Cephas sworn in to serve 192nd District in west Philadelphia

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., was sworn in today to serve the 192nd Legislative District in west Philadelphia, which is home to more than 60,000 residents from the Wynnefield, Overbrook Farms, Morris Park, Overbrook Park, Overbrook, Haddington, Hestonville and Carroll Park areas.

"I am beyond excited to represent and work for a district filled with great community assets and active civic associations. To continue building on the foundation of the 192nd, I will be working tirelessly to revitalize our distressed neighborhood commercial corridors, ensuring our young people have access to education and workforce opportunities in their ZIP code and improving the quality of life of our residents by driving state resources directly to the district," Cephas said.

"I am also committed to bringing services to the doors of the people in the 192nd District. Over the past month, my staff and I have served and connected over 200 residents with state services such as help with home heating bills, the Children's Health Insurance Program, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage for seniors, the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, car tag renewals and much more."

A native of west Philadelphia and product of public schools, Cephas has worked tirelessly in the public sector, building her community block by block. At an early age, she realized that a community that offers safety, job security, access to quality education and multi-generational recreational activities are key components to ensuring a neighborhood’s success.

After graduating from the University of Virginia with a political science degree, she served as deputy chief of staff to 4th District Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. In that capacity, she helped to secure more than $3 million to revitalize area commercial corridors; oversaw $6 million of improvements to upgrade recreation centers; and assisted in securing funds for improvements to local schools. In addition, she authored and ushered the passage of various council bills, including the Philadelphia Internship Tax Credit, which provided paid internships to high school and college students, and created amendments to the Education Housing District provision that penalizes property owners violating occupancy laws in residential areas.

Expanding her experience beyond the walls of City Hall, Cephas joined the team at the Philadelphia Youth Network to focus more on increasing the education and workforce opportunities available to the city's most vulnerable youth. During her time with the nonprofit, she was successful in helping to secure more than $3 million in additional support for the WorkReady summer youth jobs program; close to $1 million to support the design and implementation of education and career pathways for youth; and worked alongside national organizations to shape the development of federal legislation dedicated to workforce development training programs for Philadelphia youth.

Cephas' office is at 1991 N. 63rd St. and is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is 215-879-6625. Cephas also provides information on her website -- www.pahouse.com/Cephas – and on social media at www.facebook.com/RepCephas and twitter.com/RepCephas. She can also be reached at RepCephas@pahouse.net.