UPPER DUBLIN, Aug. 2 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, today announced that Upper Dublin Township will receive $1 million in state funding to go toward the community’s new library project. The funds will be coming from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, which is a highly competitive grant. This is the second award that Upper Dublin Township has received to support the transformation of the 520 Virginia Drive property into a public library. With the addition of these funds, the new library project has been awarded a total of $1.75 million in state grants. In September 2018, the project was awarded a $750,000 Keystone grant. “I am very excited to see this funding come through to aid in the creation of this magnificent new space being created for the Upper Dublin community,” Sanchez said. “This impressive library will be a valued destination for years to come thanks to the hard work of everyone involved and a welcome addition to an already stellar community.” The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. ### Read more
This is the latest installment of my e-newsletter to keep you informed about what’s happening in Harrisburg and in our district. It’s been a busy couple of months. Read more
The grants vary in size and scope, and the PCCD’s goals through this funding are to improve the justice system and the lives of crime victims, and to make communities safer. Read more
“Residents of our district deserve fair, affordable housing, and too often hardworking folks are priced out of such opportunities,” Sanchez said. “I’m happy that this funding helps ensure some viable housing opportunities in Abington Township.” Read more
"It’s a win-win for our commuters and community.” Read more
HARRISBURG, May 1 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez announced Wednesday that Abington School District was awarded funding to assist in school safety. The School Safety and Security Committee, part of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, awarded $80,100 to the school district. The funds are included in the 2018-19 budget and will go toward security planning and purchase of security-related technology, staff and student training programs, and trauma-informed approaches to education. “The safety of our children, especially within the walls of their schools, should be a priority for all of us,” Sanchez said. “We’re always looking for ways to improve safety measures, and that’s why I’m happy to see this committee invest in our schools.” Gov. Wolf signed Act 44 of 2018 into law last year, creating the School Safety and Security Committee. More information on the grants is available here . Read more
DRESHER, March 26 – Upper Dublin School District will receive a significant Alternative and Clean Energy Program funding grant to assist in the construction of a new middle school in Upper Dublin Township, state Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, announced Tuesday. “I’m delighted to share that Upper Dublin School District has received a significant ACE state grant to help build the new environmentally friendly Sandy Run Middle School,” Sanchez said. “I’m proud of the Upper Dublin School District and our community for taking these bold strides to protect our environment and keep our future green.” The school district, which will receive a grant of $1.38 million, is demolishing its current Sandy Run Middle School and will construct a new Sandy Run Middle School as a high-performance building, which will achieve LEED gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. That includes an efficient thermal building envelope, LED lighting systems with daylight sensors, an energy-efficient, individually controlled HVAC system, water-conserving fixtures and a 215 kW solar system. Energy consumption is expected to be reduced by 582 MWh annually, or 42 percent over current usage. Water consumption is expected to be reduced by approximately 30 percent. The grant funds will be used toward demolition, construction and LEED administrative costs. The Alternative and Clean Energy Program provides financial assistance to eligible Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, today announced that he was appointed to serve on three House committees, including the Appropriations Committee. The House Appropriations Committee is responsible for reviewing bills that regulate state spending. “I am excited to take on the tremendous responsibilities that come with serving on the Appropriations Committee, including playing an integral role in working on our state budget,” Sanchez said. “As the only certified public accountant (inactive) in the Democratic Caucus, I promise to be an advocate for responsibly funded budgets that support public education, protect our environment and fund programs that help hardworking Pennsylvania families.” Sanchez also will serve on the Local Government and Children and Youth committees. Sanchez said that his previous experience as an Abington Township commissioner has given him insight into the many issues facing Pennsylvania’s counties, cities, boroughs and townships, which will benefit him on the Local Government Committee. “Building a Pennsylvania that puts people first will take governments at all levels working together to solve our challenges,” Sanchez said. “I plan to work closely with local governments from across the state to help the committee tackle issues such as statewide zoning regulations and municipal pensions.” The Children and Youth Committee focuses on Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez was sworn in during a Capitol ceremony today for his first term as state representative for the 153rd Legislative District. The swearing-in ceremony for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives corresponds with the first Tuesday in January every two years. This year is Pennsylvania’s 203rd legislative session. “It’s an honor to represent the district I have called home for my entire life,” said Sanchez, D-Montgomery. “Over the next legislative session, I promise to be a strong voice and fierce advocate for the diverse and hardworking residents of Abington and Upper Dublin Townships by fighting for policies that put people first.” Prior to being elected to Pennsylvania’s House, Sanchez worked as a certified public accountant, an attorney, an adjunct professor of law at Drexel University and served Abington Township as commissioner for Ward 7. Sanchez lives in Abington with his wife, Karen, and their three children. Sanchez said that his legislative priorities include commonsense gun safety legislation, supporting public education, protecting the environment and expanding access to health care for all Pennsylvanians. His efforts blend with the broader Plan for PA , which seeks to build a stronger economy for working families instead of serving special interests. The district office telephone number is 215-517-6800 . Those interested can learn more about Read more
Below are a number of programs and services available to help veterans and their families. Please share this list with any veterans in your life. Veterans Temporary Assistance Temporary help is available for veterans and their beneficiaries who need aid for essentials such as shelter, fuel, clothing and food. If eligible, a veteran or their beneficiary can qualify for up to $1,600 in a 12-month period. The Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program Any honorably discharged veteran who is 100 percent disabled, a resident of Pennsylvania and has financial need can apply for this program, which provides real estate tax exemption on principal dwellings. Educational Gratuity Program Children of honorably discharged veterans with service-connected disabilities or children of veterans who died in service during a period of war or armed conflict qualify for up to $500 per semester/term to help defray educational costs. Military Family Relief Assistance Program Eligible Pennsylvania service members and their family members who have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control can apply for up to $3,500 in grants. This program is available for active and past service members. Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Program Grants are available for veterans’ services organizations, non-profit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans, individual eligible counties and the State Read more
The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more
Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Unclaimed property may include: Closed bank accounts; Uncashed checks, including paychecks; Lost stocks and bonds; Contents of safe deposit boxes; Proceeds from the demutualization of insurance companies; Expired gift cards/gift certificates. To find out if you have unclaimed property, search your name in the Unclaimed Property database at www.patreasury.gov/Unclaimed/Search.html , call 1-800-222-2046, or contact my office . There is NO CHARGE to claim your unclaimed property. Read more
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