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Cruz: Nearly 1.5 million awarded for local projects

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

 

Cruz, PLBC, Philadelphia members honor first African-American woman House Democratic Caucus secretary

(Feb 28, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 28 – In celebration of Black History Month, state Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., along with the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, and the Philadelphia House Delegation, today honored Pennsylvania trailblazer Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., for her 26 years of service to the commonwealth at Philadelphia City Hall. “For over a quarter of a century, Representative Youngblood broke barriers and amplified the voices of those who would have otherwise been shut out and silenced. For that, we are forever grateful,” Cruz said. “Her living legacy will be woven into Pennsylvania’s historical record and she also joins the ranks of other historical African-American figures we recognized during Black History Month.” A longtime advocate for her Northwest Philadelphia community, Youngblood was elected to represent the 198 th Legislative District on April 19, 1994 and introduced several pieces of legislation that aimed to improve the lives of her constituents in her district and across the state. Her legislative tenure also includes sponsoring a variety of community outreach programs and activities. In 2011, Youngblood was appointed Democratic chairwoman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee. Youngblood left this position in 2015 when she was selected by her peers to be part of the House leadership team as the House Democratic Caucus secretary. Youngblood is the first African-American woman to hold a Read more

 

Cruz thanks Gov. Wolf for investment in lead abatement, but says more is needed to protect Pennsylvanians from the dangers of lead

(Jan 29, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., today thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for his plan to allocate money in the budget for lead abatement work in schools across the commonwealth, but said more must be done to truly protect Pennsylvanians from the dangers of lead. “I am grateful that Governor Wolf is making lead abatement in our schools a priority,” Cruz said. “But the fact remains that lead poses a risk to people outside of school buildings. Lead endangers many people in their own homes, as infrastructure in places like Philadelphia County, where more than 70% of the housing stock was built before 1960, likely contains lead paint, and lead levels in some municipal drinking water poses a risk to the public. “It’s for these reasons that I’ve advocated strongly for a package of legislation , including House Bills 211, 212, 215 and 213, that would, respectively, provide for lead testing in children, lead testing of water, lead testing in children’s institutions and care centers, and would require that rental properties built before 1978 be subject to the same requirements that federal law has laid out for the sale of residential homes,” Cruz said. “Again, I am very grateful that Governor Wolf has laid out his plan to help make schools safer for children in Pennsylvania. But this budget announcement must be followed by action by my colleagues in the House and Senate to pass this Read more

 

Cruz, Burgos será el anfitrión de radio telethon para recaudar dinero para los esfuerzos de socorro del terremoto en Puerto Rico

(Jan 28, 2020)

Ángel Cruz y Danilo Burgos, ambos D-Phila., están organizando un teletón de radio desde la 1 p.m. hasta las 6 p.m. este sábado, el 1 de febrero para ayudar a recaudar dinero para las víctimas del sísmica en Puerto Rico. La recaudación de fondos, llamada Rescata a Puerto Rico, se llevará a cabo en el Restaurante Izla Verde, ubicado en 2725 N. American St., 19133. "Puerto Rico necesita nuestra ayuda ahora más que nunca", dijo Cruz. “Me rompe el corazón ver a las familias obligadas a dormir afuera, luchando por recoger las piezas. Ahora es el momento que necesitamos para unirnos y ayudar a nuestros hermanos y hermanas a volver a ponerse de pie.” Una serie de terremotos , incluido uno con una magnitud de 6.4, azotaron la isla a principios de este mes, destruyendo hogares y anulando el poder. “Tenemos vecinos en todas nuestras comunidades con seres queridos y amigos en Puerto Rico que dependen de nosotros para recibir asistencia,” explicó Burgos. "Todos son bienvenidos a unirse a nosotros para ayudar en los esfuerzos de recuperación y mostrar apoyo a las miles de víctimas.” Cualquier persona que busque más información sobre la recaudación de fondos puede comunicarse con la oficina de Cruz o visitar www.vocespr.org . ### Read more

 

Cruz announces more than $22,000 in grants to help local schools provide quality meals for students

(Jan 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Angel Cruz today announced $22,561 in grants to help fund cafeteria improvements for two local schools. Cruz, D-Phila, said Antonia Pantoja Community Charter School received $16,300 to purchase a Combi Oven, and Sheridan Philip H. School received $6,261 to purchase a walk-in refrigerator. The grants were 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. “In our fight to end hunger, we must ensure our children are well fed in school,” Cruz said. “Quality nutrition is linked to quality performance in the classroom, and this funding plays an important role in helping fuel the mind of students.” 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% 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

 

Cruz, Burgos to host radio telethon to raise money for earthquake relief efforts in Puerto Rico

(Jan 27, 2020)

State Reps. Angel Cruz and Danilo Burgos, both D-Phila., are hosting a radio telethon from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 1 to help raise money for earthquake victims in Puerto Rico. The fundraiser, named Rescata A Puerto Rico, will be held at Izla Verde Restaurant, located at 2725 N. American St., 19133. “Puerto Rico needs our help now more than ever,” Cruz said. “It breaks my heart to see families forced to sleep outside, struggling to pick up the pieces. Now is the time we need to come together and help our brothers and sisters get back on their feet.” A series of earthquakes , including one with a magnitude of 6.4, struck the island earlier this month, destroying homes and knocking out power. “We have neighbors across our communities with loved ones and friends in Puerto Rico who are counting on us for assistance,” Burgos explained. “Everyone is welcome to join us in aiding in the recovery efforts and showing support for the thousands of victims.” Anyone seeking more information about the fundraiser can contact Cruz’s office or visit www.vocespr.org . Read more

 

Cruz invites constituents to visit his census kiosk

(Jan 14, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 14 – In an effort to make sure everyone is counted in the 2020 census starting April 1, state Rep. Angel Cruz’s district office is housing a census kiosk for constituents of the 180th Legislative District . “The kiosk is a place where my constituents can come to ask questions about the census, as well as fill out the form in a comfortable environment,” Cruz said. “From receiving federal money to how Pennsylvania is represented in Congress, it’s so crucial that everyone is counted. I want to make sure that no one is left out for the benefit of our communities and our state.” Constituents can stop by Cruz’s office at 3503 N. B St., Unit 7, 19134 and visit the census kiosk. They may also call 215-291-5643 with any questions. Read more

 

Cruz reminds constituents of REAL ID start date

(Jan 14, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 14 – Ahead of this year’s Oct. 1 REAL ID deadline in Pennsylvania, state Rep. Angel Cruz is informing constituents in the 180th Legislative District that his office can help those who want a REAL ID. “People who may need to go to a federal building to handle business, enter a military installation or board a domestic fight will need either a REAL ID, photo ID card or another form of federally acceptable identification such as a valid passport or military ID,” Cruz said. “The start date for the REAL ID implementation will be here before we know it, and I want to make sure those constituents who would like a REAL ID have enough time to get one.” Cruz added that his office can help constituents determine if they need a REAL ID, provide information on what documents they will need and go over the steps they need to take to get an optional REAL ID. Constituents can call Cruz’s district office at 215-291-5643 or visit at 3503 North B. St., Unit 7, Philadelphia, Pa. 19134 with any questions. Read more

 

Dawkins, members of House Philadelphia Delegation announce $100K grant for Tacony Creek Park

(Nov 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 21 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, chairman of the House Philadelphia Delegation, along with delegation members Reps. Joseph C. Hohenstein, Danilo Burgos, Angel Cruz, and Isabella V. Fitzgerald, announced that the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation received a $100,000 state grant to launch development plans for the Tacony Creek Park. Dawkins said the city will use the grant, funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Recreation and Conservation Grant Program, to prepare a master site development plan for the 300-acre park, which lies in portions of the 177 th ,197 th , 180 th , 203 rd Legislative Districts, including Dawkins’ 179 th District. “It’s imperative for public servants to shoulder responsibility in ensuring greenspaces like Tacony Creek Park remain healthy and viable,” Dawkins said. “As public servants, it is always our privilege and honor to advocate to bring funding to the district and we will continue advocating for more state dollars in the future.” Hohenstein, who represents the 177 th Legislative District, agreed. “It is certainly our responsibility as state legislators,” Hohenstein said. “We are obligated to ensure the preservation of our natural resources and this grant fulfills that obligation.” Burgos, who represents the 197 th District added, “Rich in history and biodiversity, the Tacony Creek Park is an Read more

 

Reps. Isaacson, Hohenstein and Cruz announce $75K in tax credits for revitalizing Kensington

(Nov 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 20 –State Reps. Mary Isaacson, Angel Cruz and Joseph Hohenstein, all D-Phila., today announced that $75,000 in tax credits were awarded to the New Kensington Community Development Corp., to allow NKCDC to combat the opioid crisis and gentrification in the Kensington area of Philadelphia, which spans across the 175 th , 177 th and 180 th legislative districts. The tax credits were funded by the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s Neighborhood Assistance Program. The tax credits will allow NKCDC to continue tackling poverty, joblessness and homelessness through housing advisors that provide financial coaching to increase homeownership rates and reduce foreclosure rates; and to create open space management and community engagement teams to stabilize vacant lots and convert them for community use. The community engagement teams will also help local youth and adults connect with support services. Lastly, NKCDC will create an economic development team to leverage resources from local businesses to develop self-sufficiency skills. “Kensington is the epicenter of the opioid crisis and, like a shockwave, it has crippled the community’s ability to not only thrive, but move forward,” said Isaacson, who represents the 175 th district. “This tax credit will help NKCDC to rebuild and revitalize this community by addressing substance abuse disorder, poverty, affordable housing and economic Read more

 

Cruz to recognize Newborn Screening Awareness Month Tuesday

(Sep 23, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Human Services Committee, announced he will participate in a newborn screening awareness rally Tuesday at the Capitol. The rally will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 in the East Wing Rotunda . Cruz said the event is part of an awareness campaign, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Newborn Screening Technical Advisory Board and family advocates, to bring awareness to the importance of Pennsylvania’s Newborn Screening and Follow-up Program. Cruz will discuss his resolution, H.R. 475, recognizing September 2019 as "Newborn Screening Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania. “Early detection allows for early intervention to ensure all babies have a chance to live healthy lives,” he said. “It’s vital that we raise awareness of the importance of these screenings.” In addition to the resolution, Cruz' legislation to provide early detection of treatable disorders in newborns (H.B. 730 and H.B. 1220) was approved unanimously by the Human Services Committee last week. Read more

 

Cruz’ legislation to combat illegal tire dumping unanimously passes the full House

(Sep 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., announced that legislation he authored to combat the increasing illegal dumping of waste tires in Philadelphia, unanimously passed the full House this week. “An increase in such acts leads to environmental, health and safety hazards, which adversely impacts the overall quality of life for both citizens and visitors of Philadelphia,” Cruz, who also serves as Democratic chairman of the Human Services Committee, said. “I am thankful for the bipartisan support on the passage of this bill to take the necessary steps to address illegal waste tire dumping in Philadelphia that could also be a model for all of Pennsylvania.” The bill, H.B. 342, imposes a penalty of no more than $500 per tire for violators caught illegally dumping waste tires. The bill would also require businesses dealing in waste tires and waste tire haulers to keep records of their inventory, provide waste tire enforcement to encourage recycling, expand waste tire disposal programs and enforce compliance with the Waste Tire Disposal Act. Cruz said current measures for enforcement, as outlined in Act 227 of 2004, have been rendered ineffective because the illegal dumping of other materials, not waste tires, are only addressed and the resulting penalty is a minor criminal offense. Cruz added, “We need stronger, more stringent enforcements to hold all violators accountable and to cause potential violators to think Read more

 

Cruz Applauds House for Passing Illegal Dumping Bill

(Sep 19, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Angel Cruz thanks his colleagues for unanimously passing his legislation to crackdown on illegal dumping. He explains why his bill is critical to communities across the commonwealth. Read more

 

Cruz’ newborn screening bills unanimously pass House Committee

(Sep 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D- Phila, Democratic chairman of the House Human Services Committee, today announced that two pieces of legislation he authored, H.B. 730 and H.B. 1220, to provide early detection of treatable disorders in newborns, unanimously passed out of committee. House Bill 730 seeks to expand the list of mandatory screenings done at birth and to create a dedicated funding source for Pennsylvania’s Child Screening and Follow-up Program. Under current law, Cruz said, the state Department of Health operates the program between two lists: a short list of mandatory screenings and a longer list of optional ones. “While some hospitals and families choose to screen for the optional diseases, many Pennsylvania newborns are only screened for diseases on the short, mandatory list,” Cruz said. “This has created a system in which the health of Pennsylvania newborns is dependent on where they are born or whether their parents have knowledge of those diseases.” The expansion measure in H.B. 730 specifically calls for merging the two lists, mandating that every baby born in Pennsylvania is screened for every recommended disorder. “I attempted to address this issue with Act 148 of 2014 by expanding the list of mandatory screenings, however, the health department was unable to fully implement that law due in part to the lack of funding,” Cruz said. “In response, I have worked closely with Read more

 

Cruz congratulates child advocacy group for $70,000 state grant

(Sep 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 16 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., today announced that the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance secured a $70,493 grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to help Philadelphia victims of child sex abuse. “Congratulations to the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance for this grant and I am proud that the PCCD recognizes their important work,” Cruz said. “The Philadelphia Children’s Alliance is an invaluable asset for our entire city and provides a ray of hope in gray situations.” Cruz, who serves as Democratic chair of the House Human Services Committee, said the state grant will be used to fund the organization’s victims’ services component, in which an assigned counselor assesses families’ needs, provides crisis counseling and education about the investigation process, and offers referrals for medical or mental health treatment and support groups . “Children who are victims of abuse relive the traumatic episodes when retelling their experiences to investigators, making the criminal justice process incredibly difficult to solely endure,” Cruz said. “This grant will be used to ensure that these children and their families are provided the proper resources.” Read more

 

Cruz to host new voting machine demonstrations Sept. 6

(Aug 21, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 21 – With voters soon going to the polls and casting their ballots on new voting machine technology, state Rep. Angel Cruz will host an event where people can become familiar and comfortable with these new machines. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 at Cruz’s district office at 3503 North B St., Unit 7, 19134. Representatives from the Philadelphia City Commissioner’s Office will be in attendance to provide demonstrations on how the new machines operate. For more information, constituents can call Cruz’s office at 215-291-5643. Read more

 

Cruz: Nearly 1.5 million awarded for local projects

(Aug 05, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 5 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., announced today that three local projects will receive a total of $1.48 million in state grants. Esperanza Health Center was awarded two grants totaling $1 million. Half of the funds were awarded for Esperanza’s new medical care and wellness campus in Kensington, which will be comprised of a health center to expand access to behavioral health services, substance abuse therapies, primary medical care and dental treatment. The remaining $500,000 was awarded to convert a former bank building at 861 E. Allegheny Ave. into a new community medical center. The site will expand Esperanza’s medical and dental care capacity by 33% over the existing site. Additionally, the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation received $480,000 for repairs and safety upgrades to the two library buildings. The renovations will include technology upgrades, an ADA-compliant ramp, and expanded security features. “Renovations and repairs like these are crucial for protecting the safety and well-being of our community,” Cruz said. “I am thrilled to see this funding come to the 180 th district to help create new jobs while enhancing medical and library services for residents.” The grants were awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program. The program provides funding for regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects. Read more

 

Republicans vote to kill emergency assistance

(Jun 20, 2019)

House Bill 33 will leave our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians without crucial assistance, which is why I voted against it. The bill would eliminate the modest emergency funds — typically less than $205 per month — paid to more than 11,000 people. These citizens, including veterans who were wounded in service to our country and pregnant women, count on this assistance to make ends meet. HB 33 robs them of that security. Read more

 

Cruz calls for standardized training for poll watches in proposed legislation

(Jun 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 17 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., is introducing legislation (H.B. 1643) that would require the Secretary of the Commonwealth to develop a mandatory professional certification and poll watcher training program to be used by county election officials. “The only lawful requirement for a poll watcher is that they must be a registered voter in the county of the polling place and certified by their county board of elections, but there is no official training process. Insufficiently trained poll watchers can lead to chaos, disorder and disruption of an election,” Cruz said. “In fact, the haphazard training poll watchers do receive is from their candidate, a political party or organization which, in today’s political climate, could easily result in voter intimidation and suppression. We must do all we can to prevent that from happening.” Cruz’s legislation would establish a state mandated uniform training and certification procedure to be used by all 67 county election boards. It would also limit poll watchers to perform election activities in the district they permanently reside in. “Election tampering has been reported in many areas in our commonwealth, and nationally,” Cruz said. “It’s important that the basic American cornerstone of representative democracy- the right to vote- is protected at all costs.” Read more

 

House Urban Affairs Committee sends Cruz’ waste tire bill to full House

(May 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 15 – The House Urban Affairs Committee this week unanimously voted to curb illegal dumping of waste tires in Philadelphia and sent state Rep. Angel Cruz’ bill to the full House for consideration. “I’m thankful the committee understood the need for and merit of House Bill 342 to better address the serious problem of illegal tire dumping in Philadelphia,” said Cruz, D-Phila. “The legislature last addressed illegal dumping when I championed legislation in 2004, but the law did not include waste tires, which caused the problem to build to a critical point in the city. If we are going to protect the health and wellness of our neighborhoods, then we need to provide enforcement of all trash laws, including waste tires.” “My House Bill 342 works to make sure we enforce ordinances, rules and regulations prohibiting dumping or disposal of waste, trash or debris, as well as fine those who violate them. Furthermore, by providing enforcement of trash laws, we better protect the health and wellness of our neighborhoods.” Cruz said when the legislature last addressed illegal dumping in 2004, the law did not include waste tires, which caused the problem to build to a critical point in the city. House Bill 342 would set penalties for illegal dumping of waste tires at no more than $500 per tire and require documentation and recordkeeping by businesses dealing in waste tires and waste tire haulers within Philadelphia. Read more

 

COVID-19 Resources and Information
Mar 21, 2020

Cruz, PLBC, Philadelphia members honor first African-American woman House Democratic Caucus secretary
Feb 28, 2020

Cruz thanks Gov. Wolf for investment in lead abatement, but says more is needed to protect Pennsylvanians from the dangers of lead
Jan 29, 2020

Cruz, Burgos será el anfitrión de radio telethon para recaudar dinero para los esfuerzos de socorro del terremoto en Puerto Rico
Jan 28, 2020

Cruz announces more than $22,000 in grants to help local schools provide quality meals for students
Jan 28, 2020

Cruz, Burgos to host radio telethon to raise money for earthquake relief efforts in Puerto Rico
Jan 27, 2020

Cruz invites constituents to visit his census kiosk
Jan 14, 2020

Cruz reminds constituents of REAL ID start date
Jan 14, 2020

Dawkins, members of House Philadelphia Delegation announce $100K grant for Tacony Creek Park
Nov 21, 2019

Reps. Isaacson, Hohenstein and Cruz announce $75K in tax credits for revitalizing Kensington
Nov 20, 2019

Cruz to recognize Newborn Screening Awareness Month Tuesday
Sep 23, 2019

Cruz’ legislation to combat illegal tire dumping unanimously passes the full House
Sep 20, 2019

Cruz Applauds House for Passing Illegal Dumping Bill
Sep 19, 2019

Cruz’ newborn screening bills unanimously pass House Committee
Sep 18, 2019

Cruz congratulates child advocacy group for $70,000 state grant
Sep 16, 2019

Cruz to host new voting machine demonstrations Sept. 6
Aug 21, 2019

Cruz: Nearly 1.5 million awarded for local projects
Aug 05, 2019

Republicans vote to kill emergency assistance
Jun 20, 2019

Cruz calls for standardized training for poll watches in proposed legislation
Jun 17, 2019

House Urban Affairs Committee sends Cruz’ waste tire bill to full House
May 16, 2019