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Kate is covering the impact of COVID-19 on the economy.

She covered poverty, social services and affordable housing at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for nearly five years; prior to that she spent several years in the paper’s Harrisburg bureau covering the legislature, governor, and state government.

She was part of the P-G staff that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting on the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. She has won numerous state and local awards for her reporting and was honored with a 2020 Keystone Media Award for her beat reporting on poverty.

She also previously reported for several newspapers in Ohio and covered the steel industry for a trade publication.

Latest by Kate Giammarise/WESA

There’s $350 million to help struggling Pennsylvania homeowners — but they can’t apply for it yet

Officials at the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency have submitted their plan for a program to give out the money to struggling homeowners. They’re awaiting approval from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

By Kate Giammarise/WESA

Feds approve Pennsylvania’s plan to distribute more than $1 billion in pandemic funds for Medicaid services

Agencies that serve people with disabilities and others in the human services realm have been calling for the funds for many months, citing pandemic-induced staffing strains, as well as increased costs for their agencies.

By Kate Giammarise/WESA

‘It was a struggle:’ Some Pennsylvania families are still owed money for last year’s missed meals

Advocates say there have been close to 100,000 inquiries through the state’s P-EBT portal and call line about missing benefits.

By Kate Giammarise/WESA

Officials say they’re continuing to fight fraud involving Pennsylvania’s beleaguered unemployment system

The state has struggled to distinguish between fraudulent and legitimate claims, which some said led many unemployed Pennsylvanians to deal with cumbersome verification systems designed to root out fraud.

By Kate Giammarise/WESA

‘We’re beginning to see the collapse of the system’: Agencies that serve people with disabilities call for more funds to pay staff

The inability to hire and retain workers was already a crisis, but now threatens to collapse the system, advocates say.

By Kate Giammarise/WESA

There will be millions more in funds to help Pennsylvanians who need heating assistance this winter

The state estimates a budget of $200 million for the program, with an additional $250 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan.

By Kate Giammarise/WESA

Need help paying a past due utility bill? Call before the end of September

About 750,000 residential accounts are at risk of termination statewide.

By Kate Giammarise/WESA

As welfare reform turns 25, it isn’t working, advocates for poor families say

In Pennsylvania, the dollar amounts paid to families in the program are low (about $400 monthly for a family of three) and have not increased since the 1990s.

By Kate Giammarise/WESA