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Since we began forming coalitions in 2012, C4WW has led significant changes that help Pennsylvanians who rely on human services supports:


1. #IWantToWork Campaign and The passing of House Bill 400. In May 2016, Governor Wolf signed into law House Bill 400 which sets in place more supports for young adults with disabilities who are eager to enter into the workforce after high school graduation.


Act 26 of 2016 makes significant changes in how and when the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) works with high school students with disabilities. It will allow these deserving young people to get vital work experience, such as summer and part-time jobs, while in high school. When that happens they will be much more likely to have decent-paying jobs and live more independently as adults. This has an impact on tens of thousands of young people with disabilities who want to work, and are ready to work after graduating from high school.


2. #IWantToWork Gets New Funding to Help Students with Disabilities. To pay for OVR’s expansion of services to high school students with disabilities, this campaign created a bipartisan coalition in the state House and Senate, and obtained the support from the governor for nearly $24 million in matching state and federal funds in the 2015-2016 budget. This was a remarkable achievement because it took place during Pennsylvania’s most difficult, hyper-partisan budget crisis in history.


3. Child Welfare Services.  C4WW’s first coalition in 2012 was created in Allegheny County to drive a campaign for a human-service-related tax increase. The $24 million in funds  created a coalition in Allegheny to raise —- taxes and ——–. This unique campaign was the only human-service driven tax raise in the history in Pennsylvania. It guaranteed full funding for child welfare services in Allegheny County.


4. Reducing a Draconian Cut in Human Service Funds. C4WW helped lead a statewide coalition that persuaded the General Assembly to restore $82 million in funding for human services for the 2012-2013 state budget. This restoration has had a financial impact of more than $300 million since it occurred in 2012, even in the face of severe budget cuts and crises in Pennsylvania.


5. Strengthening the Aging Waiver to Keep Seniors in Their Homes. A C4WW coalition worked to find $10 million in emergency funding to restore cuts from a vital program to keep seniors at home and out of nursing homes.


6. Making the Name Fit the Mission – Renaming the Department of Public Welfare. C4WW created a coalition of more than 100 organizations for a bipartisan campaign that changed the name of the Department of Public Welfare to the Department of Human Services. That fits, because 98 percent of the department’s budget goes for human services – protecting our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians, including those needing long-term or permanent support to live as meaningfully and independently as possible. The name change is a positive development to remove the stigma attached to receiving vital human services.


7. Protecting Homeless Infants. Another bipartisan C4WW coalition quickly developed and passed into law legislation to help up to 6,000 homeless infants in Pennsylvania by qualifying them for early intervention monitoring and services if they need them.


8. Formalizing smart decision-making. Using evidence and performance-based analysis should be the starting point when elected officials make difficult decisions with limited financial resource. C4WW supports giving the state’s Independent Fiscal Office new authority to conduct this type of analysis.