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LIHEAP: Expanded Home-Heating Assistance is Available to PA Renters, Homeowners

Krajewski, Fiedler call for funding parks, recreation centers in PA

(Apr 14, 2022)

HARRISBURG, April 14 – State Reps. Rick Krajewski and Elizabeth Fiedler introduced the Pennsylvania Recreational Infrastructure Revitalization Act this week. The bill, which is in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives awaiting a vote, would allocate $500 million from American Rescue Plan funds to repair and invest in parks and recreational spaces throughout the state. Krajewski and Fiedler said that they believe that this funding is important to improve community safety and well-being. “The young people and community of West and Southwest Philadelphia deserve a park and recreation center where they can safely play, recreate, meet, learn and have fun,” Krajewski said. “With gun violence ravaging our communities, we need to invest in our public spaces to allow at-risk youth to enjoy community and leisure.” During the pandemic, the usage of parks and recreational spaces increased by 20%. Parks and recreation centers are valuable public resources that provide opportunities for children, youth and families to play and recreate. Research finds that well-designed and -maintained urban parks can reduce gun violence, improve safety, and keep residents healthier, while poorly designed and maintained parks lead to more crime, according to the bill’s co-sponsorship memo. “Parks are a valuable part of our communities. It gives people a place to be outside, exercise and socialize,” Fiedler said. “As the usage of parks Read more

 

Cephas, Tartaglione announce $25.6M in funding for maternal, child health

(Apr 14, 2022)

PHILADELPHIA, April 14 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas and state Sen. Christine Tartaglione, along with fellow lawmakers and the Wolf administration, today announced $25.6 million in American Rescue Plan funding to be allocated for a new maternal and child health initiative in Pennsylvania. The funding announcement also coincides with Black Maternal Health Week, April 11-17 . “With the promise in this funding, we are putting money into solving maternal mortality and working to address the social determinants of health that contribute to the crisis we are experiencing across Pennsylvania," Cephas said. “The administration’s opting Pennsylvania into extended Medicaid was a major move to start solving part of the crisis now, as well. That program began April 1, and the initiatives we’re announcing today are going to reach millions of more birthing parents and children through doula services, targeted services, healthy eating pilot programs and lead remediation.” “Our democratic counterparts in the US House and Senate sent Pennsylvania billions of dollars in the American Rescue Plan to reinvest to strengthen our commonwealth,” Tartaglione said. “We cannot let the historic opportunity afforded to us pass without making life-changing and crucially needed investments in historically disinvested communities. The allocation of this grant money will help Temple Woman’s and Infant’s Hospital finally open Read more

 

Fiedler attends Children’s Playhouse for DHS visit

(Apr 05, 2022)

PHILADELPHIA, April 5 – State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., joined Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Meg Snead Monday in a visit to Children’s Playhouse in Fiedler’s district. The legislator and acting secretary toured classrooms and met with teachers and children. They joined with Damaris Alvarado of Children’s Playhouse to celebrate the vital work of early childhood educators as part of the Month of the Young Child and highlighted Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to provide direct funding to Pennsylvanians for child care and other essential needs. “Child care work is vital to child development, to supporting working parents, and to strong communities ,” Fiedler said. “ It was great to welcome Acting Secretary Snead to our district and advocate for this important funding.” Photos can be found here . Read more

 

Now open for applications: Transportation, recovery housing, and public health funding opportunities

(Apr 05, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT): Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Program (Funding Source: State, Federal, & Private Funding) Who May Apply : Private companies. Use : To develop innovative ways to deliver transportation projects across a variety of modes including roads, bridges, rail, aviation, and ports. Funds : Varies by award. Application Deadline : April 30, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.penndot.pa.gov/projectAndPrograms/p3forpa/Pages/default.aspx . FEDERAL PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Navigator Program for Racial Ethnic Minorities (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Public and private non-profit entities . Use : To provide training and education around the risks of substance use and HIV/AIDS, as well as the integration of a range of services for individuals with HIV/AIDS. Funds : Varies by award. Application Deadline : May 2, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sp-22-002 . Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP)/Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED): Pennsylvania’s Recovery Housing Read more

 

2022 Spring Newsletter

(Mar 08, 2022)

Newsletter includes mobile office hours, photos from around the district and grants awarded. Read more

 

Now open for applications: Homeowner assistance, nonprofit security, Act 13, and clean energy funding opportunities

(Feb 07, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry: Clean Energy Workforce Development Grant (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Pennsylvania local workforce development board. Use : To assist the department with the creation of programs designed to engage and support businesses in the clean energy sector. Funds : Grants up to $500,000. Application Deadline : March 14, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.dli.pa.gov/Businesses/Workforce-Development/grants/Pages/default.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Nonprofit Security Grant Program (Funding Source: Nonprofit Security Grant Fund) Who May Apply : Nonprofits. Use : To enhance security and protect from hate crimes. Funds : Grants awards from $5,000 to $150,000. Application Deadline : March 2, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.pccd.pa.gov/schoolsafety/Pages/Non-Profit-Security-Grant-Fund.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Endowment Act – Direct Victim Service Organizations Grant Program (Funding Source: Monetary Penalty Endowments Trust Fund) Who May Apply : Direct victim service organizations. Use : To support residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who have been child victims of sexual Read more

 

184 Winter Newsletter

(Feb 07, 2022)

Newsletter includes information for voting in the May Primary Election, what's been occurring around our district and grants that have been awarded to our district. Read more

 

Judging justice: The mechanics of criminal sentencing

(Jan 20, 2022)

The House Democratic Policy Committee's Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People explored the current state of sentencing, the human consequences, and steps the state legislature could take to bring about change and needed services, while taking real steps to keep communities safe. Read more

 

Policy Committee explores wrongful imprisonment in Pennsylvania

(Jan 19, 2022)

The House Democratic Policy Committee's Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People explored exonerations in Pennsylvania and steps the legislature can take to support those who have been wrongly incarcerated by the criminal justice system. Read more

 

Fiedler, Innamorato and Krajewski introduce legislation to keep Pennsylvanians in their homes

(Jan 14, 2022)

Philadelphia, Jan. 14 – State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., announced today that, with colleagues Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, and Rep. Rick Krajewski, D-Phila., she is introducing legislation to allocate $500 million in federal funds to keep people across the state in their homes. The legislation would invest $500 million in American Rescue Plan dollars to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Thus far, 179,915 applications have been received across the commonwealth, but the need has far exceeded the existing ERAP funding. Fiedler said that by distributing $500 million in ARP dollars to counties whose funds have been exhausted, these Pennsylvanians can get the help they need. This is a companion bill to legislation being introduced by Sen. Vincent Hughes and Sen. Nikil Saval, both D-Phil., and Sen. Art Haywood, D-Philadelphia/Montgomery . In many counties, including Philadelphia, Delaware and Berks, more applications have been received than funding is available. The lawmakers said this funding shortfall has a very human cost: leaving people who rent unable to pay their bills and vulnerable to becoming homeless during the pandemic. Fiedler said, “Funding the Emergency Rental Assistance Program is a good investment in public health and in the people of Pennsylvania. Investing this money in rent assistance will help ensure people who pay rent, and their children, can stay in their homes.” Read more

 

Whitman groups get $25,000 in state dollars to support students, families and seniors

(Jan 12, 2022)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 12 -- State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., announced an exciting state investment in her district. She worked with Whitman Council Inc., in partnership with Sharswood Elementary School and Murphy Recreation Center, to invest $25,000 in state grants to support seniors, and students, as well as many neighbors’ housing and utility needs. Rep. Fiedler worked to secure a $25,000 grant to support Whitman Council, a Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) that serves the South Philadelphia community by working with seniors and families to address various needs including rent rebates, assisting first-time homebuyers, utility assistance, property tax freeze for senior citizens, LIHEAP/PACE and mortgage foreclosure outreach. “I am so excited to announce that these state grant dollars are being invested right here in our district to support seniors, students and families! Whitman Council is a bedrock for the community and has helped so many seniors, working and low-income families throughout this pandemic keep the roof over their head and put food on the table,” Rep. Fiedler said. Whitman Council is partnering with two local community groups to invest the funds to help local students, families and seniors. Maryanne Daniels from Whitman Council said the group helps hundreds of people every month, and is committed to working with other community stakeholders. “We distributed roughly $17,000 Read more

 

Fiedler partners with local groups to provide food during holiday season

(Jan 11, 2022)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 11 – State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., recently partnered with local groups to provide delicious food to seniors citizens and families across the district. D ozens of holiday hams and groceries were provided to seniors from the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, and to children and their families from the Discovery Place Pre-School, thanks to IBEW Local 98 and ACME . The effort helped South Philly neighbors put delicious holiday food on their table at the end of a tough year. Fiedler said, “This tradition of holiday giving is particularly meaningful as we end such a difficult year, full of hardship and loss, and continue to struggle through challenging times.” Fiedler also noted that the collaboration brought full holiday tables and joy to many neighbors. Read more

 

South Philly District Update E-Newsletter

(Dec 23, 2021)

Stay up-to-date on the latest in South Philly and Harrisburg Read more

 

Apply Now: Property Tax/Rent Program

(Dec 17, 2021)

Don't miss your chance at a rebate on your property taxes or rent paid in 2020! The deadline is fast approaching on Dec. 31. My office can help you find out if you qualify and apply. We can also help you with your heating bills. Give us a call 215-271-9190. Read more

 

Shusterman, Kenyatta and Fiedler introduce bill to reinstate emergency assistance

(Dec 13, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 13 – State Reps. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, Malcolm Kenyatta and Elizabeth Fiedler, both D-Phila., introduced a new bill to provide emergency financial relief to help the most vulnerable. It would reinstate funding provided through the General Assistance program, which was ended last session. This new bill would once again provide $200 on average a month to those who were unable to work, those caring for loved ones who were sick or disabled, veterans, women fleeing domestic violence and adults receiving substance abuse treatment. “Many in Pennsylvania are still struggling because of COVID-19,” Shusterman said. “When the General Assistance program was ended, so too was a lifeline many people were depending on to help them. This bill would make sure we are continuing to protect those who need it the most.” "General Assistance is a lifeline for thousands of Pennsylvanians,” Kenyatta said. “Taking it away is a travesty that affects families and others in need all across our commonwealth. We must fight to protect the most vulnerable citizens of our society." “It is cruel and immoral to tear dollars out of the hands of people who are literally unable to buy food or pay for bus fare without general assistance,” Fiedler said. “Since the General Assistance program has been removed, we must provide some assistance program to help those who were receiving support Read more

 

Two state grants awarded to Passyunk Ave. Revitalization Corp.

(Nov 19, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 19 – The Passyunk Ave. Revitalization Corp. has received two grants from the Commonwealth Financing Authority to improve recreation and transportation flow in the area. Specifically, one grant in the amount of $125,000 will be used to improve the plaza area at the town square located on S. 11 th Street in state Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler’s, D-Phila., legislative district. The second grant will be used to address the traffic convergence of four streets (E. Passyunk Ave., Tasker St., S. 11 th St. and Cross St.), to highlight the Singing Fountain Plaza’s central role while also facilitating the movement of people via various modes of travel. She said this $500,000 grant will be vital in growing the bustling business corridor and supporting the surrounding community. “This is a main community meeting point, where families, friends and seniors regularly gather to rest, enjoy the weather, and enjoy food or beverages from some of the many great local businesses,” Fiedler said. Fiedler said she was glad to assist in supporting the grant applications and is looking forward to seeing the work done in her district. “These state funds will support the amazing work being done by local small business owners and by neighbors who are committed to supporting each other during good times and challenging ones,” she said. Read more

 

LIHEAP: Expanded Home-Heating Assistance is Available to PA Renters, Homeowners

(Nov 04, 2021)

As winter approaches and we prepare to spend even more time indoors, utility bills are only going to get more expensive. Additionally, we know that the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn have made it difficult for many to keep up with home energy bills. No Pennsylvanian should ever have to worry that their heat will be shut off during the coldest and darkest months of the year. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded program administered by the Department of Human Services (DHS) that provides assistance for home heating bills so Pennsylvanians can stay warm and safe during the winter months. Assistance is available for both renters and homeowners. LIHEAP helps some of the commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens — children, older Pennsylvanians, people with disabilities, and low-income families — make ends meet. Anyone who may need help, or anyone who has loved ones or neighbors who could benefit from this program, is encouraged to apply for LIHEAP today. APPLY FOR LIHEAP LIHEAP FACTS How do I apply for LIHEAP? Depending on preference, different options are available to apply for LIHEAP: Apply online: Pennsylvanians can apply at www.compass.state.pa.us . Paper applications: Call the LIHEAP Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 to request a paper application. Paper applications can also be downloaded from the DHS LIHEAP web page . County Assistance Office (CAO) services are available if clients Read more

 

2021 fall Newsletter

(Oct 25, 2021)

Rep. Fiedler's 2021 Fall Newsletter. Read more

 

Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia awarded $25,000 education grant to support inter-generational connections and early childhood education

(Oct 04, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., joined the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia to announce a PA Department of Education grant. The grant will help to fund the Refugee Legacies: Community-Driven Education Initiative, which will allow CAGP to expand its inter-generational programming and enhance its innovative after-school programming with community partners to respond to the evolving educational landscape. “I’m excited that these grant dollars are already making a difference in the lives of CAGP families in South Philadelphia,” Fiedler said. “It’s exciting to see the work CAGP is doing to bring different generations together and to connect each to their shared heritage and culture.” Rex Yin, children and youth director of CAGP, agreed that the grant dollars are vital. “This grant shows the commitment Representative Fiedler and our community have to work together to support refugee and immigrant communities that have been impacted and further marginalized during the pandemic,” he said. During the last 20 years, the Cambodian community has grown in both South Philadelphia and North Philadelphia. As the number of families with young children increased in South Philadelphia, CAGP has responded by locating their pre-kindergarten and after-school programming there. CAGP brought on a Refugee Legacies Program coordinator to Read more

 

Philadelphia Parents and Caregivers Unite Around Demands for District Accountability, School Safety, and Parent Voice

(Oct 01, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 29 – Last night, hundreds of parents from across the city joined together over Zoom and Facebook Live to demand increased accountability and transparency from the School District of Philadelphia. As unfinished asbestos remediation efforts, piles of trash, and poor communication plagued the start of this year’s historic return to school, the Philadelphia Home and School Council brought together local leaders, caregivers, and advocacy organizations, including Parents United for Public Education and the Our City Our Schools Coalition , to organize for real change for the city’s public schools. The meeting took place on the heels of Dr. William Hite’s announcement that he would be ending his tenure as Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia after nearly a decade in the role, further energizing the conversation around changes that parents hope to see across the district. “We’re here tonight to ring the alarm on school conditions, student safety, workers’ rights, and District accountability,” said Shakeda Gaines, president of the Philadelphia Home and School Council. “No announcement about a change in leadership will make us forget about the asbestos, mold, and lead that remain in our schools. No announcement will make us forget that food is not being delivered on time and our kids are going hungry while parents are being pushed out of their Read more

 

Krajewski, Fiedler call for funding parks, recreation centers in PA
Apr 14, 2022

Cephas, Tartaglione announce $25.6M in funding for maternal, child health
Apr 14, 2022

Fiedler attends Children’s Playhouse for DHS visit
Apr 05, 2022

Now open for applications: Transportation, recovery housing, and public health funding opportunities
Apr 05, 2022

2022 Spring Newsletter
Mar 08, 2022

Now open for applications: Homeowner assistance, nonprofit security, Act 13, and clean energy funding opportunities
Feb 07, 2022

184 Winter Newsletter
Feb 07, 2022

Judging justice: The mechanics of criminal sentencing
Jan 20, 2022

Policy Committee explores wrongful imprisonment in Pennsylvania
Jan 19, 2022

Fiedler, Innamorato and Krajewski introduce legislation to keep Pennsylvanians in their homes
Jan 14, 2022

Whitman groups get $25,000 in state dollars to support students, families and seniors
Jan 12, 2022

Fiedler partners with local groups to provide food during holiday season
Jan 11, 2022

South Philly District Update E-Newsletter
Dec 23, 2021

Apply Now: Property Tax/Rent Program
Dec 17, 2021

Shusterman, Kenyatta and Fiedler introduce bill to reinstate emergency assistance
Dec 13, 2021

Two state grants awarded to Passyunk Ave. Revitalization Corp.
Nov 19, 2021

LIHEAP: Expanded Home-Heating Assistance is Available to PA Renters, Homeowners
Nov 04, 2021

2021 fall Newsletter
Oct 25, 2021

Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia awarded $25,000 education grant to support inter-generational connections and early childhood education
Oct 04, 2021

Philadelphia Parents and Caregivers Unite Around Demands for District Accountability, School Safety, and Parent Voice
Oct 01, 2021