PathWays PA promotes staff and client involvement in federal, state and local policies that affect the ability of low-income Pennsylvanians to reach self-sufficiency. PathWays PA’s Policy Department develops reports on the needs of low-wage families, such as Making Wages Work, a report that highlights the impact of income and work supports on family self-sufficiency.
The Policy Department also monitors and comments on specific policies and their effects. When appropriate, the Policy Department meets with legislators to discuss important policy priorities. Additionally, PathWays PA presents testimony at committee hearings across the state to ensure that the voices of low-income families are heard by policy makers.
Policy Initiatives & Involvement in State- & Federal-Level Issues
2012: Released the seventh edition of the Self-Sufficiency Standard for Pennsylvania, including Overlooked and Undercounted, which examines the needs of working families in every county in Pennsylvania
2009: Distributed two reports entitled, Pennsylvania at a Glance and Pennsylvania’s Workforce: The Role of Community Colleges, for the Working Poor Families Project, investigating the needs of families in Pennsylvania
2008: Introduced the Elder Economic Security Initiative for Pennsylvania, which looks at the income needs of single elders and elder couples, and Elders Living on the Edge, which examines the impact of public support programs in Pennsylvania when retirement income falls short
2007: Released Investing in Pennsylvania’s Families, a policy agenda to help all of Pennsylvania’s working families succeed
2008: Released Work Supports: Helping Families Reach Self-Sufficiency, a toolkit for community leaders to help them understand the work support programs in our community