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Cephas takes oath for third term, vows to continue fighting to keep residents safe while rebuilding local communities and economy amid COVID-19

Cephas announces critical House committee appointments to help in ongoing fight for more equitable Pennsylvania

(Jan 11, 2021)

Nearly a week after being sworn in for her third term, state Rep. Morgan Cephas today announced she has been appointed to several critical House committees to aid in her ongoing efforts to put the needs of her West Philadelphia communities first and to ensure a more equitable Pennsylvania in the 2021-22 legislative session. Cephas said she's been selected to serve on the: Appropriations Committee , which provides elected officials and Pennsylvanians with accurate, informed and timely reports and recommendations about the commonwealth's fiscal issues. Health Committee , which predominantly focuses on matters pertaining to health care, including affordable health care, mental health, addiction and issues pertaining to a public health crisis. Labor and Industry Committee , which addresses proposals that help shape business climate and laws governing Pennsylvania's workforce, including issues such as unemployment compensation, workers' compensation and raising the minimum wage. Insurance Committee , which traditionally takes up legislation related to insurance coverage including car insurance and health insurance. "From health care and jobs to ensuring state resources go to those who need them most, I am excited and honored to have been chosen to be on House committees that play a pivotal role in Read more

 

Take Survey to Help Design a New Schoolyard for Lamberton Elementary School

(Jan 08, 2021)

State Rep. Morgan Cephas has created a survey to help her Overbrook neighbors be part of the planning process of designing a new schoolyard for Lamberton Elementary School. Read more

 

Cephas appointed to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women by Governor Wolf

(Jan 07, 2021)

The same week she was sworn in for her third term, state Rep. Morgan Cephas today announced Gov. Tom Wolf has appointed her to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. Cephas said the group is responsible for advising the governor on policies and legislation; economic and civic opportunities; mentorship programs; and resources that benefit women and girls. "I am honored and grateful to Governor Wolf for appointing me to this position, and I look forward to working with my fellow members to build upon their tireless efforts to protect, support and strengthen the rights and opportunities for women and girls in the commonwealth," said Cephas, D-Phila. In her former position as chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus' Subcommittee on Women and Girls of Color and current vice chairwoman of the Democratic Women's Health Caucus, Cephas has introduced a plethora of bills since taking office aimed at ensuring the needs of women are prioritized, including proposals to: Restore dignity to incarcerated women by providing them access to free feminine hygiene and incontinence products; updating restraint laws to protect pregnant women and their children; and creating an environment that supports rehabilitation and re-entry. Lower the maternal mortality rate by extending Medicaid coverage for medical assistance up to 1-year related postpartum, and to cover doula services; creating a Doula Advisory Board; requiring training to address Read more

 

Cephas takes oath for third term, vows to continue fighting to keep residents safe while rebuilding local communities and economy amid COVID-19

(Jan 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas took the oath of office at the state Capitol today to begin her third term representing the 192 nd District in West Philadelphia in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. "I am blessed to have the opportunity to keep serving my neighbors and make sure they have a voice in Harrisburg," said Cephas, D-Phila. "At the top of our priority list this term must be to continue our fight to ensure the safety of Pennsylvanians during COVID-19. A big part of that is passing legislation to prevent them from becoming homeless. It also means connecting our local business owners, unemployed individuals, frontline workers and most vulnerable populations with the relief and resources they need to survive this health crisis." As a member of the House Democratic Housing Working Group, Cephas joined her colleagues in introducing a number of bills last session to help protect homeowners, renters and small "mom-and-pop" landlords. Cephas said she will also continue pushing to enact real police and criminal justice reforms, including proposals to restore dignity to incarcerated women and require local police districts to create behavioral response units, as well as put hardworking families first by working to: Raise the minimum wage. Create good-paying jobs. Make health care affordable for everyone. Ensure all students have access to a quality Read more

 

Cephas announces $2.25M RACP project grants for West Philadelphia

(Dec 29, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 29 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today announced three Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grants totaling $2.25 million for projects in the 192 nd Legislative District. The projects include expanding wellness and recreational services, classroom accessibility and safety, and constructing affordable housing for seniors. Here is a breakdown of the funding for each project, with a brief description of how the funding will help: $1 million will go toward expanding various community-centric health and recreation services at the Overbrook Pharmacy Wellness Center. The project includes demolishing the existing crumbing structure to construct a center. The center's plans include required spaces for exam rooms, staff offices, and other requirements such as providing a separate entrance to the wellness center and responding to patient privacy issues. In addition, a public venue area will be added that could be offered for educational sessions, event rental, or a vertical interior agriculture center. $750,000 will go toward bolstering safety and accessibility, especially shelter-in-place areas for pupils living with disabilities at Overbrook School for the Blind. The project includes making the main entry safe and accessible for an increasingly non-ambulatory student population, sufficient to suppress an active-shooter scenario and the installation of an elevator for multiple Read more

 

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications

(Dec 21, 2020)

STATE GRANT PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs: Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Program (Source of Funding: Veterans’ Trust Fund) Who May Apply : 501(c)(3) nonprofits with a mission of serving veterans, 501(c)(19) veteran service organizations, and county directors of veterans affairs. Use : Up to $150,000 in grant funding is available for new, innovative or expanded programs or services operated by the county directors of veterans’ affairs or the Pennsylvania Association of County Directors of Veterans Affairs. The areas of emphasis for applicants in this category are veterans’ outreach and veterans’ court programs. Up to $650,000 in grant funding is available to veteran service organizations and non-profit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans. Funding priorities for applicants in this category are homelessness, behavioral health initiatives and veterans’ courts. Funds : A total of $800,000 will be awarded statewide. Application Deadline : January 27, 2021 at 2 p.m. More Information : Click on https://www.dmva.pa.gov/veteransaffairs/Pages/Programs%20and%20Services/Veterans%27%20Trust%20Fund/VeteransTrustFundGrantProgram.aspx . UPCOMING APPLICATION DEADLINES: DEP Driving PA Forward Onroad Rebate Program – Trucks and Buses: Read more

 

Check Out Cephas' Latest Newsletter

(Dec 17, 2020)

From COVID-19 resources and legislative updates to local projects happening in her community, it's all in state Rep. Morgan Cephas' latest newsletter. Read more

 

Cephas joins Brown, Jones, and nonprofits to distribute over 500 food boxes and other COVID-19 resources to local neighbors

(Dec 07, 2020)

With a record number of COVID-19 cases being reported, state Rep. Morgan Cephas continues working with local organizations and leaders to secure and connect safety resources to her most vulnerable neighbors. "The constant uptick in confirmed COVID-19 cases is proof that this virus is still spreading at an alarming rate in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the rest of the country," said Cephas, D-Phila. "I have a responsibility to not only protect but provide the people I serve with updated information and the proper materials to help them survive this pandemic. This Community Grab-N-Go event is just another example of how we're putting the health and well-being of our neighborhoods first." Cephas teamed up with state Rep.-elect Amen Brown, D-Phila., and Councilmember Curtis Jones Jr., along with the nonprofit groups, Pull Up Neighbor, the Players Alliance and Philabundance this past Friday at the Parkside Shopping Center to give away more than 500 food boxes as well as free personal protective equipment, including masks and hand sanitizer. "Since the beginning of this health crisis, my office staff and I have been fortunate to have community partners who share our passion for public service. This event would not have been possible without all of the players involved," Cephas explained. "Moving forward, I will keep instilling in my constituents the Read more

 

Cephas, Davis and Jones renew bipartisan effort to restore dignity to incarcerated women during virtual roundtable discussion

(Dec 03, 2020)

With the new 2021-22 legislative about to start, state Reps. Morgan Cephas, Tina Davis and Mike Jones are renewing their bipartisan efforts to restore dignity to incarcerated women. "The number of incarcerated women has skyrocketed in Pennsylvania over the last three decades, and too many of them are still being denied basic human rights," said Cephas, D-Phila. "A large number of them are mothers and primary caregivers forced to leave their children behind, and we have a responsibility to help not hinder their efforts to rehabilitate. Our bipartisan plan is meant to build on the support already put in place by the state Department of Corrections in hopes of preventing further trauma and instead providing these women with the resources they need to serve their debt to society and get back to their loved ones safely." The three joined the advocacy group Ardella's House, #cut50, the American Conservative Union and York County District Attorney David Sunday for a virtual roundtable discussion yesterday, focusing on a bill they introduced in the 2019-20 legislative session and plan on reintroducing in the new session that would: Update current restraint laws to better document restraint use and protect the mental and physical well-being of pregnant women and their children. Prohibit restrictive housing for pregnant or postpartum women and detainees. Require all correctional institution employees who have contact with pregnant, Read more

 

As COVID-19 Cases Reach Critical Levels, Wolf Admin Announces New Mitigation Efforts

(Nov 23, 2020)

With new modeling projecting 22,000 new COVID-19 cases per day in Pennsylvania in December, Gov. Tom Wolf and Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced new targeted mitigation measures to help stop the spread during this critical time. Read more

 

Cephas teams up with Independence Blue Cross to deliver more than 250 free turkeys, PPE to seniors in need

(Nov 23, 2020)

With less than a week until Thanksgiving, state Rep. Morgan Cephas teamed up with Independence Blue Cross to distribute more than 250 free turkeys along with reusable masks and hand sanitizer to West Philadelphia residents in need, with a majority of recipients being seniors. "As COVID-19 cases rise to record levels in the city and across Pennsylvania, my office and I are working to ensure our neighbors have the resources they need to have a happy and safe Thanksgiving this year," said Cephas, D-Phila. "I am blessed to have community partners like Independence Blue Cross who share my commitment to put people first by not only securing this critical food and personal protective equipment, but taking the precautionary steps necessary to connect these materials to those who need it most in a safe manner." As part of her Turkey Drive and Drop event on Saturday, Cephas said the group distributed the turkeys and PPE outside of Monte Vista apartments and at the Wynnefield Place Apartments before personally delivering the rest to a number of recipients at their homes, all while following CDC guidelines, which included wearing masks, social distancing and washing their hands frequently. "I understand avoiding traveling, large groups and in-person gatherings is frustrating, especially during the holidays, but it's what we must do Read more

 

Cephas reschedules event to help seniors through COVID-19 safely to Tuesday, Nov. 24

(Nov 17, 2020)

State Rep. Morgan Cephas announced she is moving her Zooming with Seniors telephone town hall event that was scheduled for Nov. 18 to Tuesday, Nov. 24 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m . Participants will receive information, resources and services available to help seniors get through the COVID-19 pandemic safely. Individuals can join the conversation by calling in at +1 929 205 6099 or online by clicking here and entering: Meeting ID: 824 7721 0791 Passcode: 197124 Read more

 

Cephas announces more than $43,000 in grants to help strengthen safety at Ad Prima Charter School

(Nov 17, 2020)

State Rep. Morgan Cephas announced today that $43,500 in safe school grants has been awarded to Ad Prima Charter School in Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Department of Education awards the competitive grants to prevent and reduce violent incidents, to purchase safety and security-related equipment, and to provide for training and compensation for school resource and police officers. "Whether students are learning from home or in the classroom, providing them with a safe learning environment must always be a top priority," said Cephas, D-Phila. "This funding is critical in helping Ad Prima Charter School strengthen its overall safety while still offering its young people a quality education." Ad Prima Charter School is to receive $25,000 in equipment grants, plus $18,500 in program grants. For more information on safe school grants, visit the state Department of Education website . Read more

 

Cephas announces office closure starting Nov. 18 amid rising cases of COVID-19

(Nov 17, 2020)

State Rep. Morgan Cephas announced she is closing her district office starting Wednesday, Nov. 18 until further notice following the city’s most recent guidelines announced i n response to the record number of reported COVID-19 cases. "The health and well-being of my neighbors is my top priority right now, especially as we see a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases across the city and state," said Cephas, D-Phila. "Closing my office to foot traffic is not ideal but is what's needed to help flatten the curve, stop the spread, prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed and, ultimately, save lives." Cephas said her office will still be open on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. by appointment only for document drop-off and pick-up. She added that her office staff will still be assisting constituents with state-related matters by: Phone: (215) 879-6625. Email: RepCephas@pahouse.net . Social media: facebook.com/RepCephas and @RepCephas . Read more

 

Philadelphia announces new “Safer at Home” restrictions to fight rising COVID-19 cases

(Nov 16, 2020)

In response to rising COVID-19 cases in Philadelphia, the City and Department of Public Health have announced changes to restrictions on businesses, events and gatherings, and other activities to help flatten the epidemic curve, prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed, and reduce the number of COVID-19 deaths. Read more

 

In response to West Philadelphia police-involved shooting, Cephas will introduce legislation that would require local police departments to establish Behavioral Health Crisis Response Units

(Oct 30, 2020)

State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., will soon introduce legislation that would require police departments across the commonwealth to establish Behavioral Health Crisis Response Units that could respond to emergency calls in lieu of or as a complement to law enforcement when the nature of the call is related to a behavioral health issue.  Read more

 

Cephas and Ortitay introduce bipartisan legislation to ‘ban-the-box’ on applications for public colleges and universities

(Oct 21, 2020)

In their ongoing efforts to eliminate obstacles and create higher education opportunities to those who need them most, state Reps. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., and Jason Ortitay, R-Allegheny/Washington, today introduced legislation to “ban-the-box” on applications for public colleges and universities. “How do we expect those who paid their debt to society to move forward and better themselves if we allow their criminal past to dictate their future? This reality is especially true in our Black and brown communities,” Cephas said. “Banning the box adds to my fight for real criminal justice reform. It would encourage not discourage formerly incarcerated individuals from wanting to go to college, earn a degree, and enter the workforce with the skills they need to land a good-paying job to support themselves and their family, while significantly decreasing their chances of recidivism.” During a virtual news conference, Cephas and Ortitay discussed their bipartisan effort (H.B. 2952) that would prevent public colleges or universities in Pennsylvania from inquiring about a student's criminal history, with the exception of certain criminal offenses, on the initial applications or at any other time during the admissions process. Under their legislation, after a student has been accepted, the university may make such inquiries for the purpose of offering supportive counseling and services, Read more

 

Cephas, Kenyatta and Innamorato hold hearing to discuss plan to help low-income tenants facing eviction amid COVID-19

(Oct 09, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 9 – In their ongoing efforts to keep people in their homes, state Reps. Morgan Cephas, Malcolm Kenyatta and Sara Innamorato held a public hearing today to discuss legal aid for tenants facing eviction amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The three brought members of the House Democratic Policy Committee and experts together to discuss legislation they are introducing to provide legal representation to low-income tenants facing an eviction hearing. "A study from the Center for American Progress shows nearly 90% of landlords and property managers across the country have access to legal representation compared to just 10% of tenants. And in most eviction cases, tenants without representation lose," said Cephas, D-Phila. "This ultimately comes down to fairness and the need to prevent our most vulnerable neighbors from being tossed out on the street. Our plan aims to connect them with the quality protection they need to help keep a roof over their head, especially during this health crisis." “The CDC’s moratorium will only stave off evictions until the end of the year, but the threat of a large-scale housing crisis still looms, so we must act now,” said Kenyatta, D-Phila. “During these uncertain and incredibly stressful times in which medical experts are urging everyone to stay at home, Pennsylvanians should be able to take solace in having a home of their own to retreat to. Read more

 

10/9/20 – Legal Aid for Tenants Facing Eviction – Virtual

(Oct 09, 2020)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing held virtually and co-chaired by State Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, Sara Innamorato and Morgan Cephas. Read more

 

Cephas, Bullock fight to pass gun violence prevention bill as Philly's homicide rate surges

(Oct 07, 2020)

With Philadelphia's homicide rate already surpassing the numbers from 2019, state Reps. Morgan Cephas and Donna Bullock are fighting to provide critical support for gun violence prevention. "Too many lives are being cut short because of this public health crisis, especially our young people," said Cephas, D-Phila. "We have a responsibility as legislators to connect our communities with the tools and resources they need to help stop the bloodshed. Part of that is expanding upon prevention ideas that have worked in strengthening neighborhood safety." Cephas said their bill ( H.B. 2717 ) would create a competitive grant program, known as the Violence Intervention Program, for municipalities that have been disproportionally impacted by gun violence. VIP grants would be awarded to eligible applicants from a fund of $30 million for three years and be administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to support, expand and replicate proven and effective community-based violence reduction initiatives. "Balloons and candles should signify a joyous occasion, but in my neighborhood, they are symbols of remembrance for the lives lost to gun violence," said Bullock, D-Phila. "As a mother of two young boys, I won't sit back and accept these constant shootings as the Read more

 

Cephas announces critical House committee appointments to help in ongoing fight for more equitable Pennsylvania
Jan 11, 2021

Take Survey to Help Design a New Schoolyard for Lamberton Elementary School
Jan 08, 2021

Cephas appointed to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women by Governor Wolf
Jan 07, 2021

Cephas takes oath for third term, vows to continue fighting to keep residents safe while rebuilding local communities and economy amid COVID-19
Jan 05, 2021

Cephas announces $2.25M RACP project grants for West Philadelphia
Dec 29, 2020

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications
Dec 21, 2020

Check Out Cephas' Latest Newsletter
Dec 17, 2020

Cephas joins Brown, Jones, and nonprofits to distribute over 500 food boxes and other COVID-19 resources to local neighbors
Dec 07, 2020

Cephas, Davis and Jones renew bipartisan effort to restore dignity to incarcerated women during virtual roundtable discussion
Dec 03, 2020

As COVID-19 Cases Reach Critical Levels, Wolf Admin Announces New Mitigation Efforts
Nov 23, 2020

Cephas teams up with Independence Blue Cross to deliver more than 250 free turkeys, PPE to seniors in need
Nov 23, 2020

Cephas reschedules event to help seniors through COVID-19 safely to Tuesday, Nov. 24
Nov 17, 2020

Cephas announces more than $43,000 in grants to help strengthen safety at Ad Prima Charter School
Nov 17, 2020

Cephas announces office closure starting Nov. 18 amid rising cases of COVID-19
Nov 17, 2020

Philadelphia announces new “Safer at Home” restrictions to fight rising COVID-19 cases
Nov 16, 2020

In response to West Philadelphia police-involved shooting, Cephas will introduce legislation that would require local police departments to establish Behavioral Health Crisis Response Units
Oct 30, 2020

Cephas and Ortitay introduce bipartisan legislation to ‘ban-the-box’ on applications for public colleges and universities
Oct 21, 2020

Cephas, Kenyatta and Innamorato hold hearing to discuss plan to help low-income tenants facing eviction amid COVID-19
Oct 09, 2020

10/9/20 – Legal Aid for Tenants Facing Eviction – Virtual
Oct 09, 2020

Cephas, Bullock fight to pass gun violence prevention bill as Philly's homicide rate surges
Oct 07, 2020