Governor Tom Wolf today accepted the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) 2015 Climate Change Action Plan Update that details how increasing energy efficiency in all sectors and at all levels will play a key role in reducing Pennsylvania’s greenhouse gas emissions by target year 2030.

BARLETTA PRESENTS ANGELS IN ADOPTION AWARD TO BRANDON’S FOREVER HOME

Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today presented an Angels in Adoption award to Brandon’s Forever Home, the non-profit organization focused on raising awareness of adoption and foster care and placing children with loving, permanent families. Brandon’s Forever Home was founded in 2014 by state Rep. Tarah Toohil (116th District) and local attorney Lorine Ogurkis, who each have their own personal experiences with adoption and foster children. Barletta had nominated the group for the honor awarded each year by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.

Barrar Blasts PA Auditor General for Irresponsible Comments about State Veterans Homes

Majority chairmen of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) expressed his disappointment in Pennsylvania’s Auditor General Eugene DePasquale for making wild assumptions based on his audit of wait lists and grievance procedures at the state’s six veterans’ homes.

BARLETTA EXAMINES COST-SAVINGS ON REAL ESTATE ACROSS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11), whose work as a subcommittee chairman has resulted in more than $3 billion in savings to taxpayers through better management of the federal real estate portfolio, today examined what further efficiencies are possible. Barletta scrutinized two reports from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), which highlighted shortcomings in the federal leasing process that have led to taxpayers overpaying for federal office space. Barletta has spearheaded efforts to save taxpayers billions by reforming the way the General Services Administration (GSA) handles office space, but the two GAO reports investigated federal agencies that have leasing authority outside the GSA

HUD Awards $500,000 Planning Grant for Bedford Dwellings & Middle Hill District

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $500,000 to the City of Pittsburgh, the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh and the Bedford Dwellings community to further stimulate affordable housing and economic development in the Hill District.

PA Treasury Lawsuit Seeking $10 Million in Unclaimed Funds from Delaware Moves to U.S....

Pennsylvania today agreed that the U.S. Supreme Court should assume original jurisdiction in the state’s efforts to recover more than $10 million in unclaimed property funds that were wrongly submitted to the state of Delaware over 10 years.

Affordable Housing Task Force Submits Recommendations to Mayor and City Council

The City of Pittsburgh’s Affordable Housing Task Force submitted its 45-page list of findings and recommendations for addressing housing issues citywide today to Mayor William Peduto and Pittsburgh City Council.

Popular KeystoneHELP Program Re-launches: Millions of Pennsylvania Residents Now Eligible for Low-interest, Fixed-rate Financing...

The Pennsylvania Treasury, in partnership with leading national clean energy finance company Renew Financial and the Energy Programs Consortium (EPC), a national nonprofit, is pleased to announce the re-launch of the award-winning Keystone Home Energy Loan Program (KeystoneHELP), which provides Pennsylvania homeowners with up to $20,000 of affordable financing for home energy efficiency improvements. KeystoneHELP is additionally supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST)

Pennsylvania Tops EPA List of State Government Entities Using Green Power, Ranks 26th Overall...

Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is the highest-ranking state government user of green power on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) National Top 100 list of the largest green power users from the Green Power Partnership. The state ranks 26th overall among all users of green power

Governor Wolf Announces $23.4 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 6 Counties

Governor Tom Wolf today announced the investment of $23.4 million for seven drinking water, wastewater and non-point source projects across six counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST)

City of Pittsburgh Places Hold On 2016 Property Tax Appeals

Mayor William Peduto announced today that a moratorium has been placed on all 2016 property tax assessment appeals initiated by the City of Pittsburgh. This freeze comes in response to evidence that property values have been increasing in certain neighborhoods, thereby potentially causing unexpected tax increases to city residents . In particular, property tax increases may disproportionately hurt elderly residents and residents on fixed incomes

DCED Approves $5.3 Million in Community Development Block Grants for Projects in 19 Counties

Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin today announced the approval of $5.3 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for projects in Armstrong, Blair, Cameron, Clinton, Elk, Fayette, Jefferson, Lackawanna, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill, Tioga, Venango, Warren, Wayne, and Westmoreland counties.

BEECH STREET ROAD WORK TO BEGIN WEEK OF APRIL 11 AT NORTHVIEW HEIGHTS

Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh is announcing a road closure on Beech Street at the intersection of Mount Pleasant Road that services its Northview Heights Community in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur the week of April 11 through June 17, weather permitting.

Lead Poison Testing Resources

The following list contains contact information for water testing labs in the following counties: Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, and Schuylkill. Please take the following steps to protect yourself and children from known or suspected lead in household drinking water

Thompson Applauds Announcement by U.S. Green Building Council

U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5) today applauded the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for making changes to their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. The long overdue change will encourage more wood use in building construction. That includes lumber companies certified by the American Tree Farm System and landowners certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative or the Forest Stewardship Council.

Mayor Peduto Lauds the Power of Impact Volunteering and AmeriCorps, Senior Corps Participants in...

Mayor William Peduto and the City of Pittsburgh today are celebrating the valuable service of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps volunteers in Pittsburgh as part of the fourth annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service.

Murphy Spearheads Funding Efforts for Inland Waterway Projects

As a result of shortsighted planning and a lack of funding for much-needed repairs to decaying locks and dams on the Ohio and Mon Rivers, Southwestern Pennsylvania waterways are in dangerous condition. At Charleroi, the concrete wall can visibly be seen moving as water flows through the lock. The Edgeworth Dam on the Ohio River has been rated as most likely to fail. Yet each year, the cost of maintenance grows and the need for upgrades become more urgent. In fact, the Army Corp of Engineers reports the condition of inland locks and dams in the United States is “a crisis headed for catastrophe.”

Mayor William Peduto, Department of Innovation & Performance and Urban Redevelopment Authority to Kick...

The city’s inaugural Inclusive Innovation Week will be formally kicked off Monday in the Strip District, in an event featuring Mayor William Peduto; Councilwoman Deborah Gross; Debra Lam, Chief & Director of Innovation & Performance; Valerie McDonald-Roberts, Chief Urban Affairs Officer; and Thomas Link, Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship with the Urban Redevelopment Authority.

PA Treasury Reminds Businesses to File Annual Unclaimed Property Reports by April 15 to...

State Treasurer Timothy A. Reese reminds Pennsylvania businesses that April 15 is the deadline to turn over any abandoned money or property after three years of inactivity or dormancy to the Pennsylvania Treasury. This can include financial assets or forgotten tangible items. Holders that do not file a report by April 15 may be subject to interest and penalties

Fattah to Join in Blumberg High-Rise Implosion Saturday

This Saturday, Congressman Chaka Fattah will join leaders from the Philadelphia community to witness the demolition of the Norman Blumberg Apartments and celebrate the redevelopment of the surrounding neighborhood. It was announced by the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) in 2015 that the high-rise, former public housing project would be demolished concurrent with a comprehensive plan that the blocks surrounding the existing high-rises would be targeted for extensive development.

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PHA To Use On-line Housing Applications For First Time

Philadelphia, PA - March 2, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Philadelphia Housing Authority announced today it would begin accepting applications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program on-line, through its Web site, pha.phila.gov.

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Energy Efficiency and Economic Benefits Emphasized in DEP’s 2015 Climate Change...

Governor Tom Wolf today accepted the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) 2015 Climate Change Action Plan Update that details how increasing energy efficiency in all sectors and at all levels will play a key role in reducing Pennsylvania’s greenhouse gas emissions by target year 2030.