Reps Innamorato and Gainey, Sen. Costa and Mayor Peduto announce property tax relief plan for Pittsburgh

(Jan 22, 2019)

Plans for a property tax relief program for Pittsburgh were unveiled at a press conference. Read more


1/18/19 – Enhancing Neighborhoods – Pittsburgh

(Jan 22, 2019)

Materials from House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Sara Innamorato. Read more


Innamorato, Policy Committee hearing explore enhancing neighborhoods

(Jan 18, 2019)

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 18 – State Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, today hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee at New Sun Rising for a discussion about how government and businesses can work together to enhance neighborhoods and ensure all residents benefit from development coming to their communities. Innamorato was joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla and legislators from across the state, where they heard about the needs of local entrepreneurs and nonprofits, Main Street businesses and community development organizations. “I think it’s important we look at ways to revitalize our communities while keeping things affordable. We want business owners to afford rent in a great shop, and our neighbors to afford housing that doesn’t price them out of their communities and allows them to still enjoy all the neighborhood has to offer,” explained Innamorato. Sturla added, “At the core of today’s discussion is the notion that as we work to improve communities across Pennsylvania, we can’t price residents out of their homes. Representative Innamorato hosted a great discussion on how members of the community can come together to enhance neighborhoods without chasing homeowners, renters and small businesses away.” The committee heard testimony from: Councilwoman Deborah Gross, District 7, Pittsburgh City Council; Robert Rubinstein, executive director, Urban Redevelopment Authority; Celeste Scott, housing Read more


$560,000 awarded to 16 Allegheny County school districts, charter schools

(Jan 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – Sixteen education entities in Allegheny County today were awarded a total $560,000 in targeted grants provided through Gov. Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation. The grants will fund training and equipment needed to prepare teachers and students for the expansion of computer science programs. Miller said each recipient will receive $35,000 through PAsmart, which has made Pennsylvania No. 2 in the nation for investing in K-12 STEM and computer science education. “The delegation is happy to announce this funding,” Miller said. “In the coming years, most jobs will require workers to use computers and advanced technology in an ever-changing workforce and economy. By providing this funding, we’re helping to ensure students and teachers will be adequately prepared to succeed in their line of work, and do so with confidence.” School districts and charter/intermediate unit schools awarded funding through PAsmart include: Baldwin-Whitehall School District (Reps. Harry Readshaw, Bill Kortz and Dan Miller) Carlynton School District (Reps. Anita Kulik and Dan Deasy) Chartiers Valley School District (Kulik and Miller) City Charter High School (Reps. Dan Frankel, Jake Wheatley, Adam Ravenstahl, Readshaw, Miller, Sara Innamorato, Deasy, Summer Lee and Ed Gainey) Deer Lakes School District (Rep. Frank Dermody) Duquesne Read more


Innamorato to host Policy Committee hearing on enhancing neighborhoods Friday in Pittsburgh

(Jan 16, 2019)

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 16 – State Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, will bring the House Democratic Policy Committee to her legislative district to discuss how government and businesses can work together to enhance neighborhoods and ensure all residents benefit from development coming to their communities. Read more


Labor & Industry grant will help students looking to pursue careers in building and construction industry

(Jan 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 10 – An $115,641 business education partnership grant will provide Allegheny County students with hands-on exposure to careers in the building and construction industry, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation. “This grant money will have a positive impact on students from all House districts encompassed within the delegation,” Miller said. “The delegation is happy to announce this funding, as we all understand the importance of providing students with a means-to-an-end when it comes to choosing their prospective career paths. “Students looking to get involved in the building and construction industry will find the programs created by this funding to be not only rewarding, but also extremely informational and influential as they look to solidify their futures in the workforce.” Miller said the Three Rivers Workforce Development Board will join forces with PARTNER4WORK, a Pittsburgh-based workforce development organization, to carry out the three-pronged project. The first phase will include bringing together 14 building and construction unions, local colleges, businesses, students and others at the March 29 Building On … Careers in the Building and Construction Industry conference in Pittsburgh. The second phase involves the creation of the Summer in Trades internship program, which will provide students with hands-on experience and insight into the Read more


Innamorato sworn in for first term as state representative

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, was sworn into office today during a Capitol ceremony for her first term as state representative for the 21 st Legislative District. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in corresponds with the first Tuesday in January, every two years. This is Pennsylvania’s 203rd legislative session. “Especially as a lifelong resident of the district, it’s an absolute honor to hold the title of state representative for the 21 st Legislative District,” Innamorato said. “My neighbors ­­-- the people who live, work and raise their families here – put their faith in me to fight for them here at the Capitol, and I plan on doing just that. “I’m proud to join the 23 other newly elected Democrats in the House to push for legislation that puts people over corporate profit. I feel very positive that we can translate this new energy and excitement into action, actions that the people of the Commonwealth have been waiting for.” Prior to being elected to the state House, Innamorato dedicated her resources to nonprofit work and launching her own business, Innamo Co., which was a start-up that worked with other organizations dedicated to bringing about positive community and policy change through initiatives focused on food access, social justice, women’s rights and other human rights issues. As a legislator, Innamorato is committed to working Read more


Innamorato applauds tax credits awarded to local food-rescue initiative

(Dec 20, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 20 – State Rep.-elect Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, applauded the announcement of $82,500 in tax credits to 412 Food Rescue, a Pittsburgh-based food rescue that bridges the gap between food waste, hunger and environmental sustainability. “412 Food Rescue embodies the spirit of service and collaboration that define the people of the 21 st Legislative District and Allegheny County,” Innamorato said. “Having had moments in my life where our family struggled to make ends meet, I know how hard food insecurity can be. Our commonwealth needs to support initiatives like this that truly change lives and strengthen communities.” The tax credits will address a number of the 412 Food Rescue’s needs, including its Good Food Project, which will be housed in Millvale at the Millvale Moose. Plans to develop kitchen space at this location capable of stabilizing a portion of the highly perishable surplus food that is rescued by the organization also will be funded by way of tax credits. “Nearly 40 percent of our food goes to waste, and this nonprofit will be utilizing these tax credits to turn what typically ends up in landfills into fresh, healthy meals,” Innamorato said. “I’m looking forward to seeing the additional positive impact this program makes and am looking forward for our office to support its growth and reach.” The tax credit program, managed by the state Department of Community and Economic Read more


Ravenstahl, Innamorato: $180,000 in tax credits to enhance resources, fund infrastructure improvements for Lawrenceville residents

(Dec 17, 2018)

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 17 – Tax credits worth $180,000 approved through the Neighborhood Assistance Program will support projects designed to enhance resources, bolster job opportunities and fund infrastructure improvements for Lawrenceville residents, according to state Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, D-Allegheny, and Rep.-elect Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny. “The tax credits approved today are all about opening up doors for residents,” Ravenstahl said. “They’re funding projects aimed at providing workforce training and jobs, connecting residents with health services, enhancing seniors’ access to resources and completing infrastructure improvements. It’s extremely exciting to watch these improvements take shape and improve life in the community.” “A community thrives when its residents of all ages have opportunities – opportunities to create a green and healthy neighborhood, to learn valuable job training skills, and to access resources, just to name a few,” said Innamorato, who with Ravenstahl represents parts of the Lawrenceville community. “These tax credits will fund resident-driven, sustainable and community-oriented projects and planning efforts, some that have been nearly a decade in the making.” Ravenstahl noted that the tax credits support infrastructure work that includes parking stalls, bike corrals and storm water work, among other improvements. They are part of a package of $18 million in Read more


Veterans services

(Dec 01, 2018)

Below are a number of programs and services available to help veterans and their families. Please share this list with any veterans in your life. Veterans Temporary Assistance Temporary help is available for veterans and their beneficiaries who need aid for essentials such as shelter, fuel, clothing and food. If eligible, a veteran or their beneficiary can qualify for up to $1,600 in a 12-month period. The Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program Any honorably discharged veteran who is 100 percent disabled, a resident of Pennsylvania and has financial need can apply for this program, which provides real estate tax exemption on principal dwellings. Educational Gratuity Program Children of honorably discharged veterans with service-connected disabilities or children of veterans who died in service during a period of war or armed conflict qualify for up to $500 per semester/term to help defray educational costs. Military Family Relief Assistance Program Eligible Pennsylvania service members and their family members who have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control can apply for up to $3,500 in grants. This program is available for active and past service members. Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Program Grants are available for veterans’ services organizations, non-profit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans, individual eligible counties and the State Read more


Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Dec 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at . Read more