2019 Summer Newsletter

(Jul 11, 2019)

Read my summer newsletter to keep up with things in our communities! Read more


Williams, Innamorato announce historic mural preservation project receives state support

(Jun 06, 2019)

A project to preserve a one-of-a-kind artistic masterpiece in Millvale has been awarded a state grant, state Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Lawrenceville, and state Sen. Lindsey Williams, D-West View, announced. Read more


Do you support pedestrian and bicyclist safety in Pennsylvania?

(Jun 06, 2019)

Sign my petition to tell the legislature that it’s time to update the vehicle code so we can build safer, more equitable streets that connect our communities. Read more


Senate, House members unveil election reform proposals

(Jun 04, 2019)

State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) and Rep. Sara Innamorato (D-Pittsburgh) led House and Senate Democrats in announcing several voting reform proposals Tuesday in the Main Capitol Rotunda. Read more


Rep. Innamorato, Sen. Williams applaud school breakfast min-grants

(May 16, 2019)

State Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Lawrenceville, and state Sen. Lindsey Williams, D-West View, today applauded the news that the Shaler Area Middle and High schools were selected by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to receive close to $10,000 to help make school breakfasts available to students. Read more


Rep. Sara Innamorato, legislators join in support of UPMC suit

(Apr 26, 2019)

State Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, along with 50 other state representatives, have signed a legal brief filed this week by the House Democratic Caucus supporting the state attorney general’s lawsuit against UPMC Read more


House Democrats fight for seniors and families by delivering on Promise of Care

(Mar 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 20 – House Democratic lawmakers, in response to widespread concerns about patients and clients in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and long-term care homes not getting the quality care they deserve, announced a comprehensive package of bills to protect seniors and give family members the vital information they need to make the right choice for their grandparents and parents. As pension plans increasingly become a thing of the past and families become smaller and unable to care for elderly relatives in their own homes, House Democrats believe people need to know the long-term care options for their loved ones are the best possible – because, someday, we’ll all need a place to call home. While most facilities do a good job caring for patients and clients, as well as providing a stable place of employment for healthcare professionals, seniors, families and potential employees need the facts and protections these bills would deliver. The Promise of Care package includes: Making a Home truly a Home (Sponsored by Rep. Angel Cruz): A long-term care home shouldn’t feel like a hospital ward. This bill creates a voluntary Culture & Quality of Life Certification Program that would reward homes that go the extra mile to offer a rich, life-affirming program that treats residents like the individual people they are. Reporting Requirements when a Resident Passes (Two bills sponsored by Rep. Frank Burns): People Read more


Rep. Sara Innamorato named to state House committees

(Jan 28, 2019)

State Rep. Sara Innamorato was named to the Health, Transportation and Urban Affairs committees of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Read more


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


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 https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more