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Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more

 

PLBC applauds state funding for gun violence reduction initiatives

(Sep 07, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 7 – Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus applauded the announcement made today by Gov. Tom Wolf that more than $1.5 million in funding will be allocated across the commonwealth to help reduce gun violence. "The crisis created by the illegal gun violence epidemic cannot be averted without those on the frontlines of this fight having access to the resources and tools needed to do the work of healing those affected,” said state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., PLBC chairman. “The PLBC is proud to stand with Governor Wolf as we begin to ensure that our communities have the support and tools needed to begin to address this public health crisis." “The PLBC has been working hard to address gun violence in our community as a public health issue, because we understood that resources follow public health concerns. Today’s grant is a result of our collective work with Governor Wolf, city officials, and local advocates,” said state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., vice chair of the PLBC. “As a member of the School Safety and Security Committee, I hope to bring more resources to Philadelphia to address gun violence in and around our schools.” “It is no secret there is a gun violence epidemic in the commonwealth. From Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and all points in between, shootings are taking lives one or two at a time, destroying our communities and families,” said state Rep. Chris Read more

 

Fitzgerald announces $1 million grant for the Free Library of Philadelphia

(Sep 07, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 7 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald is pleased to announce the Free Library of Philadelphia and its 21 st Century Libraries Initiative has been awarded a $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program grant for renovations at the Frankford, West Oak Lane and Parkway Central branches. “Libraries are fundamental to revitalize our neighborhoods. People go to the library looking for resources and information, but they find much more. They connect, they get to know each other, share concerns and look for solutions – and that’s how you build community,” Fitzgerald said. “I thank Governor Wolf for his commitment to provide support for those who need it the most.” The project will repair and upgrade three buildings, and will reposition these three facilities with new and expanded services. Funds will be used to defray the costs of design and construction, such as hazardous material abatement, interior renovations, exterior building repairs, and new construction to support building expansion. The proposed renovations also include technology upgrades, new furniture, fixtures, and equipment. The project is estimated to cost about $37.2 million. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) is a commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. Read more

 

8/30/18 – Victim Support Services – Philadelphia

(Aug 30, 2018)

Materials from House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Stephen Kinsey and State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald. Read more

 

Kinsey, Fitzgerald to host Policy hearing on victim support services

(Aug 28, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 28 – State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on victim support services. The hearing will be held on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. at Tabor Services, 57 East Armat Street, Philadelphia. Kinsey and Fitzgerald requested the hearing to determine how the state can better assist victim support services. They will be joined by a number of state representatives from across the commonwealth, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 10:00 a.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. – Panel One: Tinesha Banks, President and CEO, Tabor Services Melany Nelson, Executive Director, Northwest Victim Services Dr. Kevin London, Dir. Behavioral Health, Greater Phila Health Action Mike Lee, Assistant District Attorney, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office 11:10 a.m. – Panel Two: Victoria Greene, Founder/Executive Director, Every Murder Is Real Chantay Love, Program Director, Every Murder Is Real Kimberly Tameria, Parent George Timbers, Care Manager, Greater Phila Health Action 12:00 p.m. – Closing Remarks The meeting is one in a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA that includes putting people first, good jobs, quality schools and fair taxes. Visit www.plan4pa.com for Read more

 

Fitzgerald to host National Night Out on Tuesday

(Aug 02, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 2 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., today announced she will host a National Night Out celebration in northwest Philadelphia from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 at Masjidullah, The Center for Human Excellence Parking Lot at the corner of Washington Lane and Limekiln Pike. Fitzgerald said the free event will feature games and activities for children of all ages, free food and more family fun. State and local resources will also be on hand to assist with any concerns or issues families may have. Representatives from the 14 th and 35 th police districts will be present. “Bringing our neighborhoods together is one of my favorite parts of my job,” Fitzgerald said. “This is a great opportunity for the community to have some fun while getting to know the law enforcement in the neighborhood.” Started in the Philadelphia area in 1984, National Night Out has since expanded to 16,000 communities across the country with more than 38 million neighbors involved. The program’s mission is to promote community involvement in local anti-crime programs, heighten neighborhood spirit and to increase knowledge on crime and drug prevention. For more information, call Fitzgerald’s office at (215) 549-0220. Media coverage is invited. Read more

 

Taking a stand against family-separation policy

(Jun 21, 2018)

The events that have been unfolding along the U.S.-Mexico border have been heartbreaking and unbearable to see. As a mother, I cannot fathom the idea of having my children taken away from me, let alone the devastating impact on the children. This separation is a vile and inhumane act. I am firmly against the administration’s zero tolerance, family-separation immigration policy. I joined some of my colleagues from the House and the Senate for a rally Thursday in opposition to these actions. I also co-sponsored House Resolution 1000 , which would urge the president to immediately reverse the policy. While the president signed an executive order into place Wednesday that would stop the separation of immigrant children and parents, we all must make sure he stands by it. Using children as political pawns is a tasteless and horrifying tactic to gain immigration policy changes. I hope Congress will work on sensible reform and to ensure these events do not occur again. This country is supposed to be the land of the free for everyone, not just for some. Read more

 

Legislative package would help incarcerated women, parents in Pa.

(Jun 21, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 21 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., and colleagues today unveiled a package of legislation that would help incarcerated women and parents in Pennsylvania. "I'm glad that we're having vital, bipartisan discussions about criminal justice reform. I think it's crucial for those discussions to include women and girls of color," said Cephas, chairwoman of the Women and Girls of Color Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. "Women are the fastest-growing segment of the incarcerated population. Since 1985, the rate of incarcerated women has increased at nearly double the male rate. The ACLU reports that African-American women and women of color are significantly overrepresented in the prison population. African-American women are 30 percent of incarcerated women in the United States, but only 13 percent of the female population. In addition, Hispanic women are 16 percent of incarcerated women but only 11 percent of all women in the U.S." Cephas plans to introduce a bill to create a Women and Girls Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. "I believe this would aid the commission in its work as it specifically relates to research and programs that will have a direct impact on women and girls." Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the PLBC, said, “This package of legislation would help support incarcerated women in the commonwealth’s prison Read more

 

Deadline extended for Pa. Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

(Jun 11, 2018)

I'm happy to announce that the deadline for the 2017 Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to Dec. 31, 2018. The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2017 and meet all other eligibility criteria. Applications can also be filed online at www.revenue.pa.gov . There is NO charge to apply for this program. If you need assistance with applying, please contact my office. Read more

 

Policy Committee examines Fitzgerald bill on breast density screening

(May 30, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, May 30 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on her House Bill 579 , which would mandate insurance coverage for breast density screenings. Held at the Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, the public hearing brought together women’s health experts and state legislators from across Pennsylvania to further explore why the screening mandate is necessary. “I’m thankful to my colleagues and [House Democratic Policy Committee] Chairman Mike Sturla for coming to Philadelphia to discuss my legislation,” Fitzgerald said. “These screenings and early detection give women the best chance at beating cancer. It’s a simple and reasonable approach that will save lives and hopefully save both patients and insurance companies money with earlier detection.” Sturla added, “I am in full support of any approach we can take to improve women’s access to quality health care, and medical screenings are a key component of that quality care.” Panelists included: Pat Halpin-Murphy, president/founder, Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition; Jessica Graae, patient, Delaware County; Novella Lyons, president/founder, Women of Faith and Hope Inc.; and Gail Mitchell, board member, Women of Faith and Hope Inc. The meeting was one in a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which includes putting people first, good jobs, quality Read more

 

Fitzgerald to host House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on breast density screening insurance coverage Wednesday in Philadelphia

(May 24, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, May 24 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on her House Bill 579 , which would mandate insurance coverage for breast density screening. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 30 at the Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, Sheerr Building Auditorium, 1101 West Tabor Road, Philadelphia, PA 19141 . Fitzgerald requested the hearing to highlight the significance these screenings play in women’s health and that insurance coverage of the screenings should be mandated. Fitzgerald will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 2:10 p.m. Panelists: Pat Halpin-Murphy , president/founder, Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition Jessica Graae , patient, Delaware County Novella Lyons , president/founder, Women of Faith and Hope, Inc. Gail Mitchell , board member, Women of Faith and Hope, Inc. 3:20 p.m. Closing Remarks The meeting is one in a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA that includes putting people first, good jobs, quality schools and fair taxes. Visit www.plan4pa.com for additional information about the Plan4PA and www.pahouse.com/policycommittee for Policy Committee materials. The media and public are Read more

 

Fitzgerald to host Spring Fest on May 26

(May 21, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, May 21 – To celebrate spring, family and community, state Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald is hosting the Northwest Philly Spring Fest. The event will take place from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 26 on Ogontz Avenue, between the 7100 and 7200 blocks, 19138. Fitzgerald said this free event will feature activities and information on city and state services, as well as employment opportunities available within state government. “This event is a perfect opportunity to gather the family and spend some time together. We’ll have a health pavilion, a children’s corner, live entertainment and a handcrafted marketplace. I encourage all to attend,” Fitzgerald said. Fitzgerald’s office will also be shredding unwanted documents from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information, call Fitzgerald’s office at (215) 549-0220. Read more

 

Fitzgerald announces up to $2.1 million in funding for local housing

(Apr 19, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 19 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., has announced the approval of up to $2.1 million in state financing for two local housing initiatives. "I'm pleased the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority has approved financing for more affordable housing in Northwest Philadelphia. This will help to meet an important need in our communities," Fitzgerald said. Most of the funding – up to $1.7 million – was approved for the planned Golden Age Living Accommodations building, to be built at 2030 E. Haines St. The four-story building for people 62 or older will have 50 units, including seven accessible units, and two elevators. Plans call for 46 one-bedroom units and four two-bedroom units. GALA has been approved for up to $1.2 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credits and $500,000 in funding from the realty transfer tax. Fitzgerald said Rebuilding Together Philadelphia has been awarded $400,000 in realty transfer tax funding for its Safe and Healthy Homes Northwest Philadelphia program. The funding will be used in northwest Philadelphia to make safety renovations to the homes of middle-income homeowners 55 or older who have significant barriers to maintaining the overall safety of their homes. These much-needed home improvements will allow residents to age in place and improve the overall safety and livability of their homes. This is an issue Fitzgerald and state Sen. Art Haywood, D-Phila./Montgomery, have been working Read more

 

Fitzgerald, Kinsey to host public forum on Philadelphia’s education system

(Apr 04, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 4 – State Reps. Isabella Fitzgerald and Stephen Kinsey, both D-Phila., announced they will host an event for people to talk and learn what’s being done on a state and local level to support public education. The event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at Martin Luther King High School, 6100 Stenton Ave., 19138. Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera and Otis Hackney from Mayor Jim Kenney’s Office of Education, along with a representative from the School District of Philadelphia, will be in attendance to offer insight and answer questions. “From a proposed increase in education funding to a new local school board, a quality education for all of our students remains a top priority on the state and local levels,” Kinsey said. “This forum will allow people to engage in meaningful dialogue that is critical to our children’s future.” Fitzgerald echoed Kinsey’s comments. “We are seeing great things for the School District of Philadelphia, thanks to Governor Wolf’s budget proposal to provide more funding for education,” Fitzgerald said. “We are also seeing a switch in leadership from the School Reform Commission to a school board that will be appointed by the mayor.” Read more

 

PLBC scholarships available for students of color

(Mar 05, 2018)

Scholarships from the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus are now available for high school seniors and first-year college students who will be enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year Pennsylvania college or university. The deadline to submit an application is Monday, April 30. Students applying for the $1,000 scholarships must be a minority student, have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, reside in the legislative district of and be sponsored by a PLBC member, and demonstrate leadership qualities. A 500-word essay on the student’s academic plans and career goals also must be submitted. Only the first 250 applications submitted will be considered. To obtain an application and more details about the program, students can visit http://pahouse.com/PLBC/Scholarships . Read more

 

Fitzgerald co-hosting Family Fun Night Feb. 22

(Feb 09, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 9 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald will be joined by state Reps. Jared Solomon and Jason Dawkins, along with Councilwoman Cherelle Parker, for an event to celebrate family and community. The Family Fun Night will take place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 at Olney Recreation Center, 6001 A St., 19120. Fitzgerald said this free event will feature activities and information on city and state services for the entire family. “This event is a perfect opportunity to gather the family and spend some time together for an evening,” Fitzgerald said. “There will be something for everyone, so I encourage all to attend.” For more information, call Fitzgerald’s office at (215) 649-0220. Read more

 

Fitzgerald: Wolf budget proposal would help the 203rd District

(Feb 06, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., outlined how Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal for the 2018-19 fiscal year would help move the 203rd Legislative District forward: “I applaud Governor Wolf for investing in initiatives that would help to move my district forward and provide my constituents with more of the resources and services that they need. Every Pennsylvanian deserves access to a quality education, high-quality child care, and a living wage. I look forward to working with my colleagues to see that these initiatives are signed into law.” Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal includes: $100 million increase in basic education; $40 million increase in Pre-K Counts and Head Start; $20 million increase for special education; A proposal to increase Pennsylvania minimum wage to $12 per hour; $25 million investment in state funds to expand access to high-quality childcare; and Proposals to protect Pennsylvania women and families by closing the gender wage gap, guaranteeing sick leave, and protecting people from sexual assault. “Children and families would benefit the most if this budget is passed,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s time to put their needs first and invest in solutions to the problems that so many Pennsylvania families face. Another one of these concerns includes addressing the gun violence epidemic that has impacted our communities for far too long. I am grateful to the Read more

 

Fitzgerald hosting office open house Feb. 9

(Feb 06, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 1 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., announced she will host an open house at her district office for constituents of the 203rd Legislative District. The free event will take place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 at 7178 Ogontz Ave., 19138. Fitzgerald and her staff will be available to answer questions and provide information on the SEPTA Photo ID program, Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, unclaimed property and many other state-related services and programs. For more information, contact Fitzgerald’s office at (215) 549-0220. Read more

 

Your current driver’s license is still good for domestic travel

(Jan 19, 2018)

As you may know, Pennsylvania is under an enforcement extension from the Department of Homeland Security to comply with federal REAL ID requirements. This means that your current driver’s license or ID card are still valid forms of identification for boarding commercial aircraft or entering federal facilities. According to PennDOT, the Department of Homeland Security had listed Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, as the date air travelers with licenses issued by a state that is not yet compliant with REAL ID and that has not received an extension would need to show an approved alternative form of identification for domestic air travel, such as a passport. Pennsylvania is currently under a REAL ID extension, therefore residents with PennDOT-issued driver’s licenses or ID cards may continue to use their licenses as usual. A federally-accepted form of identification (whether it's the forthcoming Pennsylvania REAL ID driver's license or ID card, a U.S. Passport/Passport Card, a military ID, etc.) must be used as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building on and after October 1, 2020. PennDOT anticipates that REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and ID cards will be available to customers who want them in spring 2019, and will continue to apply for extensions from DHS until becoming REAL ID compliant. More information about REAL ID, including frequently asked questions and information on documents required for REAL ID , Read more

 

Fitzgerald to host MLK Day community celebration

(Dec 21, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 21 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., announced she will host an event to celebrate community volunteers while remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy. The MLK Day of Service will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 at the West Oak Lane Senior Center, 7210-18 Ogontz Ave., 19138. “While many people see January 15 as a day off from work or school, we see it as a day on and a great opportunity to commemorate our community and honor the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday,” Fitzgerald said. “I hope everyone will join us in celebrating people who help make a difference in our neighborhoods.” Fitzgerald added she and her staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on state services. Attendees can also meet with staff from the offices of: Councilwoman Cherelle Parker Rep. Stephen Kinsey Sen. Art Haywood Congressman Dwight Evans Fitzgerald said representatives from Nicetown CDC NAC & Energy Center will be distributing information on weatherization and weatherization kits. Read more