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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: April 14, 2020 11:33 AM
From: Representative Peter Schweyer
To: All House members
Subject: Protecting the Most Vulnerable Pennsylvanians During a Pandemic
For many, the current stay-at-home order in our state has brought feelings of isolation, fear, and anxiety. However, for the 15,000 homeless Pennsylvanians, such uncertainty is magnified by the absence of refuge or protection that can be found in safe and reliable housing. Regardless of whether an individual has a place to call home, all residents of the Commonwealth should be extended the same protections in order to reach our collective goal of beating COVID-19 together.
Despite countless relief initiatives in action both at the state and national level, funding specific to protections and accommodations for individuals struggling with homelessness is still undefined. This population is often left behind under normal circumstances – a pattern we cannot afford to continue as we endure a worldwide pandemic. This bill would specifically allocate funding to support homelessness organizations who have been exhausting their resources in this trying time in order to address shelter needs, food insecurity, and sanitation efforts.
Please join me in supporting this action to ensure we are providing comprehensive relief to all Pennsylvanians.  Together, we can offer the most basic human necessities as we all weather this public health crisis.

Introduced as HB2451