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Hohenstein takes oath for second term, vows to continue fighting to put hardworking families first amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

Hohenstein: COVID-19 care must be provided to those who need it most

(Feb 17, 2021)

State Rep. Joe Hohenstein reminds his communities about his commitment to protecting long-term care facilities during COVID-19 in his latest op-ed. Read more

 

Collaboration and accountability between administration, care providers key in long-term care COVID-19 recovery

(Feb 16, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 16 -- State Rep. Joe Hohenstein, D-Phila., hosted today’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing where legislators heard from state agencies and long-term care facility staff about how long-term care facilities are navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

 

Long-term care facility challenges amidst COVID-19 focus of House Democratic Policy Committee hearing Tuesday

(Feb 12, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 12 – State Rep. Joe Hohenstein will host a House Democratic Policy Committee meeting to hear how state officials and workers at long-term care facilities can work together during the pandemic to improve safety for staff and residents. The hearing will be held virtually from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16 and can be viewed at www.pahouse.com/policy or via the Policy Committee’s Facebook account -- @padempolicy. The media and public are invited to tune in. Media questions can be submitted at policy@pahouse.net . Specifically, Chairman Ryan Bizzarro, Hohenstein and members of the Policy Committee look forward to learning more on the state Department of Health’s efforts to protect vulnerable populations and their caregivers. COVID recovery efforts are part of the House Democratic Policy Committee’s objectives for the 2021-22 Legislative Session. Read more

 

Beware of scammers

(Feb 09, 2021)

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) has become aware of multiple attempts by fraudsters to obtain individuals’ personal and confidential information through fake Facebook pages and is reminding Pennsylvanians to never provide their information to anyone over social media. Important tips L&I’s Facebook page has a blue check box next to the name that identifies it as a verified page. Comments by the legitimate L&I page also have a blue check box next to them indicating it as a verified page. If a comment or page does not have this check box, it is a fraudster posing as L&I. L&I does not post responses directly to claimants, send private messages, or ask for a private message to be sent. L&I also will not ask individuals to call or text a phone number. The only phone numbers for unemployment are: 1-888-313-7284 (for UC/PEUC/EB claimants). 1-855-284-8545 (for PUA claimants). L&I will not ask for individuals to send an email. The only email addresses for unemployment are: uchelp@pa.gov (for UC/PEUC/EB claimants). ucpua@pa.gov (for PUA claimants). Read more

 

Hohenstein responds to governor's state budget proposal

(Feb 04, 2021)

The priorities in a government’s budget reveal a lot about our character as a society and whether we are willing to take care of all our people. The budget proposed by Governor Wolf reveals that he is motivated to take care of our kids, working families, and small businesses – the people who (in the words of Jimmy Stewart in the classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”) “do most of the working and paying and living and dying” in the Commonwealth. For the 177 th district, the governor’s budget and tax fairness policies would mean that more than half of our families pay $0 in state income taxes. Most of the rest of the district will not see any increase in taxes at all. Small businesses will also benefit from reduction in the taxes that most impact them. The governor also demonstrated a renewed commitment to our kids and their access to quality education from kindergarten to college. I have long called for a greater share of education dollars being distributed under the Fair Funding Formula, which levels the playing field for Philadelphia schools. This budget moves in that direction more than any other before it. Also, the Governor is proposing programs to make higher education more affordable. He understands the need to give our kids the tools to succeed in an ever-changing world. Investments in education are investments in the future and Read more

 

Troubleshooting PUA claims: How to reopen/reactivate a PUA claim

(Jan 28, 2021)

How to reopen/reactivate a PUA claim : Log in to your dashboard Select “File for Weekly Benefits” Then select “File Your Weekly Certification to Continue Your Claim” You will see the message “You currently have a claim established however it is inactive.” Click on “here.” It will seem as if you are opening a new claim. The system knows you are only attempting to reopen the claim you already have established. Click Next. You will see the Welcome to Pennsylvania’s Pandemic Unemployment Portal Page. Click next. The next eight pages are pre-populated based on your initial claim information. You will click next after verifying the information is correct on each page. If it is not correct, you should make updates at this time. Note: This includes things such as your email, address, date of birth, education information and employment status. You will also be asked the COVID questions. PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR THE MAJOR DISASTER INFORMATION QUESTION YOU SHOULD SELECT COVID -19 NOT COVID 19 -2 If you reported that you are self-employed, the system will ask for you 2020 wages. This is an error. You should enter all 0s for those wages. You will also need to answer if you have worked since you last filed for weeks. If you have worked, you must click the “I have worked since my last Read more

 

Hohenstein announces $100 million low-interest loan to help protect the Delaware River

(Jan 21, 2021)

State Rep. Joe Hohenstein announced today that Philadelphia will receive more than $100 million in state funding to build a new treatment facility aimed at protecting the Delaware River and its surrounding communities. Hohenstein said a $100.11 million low-interest loan was approved by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, commonly known as Pennvest, and will be used to construct a new 300-million-gallon-per-day preliminary treatment facility that includes: A diversion structure to reroute wastewater from existing sewer interceptors. New screening and grit removal systems. Tie-in conduit to connect to existing primary sedimentation tanks. "The Delaware River is a critical resource that so many across the city rely on, especially for drinking water," said Hohenstein, D-Phila. "This funding builds upon our efforts to protect it and its aquatic wildlife by helping prevent untreated sewage runoff from contaminating the river during storms. I will continue working to secure similar funding to ensure the safety of our local waterways." Pennvest serves the communities and residents of Pennsylvania by funding sewer, stormwater and drinking water projects. More information can be found on Pennvest's website . Read more

 

Hohenstein applauds more than $596 million in federal stimulus funding going to help local students during COVID-19 pandemic

(Jan 20, 2021)

State Rep. Joe Hohenstein is applauding the awarding of $596.23 million in federal stimulus funds to help strengthen services for students in several schools in Lower Northeast Philadelphia impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hohenstein said the financial resources will support food programs, technological improvements and other educational services. The funding will be distributed as follows: Philadelphia School District: $565.9 million. First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School: $6.55 million. Franklin Towne Charter Elementary School: $3.28 million. Franklin Towne Charter High School: $4.11 million. Mariana Bracetti Academy Charter School: $4.68 million. Maritime Academy Charter School: $2.98 million. Memphis Street Academy Charter School at J.P. Jones: $2.5 million. Northwood Academy Charter School: $2.66 million. The Philadelphia Charter School for Arts and Science: $3.57 million. "We can't let COVID-19 stop our young people from receiving a quality education," said Hohenstein, D-Phila. "These federal stimulus dollars will play a crucial role in helping ensure students have the academic tools they need to learn safely, whether at home or in the classroom." The federal relief is provided by the bipartisan Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act’s Elementary and Read more

 

Hohenstein announces new House committee appointments that will help in his efforts to put hardworking Pennsylvanians first

(Jan 12, 2021)

A week after reaffirming his commitment to upholding the Constitution for a second term, state Rep. Joe Hohenstein today announced he's been appointed to several key House committees to help in his ongoing efforts to put hardworking Pennsylvanians first. In the 2021-22 Legislative Session, Hohenstein said he has been appointed to serve on the: Judiciary Committee , which traditionally deals with legislation pertaining to criminal justice reform, law enforcement, judicial reforms, crime victims, sex offenses, among other things. Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, which focuses on environmental and energy issues, including air and water quality, and has oversight of the Department of Environmental Protection and other agencies. Transportation Committee, which is responsible for reviewing vehicle code regulations, mandatory insurance and coverage minimums, rules of the road, parking and local law enforcements, mass transit codes, rail issues and PennDOT, among other things. Game and Fisheries Committee, which considers legislation that affects hunting and fishing in Pennsylvania and has oversight of the Game Commission and Fish and Boat Commission. "I am grateful to have been selected to serve on committees that reflect many of the priorities I've been fighting for since I came Read more

 

Hohenstein takes oath for second term, vows to continue fighting to put hardworking families first amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

(Jan 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Joe Hohenstein affirmed his commitment to uphold the Constitution at the state Capitol today to begin his second term representing the riverwards and lower Northeast Philadelphia. The noon ceremony marked the beginning of the 2021-22 session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. "I am honored and excited to begin my next chapter as state representative of the 177th Legislative District," said Hohenstein, D-Phila. "With the COVID-19 pandemic still very much a threat, I will pick up where I left off in 2020 fighting to secure and connect small business owners, the unemployed and all other Pennsylvanians with the support, relief and resources they need to make it through this health crisis safely." Hohenstein added he will also continue putting hardworking families first by working to raise the minimum wage, create good-paying jobs, make healthcare affordable for everyone and ensure all students have access to a quality education in a safe learning environment. Hohenstein said his office can help with a variety of state-related services, including home heating, children’s health insurance, prescription drug and property tax/rent rebate assistance. His office phone number is 215-744-2600 . Residents also can learn more about Hohenstein's legislative priorities and the services his office provides by visiting his website at www.pahouse.com/Hohenstein . Read more

 

Lawmakers applaud $3 million in state funding for northeast Philly redevelopment projects

(Dec 29, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 29 – Two large redevelopment projects in Northeast Philadelphia are receiving a total of $3 million under the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, state Reps. Joe Hohenstein and Mike Driscoll announced today. According to the lawmakers, $2 million is being awarded to Arsenal Associates to assist in its plan to take a blighted 40 acres of the former Frankford Arsenal and create a modern, mixed-use community to include multi-tenant offices and manufacturing buildings. “This grant will help our local economy by providing hundreds of family sustaining jobs, not just during construction but also after completion,” Hohenstein said. “Improvements to our historic arsenal will attract different types of businesses with capacity to support light manufacturing and industry. Our neighborhoods deserve to be a part of a diverse economy that provides real opportunity, and this project is an important step in that direction.” According to Arsenal Associates, the revitalization plan includes retaining 494 jobs, which is estimated to increase to 790 jobs with the $2 million RACP grant. “These projected new jobs are on top of the hundreds of construction and related jobs that will be created for local construction workers, plumbers, painters, electricians, HVAC professionals, finishers and others,” Driscoll said. “These are life-changing projects for working families and for Read more

 

Check out Hohenstein's latest newsletter

(Dec 22, 2020)

Take a look at state Rep. Joe Hohenstein's latest newsletter for details about COVID-19 resources, legislative updates and upcoming events he's hosting. Read more

 

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications

(Dec 21, 2020)

STATE GRANT PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs: Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Program (Source of Funding: Veterans’ Trust Fund) Who May Apply : 501(c)(3) nonprofits with a mission of serving veterans, 501(c)(19) veteran service organizations, and county directors of veterans affairs. Use : Up to $150,000 in grant funding is available for new, innovative or expanded programs or services operated by the county directors of veterans’ affairs or the Pennsylvania Association of County Directors of Veterans Affairs. The areas of emphasis for applicants in this category are veterans’ outreach and veterans’ court programs. Up to $650,000 in grant funding is available to veteran service organizations and non-profit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans. Funding priorities for applicants in this category are homelessness, behavioral health initiatives and veterans’ courts. Funds : A total of $800,000 will be awarded statewide. Application Deadline : January 27, 2021 at 2 p.m. More Information : Click on https://www.dmva.pa.gov/veteransaffairs/Pages/Programs%20and%20Services/Veterans%27%20Trust%20Fund/VeteransTrustFundGrantProgram.aspx . UPCOMING APPLICATION DEADLINES: DEP Driving PA Forward Onroad Rebate Program – Trucks and Buses: Read more

 

State lawmakers call for end to family deportations from Berks ICE facility

(Dec 02, 2020)

Legislators ask for release of families, children in face of COVID pandemic, unsanitary conditions Read more

 

Hohenstein applauds $340,000 grant to help fund Bridesburg Riverfront Park construction project

(Dec 01, 2020)

State Rep. Joe Hohenstein today announced a $340,000 state grant has been awarded to the Delaware River City Corporation to help move the Bridesburg Riverfront Park project forward. Hohenstein said the funding is through the Department of Community and Economic Development's Local Share Account and will go towards the first phase of construction, which includes: Site work. Environmental remediation. Parking. Landscaping, utilities and a restroom facility. "This new park will take 10-acres of greenspace right in our backyard and transform it into a place that provides great views and outdoor activities for all ages to enjoy across our communities and beyond," said Hohenstein, D-Phila. "I applaud the collaborative effort on the state and local levels that has made this project a reality, and I look forward to seeing it through to its completion." Hohenstein added that the second phase of the park development will include a stage pavilion, picnic pavilion, terraced lawn seating and a river boardwalk. “We are deeply grateful for this support,” said Stephanie Phillips, executive director of Riverfront North Partnership. “Our parks are an integral part of our neighborhoods and personal wellbeing. Riverfront North Partnership has been Read more

 

As COVID-19 Cases Reach Critical Levels, Wolf Admin Announces New Mitigation Efforts

(Nov 23, 2020)

With new modeling projecting 22,000 new COVID-19 cases per day in Pennsylvania in December, Gov. Tom Wolf and Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced new targeted mitigation measures to help stop the spread during this critical time. Read more

 

Hohenstein applauds colleagues for supporting his latest effort to break down barriers, give people with disabilities a voice

(Nov 20, 2020)

State Rep. Joe Hohenstein is applauding his colleagues today for adopting his latest effort to help break down barriers and advocate for people living with a disability. Hohenstein's measure ( H.R. 1082 ) recognizes November as Assistive Technology Awareness Month across the commonwealth, raising awareness about the ongoing need to make quality tools -- like hearing aids, wheelchairs and orthotic devices -- affordable and readily accessible to every Pennsylvanian who needs them. "Since I was six years old, I have worn hearing aids, and I know first-hand how essential assistive technology is to helping people with everyday tasks like hearing, walking or speaking," explained Hohenstein, D-Phila. "These devices play a critical role in removing the often frustrating and stigmatizing challenges that can stand between those with a disability and their quality of life." During the COVID-19 pandemic, Hohenstein said the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation has provided $1.4 million in low-interest loans to people with increased needs in the disabled community for assistive technology, and he's stressing the importance of building on this progress in the state legislature. Hohenstein added, "No one should be defined by a disability. I will continue working in Harrisburg to ensure financial support is available, and individuals receive the services they deserve. Together, we can amplify the voices of those seeking help to reach Read more

 

Philadelphia announces new “Safer at Home” restrictions to fight rising COVID-19 cases

(Nov 16, 2020)

In response to rising COVID-19 cases in Philadelphia, the City and Department of Public Health have announced changes to restrictions on businesses, events and gatherings, and other activities to help flatten the epidemic curve, prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed, and reduce the number of COVID-19 deaths. Read more

 

Hohenstein announces more than $24,000 grant to help strengthen safety at a Philadelphia charter school

(Nov 16, 2020)

State Rep. Joe Hohenstein announced today that a $24,686 Safe Schools grant has been awarded to the Philadelphia Charter School for Arts and Sciences at H.R. Edmunds to purchase safety and security-related equipment. "Whether they're learning in the classroom or at home, our priority is still to ensure all students learn in a safe environment," said Hohenstein, D-Phila. "This funding will go a long way in strengthening safety measures at this school and allow them to continue offering young people a quality education." Along with equipment, the Pennsylvania Department of Education awards the competitive grants to prevent and reduce violent incidents and to provide training and compensation for school resource and police officers. For more information on Safe Schools grants, visit the state Department of Education website . Read more

 

Hohenstein releases statement after testing negative for COVID-19

(Nov 09, 2020)

After being tested for COVID-19, state Rep. Joe Hohenstein, D-Phila., said his results came back negative. He released the following statement: "Earlier this week I told you my wife and I were tested for COVID-19 after coming in close contact with a family member who later tested positive. I am glad to report that both of our results came back negative today. "Our family member who tested positive for the virus is in good spirits and recovering. I am grateful for the outpouring of support for me and my family. Our situation is another reminder that COVID-19 is a real danger. "With a record number of positive cases in Pennsylvania and across the nation being reported each day, we must all be vigilant and heed CDC guidelines by wearing a mask, social distancing and washing our hands frequently. "These steps are critical in stopping the spread and protecting ourselves and those around us, especially as we head into the colder months." Read more

 

Hohenstein: COVID-19 care must be provided to those who need it most
Feb 17, 2021

Collaboration and accountability between administration, care providers key in long-term care COVID-19 recovery
Feb 16, 2021

Long-term care facility challenges amidst COVID-19 focus of House Democratic Policy Committee hearing Tuesday
Feb 12, 2021

Beware of scammers
Feb 09, 2021

Hohenstein responds to governor's state budget proposal
Feb 04, 2021

Troubleshooting PUA claims: How to reopen/reactivate a PUA claim
Jan 28, 2021

Hohenstein announces $100 million low-interest loan to help protect the Delaware River
Jan 21, 2021

Hohenstein applauds more than $596 million in federal stimulus funding going to help local students during COVID-19 pandemic
Jan 20, 2021

Hohenstein announces new House committee appointments that will help in his efforts to put hardworking Pennsylvanians first
Jan 12, 2021

Hohenstein takes oath for second term, vows to continue fighting to put hardworking families first amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
Jan 05, 2021

Lawmakers applaud $3 million in state funding for northeast Philly redevelopment projects
Dec 29, 2020

Check out Hohenstein's latest newsletter
Dec 22, 2020

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications
Dec 21, 2020

State lawmakers call for end to family deportations from Berks ICE facility
Dec 02, 2020

Hohenstein applauds $340,000 grant to help fund Bridesburg Riverfront Park construction project
Dec 01, 2020

As COVID-19 Cases Reach Critical Levels, Wolf Admin Announces New Mitigation Efforts
Nov 23, 2020

Hohenstein applauds colleagues for supporting his latest effort to break down barriers, give people with disabilities a voice
Nov 20, 2020

Philadelphia announces new “Safer at Home” restrictions to fight rising COVID-19 cases
Nov 16, 2020

Hohenstein announces more than $24,000 grant to help strengthen safety at a Philadelphia charter school
Nov 16, 2020

Hohenstein releases statement after testing negative for COVID-19
Nov 09, 2020