Governor Wolf Provides Update on Pennsylvania Efforts to End Veterans Homelessness

first_img Government That Works,  Human Services,  Press Release,  Results,  Veterans Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Brigadier General Anthony Carrelli, acting adjutant general with the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), today announced that Pennsylvania exceeded its 100-day goal with 629 homeless veterans in Pennsylvania were placed in permanent housing between Sept. 23 and Dec. 31, 2015 as part of the Governor’s challenge to significantly reduce veteran homelessness. The 100-day challenge was announced on Sept. 22 with a goal of serving 550 homeless veterans by the end of 2015.The commonwealth’s efforts continued in 2016 with 243 veterans being placed in housing in January, bringing the total to nearly 900 homeless veterans served from the end of September until the end of January. Numbers for February 2016 are still being tabulated.“I am extremely proud of the commonwealth agencies, local governments and community partners who have banded together to identify and provide homeless veterans with stable housing and access to the programs and services that will help them rebuild their lives,” said Governor Wolf. “While we exceeded our goal, we know that there are still many homeless veterans on our streets and we remain committed to reaching out to these brave men and women who served our country.”The commonwealth along with local officials, community housing and homeless service providers, federal agencies, and corporate and philanthropic organizations are committed to effectively ending veteran homelessness; this means having the programs and systems in place so that future homeless episodes will be rare, brief and non-recurring.“Over the past several months it’s been exciting to see that the city of Lancaster/Lancaster County, Philadelphia and Reading/Berks County have formally announced they have the systems in place to successfully meet the needs of homeless veterans in their areas,” said Gen. Carrelli. “It’s also been rewarding for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to coordinate and rally the efforts of all of the stakeholders in this effort and we will continue to advocate for Pennsylvania’s homeless veterans.”General Carrelli will be available for media interviews today following his testimony in front of the House Appropriations Committee at 11:00amThe challenge, officially known as the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that was launched in June 2014. It was conceived as a means for local leaders to create and coordinate strategies to curb veteran homelessness. In early 2015, HUD conducted a point-in-time count which identified approximately 1,400 homeless veterans in Pennsylvania. Across the United States, 859 mayors, governors and county executives are currently participating in the challenge. For more information about the challenge, visit the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.To read Governor Wolf’s September 22 proclamation, click here. To keep up to date on programs and services benefitting Pennsylvania veterans, follow DMVA on Facebook or Twitter.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf March 03, 2016 Governor Wolf Provides Update on Pennsylvania Efforts to End Veterans Homelessnesscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

New York Takes Offshore Wind Lead

first_imgThe US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) with an USD 18.5 million grant to lead an offshore wind research and development (R&D) consortium. The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium is a cooperative innovation hub that will bring together industry, academia, government and other stakeholders to advance offshore wind plant technologies, develop innovative methods for wind resource and site characterization, and develop advanced technology solutions for installation, operation, maintenance, and supply chain.The overall goal of the consortium created by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is aimed at reducing the cost of offshore wind in the US.The grant will be matched by financial support from NYSERDA and is for a term of four years.“There is enormous potential for offshore wind in the United States,” said Timothy Unruh, EERE’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power.“Through this consortium, DOE seeks to support fundamental research to accelerate the development of affordable offshore wind technologies.”With only one commercial offshore wind farm operating in the United States, further research is needed to address US-specific conditions, DOE said.This research will focus on conditions such as deep water where floating foundations are required, areas where the seabed conditions are not well understood, the impact of hurricanes on the East Coast, and challenging environments for installation and operations at sea.DOE is also providing an additional USD 2 million to DOE’s national laboratories to support consortium R&D activities.NYSERDA teamed with Carbon Trust and the Renewables Consulting Group to establish an industry-led and independent group with a nationwide focus. Its board members include offshore wind developers, public sponsors and representatives of national utilities and national laboratories. The consortium includes New Jersey and California and will be reaching out to other states to join.“New York leads the nation in its commitment to renewable energy, and offshore wind is an affordable clean energy source that will power our future,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said.“This consortium cements our role as the national capital of the offshore wind industry and will drive innovation and development, support job creation and bolster our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a cleaner, greener New York for all.”last_img read more