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What new COVID-19 relief laws mean for you and your family

(Mar 28, 2020)

As we work to overcome the ongoing challenges associated with COVID-19, I am committed to bringing you up-to-date information about the virus and connecting you with the available resources aimed at helping you overcome this public health crisis. Here's new information you need to know from this week. Taking action to provide COVID-19 relief for Pennsylvanians I'm working to protect myself, my colleagues and you by working from home, while still working to make sure you have a voice in Harrisburg. In our fight against COVID-19 this week, we passed bills to: Reschedule Pennsylvania’s Primary Election from April 28 to June 2, 2020. Provide $50 million in emergency funding to assist hospitals, nursing homes and emergency medical services in acquiring the supplies needed to care for the influx of patients and protect health care workers. Support education by guaranteeing that teachers, bus drivers and other school employees don't lose their salaries or benefits while schools are closed. It also waives the requirement that schools provide 180 days of instruction this school year. Assist employees/employers by easing Read more

 

Cephas, Harris, Schweyer work to bridge the digital divide, expand educational resources to students in need during COVID-19 pandemic

(Mar 24, 2020)

As schools remain closed, state Reps. Morgan Cephas and Peter Schweyer are introducing legislation to help connect all students with the critical resources they need to continue their education during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Advanced technology has made it possible for young people to learn outside of the classroom. However, not all families are able to afford these services and devices," said Cephas, D-Phila. "Access to quality education should not be based on your ZIP code, especially during times of crisis. This is just another way I am working ensure children in our communities have access to the same tools as everyone else." The bill would allocate grant money to school districts to provide or expand access to technology and technological equipment, like laptops or tablets, for students who do not have the means to purchase them or are unable to access the Internet from home. “As a parent of two children in the Allentown School District, I know that so many of our talented kids only have access to technology at school," said Schweyer, D-Lehigh. "When the need arrives when schools need to be closed, we must make sure students have the tools they need to continue their studies, regardless of their economic circumstances. This legislation will help close the digital divide for those less fortunate Read more

 

COVID-19 Resources and Information

(Mar 21, 2020)

** Below is a list of informational links for resources in and around Philadelphia related to COVID-19. This will be updated as more/new information becomes available ** The latest info on COVID-19 cases and other data statewide from the Pennsylvania Department of Health : https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx The latest information on COVID-19 cases and other data in Philadelphia from the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health : https://www.phila.gov/services/mental-physical-health/environmental-health-hazards/covid-19/ The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has activated a Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline . It’s available 24/7. If you have questions about symptoms and risk factors, what to do if you think you may have been exposed, testing resources, or recommendations for social distancing, you can contact the helpline at 1-800-722-7112. More info: https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-14-greater-philadelphia-coronavirus-helpline-opened-by-health/?fbclid=IwAR2HZUc0yYdy66IMO4nrx8g4Z8vKMHE9qWUXmmLDe3OZFIjVhiwGDu0ZFIo List of essential Philadelphia services and how to access them: https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-18-essential-city-services-remain-open-here-is-how-to-access-them/?mc_cid=7f7be1d618&mc_eid=eda5e48c86 . Information about how SEPTA is operating: http://www.septa.org/service/rail/midday-schedule.html Information about how Amtrak is Read more

 

Reps. Cephas, Roebuck propose legislation to waive interest for student loan and home loan borrowers amid COVID-19 pandemic

(Mar 20, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 20 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas is introducing legislation with Rep. James Roebuck that would give Pennsylvanians who are paying off their student loans and home loans a break on interest during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Cephas said the goal of her legislation is to protect people i n need during the crisis -- especially those who struggled to buy their first home or go to college. “In the span of three months, COVID-19 has infected more than 207,000 people worldwide and counting. In Pennsylvania alone, there are 185 confirmed cases – and that number will most likely continue to grow in the coming weeks,” said Cephas, D-Phila. “Not only does this virus heavily impact our day-to-day lives, it also affects our futures. Hardworking Pennsylvanians and their families are finding themselves out of a job, or with fewer hours. With limited access to income, they are unable to pay their rent, bills, loans, and many other expenses accrued over time. We must do all we can to give working people a break during this unexpected time which proves to be more and more challenging.” Cephas said student loans and home loans take large amounts from a person’s paycheck, which is why she is focusing on those borrowers. She is introducing two bills, one that would waive interest on student loans through the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency and one that would waive interest on loans issued by the Read more

 

West Philly coronavirus (COVID-19) resource map

(Mar 18, 2020)

The City of Philadelphia has published lists of hospitals, urgent care clinics equipped to accept seriously ill patients, and lists of schools and community centers serving free breakfast and lunch for students and others. Please find resources near you on the map below: Read more

 

COVID-19 Information, Event & Community Updates

(Mar 13, 2020)

I am committed to transparency and accountability among public servants and value this as an instrument to keep you informed on my work but also engaged with our shared decision-making process. Read more

 

Philadelphia House leadership, legislators, call on Governor Tom Wolf to halt all Public Utility Commission utility disconnections in wake of the COVID-19 virus

(Mar 12, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Mar. 12 – Members of Philadelphia leadership team in the state House were joined by fellow Philadelphia legislators in asking Gov. Tom Wolf to place a moratorium on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission from further utility shutoffs for the foreseeable future for all Pennsylvanians in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Philadelphia members in leadership positions, including Reps. Jordan Harris, Democratic whip; Joanna McClinton, Democratic chairwoman; Rosita Youngblood, Democratic secretary; Jason Dawkins, Philadelphia Delegation chairman; Stephen Kinsey, Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus chairman; and Jim Roebuck, Education Committee chairman, were joined by Philadelphia Reps. Donna Bullock, Morgan Cephas, Joe Hohenstein, Malcolm Kenyatta, Brian Sims, Maria Donatucci, Danilo Burgos, Isabella Fitzgerald, Mike Driscoll, Mary Isaacson, Pam DeLissio, Chris Rabb, Elizabeth Fiedler, Jared Solomon and Kevin Boyle in issuing the following statement: “The COVID-19 virus situation is literally evolving by the hour in Pennsylvania as we continue in what’s a situation many Pennsylvanians have never experienced. Many of our neediest residents have life-saving medical equipment that they use in their home, and it’s of the utmost importance that they have consistent access to that equipment through their electric utility. Our emergency rooms and first responders can’t be asked to spend finite resources on Read more

 

Rep. Cephas announces offices closed to the public

(Mar 12, 2020)

Out of an abundance of caution, our office will be closed to the public starting Monday, March 16th until further notice. Tomorrow, March 13th, our office will also be closed for complete office cleaning. For any assistance with state services, please contact our staff by phone (215) 879-6625, email RepCephas@pahouse.net or fax (215) 879-8566. Read more

 

$25,000 state grant for safety and security awarded in our District

(Mar 11, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 11 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today announced a $25,000 state safety and security grant to Mahdieh Inc., a nonprofit Islamic educational center established in February 2000. The center serves the Iranian American Muslim community of the Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware area and is founded and operated by its members. It serves as a resource for Muslim parents to raise their children and celebrate Muslim holidays. This grant will be used to bolster the organization’s efforts to reduce hate crimes and help those who are victims of hate. “This critical grant will ensure the sustainable operations of Madhieh, an organization important to the Iranian American community in our district,” Cephas said. “Today and every day I celebrate the decision to award these funds. I am proud to be an advocate for our diverse community.” According to Cephas, the grant is provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program, established by Act 83 of 2019. The act directs PCCD to administer grants to nonprofit organizations who have been or who are likely to be targets for hate crimes. Priority consideration was given to organizations that indicated they – or their membership – were victims of a hate crime or had a credible hate-crime threat. ### Read more

 

Cephas Fights To Make Higher Education Affordable, Accessible

(Mar 03, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Morgan Cephas is fighting to make higher education affordable and accessible for everyone. She talked with Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education about reducing student loan debt and the need to "ban the box" on college applications Read more

 

Looking for a job or need help addressing an issue?

(Mar 02, 2020)

Check out the details of our Job and Resource Hub event Thursday, March 5. Read more

 

$425,000 state grant awarded to strengthen safety at Overbrook School for the Blind

(Feb 27, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 27 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas announced a $425,219 school safety grant for Overbrook School for the Blind. “This funding reflects my commitment to ensure all children have access to a safe learning environment,” said Cephas, D-Phila. “Overbrook School for the Blind plays a critical role in offering young people in our community who are blind, visually impaired or living with multiple, complex disabilities a quality education. These resources are meant to provide the tools necessary to strengthen security measures that help best protect some of our most vulnerable students in the commonwealth.” Cephas said Wednesday the school will use the state funds to: Upgrade protective lighting. Increase video surveillance. Install emergency call boxes in the parking lot and bordering 64 th Street. Develop an all-hazard plan to improve emergency response capabilities. Strengthen ability to swiftly evacuate non-ambulatory students. The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency receives hundreds of applications for the School Safety and Security grant program . The School Safety and Security Committee approved 524 grants Wednesday. Read more

 

Save the date!

(Feb 24, 2020)

Join us on March 14th for our Dignity for Women Expungement Clinic. Read more

 

More than 1,300 participate in Cephas’ telephone town hall to address gun violence, other critical issues facing Philadelphia

(Feb 21, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 21 – Amid recent shootings in Philadelphia, more than 1,300 people took part in state Rep. Morgan Cephas’ telephone town hall meeting on Tuesday to discuss the issue of gun violence as well as other critical issues facing their neighborhoods. “We can’t let ourselves become numb and simply accept deadly shootings like the one that just happened last month on 54 th Street,” said Cephas. “However, finding a viable solution will take a multi-pronged approach that must involve input from the community. This telephone town hall is just another way I’m working to make sure our middle neighborhoods are part of the conversation.” As part of her effort to end this public health crisis, Cephas talked about the importance of passing commonsense gun safety legislation, like universal backgrounds checks, as well as investing in small businesses to create local jobs while ensuring workforce training is available to help fill those open positions. Cephas also fielded questions about mental health and affordable housing, while pinpointing concerns that participants wanted to see addressed in the 2020-21 state budget. “As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I’ve been in Harrisburg this week to begin a series of hearings to ensure we create a state budget plan that works for all Pennsylvanians,” Cephas explained. “From reducing crime and enacting anti-gun violence Read more

 

Miss my latest Tele-Town Hall? Click to listen to the discussion.

(Feb 19, 2020)

Find out what your friends and neighbors had to say about the issues that matter to our community Read more

 

Cephas addresses gun violence at her State of the 192nd Town Hall

(Feb 14, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 14 – As gun violence continues plaguing Philadelphia, state Rep. Morgan Cephas hosted her State of the 192 nd Town Hall on Tuesday to address this public health crisis. Dozens of people attended the panel discussion entitled the "Roadmap to Safer Communities: City and State Measures to Address the Gun Violence Crisis," which featured: Vanessa Garret-Harley: deputy managing director of criminal justice and public safety, City of Philadelphia. Kiana Brown: Philadelphia Office of Violence Prevention. Capt. Robert McGeever: 19 th Police District. “If we want the best chance to stop this growing epidemic, our neighbors, police and community leaders must be part of the conversation,” said Cephas, D-Phila. “I want to thank everyone who came out to listen and let their voices be heard. Showing up is an important part of moving our communities forward.” Members from the Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network were also in attendance. “There isn’t just a single answer that can solve gun violence,” Cephas explained. “Protecting Pennsylvanians requires a multipronged approach, which includes investing in mental health programs, fully funding our schools, teaching our children the difference between right and wrong from the beginning, and passing commonsense gun safety laws.” Cephas is fighting to pass Read more

 

Cephas applauds governor’s budget plan to invest in children, protect communities from gun violence

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today released the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s $36.1 billion budget proposal for the 2020-21 fiscal year: “A society’s priority is based on where they put their funds, and I strongly believe the governor’s no-tax-increase budget plan addresses the critical issues facing families across Philadelphia. “He understands that quality education should not be determined by your ZIP code. It’s evident through his push to implement all-day kindergarten for all children across the commonwealth, while investing student loan forgiveness to help make higher education more affordable in our state school system. “I’m proud the governor is joining our fight to protect communities from gun violence by putting $10 million towards prevention programs and pushing to pass commonsense gun safety legislation, like universal background checks and safe storage laws. “I also fully support the governor’s renewed efforts to raise the minimum wage. Too many people I serve suffer, earning $15,000 a year in a city that requires at least $30,000 a year to pay the bills and put food on the table. It’s time we give hardworking Pennsylvanians the raise they deserve. “As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass this budget plan on time and help move Read more

 

Cephas announces more than $3,000 to help Overbrook High School provide quality meals for students

(Jan 29, 2020)

A grant of $3,193 will allow Overbrook High School to purchase needed equipment for its cafeteria, including a reach-in refrigerator, state Rep. Morgan Cephas announced today. Cephas, D-Phila, said the grant is part of more than $925,000 in competitive grants awarded to 72 elementary, middle and high schools across the state to buy new food service equipment for their cafeterias. “This funding will go towards assisting Overbrook High School in preparing meals safely and efficiently for its students,” Cephas said. “We can’t ignore the value of a quality school lunch and the critical role it plays in learning. This is just one way I’m working to help our children succeed in the classroom.” Funding for the grants is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Grants are awarded to schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program and have 50 percent or more of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Schools often use the grants to purchase new refrigerators, freezers, stoves and dishwashers to ensure safe food handling. Read more

 

Check out my 2020 Winter Newsletter

(Jan 22, 2020)

This newsletter has updates about my goals for the new legislative session and a recap of our accomplishments in 2019. Read more

 

Cephas, Hohenstein introduce legislation to expand notification time for hospital closures

(Jan 21, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 21 – Following the closure of Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia in September, state Reps. Morgan Cephas and Joe Hohenstein have introduced legislation that would help support the communities and staff impacted by sudden closures. “The closure of Hahnemann created a devasting ripple effect throughout Philadelphia and surrounding areas. For more than 170 years, the hospital served a low-income patient population and was a teaching hospital, training doctors and nurses,” Cephas said. “Since the announcement in June 2019 that Hahnemann would close its doors for good, the process that followed was swift, offering patients and employees little to no options in the aftermath.” The representatives said their bill (H.B. 2242) would help change that. It would require hospitals to provide written notice of intent to close within 180 days. Current law only requires 90 days. “I stood on the front lines in solidarity with labor unions representing the many hospital staffers who were left unemployed. I heard their grievances and I saw surrounding economically disadvantaged communities being deprived quality health care,” Hohenstein said. “Very few at the top benefit while countless people and families are left to suffer. We can no longer allow these closures to be carried out similarly to regular business dealings because there’s too much at stake. “ Read more

 

What new COVID-19 relief laws mean for you and your family
Mar 28, 2020

Cephas, Harris, Schweyer work to bridge the digital divide, expand educational resources to students in need during COVID-19 pandemic
Mar 24, 2020

COVID-19 Resources and Information
Mar 21, 2020

Reps. Cephas, Roebuck propose legislation to waive interest for student loan and home loan borrowers amid COVID-19 pandemic
Mar 20, 2020

West Philly coronavirus (COVID-19) resource map
Mar 18, 2020

COVID-19 Information, Event & Community Updates
Mar 13, 2020

Philadelphia House leadership, legislators, call on Governor Tom Wolf to halt all Public Utility Commission utility disconnections in wake of the COVID-19 virus
Mar 12, 2020

Rep. Cephas announces offices closed to the public
Mar 12, 2020

$25,000 state grant for safety and security awarded in our District
Mar 11, 2020

Cephas Fights To Make Higher Education Affordable, Accessible
Mar 03, 2020

Looking for a job or need help addressing an issue?
Mar 02, 2020

$425,000 state grant awarded to strengthen safety at Overbrook School for the Blind
Feb 27, 2020

Save the date!
Feb 24, 2020

More than 1,300 participate in Cephas’ telephone town hall to address gun violence, other critical issues facing Philadelphia
Feb 21, 2020

Miss my latest Tele-Town Hall? Click to listen to the discussion.
Feb 19, 2020

Cephas addresses gun violence at her State of the 192nd Town Hall
Feb 14, 2020

Cephas applauds governor’s budget plan to invest in children, protect communities from gun violence
Feb 04, 2020

Cephas announces more than $3,000 to help Overbrook High School provide quality meals for students
Jan 29, 2020

Check out my 2020 Winter Newsletter
Jan 22, 2020

Cephas, Hohenstein introduce legislation to expand notification time for hospital closures
Jan 21, 2020