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Fort Indiantown Gap Added To List Of PFAS Contamination Sites

WESA--Fort Indiantown Gap Army National Guard base in Lebanon County has been added to the state Department of Environmental Protection’s growing list of military and industrial sites where the PFAS class of chemicals has been found. More...

Stand Down for Veterans--Pittsburgh, October 6th

Pittsburgh Stand Down
Saturday, Oct. 5. 2019
2934 Small Street, PIttsburgh  PA  15201
Standown Pittsburgh is a day of free services for homeless Veterans or Veterans at risk of becoming homeless.
Donations accepted of: winter gloves, thermal socks, hats, thermal underwear, toiletry items.
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Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 if you're a Veteran in crisis.

September is Suicide Prevention Month

If you are a Veteran in crisis — or you’re concerned about one — free, confidential support is available 24/7. Call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, send a text message to 838255, or chat online.

Veterans Luncheon Sunday, Murrysville

All veterans and spouses in our area are invited to free luncheon on Sunday at Murrysville Alliance Church. If you have not signed up in the church lobby, please call the office (724-327-7206) between the hours of 09:00 and 15:00 and let the secretary know how many are coming so that we can have enough food.  

New housing opportunity for 60 and over in Westmoreland

Elder Cottage Housing Opportunity (ECHO) is not a new concept ---its roots were as a “Grossdawdy Haus” in the 1880’s when Amish families used them as a way to keep loved ones near home. Today it has enormous potential for serving Pennsylvania’s rapidly growing older population—now the 7th oldest population in the nation. Here in Westmoreland, the County averages are even higher than the PA averages, with a median age of 46.6 and 22.1% of its population over the age of 65.
ECHO cottages are small, separate, manufactured residences that are temporarily placed in the side or rear yard of a host family (related by blood or marriage) for an older person. The arrangement provides autonomy for its resident along with easy access to family or friends who can provide assistance. When living requirements of the resident change, the cottage is moved to the property of another host family. In Westmoreland, ECHO residents will be over 60, lower income, and pay no more than 30% of their monthly incomes to reside in the cottage.
Although many may be eligible for ECHO living arrangements, the ideal candidates will want to be a part of such an excitingly unique opportunity and be enthusiastic for all it has to offer!
ECHO cottages are being made available in Westmoreland County through a local collaboration between Westmoreland Community Action and Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging. If you are a family with a member over 60 and are interested in learning more about ECHO, please contact:
Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging
Information and Assistance
Adults over the age of 60 are encouraged to take a brief survey related to their interest in ECHO Housing and general housing needs/preferences. The survey is available at:

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