Unemployment benefits Pennsylvania: What the stimulus means for you

The $900 billion package provides a $300-a-week subsidy to all workers receiving unemployment, on top of their regular benefits. It also renews two programs created in March by the CARES Act: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which provides benefits for freelancers, the self-employed, and others who don’t qualify for traditional unemployment; and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which extends benefits to workers after state aid has run out. | From: WHYY (Read more.)


Philly developer Chris Rahn shirked deal to build affordable homes as city officials stood by

The deal was simple: Property mogul Chris Rahn got to buy a bundle of 22 vacant, publicly owned lots on the cheap. In exchange, records show he was expected to build homes for the financially needy on eight of them. Five years on, most of those 22 lots — including one of the parcels where he’d agreed to build affordable housing — have been developed into apartments pulling in big rent checks. That’s because the officials who arranged the sale let him shirk his end of the bargain. | From: The Inquirer (Read more.)


Online holiday shopping is crushing warehouse workers during the pandemic. But overtime is a powerful lure.

That’s the reality for workers in the region’s warehouses and distribution centers responsible for moving an unprecedented volume of merchandise bought online at a time when in-person shopping carries risks. The overtime that workload requires is a boon to those financially struggling during the pandemic, noted Richard Hooker Jr., the top union official with Teamsters Local 623, which represents UPS workers in Philadelphia. Earning the extra pay, though, means taking health risks during a pandemic. | From: The Inquirer (Read more.)


Health assessment shows disparities in LGBTQ community

Being an LGBTQ person in Pennsylvania means a greater chance of having serious health needs and less access to healthcare to meet those critical needs. So says the 2020 Pennsylvania LGBTQ Health Needs Assessment administered by the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, in partnership with Pennsylvania Department of Health and Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC). | From: Philadelphia Gay News (Read more.)