Philadelphia Housing Authority Extends Eviction Moratorium In City Until March 2021

CBS3 Philly - July 30, 2020 City officials have extended an eviction moratorium in Philadelphia until next year. The Philadelphia Housing Authority said Thursday it’ll be in place until March 15, 2021. The PHA said it wants the city’s 80,000 low-income residents who have been “disproportionately impacted” by the pandemic to be assured their housing will not be a concern for the rest of the uncertainty. “The federal eviction moratorium expires this week. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has extended it to the end of August, while the Congress and the Trump Administration debate another extension. I wanted to take bold action in this regard, to maintain housing stability for our residents,” PHA Pres

Community Change Accepting Applications for women's fellowship

What is women's fellowship? women's fellowship is a 10-month, cohort-based program that provides Women of Color who have personally experienced incarceration or detention and or of a close loved one, with the tools they need to engage in strategic discussions and partnerships to shape policy decisions and establish how power is attained and wielded at home, work, and their communities by centering healing in the midst of transformative organizing. Why women of color who have personally experienced incarceration or detention and or that of a close loved one? These women experience life in a unique way, and we need a new model of organizing with them that recognizes their experiences with tra

Students Run Philly Style Hiring Part-Time Youth Advocate

Program Description: Students Run Philly Style is a 501(c)3 with a mission to transform lives through mentorship and long-distance running. Since 2004, Students Run Philly Style has supported youth in 6th - 12th grade as they train with mentors to meet an often unimaginable challenge: running a long-distance race. The courage and effort required to run a long-distance race, the unfailing support of a caring mentor, and the thrill of its ultimate achievement results in a student who knows anything is possible. In 2020, SRPS launched MileUp in partnership with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office (PDAO), the first Youth Diversion program of its kind that gives young people facing delinq

City of Philadelphia Looking to Hire Gun Violence Intervention Case Manager

Job Description The City of Philadelphia is seeking a full-time Gun Violence Intervention (GVI) Case Manager to provide day to day social services coordination and management support to the GVI Program. The National Network for Safe Communities’ GVI has repeatedly demonstrated that violence can be dramatically reduced when a partnership of community members, law enforcement, and social service providers directly engages with the small and active number of people involved in street groups. The program clearly communicates a moral message from community representatives that violence will not be tolerated; a law enforcement message that any future violence will be met with clear, predictable, a

Opinion: If Colleges Want to be Antiracist, They Should Start By ‘Banning the Box’

BillyPenn: Corina Scott - July 24, 2020 Within a week of the start of the protests that continue to surge through the nation, nearly every college in the United States released a statement that supposedly reaffirmed their own commitments to racial justice and systemic change. In the Philadelphia area, that included Drexel, Temple, Penn, Haverford, Villanova, Swarthmore and others. Unfortunately, however well-meaning, these statements are filled with dissonance. However angry or indignant school administrators and boards feel about the police killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor — or the overall violence perpetrated against Black people in America for over 400 years — their

Summer 2020 Guide to Accessing Free Career and Training Resources

Philadelphia Works, the City’s workforce development board, has partnered with the City of Philadelphia, and Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) to produce a guide to navigate free local workforce resources to grow, earn, and learn this summer. Together, our goal is to provide easy access to employment and training opportunities available to Philadelphia residents of all ages. Volunteer resources for youth up to age 18 are available through the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service. Youth ages 16-24 who are interested in going back to school, employment opportunities, or obtaining valuable life skills are encouraged to reach out to an E3 Power Center. Residents of all ages wh

Hazard Pay Grants Now Available for Front-Line Workers in Life-Sustaining Industries

$50 million in grant funding is now available to help employers provide hazard pay to employees in life-sustaining occupations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 PA Hazard Pay Grant Program is now available to help employers provide hazard pay to employees in life-sustaining occupations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hazard pay is intended to keep front-line employees working in sectors that are vital to every Pennsylvanians’ existence. Grant funds may be used for hazard pay for direct, full-time and part-time employees earning less than $20 per hour, excluding fringe benefits and overtime, for the 10-week period from August 16, 2020 through October 24, 2020. The following applicants

Webinar: How to Respond Effectively to People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in th

Register for the Webinar Date: Thursday, July 30, 2020 Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (sometimes known as I/DD) are an often overlooked population in the criminal justice system because of a lack of identification and understanding and service gaps that prevent providers’ abilities to address their needs. At the same time, they are also often victimized by people without these disabilities, which can sometimes lead to sustained involvement with the criminal justice system. Criminal justice professionals who want to effectively respond to their service and delivery needs and reduce the prevalence of people with intellectual and developmental di

Webinar: How Do Relapse Prevention Plans Support Reentry?

Register for Webinar Here Date: July 29, 2020 Time: 2:00 - 3:30pm ET Rates of overdose and overdose deaths among people reentering the community from jail or prison are alarmingly high, often due to relapse to substance use. But while we know that addiction is a chronic disease often marked by cycles of relapse and remission, many programs still struggle to develop and maintain relapse prevention plans that can assist their participants in reducing their risk for recidivating and advancing their goals for recovery. The web-based tool Relapse Prevention Plans can help. With this tool, criminal justice and behavioral health professionals can learn information about developing and implementing

A Landmark Criminal Justice Bill Helped 1M People Get Jobs and Housing Last Year, But Advocates Say

The Philadelphia Tribune: Elizabeth Hardison - July 1, 2020 All it took was a chaotic run-in with a bootleg CD vendor for police to arrest K. Robinson in a Philadelphia grocery store years ago. The incident didn’t result in a criminal conviction, but it still dogged the young entrepreneur and deterred her from seeking business loans and partnerships with community organizations. That changed this year, when Robinson became one of the 1 million Pennsylvanians whose arrest and criminal records were automatically sealed under Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Act — the first-in-the-nation measure that wipes arrest records after charges are dropped, and seals certain low-level misdemeanors and summary

OHS and DBHIDS Seeking Proposals for SRO Housing for People Vulnerable to COVID

The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services, in collaboration with the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, is now soliciting interest from not-for-profit organizations to supply and/or operate a Single Room Occupancy program, SRO-Philadelphia. The program seeks to provide a temporary housing opportunity for individuals who are experiencing homelessness and who have health conditions making them susceptible to COVID-19. SRO-Philadelphia seeks to provide temporary housing in a non-congregate sleeping environment for 250 vulnerable individuals who are experiencing homelessness. This will allow individuals to live independently with support in a singl

Philadelphia OIC Looking to Hire Program Manager for Reentry Program

Summary: This position is responsible for coordinating our Re-entry Program serving adults 18 years of age and older. Duties require close coordination, collaboration, tracking and monitoring of participants to ensure compliance with their service plans. Responsibilities also include working closely with partner agencies to ensure program participants are engaged and supported in services that include employment/training, educational attainment, and other supportive services. Duties and Responsibilities: Manages all aspects of the Re-entry Program. Works directly with participants, the Philadelphia Criminal Justice System and local service providers in providing vocational training and job p

New Study Shows People in Prison Are 550% More Likely To Get Covid-19, 300% More Likely To Die

Forbes: Alexandra Sternlicht - July 8, 2020 People in prisons and jails are 5.5 times more likely to get Covid-19 and three times more likely to die from it, according to a study from researchers at Johns Hopkins and UCLA published today in JAMA, putting numbers to disparate evidence of the virality of the disease in prison settings. With the findings, the researchers conclude systemic change is needed: “COVID-19 in US prisons is unlikely to be contained without implementation of more effective infection control.” The UCLA Law COVID-19 Behind Bars Data Project collected data from March 31 to June 6 from correctional facility websites, news reports and press releases on both state and federal

PHL City ID Hosting Pop-Up Mobile Sites on Tuesdays and Fridays During July

Starting on July 13, 2020, PHL City ID will host pop-up mobile sites in partnership with community-based organizations. These mobile sites will operate on Tuesdays and Fridays. Those who are interested in getting the ID card must schedule an appointment. On August 3, the PHL City ID team will resume operations at City Hall, room 167, by appointment only. The PHL City ID provides a secure and affordable photo identification card for anyone living in Philadelphia, age 13 and older. The card helps create a more welcoming Philadelphia that embraces everyone who lives here. It is especially beneficial for those who have a hard time obtaining other forms of identification because of cost or other

Toward Co-Designing a Better Criminal Justice System

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Emily Herrick & Caroline Bauer - June 26, 2020 In the United States, the criminal justice system is one of many public institutions whose workings span multiple jurisdictions. If you’ve been arrested and served jail time, it’s not uncommon to interact with more than 10 different organizations in the process. These often include federal, state, and local government entities; nonprofits; and private institutions. Moving through this system can feel like a series of detached actions and reactions, and impede even straightforward tasks, such as contacting a public defender. Each institution within the system is unique and dynamic. The people, processes, and pol

Eastern District of PA US Attorney's Office Receives Judge Alfred L. Luongo Funding to Provide I

Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia - July 7, 2020 In response to the coronavirus pandemic, financial support from the Judge Alfred L. Luongo Fund was released to participants in court programs dedicated to supporting individuals in reentry. At the request of the STAR Reentry Court Team, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, through the Luongo Fund, purchased and distributed $100 Visa gift cards for necessities such as groceries, toiletries, and other essential items. The Luongo Fund typically supports on-demand requests for financial support for specific needs such as driver license renewal fees or utility bills. The proactive release of these funds in response to the economic disruptio

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