Olney Town Hall; Safe Return Event; Summer Jobs

Olney Town Hall Meeting
Join me this Wednesday, May 2, at 6 p.m. at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Greater Olney Branch, 5501 N. 5th St., for a Town Hall Meeting! I’ll be providing updates on my work in Harrisburg and throughout the 179th District, and sharing some of my plans for the rest of the year. I and my staff will be glad to answer any state-related questions you may have as well.

Philadelphia Safe Return Event This Week
Do you have an outstanding warrant, or do you know anyone who does? The Philadelphia Criminal Courts and Probation Department is working to organize a three-day event for adults with bench warrants and warrants issued for both state and Philadelphia parole and probation violations. Those with warrants may voluntarily turn themselves in at a safe environment, where they can receive favorable consideration. Attendees will receive an expedited hearing process and are likely to return home the same day.

This event will be held at Enon Tabernacle Church, 2800 W. Cheltenham Ave., from Tuesday, May 1 to Thursday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Attendees are asked not to bring children. Lawyers will be on site to speak with you to determine if this is the right process for you.

Policy Hearing on Gun Violence and Domestic Abuse

Last week, I hosted a public hearing of the House Democratic Policy Committee on gun violence and domestic abuse issues. We held the hearing at the Northeast Baptist Church in Frankford.

We focused on my H.B. 2097, which would create a statewide notification system to alert victims of domestic violence, the general public and law enforcement agencies when a known domestic violence abuser attempts to purchase or transfer a gun at a licensed firearms dealer.

You can read more about the hearing here and watch a short video of my comments below.

Landlord-Tenant Consultations with the Public Interest Law Center:
I was proud to team up with the Public Interest Law Center to offer free consultations on landlord-tenant issues last week. Interested constituents were able to receive guidance on issues concerning eviction, habitability problems, rent increases and other housing-related issues. Landlord-tenant law is often complex and difficult to navigate, and I am glad to provide the needed resources to ensure that we all receive the fair and equitable housing we deserve.

Summer Jobs through PYN
My office was crowded Wednesday evening as I teamed up with the Frankford Community Development Corporation and the Urban Affairs Coalition to bring the Philadelphia Youth Network’s WorkReady Program to the 179th District. This program matches young high schoolers with opportunities to pursue valuable summer employment. This is a great chance to help a young person get a first job and start down the path of building a long lasting career.

As always, feel free to stop by or call my constituent service office at 4667 Paul St., Philadelphia, 19124; 215-744-7901. You also may contact me through my website, Facebook and Twitter, where you'll find additional information about state programs.