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Local Businesses Can Apply Now for Next Round of COVID-19 Relief Funds

(13 hours ago)

Small businesses can apply now for the second round of funding through the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance program. Read more

 

Cephas announces grants to ensure safe return to learning

(Aug 07, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 8 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., said several career and technical education schools in her 192 nd legislative district will receive pandemic relief grants to help them implement safety plans for students and staff. According to information from the Wolf administration, Continuity of Education and Equity Grants were awarded to the following schools : $39,724 to Overbrook High School. $27,651 to the Science Leadership Academy at Beeber. $29,250 tor Ad Prima Charter School. $19,000 West Philadelphia Achievement Charter Elementary School. “These grants will help sustain crucial educational programs in our community, which have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Cephas said. “This funding will help ensure the safety of students, continuity of services and essential educational programs, which often lead to jobs right here in our community, sustaining the well-being of our district’s and state’s economy.” The funding comes from the federal CARES Act and authorizes governors to determine the educational use of these relief funds. Continuity of Education and Equity Grants provide funding to support effective continuity of education programs such as summer and other expanded programming and industry credential assessments for students enrolled in career and technology centers negatively impacted by COVID-19 mitigation. Grants for the schools in Cephas’ district Read more

 

Cephas, Daley applaud health and safety grant for St. Joseph’s University

(Aug 05, 2020)

“It is vitally important to our area that economic engines like Saint Joseph’s University continue to operate as close to normal as possible,” said Cephas, whose 192nd Legislative District covers the Philadelphia section of St. Joe’s. “These funds will allow them to provide their exceptional education while keeping students, staff and faculty safe from potential coronavirus exposure. I want to thank Governor Wolf for ensuring that students are able to continue their education with a measured, practical approach to COVID-19 mitigation.” Read more

 

Cephas hosts virtual town hall about increasing voter engagement ahead of November's general election

(Jul 30, 2020)

As the countdown continues to the general election, state Rep. Morgan Cephas is ramping up her efforts to help prepare voters to head back to the polls in November amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Cephas teamed up with the Mayor's Office of Youth Engagement and the Philadelphia Youth Commission Tuesday night for a virtual town hall meeting focused on pinpointing strategies to increase voter engagement among young people. "Voting gives us the opportunity to reshape our future and redefine our priorities as a community," said Cephas, D-Phila. "We need to ensure the younger generation is part of that conversation because they play such an integral role in deciding which direction our country, commonwealth and city will go moving forward." From civics education and online strategies to initiatives geared towards getting young adults involved in the election process, the group took participant questions and highlighted various ways to demonstrate the importance of casting a ballot to millennials and members of Generation Z. "Affordable education, public safety and police reform aren't just top priorities in the legislature but are also issues of high interest to 18 to 24-year olds," explained Cephas. "It is our responsibility to provide these individuals with the resources, information Read more

 

How to Apply for Hazard Pay, Philly Schools Launch New Digital Learning Program

(Jul 24, 2020)

Check out details about how employers can apply for hazard pay to provide their employees on the frontlines of COVID-19 along with a new digital school program launched by the School District of Philadelphia. Read more

 

Police reforms signed into law, plans for schools to reopen safely

(Jul 17, 2020)

Check out my latest update to read about the new police reform bills signed into law, plans to reopen schools safely and funding to help provide hazard pay to frontline workers. Read more

 

Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures Extended, Other COVID-19 Updates

(Jul 10, 2020)

From protecting homeowners and renters to relief for small businesses, check out my latest update from Harrisburg. Read more

 

Check Out My Summer Newsletter!

(Jul 10, 2020)

From passing police reform legislation to helping you through the COVID-19 pandemic, it's all in my Summer Newsletter. Read more

 

Police Reform Working Group issues statement on Vice President Pence’s visit with the Fraternal Order of Police

(Jul 09, 2020)

In response to Vice President Mike Pence visiting with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5, the Police Reform Working Group, made up of state and county elected officials and advocates, released the following statement:“As members of the Police Reform Working Group, we believe that the path to achieving community safety and racial justice in Pennsylvania must be two-fold. First, we must improve our current system of policing through accountability, oversight, and tangible policy changes that will diminish instances of police brutality against all citizens, but especially against the Black community. Second, we must work with communities to transform and re-envision policing itself through bold systemic changes that center around those most impacted by police violence and structural racism. Read more

 

Women’s Health Caucus reacts to SCOTUS ruling on contraceptive coverage

(Jul 08, 2020)

"We need to be breaking down barriers – not creating more roadblocks when it comes to women's rights and ensuring all women are provided with quality healthcare," said state Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila, vice chairwoman of the WHC. Read more

 

Calling on Governor to Extend Eviction Moratorium

(Jul 07, 2020)

State Rep. Morgan Cephas joined her House colleagues in sending the governor a letter, calling on him to extend the eviction moratorium until December 31, as well as provide additional financial help for homeowners, renters and landlords. Read more

 

Police Reforms Head to Governor, COVID-19 Relief Available for Homeowners and Renters

(Jul 07, 2020)

Check out my latest e-newsletter to find out which police reforms are heading to the governor, how homeowners and renters can apply for COVID-19 relief and the grant program available for small businesses. Read more

 

Renter and homeowner aid available

(Jun 30, 2020)

Renters and homeowners who were financially impacted by the economic slowdown related to the coronavirus pandemic will be able to access applications for rent and mortgage relief beginning Monday, June 29. At that time, applications will be accessible from a red banner on the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s website at www.PHFA.org . Homeowners who became unemployed after March 1 or who suffered at least a 30 percent reduction in annual income due to reduced work hours and wages related to COVID-19 may be eligible for financial assistance to help with missed mortgage payments. To qualify for the Pandemic Mortgage Assistance Program, the applicant must be an owner-occupant of their residence, the dwelling must consist of one or two separate units, the mortgage must be at least 30 days delinquent, and the applicant-homeowner’s annual household income must not exceed the Area Median Income for their county of residence adjusted for the number of people in their home. For renters to be eligible for financial assistance under the CARES Rent Relief Program, they will need to document at least a 30 percent reduction in annual income since March 1 related to COVID-19, or they must have become unemployed after March 1. If unemployed, they must have filed for Unemployment Compensation. Their household income cannot exceed the Area Median Income for their county of residence adjusted for the number of people in their home. For more information Read more

 

Women’s Health Caucus applauds SCOTUS decision to strike down Louisiana law severely restricting abortions

(Jun 29, 2020)

“Over the years, there’s been continuous attempts to reverse the progress we’ve made when it comes to women’s rights and access to healthcare,” said Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., vice chairwoman of the WHC. “Decisions like this one made by SCOTUS today help to ensure that we continue moving forward so that our communities have equitable access to necessary care.” Read more

 

Latest news from PA and the 192nd District!

(Jun 26, 2020)

Read the latest news in PA and the 192nd District! Read more

 

Small Business Assistance grants available

(Jun 25, 2020)

Applications are expected to be available June 30 for a new program aimed at providing critical funding to local businesses hurt by the coronavirus. Read more

 

District office reopening on limited schedule June 22, Philly's plan to move into green phase

(Jun 19, 2020)

Check out our new hours and safety guidelines as we take steps to reopen our district office safely. Read more

 

Police Reform Working Group looks forward to working with Mayor Kenney

(Jun 09, 2020)

The Police Reform Working Group, a collection of elected officials and advocates working to bring accountability and transparency reforms to law enforcement, released the following statement in response to Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s commitment to police reform: “To bring about true and meaningful law enforcement reform, we must work together with leaders at all levels of government so the voices of those we represent can be heard and forward-thinking change achieved. We’ve already had several conversations with Mayor Kenney’s administration and those discussions have been promising. We appreciate the mayor’s willingness to listen and believe that his announcement today is the first step in what will be a long, but productive, journey to reform. Read more

 

Police Reform Working Group releases statement on progress toward reform

(Jun 04, 2020)

The Police Reform Working Group, a collection of elected officials and advocates working to bring accountability and transparency reforms to law enforcement, released the following statement on Gov. Tom Wolf’s adoption today of their request for a state-level deputy inspector general aimed at improving law enforcement conduct, as well as Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s, along with the Fraternal Order of Police’s, support of a confidential database to track complaints against police officers: Read more

 

Cephas joins elected officials to call for state, local reform of community-police relationships

(Jun 03, 2020)

Following a weekend of peaceful protests and eventual unrest fueled by the murder of George Floyd, state Rep. Morgan Cephas joined other Philadelphia elected officials Tuesday to introduce a series of critical reforms aimed at strengthening community-police relationships. "We must continue our fight to protect our communities of color from police brutality and systemic oppression, which has been an ongoing conversation in Pennsylvania for far too long," said Cephas, D-Phila. "This requires a collaborative effort involving leaders and agencies from all levels of government to pass laws aimed at streamlining police procedures and improving police community relations to help prevent future tragedies like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery from happening in the future. The reforms target actions that can be taken by the governor, the General Assembly, local city councils, and law enforcement agencies and include, among other things: Outlaw the use of chokeholds or any other action that constricts an airway by law enforcement. Establish an independent review process for any incident law enforcement encounter that results in serious injury or death. Require law enforcement to be mandated reporters of officer misconduct or corruption. End stop and frisk policies that disproportionately target black and brown communities. Read more

 

Local Businesses Can Apply Now for Next Round of COVID-19 Relief Funds
13 hours ago

Cephas announces grants to ensure safe return to learning
Aug 07, 2020

Cephas, Daley applaud health and safety grant for St. Joseph’s University
Aug 05, 2020

Cephas hosts virtual town hall about increasing voter engagement ahead of November's general election
Jul 30, 2020

How to Apply for Hazard Pay, Philly Schools Launch New Digital Learning Program
Jul 24, 2020

Police reforms signed into law, plans for schools to reopen safely
Jul 17, 2020

Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures Extended, Other COVID-19 Updates
Jul 10, 2020

Check Out My Summer Newsletter!
Jul 10, 2020

Police Reform Working Group issues statement on Vice President Pence’s visit with the Fraternal Order of Police
Jul 09, 2020

Women’s Health Caucus reacts to SCOTUS ruling on contraceptive coverage
Jul 08, 2020

Calling on Governor to Extend Eviction Moratorium
Jul 07, 2020

Police Reforms Head to Governor, COVID-19 Relief Available for Homeowners and Renters
Jul 07, 2020

Renter and homeowner aid available
Jun 30, 2020

Women’s Health Caucus applauds SCOTUS decision to strike down Louisiana law severely restricting abortions
Jun 29, 2020

Latest news from PA and the 192nd District!
Jun 26, 2020

Small Business Assistance grants available
Jun 25, 2020

District office reopening on limited schedule June 22, Philly's plan to move into green phase
Jun 19, 2020

Police Reform Working Group looks forward to working with Mayor Kenney
Jun 09, 2020

Police Reform Working Group releases statement on progress toward reform
Jun 04, 2020

Cephas joins elected officials to call for state, local reform of community-police relationships
Jun 03, 2020