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AARP Alert – Rising Heating Costs

Winter Heating Costs Expected to Increase for Older Consumers

Winter heating costs are likely to be higher for older households for the upcoming winter due mainly to lower temperatures. Heating costs will be higher for households heating with fuel oil than for those heating with natural gas or electricity. Winter heating costs are likely to be a greater burden on older low-income households than on similarly aged higher-income households, even though low-income households tend to use less heating fuel than other groups.

Pa. Court rules voters can cast ballots without ID

HARRISBURG – A Commonwealth Court judge ruled today that Pennsylvania’s controversial new voter ID law can remain mostly intact for the November election, but will impose a very narrow injunction that will allow even those without identification to vote.

In his ruling, which is widely expected to be appealed to the Supreme Court, Simpson ordered an injunction that would target the portion of the law that deals with provisional ballots.

As written, the law said voters who do not bring proper photo ID on Election Day can cast a provisional ballot. They would then have six days to bring in the required photo ID for their votes to count.

But as he had indicated last week during hearings in the case, Simpson decided that the law does not disenfranchise voters simply because it requires poll workers to ask for photo ID. Rather, the risk comes when a voter casts a provisional ballot but then cannot obtain the necessary identification in time.

As a result, Simpson decided that for the November 6 election only, voters without appropriate photo ID could vote, but would no longer have to produce identification within six days, as their votes would be counted… [more]

Source: Philly.com

TD Bank Grant :: Non-profit Training Resource Fund

The TD Charitable Foundation is  supporting nonprofit professional development with a $200,000 funding pool for nonprofit organization education, training and other learning opportunities.

Grants are awarded to eligible organizations for employees to attend qualified classes/courses that will enhance their job performance.

Details on eligibility and the application are available on TD Bank’s website.

Making mass transit accessible to the masses

When Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) opens its Accessible Travel Center, it will mark more than the unveiling  of another facility — SEPTA will celebrate helping people with disabilities experience the freedom of traveling on public transportation independently…

SEPTA is the first East Coast transit agency to have an accessible travel training center of this kind. The center was established due to high demand — SEPTA bus ridership by wheelchair users has increased five-fold since 2004, and the need for bus boarding practice and system orientation by customers with disabilities continues to grow.

“Supporting independence and mobility is our goal,” said Cynthia Lister, SEPTA regulatory coordinator. “Travel training enables passengers with disabilities to use public transportation for specific trips on their own and gives them more personal freedom.” read more>> (Source: Metro Magazine)

SEPTA’s Accessible Transit Center is located in the Suburban Station Concourse, Room 108.

At the ATC you can:

  • Learn about the service options SEPTA offers and tips on riding
  • Practice boarding and exiting in your wheelchair
  • Practice navigating SEPTA vehicles if you are partially sighted
  • Practice transit use with your service animal
  • Work with your trainer or instructor

The Accessible Travel Center is open on weekdays, during regular business hours, to individuals or groups by appointment. For more information, please complete the form below and then click on SUBMIT. Please include all requested information. A staff member will contact you within three working days. You may also contact CCT Customer Service department at 215-580-7145 for more information. (Source: SEPTA.org)

Announcing the Philadelphia Pedestrian Plaza Program

The City of Philadelphia has launched a new Pedestrian Plaza Program to work with community organizations to convert and maintain underutilized street segments as public space.  The application process will be discussed in detail at a series of pre-bid meetings, taking place on:

  • August 10th (10 AM)
  • August 24th (6 PM)
  • August 31st (10 AM)

Interested parties MUST attend ONE of the three meetings. Proposals are due October 3rd

Interested parties should:

  1. Submit all documentation through eContract Philly, the City’s online interface for RFP (non-bid contract) opportunities (instructions below).
  2. Review and Complete all program documents (listed and described below)

eCONTRACT PHILLY
All application materials must be submitted through eContract Philly for the application to be considered complete. The RFP was posted last night and may take some time to fully upload, if you do not find the RFP, please check back later. Below are some useful tips for navigating the system. Detailed instructions are available online at www.phila.gov/contracts.

  • The site requires that you use Internet Explorer as your web browser when navigating the site.
  • Registration is required to use the site. To register, you must provide your organization’s Employer Identification number (EIN), or a social security number if your organization does not have an EIN.
  • A valid email address is also required for registration, as your password for eContracts will be provided via email during the registration process.
  • Application documents must be submitted in one of the following formats: Word (.doc), Excel (.xml), PDF, or ZIP.
  • The application period ends at 5pm on the stated day of closing. This deadline is non-negotiable and the system will automatically prevent you from submitting materials later than 5pm on that date.
  • • If you do not sign and submit your application through the online system, it will not be considered by the City of Philadelphia.

If you are experiencing difficulties using the system, email Ariel Ben-Amos (ariel.ben-amos@phila.gov) for assistance.

PROGRAM DOCUMENTS
Successful submissions require the review and completion of the following documents. All documents are available through eContract Philly (and are attached to this email, including the RFP).

  • Ped Plaza Guidelines: This document explains the steps of the process and details the roles and responsibilities of participating City agencies as well as applicants. Read it thoroughly to understand what additional information you may need to submit, above and beyond the Application Form.
  • Ped Plaza Application Form: this form asks you for information about your organization, as well as general information about the proposed location, programming, and maintenance of the plaza.
  • Ped Plaza Agreement Form: this form is a licensing and operating agreement between the applicant organization and the City of Philadelphia Streets Department which covers ownership, maintenance, user restrictions, and other legal issues pertaining to the establishment and operation of the Plaza. All program applicants will be asked to sign this form if they are selected.

For assistance during the process, please contact Ariel Ben-Amos at ariel.ben-amos@phila.gov or 215-686-9001.

GenPhilly receives award at N4A Conference

During the weekend, GenPhilly was recognized by the National Association on Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) with an ‘Aging Innovations and Achievement Award’ for our efforts to make Philadelphia a lifelong community for all ages.

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) was also honored for its Age-friendly Philadelphia initiative for improving the quality of community living. Age-friendly activities include increasing city-wide walkability, improving accessibility of housing and fostering community engagement for all residents in Philadelphia.

The awards were presented at n4a’s annual conference.

For more information about this award, visit www.n4a.org.

GenPhilly in the New York Times and 250+ new publications!!

Over the weekend more than 250 news outlets published (mostly on-line) an AP article about Age-friendly efforts that mentions GenPhilly and our chair, Kate Clark.

The link to the New York Times version of the article can be found below.  The material about Philadelphia is toward the end.

GenPhilly in the New York Times!

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