DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
FY 2000-01 Family Savings Account Program Workshop
[30 Pa.B. 4441]
The act of June 24, 1997 (P. L. 247, No. 23) (73 P. S. §§ 400.1301--400.2103) established Pennsylvania's Family Savings Account (FSA) Program. The FSA Program is a community building initiative established for the purpose of promoting self-sufficiency through asset development for lower income Pennsylvanians through a matched savings program. The matched savings can be used to help finance the purchase of a new home, pay for education expenses, entrepreneurial or other activities based on an approved plan, which includes participation in a minimum of four workshops in basic economic literacy.
The FSA Program is a key component of Governor Ridge's Project for Community Building. The FSA Program will stimulate economic self-sufficiency by helping participants to focus on long and short term financial skills while encouraging savings and asset development that will empower individuals as well as economically strengthen communities in Pennsylvania.
$1,500,000 in State appropriated funds will be available for the FSA Program for FY 2000-01. Service Providers will be limited to those organizations with the ability to enroll a minimum of 100 savers. Savers will be limited to those persons whose income at the time of enrollment is not more than 200% of the official poverty line established by the Federal Office of Management and Budget.
For FY 2000-01, priority will be given to applicants serving counties presently not served by FSA programs as follows: Adams; Armstrong; Bedford; Blair; Butler; Cambria; Cameron; Carbon; Centre; Clarion; Clearfield; Clinton; Columbia; Crawford; Cumberland; Dauphin; Elk; Forest; Franklin; Fulton; Huntingdon; Jefferson; Juniata; Lawrence; Lebanon; Lycoming; McKean; Mercer; Monroe; Montour; Northumberland; Perry; Pike; Potter; Somerset; Venango; Warren; Westmoreland; and York. Applications will, however, be accepted for applicants serving other counties.
The Department of Community and Economic Development, Community Empowerment Office, has scheduled a workshop on October 3, 2000, in Harrisburg, PA for the purpose of providing FSA Program information to interested applicants. Application information, including the Project for Community Building Single Application for Assistance and FSA Program Guidelines and Addendum, will be provided at the workshop. Community Empowerment Office staff will be available to provide instruction and guidance on the specifics of the proposal writing process to help applicant agencies prepare and write technically acceptable proposals.
All interested applicants are encouraged to attend this workshop. Applicants can register for the workshop to be held in the Forum Building, Room 321, Harrisburg, PA from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. by contacting Elizabeth Hoch, Community Empowerment Office, at (717) 787-4140 or through E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org by September 26, 2000.
Workshop space is limited to 50 persons. No more than two persons should attend from each organization. Space will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is no registration fee for this workshop; however, preregistration is requested. Persons with a disability who wish to attend the workshop and require an auxiliary aid, service, or other accommodation to participate in the workshop, should contact the Community Empowerment Office to discuss how we may best accommodate their needs.
SAMUEL A. MCCULLOUGH,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 00-1458. Filed for public inspection August 25, 2000, 9:00 a.m.]
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