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Fight blight with Whole Home Repairs | Editorial

Fight blight with Whole Home Repairs | Editorial

Among Pennsylvania’s many distinctions, the commonwealth has one of the nation’s oldest housing stocks — half of all homes in the state were built before 1959. These old buildings are brimming with architectural character, but redbrick rowhomes and majestic Victorians...

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Philly officials support GOP bike lane protection bill

Philly officials support GOP bike lane protection bill

Bell-ringing in Philadelphia Friday morning wasn’t coming from Citizen’s Bank Park or the Constitution Center but from a peloton riding into Dilworth Park outside City Hall. Several city and state officials rode into a press conference with the Bicycle Coalition of...

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Lawmakers call for teaching more AAPI history in schools

Lawmakers call for teaching more AAPI history in schools

HARRISBURG, Pa. — As a child growing up in the Philly suburbs, Serena Nguyễn was ashamed of her last name. “It was a strange, unfamiliar, hard-to-pronounce sound connecting me to a land distant in time and space. It seemed un-American,” said Nguyễn, who has since...

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Hughes, Fiedler, Rally with Educators for Full School Funding

Hughes, Fiedler, Rally with Educators for Full School Funding

PHILADELPHIA, PA — With Pennsylvania sitting on more than $8 billion in excess revenue, and a dismal national ranking for school equity, state Sen. Vincent Hughes and Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler held a pre-budget school funding rally in South Philadelphia on Friday to call...

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Where Have All the Liberals Gone?

Where Have All the Liberals Gone?

Last week, I had the surreal experience of reading my way through a stack of high-toned books about liberalism when news trickled out that a conservative majority on the Supreme Court was preparing to overturn Roe v. Wade. Legal scholars were swift to denounce what...

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Seek ways to fight blight together

Seek ways to fight blight together

Imagine this: you’ve worked tirelessly over the years to be able to purchase an older home. You’ve spent countless hours and thousands of dollars to improve it. That was my parents’ dream in Tamaqua in 1965 when they first purchased a 1917 “half a double” and my...

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Politics and Civic Engagement

Politics and Civic Engagement

Asian American Studies Scholar and host Rob Buscher discusses AAPI involvement in local politics and civic engagement with panelists Nina Ahmad, Nikil Saval, and Helen Gym. Historically, Asian Americans have faced barriers in becoming politically active. What are the...

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It’s Time for Pennsylvania to Act on Environmental Justice

It’s Time for Pennsylvania to Act on Environmental Justice

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has an open public comment period on proposed revisions to the DEP’s Environmental Justice Policy guidance (EJ Policy). The deadline for written comments is May 11 and the last of four public hearings is May 4 at...

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How to fight the affordable housing and climate crises at once

How to fight the affordable housing and climate crises at once

Alicia Cruz was homeless before she and her four daughters moved into a newly vacant apartment in Lancaster City, Pennsylvania, about three years ago. As she stood in the kitchen and watched dirty water clog up the sink, the landlord promised he’d have it fixed before...

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Experts examine Philadelphia’s Black-white homeownership gap

A group of experts and policymakers delved into ways to address racial disparities in homeownership during a virtual event held by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. “For decades Philadelphia has had a reputation as an affordable...

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This week’s biggest Winners & Losers

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers

Nikil Saval: A bipartisan group of state lawmakers wants it to be Tool Time here in the commonwealth. Say “hidey-ho, neighbor” to the Whole-Home Repairs Act, a home repair and weatherization assistance bill introduced by state Sen. Nikil Saval. With support from three...

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Pennsylvania Senate bill would help people pay for home repairs

Pennsylvania Senate bill would help people pay for home repairs

LANCASTER, Pa. — A group in Lancaster is urging the Pennsylvania Senate to pass a bill that would help preserve existing homes and provide funding for basic repairs. Lancaster Stands Up hosted an event Tuesday to promote the Whole-Home Repairs Act (Senate Bill 1135)....

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Touring Southeast Lancaster with Sen. Saval

Touring Southeast Lancaster with Sen. Saval

Following Tuesday's news conference in support of his Whole-Home Repairs Act, state Sen. Nikil Saval joined Lancaster City Council President Ismail Smith-Wade-El and local advocates for a tour of the city's southeast. As the tour proceeded up North Duke Street,...

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Rally in Lancaster raises awareness of Whole Home Repairs Act

Rally in Lancaster raises awareness of Whole Home Repairs Act

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) — A rally in Lancaster brought many homeowners together to raise awareness about the Whole Home Repairs Act. This is a bipartisan bill highlighting the importance of home repairs and weatherization and will fight for homeowners who live in unsafe...

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