Learn more about how the Here for Us campaign is building a strong safety net – for you, and for everyone in Montgomery County, PA. By strengthening our safety net to support people throughout the many challenges and opportunities they encounter throughout their lives, we can build stronger, healthier, and safer communities, for all of us. This is accomplished by organizing, providing information about important issues, and creating opportunities for partners, interested organizations and individuals to advocate. Join the Coalition!
The Bucks-Mont Collaborative is a member of the Here for Us steering committee. Read the vision statement.
Advocacy – Communicating with Policymakers – working with some of our partners in advocacy, this virtual session will provide an overview of communicating with policymakers about the social safety net. We will talk about phone calls and written communications with offices and conducting effective meetings with policymakers. This session will be 1-hour and is being offered on Friday, March 11th at 12 noon. CLICK HERE to register. The zoom link will be shared prior to the session. Learn more and sign up! Contact Bill England with any questions about this informative session Bill@pahealthaccess.org.
The American Rescue Plan Act will provide $161 million in funding to Montgomery County to support individuals and communities in overcoming the effects the Covid-19 pandemic has caused. This requires input from the public. This is one opportunity to give input on how Montgomery County will use the funding. Below are two links, one in English and the other in Spanish. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts about how you believe these funds should be spent. Please respond by Dec 21st.
The American Rescue Plan Act & Montgomery County, PA. On March 10, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into law. The $1.9 trillion package provides direct assistance to individuals and families, as well as critical funding to state and local governments and safety net programs. All of this speeds up recovery from the COVID pandemic and avoids harmful cuts. ARPA offers flexibility to state and local governments, creating new opportunities for better, community-specific responses to current needs.
The American Rescue Plan Act & Healthcare: An Overview. The ARPA represents the biggest expansion to healthcare in a decade. The chance to enroll in more affordable coverage is critical for the 700,000+ Pennsylvania adults that are uninsured as of April, 2021, and are eligible for coverage through Pennie, Pennsylvania’s state-operated health insurance marketplace. Learn more!
Effective Advocacy – Stories – This virtual “Brown–Bag” session will focus on collecting, developing, and using stories, one of the most effective advocacy tools. Our guest speakers will provide examples of successful advocacy work and the importance and effectiveness of stories in advocating for change. This 1–hour discussion is scheduled for Friday, February 25th at 12 noon. CLICK HERE to register. The zoom link will be shared prior to the session. Contact Bill England with any questions about this informative sessions Bill@pahealthaccess.org.
Important Update and Advocacy Opportunity!
“On July 1st, Montgomery County announced the creation of a Recovery Office to manage the funds allocated to the county through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The County has been allocated $161 million dollars in undesignated funds, and decisions will be made by Montgomery County as to how to spend this allocation. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to address the needs of those most affected by the pandemic as well as those historically excluded from resources.
The Here for Us Coalition has drafted a set of recommendations as to how public input should be gathered and included in funding decisions. It is critical that a broad range of voices are heard when considering how to allocate the funds, and our recommendations focus on building a truly inclusive public process that builds a stronger social safety net for all residents of Montgomery County. Please review the recommendations and consider signing on behalf of your organization to demonstrate support for an inclusive public process.