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Cephas announces $1.5 million grant for local project

Get Help with Your Property Tax and Rent

(Dec 05, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Morgan Cephas says applications are being accepted NOW for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. Contact her office to see if you're eligible and for help applying. Read more

 

Legislators sound alarm on attacks against reproductive rights

(Nov 20, 2019)

Lawmakers called on Republican leaders Wednesday to instead devote their time and energy toward legislation that would positively impact the lives of women and families in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

City Hall: Criminal Justice Committee Hears Testimony On Reform, Trauma Care

(Nov 01, 2019)

Rep. Morgan Cephas opened the hearing by discussing the nearly fivefold increase in the incarcerated population in America between 1970-2014, which included a fourteenfold increase of incarcerated women, growing from 8,000 in 1970 to 110,000 in 2014.“Like men in jail, these women are disproportionately people of color, overwhelmingly poor and low-income survivors of violence and trauma and have high rates of physical and mental illness and substance use,” Cephas said. Read more

 

Gov. Wolf: Lead-Free PA Initiative Seeking Input on Local Needs

(Oct 31, 2019)

Rep. Morgan Cephas is partnering with Gov. Tom Wolf on his Lead-Free PA Initiative. This release details ways our communities can report lead problems in neighborhoods across Philadelphia. Read more

 

Rep. Cephas, Sen. Hughes announce $268K grant for Overbrook West Neighbors Community Development Corporation

(Oct 31, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 31 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas and Sen. Vincent Hughes announced today that the Overbrook West Neighbors Community Development Corp. has been awarded a $268,055 state grant to purchase and renovate a building that will serve as the corporation’s headquarters. “This grant will provide a much-needed anchor location for the organization and the surrounding Overbrook Community,” Cephas said. “It will allow OWN to help more people in our community providing direct services and resources .” “Over the past several years, Senator Hughes and I have focused on helping neighborhood organizations, like Overbrook West Neighbors, to build capacity,” Cephas continued. “This grant award reinforces the many investments we’ve already made, and I’m hopeful about the continued growth and success of OWN and the local community.” The grant funding announced Thursday comes from the Local Share Account, or LSA, established by the Department of Community and Economic Development. Funds in the account come from slot machine license operation fees paid by casinos operating within the City of Philadelphia. Funds are available for economic development, neighborhood revitalization, community improvement and other projects in the public interest within the City of Philadelphia. Grant amounts vary, with a minimum award of $10,000 and a maximum award of $500,000. Read more

 

A step-by-step video guide on Philadelphia’s NEW voting machines

(Oct 24, 2019)

Step-by-step guide on using Philadelphia's new voting machines. Read more

 

Wynnefield and Overbrook: Residents Learn About Voting Machines Ahead of Election

(Oct 21, 2019)

“To me, a lot of people don’t know, so it really was basically to educate the people,” said Gwen Fortt, a legislative assistant for state representative Morgan Cephas of the 192nd legislative district, who helped run the demonstrations. “We have to teach our people because if we don’t teach them, they will never know.” Read more

 

Cephas announces $48K in safe school funding for two schools

(Oct 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas announced Monday that two schools in her legislative district have been awarded grants of more than $20,000 to put toward safety and security measures. “The safety of our children is of the highest importance,” Cephas said. “I’m glad to see this money coming to schools in my district and to have funds available to implement new and improved tools to keep our students safe.” The schools in the 192nd Legislative District awarded Safe Schools Targeted Grants are: • West Philadelphia Achievement Charter Elementary School, which was awarded $25,000. • Overbrook School for the Blind, which was awarded $23,238.60. The Safe Schools Targeted Grants are awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to schools to prevent and reduce violent incidents, to purchase safety and security-related equipment and to provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers. More information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs is available on the Department of Education’s website at www.education.pa.gov , or follow PDE on Facebook , Twitter , or Pinterest . ### Read more

 

Cephas testifies during City Council public hearing, calls for action to save mothers’ lives

(Oct 18, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, an advocate for improving maternal mortality rates across Pennsylvania, testified during a public hearing Tuesday on maternal mortality, drawing attention to the disproportionate number of deaths of women of color during and after childbirth and calling for continued action at the local and state levels to combat the issue. The hearing was held by the Public Health and Human Services Committee of Philadelphia City Council – bringing together over 15 testifiers and 50 attendees to speak on the issue of maternal mortality rates among African American women in Philadelphia. “This great nation of the United States has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in developed nations, higher than some underdeveloped countries,” Cephas said during the hearing. “Maternal mortality disproportionately affects black women at three times the rate of white women, regardless of education level and socioeconomic status. It is time to address the core factors head-on including implicit bias, mental health, substance use disorder and access to care.” Cephas, who is chairwoman of the PLBC’s Subcommittee on Women and Girls of Color and co-chair of the Women’s Health Caucus, shared the story of a young woman from her district, La’Shana Gilmore, who left behind two young children when she died after delivering her baby daughter this summer. Edward Gilmore Read more

 

Rep. Cephas to testify on maternal mortality at Philadelphia City Council public hearing Oct. 15

(Oct 09, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 9 – Rep. Morgan Cephas, chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus’ Subcommittee on Women and Girls, co-chair of the House Women’s Health Caucus, and advocate for improving maternal mortality rates across Pennsylvania will testify during a public hearing on maternal mortality before Philadelphia City Council on Tuesday, Oct. 15. “Far too many women in the United States are dying during and after childbirth, sometimes well after giving birth,” Cephas said. “Women of color, regardless of their income and education levels, are at an even greater risk than white women to die from pregnancy-related complications. While the death of any mother is a tragedy, the fact that many of these deaths are preventable is an absolute travesty. That is why we must take every step possible to save every life we can. That is why I am continuing to be a voice in this conversation, and I appreciate my colleagues at the local level for taking the time to elevate the issue. Thank you to Councilmember Cindy Bass for bringing this issue to fellow members.” The hearing will take place at 2 p.m. at City Council Chambers, City Hall Room 404, in front of the City Council Committee on Health and Human Services. Cephas, who also serves on the Mayor’s Commission for Women, will join area health practitioners, advocates and community members to testify about the issue of maternal mortality, sharing her legislative and Read more

 

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(Oct 09, 2019)

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Cephas and Lee call on state Human Relations Commission to investigate after assault of two black women by Pittsburgh business owners

(Sep 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 26 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., chairwoman of the Women and Girls of Color Subcommittee for the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, today condemned the assault of two black women by male gas station owners at an Exxon Mobil on Brighton Road on Pittsburgh's North Side last Friday. “This public beating inflicted upon these two young women is absolutely vile,” Cephas said. “The motives for this gang-style free-for-all by these men are clear: they didn’t view their victims as humans worthy of respect. They were appalled that these women -- these black women -- dared to speak up for themselves and not back down. In these individuals’ minds, this warranted a savage beating on camera for all to see. “This situation is hardly an isolated incident and relates to many larger issues that reveal how much black women and girls are devalued in our society.” State Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, added, “In the wake of this abhorrent assault, our collective pain as a community is instigated by the conviction of those who would be quick to justify such an offense, by the realization that no matter how many of these interactions we record, and no matter how much restraint we exhibit in the face of abuse, that our society has failed us in its incapacity to recognize our humanity. The frequency and blatant disregard with which these assailants batter black women reveals a deeper truth about our Read more

 

Cephas secures $250,000 grant for Shepard Recreation Center Football Field

(Sep 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., announced today that a portion of a state grant is headed to Shepard Recreation Center, a community recreation center in the Haddington section of the 192 nd Legislative District. The center is among more than 400 neighborhood parks and recreation centers across Philadelphia awarded a $250,000 state grant for revitalization efforts. A portion of the quarter-million-dollar grant from the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program, funded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, will focus on the fields of Shepard Recreation Center and include fence installation surrounding the fields and replacement of goal posts, benches, bleachers and landscaping. The project will also include the construction of a concession stand with storage space for sports equipment. “Shepard Recreation Center has been a longstanding neighborhood park where many children in the neighborhood play,” Cephas said. “I am pleased to have worked with Coach Nate Reed of the local Panther’s football team to bring these resources to the center. We all know the role that a thriving recreation center contributes in the overall success of improving our communities and I couldn’t be happier to recognize Shepard one of those thriving centers. On behalf of the families in my district, I look forward to continuing to advocate for funding for resources to help prolong the existence of these many neighborhood centers Read more

 

Cephas joins Philadelphia mayor and MERCK for Mothers foundation to announce $1 million grant to reduce citywide maternal mortality rates

(Sep 13, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 13 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila, vice chair of the House Democrats’ Women’s Health Caucus, today joined Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and others to applaud the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and the Philadelphia Health Federation for securing a $ 1 million grant from MERCK for Mothers to support efforts to decrease maternal mortality in Philadelphia. The grant will support the Philadelphia Maternal Mortality Review Committee and create a local action team to address the daunting, increasing maternal mortality rates and improve maternal health outcomes. “When it comes to maternal care, Philadelphia has abysmal maternal mortality rates, at 27.4 deaths per 100,000 live births. The city’s rising rates are among poor maternal mortality across the commonwealth,” Cephas said. “This grant is a great start to improve outcomes for women and families in Philadelphia. It will also support efforts that can help to provide a clearer understanding of the causes and correlations of maternal deaths, so we can better track them and save lives.” In addition to her leadership role on the House Democrats’ Women’s Health Caucus, Cephas chairs the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus’ Subcommittee for Women and Girls of Color and has been a stalwart at addressing the rise in pregnancy-related deaths. She has coordinated meetings with stakeholders in Philadelphia and across the Read more

 

Cephas touts Wolf Administration for winning $2.25 million grant to reduce maternal mortality rates

(Sep 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 4 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., vice chair of the House Democrats’ Women’s Health Caucus, today applauded the Wolf administration for securing a $2.25 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support efforts in decreasing maternal deaths in Pennsylvania. Cephas wrote letters of support for the CDC grant that will fund the Pennsylvania Maternal Mortality Review Committee, a multidisciplinary committee tasked with addressing the pressing issue of growing maternal mortality rates across the commonwealth. “Nearly a thousand women die from pregnancy-related complications each year across the country and many of these deaths were preventable. It’s also a problem here in our commonwealth,” Cephas said. “I am proud that Pennsylvania was awarded this grant to protect women, mothers, infants and their families.” Cephas has been a staunch advocate for addressing the rise in pregnancy-related deaths. She has coordinated meetings with stakeholders and the five delivery hospitals in the Philadelphia area to discuss potential solutions, hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing, and sat on two panels to better assess the issue. In these discussions, Cephas said she also wanted to bring awareness to racial disparities and mental health issues as contributors to the increase in maternal deaths. “Black women are four times more likely to die from Read more

 

Cephas announces more than $1.8 million in grants for 192nd District

(Aug 26, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 23 – Joined by community leaders; the Philadelphia Department of Commerce; the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; Councilman Curtis Jones Jr.; and Felecia Parker-Cox, congressional aide to Congressman Dwight Evans; state Rep. Morgan Cephas announced more than $1.8 million in state and local grants that were awarded for various commercial corridor projects throughout the 192nd Legislative District . “The funding for these projects is providing a multitude of community development and jobs along our commercial corridors,” Cephas said. “I’m proud to see these investments being made to the district and honored to have been a part of making them happen.” Wynnefield Overbrook Revitalization Corp. received a $20,000 Keystone Communities Program Grant that will be used to revitalize and make improvements along commercial corridor and community properties. “"My organization has been working with Representative Cephas over a number of years and because of her support, you can now see the significant improvements in our business corridors and the neighborhood," said Gerald Murphy, president of the Wynnefield Overbrook Revitalization Corp. Overbrook West Neighbors was awarded a $200,000 Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency PHARE Fund grant for the West Philadelphia Handyman Project, which makes improvements to low-income senior housing. "Today, Overbrook West Neighbors CDC, Read more

 

Cephas to host third annual District Day on Aug. 17

(Aug 12, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 12 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas will host her third annual District Day from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 at Tustin Recreation Center, 5901 W. Columbia Ave. This free event will feature activities for the entire family, including a basketball tournament, live music and entertainment, including Philly’s own Beano French as headline performer, games, raffles, giveaways, food, and refreshments. Cephas and her staff will also be available to provide constituents with information on state programs and services. Read more

 

Cephas announces $1.5 million grant for local project

(Aug 05, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 5 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., announced that a $1.5 million grant from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program has been awarded to The Williams Group for its Cobbs Creeks Commons project in the 192 nd district. “This project will bring economic growth to the area, and I’m excited to see these funds come to our community,” Cephas said. “Multi-use projects like this can bring great benefits for business owners and residents alike.” The $1.5 million grant is expected to fund repairs at the existing property where portions of the building will be demolished, reconstructed and renovated. The building will accommodate multiple tenants on two floors of commercial space and contain 40 residential units. “I am always grateful to see investments in development in the district, especially those that help sustain jobs and provide critical services to constituents,” said state Sen. Vincent Hughes, who also represents the neighborhood. “We are continuing to see the benefits of the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program in the district and statewide, which is why I am hopeful the commonwealth can devote more resources to this wonderful program.” The state funds are administered by the Office of the Budget to assist in construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. More information on the RACP program is available at Read more

 

Cephas appointed to bipartisan group to find alternative to school property taxes

(Aug 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 1 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., was selected by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody to participate in a bipartisan group tasked with finding a possible solution to end school property taxes. “As the population of school-aged children grows, coupled with less than 15% of basic education funding going through the fair funding formula, schools are burdened with higher and higher costs. Individuals who live on a fixed income, like our senior citizens, may struggle to pay property taxes as they increase to keep up with rising costs.” Cephas said. “We should be coming up with a solution which doesn’t over-burden Pennsylvanians, while also ensuring our students are given the resources they deserve.” The group, which will include state representatives and senators, will likely meet in August to workshop ideas to replace or repeal the property tax and compensate for lost revenue with a variety of other taxes. Cephas, who thanked Dermody for the appointment, will be accompanied by four additional House Democrats: state Reps. Perry Warren, D-Bucks; Mike Carroll, D-Luzerne/Lackawanna; Pete Schweyer, D-Lehigh; and Austin Davis, D-Allegheny. Tax bills usually are issued after July 1 and, statewide, add up to more than $14 billion. Read more

 

Cephas applauds city grants for continued improvements to business corridors in 192nd district

(Jul 22, 2019)

Cephas applauds city grants for continued improvements to business corridors in 192 nd district PHILADELPHIA, July 22 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., congratulated the Wynnefield Overbrook Revitalization Corp. on being awarded a $65,000 Commercial Corridor Cleaning Assistance Program grant from the Philadelphia Department of Commerce. “The Wynnefield Overbrook Revitalization Corporation has been an integral part of the community by addressing the essential points of community-building such as development, employment and ensuring nearby residents have a decent quality of life,” Cephas said. “I’d like to thank City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. and the department’s director, Harold Epps, for their continued support to improve our commercial corridors. I am proud to see this grant be used to further this mission.” Cephas said the grant will be used towards creating local employment to maintain the cleanliness of streets, sidewalks and storefront areas, through a partnership between Wynnefield Overbrook Revitalization Corp. and Juveniles Active in Science and Technology Development Services Inc., a local non-profit that focuses on improving public health by ensuring communities in Philadelphia are more livable, sustainable and equitable. “This partnership will allow our young people to have access to jobs, most importantly jobs directly contributing and investing in their own community,” Cephas said. Read more

 

Get Help with Your Property Tax and Rent
Dec 05, 2019

Legislators sound alarm on attacks against reproductive rights
Nov 20, 2019

City Hall: Criminal Justice Committee Hears Testimony On Reform, Trauma Care
Nov 01, 2019

Gov. Wolf: Lead-Free PA Initiative Seeking Input on Local Needs
Oct 31, 2019

Rep. Cephas, Sen. Hughes announce $268K grant for Overbrook West Neighbors Community Development Corporation
Oct 31, 2019

A step-by-step video guide on Philadelphia’s NEW voting machines
Oct 24, 2019

Wynnefield and Overbrook: Residents Learn About Voting Machines Ahead of Election
Oct 21, 2019

Cephas announces $48K in safe school funding for two schools
Oct 21, 2019

Cephas testifies during City Council public hearing, calls for action to save mothers’ lives
Oct 18, 2019

Rep. Cephas to testify on maternal mortality at Philadelphia City Council public hearing Oct. 15
Oct 09, 2019

Fall 2019 Newsletter
Oct 09, 2019

Cephas and Lee call on state Human Relations Commission to investigate after assault of two black women by Pittsburgh business owners
Sep 26, 2019

Cephas secures $250,000 grant for Shepard Recreation Center Football Field
Sep 18, 2019

Cephas joins Philadelphia mayor and MERCK for Mothers foundation to announce $1 million grant to reduce citywide maternal mortality rates
Sep 13, 2019

Cephas touts Wolf Administration for winning $2.25 million grant to reduce maternal mortality rates
Sep 04, 2019

Cephas announces more than $1.8 million in grants for 192nd District
Aug 26, 2019

Cephas to host third annual District Day on Aug. 17
Aug 12, 2019

Cephas announces $1.5 million grant for local project
Aug 05, 2019

Cephas appointed to bipartisan group to find alternative to school property taxes
Aug 01, 2019

Cephas applauds city grants for continued improvements to business corridors in 192nd district
Jul 22, 2019