Summer Lee, Sara Innamorato to PA Senate Democratic Policy Committee for Press Conference Highlighting the Need for Federal Investment to Continue Whole-Home Repairs Program in Allegheny County

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ADVISORY FOR FRIDAY 2/2 @ 11 AM:

 Summer Lee, Sara Innamorato to PA Senate Democratic Policy Committee for Press Conference Highlighting the Need for Federal Investment to Continue Whole-Home Repairs Program in Allegheny County

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(PITTSBURGH, PA) –  On Friday, February 2 at 11 am, Congresswoman Summer Lee (PA-12) will host a press conference and field hearing with the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Policy Committee in Pittsburgh to highlight the successes of Pennsylvania’s groundbreaking Whole-Home Repairs Program (originally funded by the federal American Rescue Plan) and the need for further federal investment to continue the program  and preserve affordable housing in the face of the Pittsburgh’s affordable housing crisis.

Less than a year after the distribution of funds, the Whole-Home Repairs program has already facilitated the repairs of hundreds of homes and changed thousands of lives, including many in Allegheny County.

11 AM PRE-HEARING PRESS CONFERENCE: 

  • WHAT: Press Conference at home of an Allegheny County resident whose home was repaired through the Whole-Home Repairs program to discuss impact of program and imperative for federal investment to address home cost crisis 
  • WHO: U.S. Congresswoman Summer Lee (PA-12), Senator Katie Muth (D-Chester/Montgomery/Berks), Senator Nikil Saval (D-Philadelphia),Allegheny County Executive Sara Innamorato; State Rep. Jessica Benham; state Senator Lindsey Williams; Dan Sullivan, Housing Stabilization Program Manager, Action Housing; and the homeowner who benefitted from the program.  
  • WHEN: Friday, February 2 at 11:00 a.m. in Mount Oliver Borough 
  • WHERE: Press conference will be held at the home of an Allegheny County resident whose home was repaired through the Whole-Home Repairs program.The exact address of press conference location is available upon RSVP. The press conference will be livestreamed at https://www.pasenatorsaval.com/live.

1 PM FIELD HEARING

  • WHAT: Following the press conference, the Senate Democratic Policy Committee will co-host a public hearing to provide an update on the rollout of the Whole-Home Repairs program. 
  • WHO: Committee Chair Senator Katie Muth, Senator Nikil Saval and Allegheny County state Senators Lindsey Williams, Wayne Fontana, and Jim Brewster 
  • WHEN: Friday, February 2 at 1:00 p.m
  • WHERE: Gold Room of the 4th floor of the Allegheny County Courthouse located at 436 Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219. 
  • The hearing will also accommodate virtual participation, and anyone interested in watching on Zoom can click here to register.

The hearing will feature two panels of testimony that will include discussion on the impact and success of the Whole-Home Repairs program in Allegheny County and about how the program has rolled out across the Commonwealth. 

Scheduled participants in the hearing include Rick Vilello, Deputy Secretary for Community Affairs, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; Dan Sullivan, Housing Stabilization Program Manager, Action Housing, Justin Livingston, Owner and Project Manager, JL Homebuilders; LuAnn Zak, Assistant Director, Indiana County Office of Planning and Development; Chuck Weiss, Associate Executive Director for Housing, Community Action Lehigh Valley; and homeowner Kelly Scatena. Media participation is encouraged.

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