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Hohenstein Applauds Police, Stands Up Against Gun Violence

(Aug 16, 2019)

In response to the recent mass shooting in Philadelphia, Pa. state Rep. Joe Hohenstein joined federal, state, and local leaders in standing up against gun violence. He commends the Philadelphia Police Department for their bravery and explains the actions needed to protect the commonwealth from further bloodshed. Read more


Hohenstein supports the most vulnerable in Pennsylvania

(Mar 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 28 – State Rep. Joseph Hohenstein, D-Phila., today announced his support for General Assistance and denounced H.B. 33 , which would re-enact the elimination of the General Assistance cash benefit program. “I am focused on supporting the most vulnerable people in Pennsylvania,” Hohenstein said. “We need to understand that everyone has different scenarios at home. People such as emancipated minors, victims of domestic abuse, those suffering from substance abuse disorder and other mental health conditions, pregnant women, people suffering from disabilities due to military services, and even veterans in general can benefit from this General Assistance program. I think about them, and they are struggling. We shouldn’t be taking pennies away from the penniless.” Hohenstein said the General Assistance program costs about $57 million, just 0.006 percent of the total General Fund budget. He said legislation to eliminate General Assistance was introduced this year because the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned a 2012 law (Act 80) that stripped money from about 60,000 General Assistance recipients and eliminated the program. Following that court decision, the Department of Human Services began operating the program again. General Assistance provides approximately $200 a month to low-income and disabled Pennsylvanians in emergency situations who do not qualify for federally funded Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Read more


Disability Summit Connects, Educates

(Mar 19, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Hohenstein explains why the Disability and Mental Health Summit put on by Rep. Dan Miller works well to bring together legislators to talk about the needs of those with a disability or diagnosis. More at http://www.disabilitysummit.com Read more


3/6/19 – The Place of Mental Health in Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery – Philadelphia

(Mar 08, 2019)

Materials from House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Joe Hohenstein. Read more


Hohenstein, Policy Committee talk mental health in substance use treatment and recovery

(Mar 06, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, March 6 – State Rep. Joe Hohenstein, D-Phila., today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at Friends Hospital that focused on the role of mental health in substance use disorder treatment and recovery. Hohenstein and colleagues from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, heard testimony from local officials and advocates on how they can work together to provide better treatment to those with substance abuse problems. The conversation included ways the legislature can help pave a path to provide better assistance to successful long-term recovery. “The stigma associated with mental health is often a major challenge to overcome. That can start a difficult spiral leading to substance abuse issues. I’d like to thank Chairman Sturla and my colleagues for having this conversation that will ultimately help our friends and family seek the help they need,” Hohenstein said. Sturla added, “Any time we can come together to help people know that we can empathize with what they’re going through, I think is helpful. People don’t look at a cancer patient and say, ‘You’ve had 30 days of treatment, we can’t do anything more for you right now,’ and we need to stop doing that with substance abuse issues.” The committee heard testimony from Lynn Kovich, deputy secretary for the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Pennsylvania Department of Human Read more


Hohenstein to focus on mental health in substance use treatment and recovery at Policy Committee public hearing Wednesday in Philadelphia

(Feb 28, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 28 – State Representative Joe Hohenstein, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to discuss the place of mental health in substance use disorder treatment and recovery. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 at Friends Hospital, Scatterbrook Building Auditorium, 4641 E. Roosevelt Boulevard, Philadelphia . The media and public are invited to attend. The freshmen legislator requested the hearing to bring together local officials and advocates to discuss how they can work together to provide better treatment to those with substance abuse problems and better assist with the path to successful and long-term recovery. He 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. Panel from State Agencies: Lynn Kovich , deputy secretary for the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Ellen DiDomenico , deputy secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Steven Datlof , board-certified psychiatrist and distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association Michael Blank , professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine 2:40 p.m. Panel Two: David Como, executive director, Northeast Community Center for Behavioral Health Read more


Hohenstein Holding Hearing To Combat Opioid Epidemic

(Feb 25, 2019)

In his ongoing fight to combat the opioid epidemic, Pa. state Rep. Joe Hohenstein is holding a public hearing that focuses on the gap in mental health side of addiction. Read more


Womrath Park Clean Up Day

(Feb 19, 2019)

Residents and community organizations gathered at Womrath Park in the Frankford neighborhood of Philadelphia to rake leaves, pick up trash and contribute to a growing sense of community in the area. Organized by the office of State Rep Joe Hohenstein, 177th District. Read more


Our Office Is Open, Ready To Serve Our Community

(Feb 19, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Hohenstein’s office is open and ready to serve his community. He explains the services he and his staff can provide. Read more


Hohenstein Fighting For Childhood Cancer Research

(Feb 07, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Hohenstein joined parents and advocates in Harrisburg to fight to increase funding for childhood cancer research. He shares a young girl’s heartbreaking story and explains why this money is critical for families across the commonwealth. Read more


Hohenstein: PA's Budget Must Address Education and Opioids

(Feb 07, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Hohenstein is commending Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget plan. He points out the importance of investing in the future of our children and fighting back against the opioid epidemic. Read more


Hohenstein Discusses Committee Priorities

(Jan 29, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Hohenstein received his new House committee assignments. He explained how each will help him tackle key issues facing South Philly. Read more


Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate

(Jan 24, 2019)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2018 tax year are available – and my office staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! 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 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The rebates normally are distributed by the Department of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more


Hohenstein Fighting To Test Kids Early For Lead

(Jan 23, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Hohenstein joined his Democratic colleagues to discuss his push to protect children from lead poisoning by taking action to lower their exposure, test them early, and prevent long-term health effects. Read more


Philadelphia Delegation announces its legislative platform for 2019-20

(Jan 16, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 16 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, chairman of the Philadelphia House Delegation, along with delegation members today announced their legislative agenda during a news conference at the state Capitol. The delegation said its top priorities for working toward a better Philadelphia include investing in education and schools, criminal justice reform, health care for all, strengthening commercial coordinators, and alternative energy methods. "We are joining forces to work as one unit for the betterment of all Philadelphians, and that begins with fighting for what our constituents need the most,” Dawkins said. "We are also focused on making sure that everyone gets a fair shot and equal treatment." “Last session we worked in bipartisan fashion to get clean slate legislation signed into law and bring real criminal justice reform to those who need it,” said Rep. Jordan Harris, the Democratic Whip. “Now, we must continue fighting for further reform to reduce recidivism and allow Pennsylvanians who have paid their debit to society to pursue a productive path to citizenry.” “For too long our criminal justice system has been an injustice system for the mentally ill, the poor, and people of color,” said Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta. “While we’ve made progress, our prisons remain overcrowded, inmates mistreated, and mental health problems ignored. I stand with my Philadelphia colleagues to address Read more


Hohenstein to host district office grand opening

(Jan 09, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 9 – State Rep. Joe Hohenstein, D-Phila., is hosting a grand opening for his district office. The event will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at 4725-27 Richmond St., 19137. Light refreshments will be provided. Attendees will be able to receive information on various state-related programs such as the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and prescription assistance coverage through PACE/PACENET. Anyone with questions can contact Hohenstein by calling 215-744-2600 or emailing RepHohenstein@pahouse.net . Read more


Hohenstein assumes office as state legislator for 177th Legislative District

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Joe Hohenstein, D-Phila, was inaugurated today to represent Pennsylvania’s 177th Legislative District. “I’m beyond honored and privileged to serve my community in this new role as a state representative,” Hohenstein said. “I’m committed to continue the work to raise the minimum wage and support our workers, women and equal pay, a clean environment, sensible gun laws, and fair districts to provide everyone an equal voice in government.” Aligned with the House Democrats’ Plan for PA , Hohenstein said his legislative priorities include full fair funding for Philadelphia schools, solutions to the drug crisis that make everyone in the community safer, and tax structures that are fair to working families and make corporations pay their fair share. The 177th Legislative District comprises the neighborhoods of Fishtown, Olde Richmond, Bridesburg, Port Richmond, Frankford, Tacony, Wissinoming, Mayfair, Holmesburg and Rawnhurst. Hohenstein’s district office is located at 4725-27 Richmond St., 19137. The telephone number is (215) 744-2600. Constituents may email him at RepHohenstein@pahouse.net or visit his website at www.pahouse.com/hohenstein to learn more about the state-related services and programs available through his local and Harrisburg offices. His legislative social media accounts can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RepHohenstein and on Twitter @RepHohenstein . The Read more


Veterans services

(Dec 01, 2018)

Below are a number of programs and services available to help veterans and their families. Please share this list with any veterans in your life. Veterans Temporary Assistance Temporary help is available for veterans and their beneficiaries who need aid for essentials such as shelter, fuel, clothing and food. If eligible, a veteran or their beneficiary can qualify for up to $1,600 in a 12-month period. The Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program Any honorably discharged veteran who is 100 percent disabled, a resident of Pennsylvania and has financial need can apply for this program, which provides real estate tax exemption on principal dwellings. Educational Gratuity Program Children of honorably discharged veterans with service-connected disabilities or children of veterans who died in service during a period of war or armed conflict qualify for up to $500 per semester/term to help defray educational costs. Military Family Relief Assistance Program Eligible Pennsylvania service members and their family members who have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control can apply for up to $3,500 in grants. This program is available for active and past service members. Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Program Grants are available for veterans’ services organizations, non-profit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans, individual eligible counties and the State Read more


Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Dec 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