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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

 

Cephas: Liquor Control Board denies license to local Stop N’Go

(Jul 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 19 – Today, state Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., announced that the PA Liquor Control Board denied the renewal of a local liquor license to a Stop N’Go following complaints from the recently established Liquor Control Task Force and the community. “Stop N’Go establishments like this have been a major problem throughout our communities,” Cephas said. “Two years ago, my office launched a local Liquor Enforcement Taskforce in partnership with area stakeholders, including the 191st and 190th legislative districts. If a business doesn’t meet the requirements in the Liquor Code for seating, square footage, food or health, it shouldn’t be serving our community. This is about keeping people safe and ensuring these establishments aren’t circumventing the law.” Cephas said the business will have to cease operations at 11:59 pm on July 19. However, the licensee, Yong’s Place, will have 20 days to file an appeal in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. If an appeal is filed, the owner will be allowed to continue operating during the appeal process. “I appreciate my West Philadelphia colleague, Representative Cephas, for working collaboratively with me to address our quality of life concerns,” Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., said. “Bad businesses that do not follow the established protocols serve as a haven for crime, and that reduces property values. I am thrilled to Read more

 

Cephas announces $700,000 in funding for new and existing low-income housing projects

(Jul 15, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, July 15 — State. Rep. Morgan Cephas announced today $700,000 in state funding has been awarded to two community projects that will impact the residents of the 192 nd Legislative District. “I’m thrilled that this much-needed funding will come to projects helping low-income residents in West Philadelphia,” said Cephas, D-Phila., who supported the projects seeking the funds. “My hope is that the funding will allow these projects to alleviate some of the need for affordable housing and allow low-income residents the opportunity to stay in their communities.” The Overbrook West Neighbors Community Development Corp. was awarded $200,000, and the Mission First Housing Group was awarded $500,000 from the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement fund, or PHARE fund. The Overbrook West Neighbors Community Development Corp. will use the funding for its West Philadelphia Handyman Program, which is open to older adults and seniors who meet financial eligibility requirements. Through the program, residents can make necessary improvements to their homes to ensure they can age in place and in dignity. The Mission First Housing Group will use the funds for Phase 2 of its plan to develop the Apartments at New Market West, a development currently under construction near the Haddington/Cobbs Creek neighborhood. The project will create 41 new affordable apartments, including units that will receive referrals from Read more

 

Cephas welcomes first ‘Night Market’ to her district

(Jun 21, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, June 21 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., welcomed The Food Trust’s Night Market Philadelphia for the first time to the Overbrook section of her district on Thursday. The event took place along Lancaster Avenue, between 61st and 63rd streets – lined with food trucks, vendors and live entertainment. “As a community partner of this event, I was excited to work with Overbrook West Neighborhoods to bring the Night Market Philadelphia to the 192nd Legislative District,” Cephas said. “It was a great opportunity for people to come together and enjoy plenty of food and entertainment. Night Market Overbrook also provided us with an opportunity to encourage civic engagement while promoting community and economic development. I look forward to the opportunity to welcome Night Market Philadelphia to the district in the future.” Cephas added Night Market Overbrook was made possible by several sponsors including first timers Mann Music Center, Please Touch Museum, Overbrook School for the Blind, The Friends of the Dell Music Center, West Philadelphia Financial Services Institute, Keystone First and Saint Joseph’s University, in addition to Green Mountain Energy, Xfinity, Penn Beer, Lankenau Medical Center, Together for West Philadelphia and Bath Fitter/Kitchen Saver. Entertainment included West Philadelphia’s own Joie Kathos, who headlined the event. The Food Trust’s Night Market event takes place in Read more

 

Cephas: The deadline for the Property Tax/ Rent Rebate Program has been extended

(Jun 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 17 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today announced that the deadline for older adults and Pennsylvania residents with disabilities to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2018 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, according to the Department of Revenue. “Seniors and people with disabilities are susceptible to foreclosures and evictions as a result of tax liens, which is why the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is so beneficial,” Cephas said. “The application deadline extension ensures that more residents in my district and across the commonwealth can have the opportunity to apply.” As of June 1, the department has received 432,411 applications, but will not be distributed until July 1, by law. After June 30, eligible applicants will receive rebates, distributed by direct deposit. “It’s highly recommended that eligible residents apply as soon as possible,” Cephas said. Cephas said claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria. Eligible applicants can come to Cephas’ district office with their documents or obtain an application at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling 1-888-222-9190. In 2017, the Property Tax/ Rent Read more

 

Cephas: Bill to protect workers from sexual harassment passes House (with video)

(Jun 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 11 – Bipartisan legislation that would protect employees in the commonwealth from sexual harassment in the workplace passed in the House today by a vote of 199-0, said state Rep. Morgan Cephas, prime co-sponsor of the bill. House Bill 849 would prohibit employers from requiring current or prospective employees to sign a nondisclosure agreement related to sexual harassment as a condition of employment. It would not prevent such an agreement if both parties consent to it. “Sexual harassment can take many vile forms. The one thing all these reprehensible acts have in common, however, is that they frequently involve attempts by the perpetrator to silence the victim – to exert undue influence and power over them,” said Cephas, D-Phila. “It’s often done through an insidious practice in which the employee is forced to sign a nondisclosure agreement.” Cephas said the bill would prohibit employers from forcing employees to sign agreements that prevent them from disclosing, reporting or participating in a sexual harassment investigation. “This bill would be an important step toward protecting all employees in the commonwealth from the scourge of sexual harassment, the pain and humiliation it inflicts on victims and the havoc it can wreak on their lives,” Cephas noted. “The legislation is a product of bipartisan effort, thanks to the prime sponsor of the bill, Representative Kate Klunk.” House Read more

 

Klunk, Cephas advance bipartisan sexual harassment bill through Labor and Industry Committee

(Jun 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 4 – Today, state Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., announced that her amended version of H.B. 849 was approved by the House Labor and Industry Committee. The bill, which was introduced by Rep. Klunk, R-York, would ban the requirement of nondisclosure agreements related to sexual harassment as a condition of getting a job. “I believe that Pennsylvanians deserve protection from workplace sexual harassment, and I hope this bill will give employers the tools needed to protect their employees,” Cephas said. “I am thankful for the help of the Women’s Law Project, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, and The Business Community in guiding us to really tackle the root of this issue.” The bill would not prohibit nondisclosure agreements in which both parties voluntarily agree to participate. Cephas' amendment clarifies that nondisclosure agreements formed during the hiring process are to be considered involuntary, while those created during the settlement of a harassment case may be considered voluntary. The bill was reported out as amended by a unanimous vote. Read more

 

Cephas welcomes second community school to the 192nd

(May 15, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 15 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., said she is excited that the Overbrook Education Center, located in the 192 nd Legislative District, is part of a third cohort of neighborhood schools selected to become community schools. “Designating the Overbrook Education Center, the only public school in Philadelphia that educates students with visual impairments, a community school is a decision I am pleased with,” Cephas said. “This initiative ensures that all students, particularly those with special needs, are afforded a chance at quality academics and the opportunity to live a fulfilling autonomous life beyond primary school.” Community schools are public schools with a full-time coordinator who works with the entire school community to identify and meet the needs of the whole child. School coordinators attempt to address barriers students face at home and in school. This includes increasing access to medical services, expanding after-school programs, as well as providing opportunities for job training. Community schools ultimately identify resources to address the out-of-school needs of students to reduce the demands of school staff and to improve the academic performance of the students. Cephas said the school’s ongoing goals, before becoming a community school, include increasing student attendance rates by encouraging them to miss nine or less days a year, improving early and general literacy Read more

 

Pa. House panel hears first hand about maternal mortality

(Apr 17, 2019)

“Over the past several months and last few years, there has been a heightened conversation around the fact that our maternal mortality rate is getting worse,” said state Rep. Morgan Cephas. Read more

 

Cephas Studying Maternal Mortality

(Apr 04, 2019)

As chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Subcommittee on Women & Girls of Color, state Rep. Morgan Cephas hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee to Saint Joseph’s University in her district for a discussion on how to reduce the state’s rising rates of maternal deaths and how doulas can best be integrated in maternal care. Read more

 

Pa. House panel hears first hand about maternal mortality

(Apr 04, 2019)

“Over the past several months and last few years, there has been a heightened conversation around the fact that our maternal mortality rate is getting worse,” said state Rep. Morgan Cephas (D-Philadelphia), who convened the hearing. Read more

 

Cephas, Policy Committee focus on Meaningful Solutions to Maternal Mortality

(Apr 03, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, April 3 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on Meaningful Solutions to Maternal Mortality-Doula Care and Coverage at St. Joseph’s University. Cephas requested the hearing to discuss what more the state can do to reduce maternal deaths and provide stronger support for doula care. Testifiers and lawmakers looked at definitions of maternal mortality, rates and causes and discussed best practices and solutions to reducing mortality rates. Cephas was joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “I want to thank all of today’s testifiers for providing great insight into how we can come together to improve maternal care and reduce maternal mortality. When we have open dialogue about the causes and drivers of these issues, we can better craft solutions that will ensure healthy moms and healthy babies,” explained Cephas. “In the United States, maternal mortality is on the rise, as it declines in every other developed country. We need to make sure medical professionals are fully educated and prepared to handle potential complications and that women aren’t afraid to speak up if something seems to be going wrong.” Sturla added: “In the developed world, the United States has the worst rate of maternal deaths. We need to make sure we’re encouraging women to seek the Read more

 

Cephas to hold Policy Committee hearing on Meaningful Solutions to Maternal Mortality Wednesday in Philadelphia

(Mar 29, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, March 29 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on Meaningful Solutions to Maternal Mortality-Doula Care and Coverage. The hearing will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 at Saint Joseph’s University, Mandeville Hall, Teletorium, 5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia. The media and public are invited to attend. Cephas requested the hearing to discuss what more the state can do to reduce maternal deaths and provide stronger support for doula care. She will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 1:00 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 1:10 p.m. Panel One – Defining Maternal Mortality: Dr. Loren Robinson , Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Pennsylvania Department of Health Marianne Fray , CEO, Maternity Care Coalition 1:40 p.m. Panel Two – Rates and Causes in Philadelphia and Across Pennsylvania: Dr. Jason Baxter, MD, MSCP, FACOG , Member, Pennsylvania Maternal Mortality Review Committee Dr. Aasta Mehta, MD, MPP , Policy Consultant for Maternal, Child and Family Health, Philadelphia Department of Health 2:10 p.m. Panel Three – Best Practices and Solutions: Lexi White , Senior Policy Manager, New Voices for Reproductive Justice Representative from AmeriHealth Caritas 2:40 p.m. Closing Remarks Read more

 

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

Cephas: Liquor Control Board denies license to local Stop N’Go
Jul 19, 2019

Cephas announces $700,000 in funding for new and existing low-income housing projects
Jul 15, 2019

Cephas welcomes first ‘Night Market’ to her district
Jun 21, 2019

Cephas: The deadline for the Property Tax/ Rent Rebate Program has been extended
Jun 17, 2019

Cephas: Bill to protect workers from sexual harassment passes House (with video)
Jun 11, 2019

Klunk, Cephas advance bipartisan sexual harassment bill through Labor and Industry Committee
Jun 04, 2019

Cephas welcomes second community school to the 192nd
May 15, 2019

Pa. House panel hears first hand about maternal mortality
Apr 17, 2019

Cephas Studying Maternal Mortality
Apr 04, 2019

Pa. House panel hears first hand about maternal mortality
Apr 04, 2019

Cephas, Policy Committee focus on Meaningful Solutions to Maternal Mortality
Apr 03, 2019

Cephas to hold Policy Committee hearing on Meaningful Solutions to Maternal Mortality Wednesday in Philadelphia
Mar 29, 2019