November 2022 Newsletter

(Nov 21, 2022)

As one legislative session ends and anotherbegins, I’d like to reflect on what we’veaccomplished and where we can go from here. Iwould also like to welcome the residents of EastCaln, East Goshen, and West Vincent to the 167thLegislative District. Read more


E-NEWS Update: Voting information, upcoming events and more!

(Nov 01, 2022)

If you plan to vote in person at your polling place, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on November 8, 2022 Read more


Howard to host mental health discussion this month

(Nov 01, 2022)

MALVERN, Nov. 1 – State Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, invites residents of the 167 th Legislative District to join her for an Adult Mental Health Forum from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Struble Room at the Chester County Library (450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton). “No one should feel alone when addressing their own mental health,” said Howard. “There are tremendous mental health resources right here in Chester County. This forum will be an important discussion on what is available and what we can do better as a community to address mental health conditions.” The forum will include presentations from: A representative from the Chester County Department of Mental Health. A representative from the Chester County Department of Intellectual Disabilities. A representative from the West Chester University Community Mental Health Clinic. Niki Weigand, NAMI Keystone’s Advocacy Director. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five Americans live with a mental health condition. The following mental health services are available for those in need of assistance: The Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, dial 988 or visit Valley Creek Crisis Center (24/7): 610-280-3270 or PA Crisis Text Line: Text PA to 741741 (Free, 24/7, Confidential) Howard has introduced two bills to Read more


E-News Update: New grants awarded, upcoming shred event and more!

(Oct 28, 2022)

These Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grants, administered by the Office of the Budget, will help health care and education projects in our region receive the funding they need to move forward. Read more


Howard announces RACP grants

(Oct 27, 2022)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 26 – Rep. Howard, D-Chester, announced today that the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program has awarded grants totaling $3,250,000 that will benefit the region. Howard played a vital role in securing the RACP grants that will benefit the following facilities and projects: The Devereux Foundation: Devereux will construct additional classroom space in this project as well as renovate a wing of our acute children's behavioral healthcare center from semi-private to single rooms. The hospital renovation includes private rooms and semi-private rooms, private bathrooms, a laundry area, utility closet, lounge, and classroom space. For the school, renovations include roofing, windows, classrooms entrances, and an exterior entry system with intercom. Major areas of construction include demolition, drywall, windows, roofing, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC. Nemours Children’s Health: This project will address construction needs to develop and implement this new health care facility that will provide a comprehensive suite of health and wellness offerings for the community. “These grants will help health care and education projects in our region receive the funding they need to move forward,” Howard said. “In turn, they will benefit everyone in our region who makes use of the essential services available at these facilities.” These Read more


Howard to host free paper shredding event

(Oct 27, 2022)

MALVERN, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, invites residents of the 167th Legislative District to join her for a free community shred day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, November 5 at the West Whiteland Township Building, 101 Commerce Drive, Exton, PA. “This event is a green and secure way for residents to dispose of unwanted personal documents,” said Howard. “Properly disposing confidential information can prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. I am pleased to facilitate this service for the community.” Residents may bring documents containing personal information that is no longer needed, expired credit cards and old ID cards. For more information, please contact Howard’s district office at (610) 251-1070. Read more


GRANT MEMO: Nonprofit Security, Boating Facility, and Water/Sewer Funding Opportunities

(Oct 18, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry: PA Industry Partnership Grant (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Local workforce development boards, non-profit and non-governmental entities, community-based organizations, educational and post-secondary educational organizations, labor organizations, business associations, and economic development entities. Use : To identify workforce, education & training, and economic development needs, coordinate regional teams to support industry needs, identify public and community resources to address industry identified needs and increase collaboration among businesses within a targeted industry sector. Funds : Up to $250,000 per partnership. Application Deadline : October 28, 2022 More Information : Click on . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program (Funding Source: Nonprofit Security Grant Fund) Who May Apply : Non-profit organizations. Use : To support security enhancements designed to protect the safety and security of the users of a facility located in the Commonwealth that is owned or operated by the nonprofit organization. Funds : Awards between $5,000 and $150,000. Application Deadline : October 31, 2022 More Information : Click on Read more


E-NEWS Update: Make sure your vote counts!

(Oct 13, 2022)

Voting by mail here in Chester County? Make sure your vote counts – be sure to complete your ballot and voter declaration properly and return them to Chester County Voter Services in time so your voice is heard! Read more


E-NEWS Update: Voting information and resources for you

(Oct 06, 2022)

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. In Pennsylvania, you also have the option to vote early by mail. Read more


E-NEWS Update: Don't miss the 2022 Senior Fair

(Sep 29, 2022)

Join me at the West Whiteland Township Building on Thursday, October 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the 2022 Senior Fair. Read more


Howard to host free Senior Fair

(Sep 28, 2022)

MALVERN, Sept. 28 – State Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, invites senior citizens to attend a free Senior Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 6 at West Whiteland Township Building, 101 Commerce Drive, Exton, 19341. “I am pleased to be able to again host a community Senior Fair,” said Howard. “State and county agencies will be there to help residents navigate the many benefits and assistance programs available to older Pennsylvanians. I am looking forward to meeting with residents of the 167 th Legislative District.” Twenty different vendors, including the SeniorLaw Center and ROVER Community Transportation, will be on hand. SEPTA will be there to process Senior Key Card requests and renew Senior Key cards that have expired. There will also be representatives from Chester County and various commonwealth agencies, including (but not limited to) the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, PennDOT and the Department of Banking and Securities. Additionally, Howard’s staff will be on hand to perform online searches for unclaimed property, and Chester County Health will be administering flu and COVID shots. Anyone with questions should contact Howard’s office at (610) 251-1070 or . Read more


Women's Re-Entry, Fire Company/EMS, and Open Space Funding Opportunities

(Sep 26, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry: 2023-24 PennSERVE Grants for Health and Community Service Programs (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Institutions of higher education, Indian tribes, local governments, nonprofit organizations, and states. Use : To allow organizations to recruit and support AmeriCorps members as they serve unmet community needs. Funds : Varies by award. Application Deadline : October 12, 2022 More Information : Click on . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Youth Justice Advisory Board Council Pilot Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Any agency currently implementing a youth engagement program including (but not limited to): Any private non-profit agency, public agency, or unit of local government. Use : To establish and coordinate county-based Youth Justice Advisory Board Councils (YJAB-Cs) across the Commonwealth with the long-term goal to increase directly impacted youth voice and input in their communities and with the youth-led subcommittee and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee. Funds : Up to $350,000 in total state funding to support between three or four organizations. Application Deadline : October Read more


E-NEWS Update: Randolph Woods funding, Fire & EMS Grants and more

(Sep 23, 2022)

I am pleased to announce that Malvern Borough has been awarded $158,249 in Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program funding. Read more


Howard applauds more than $158,000 in state funding

(Sep 20, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, announced today Malvern Borough was awarded $158,249 in Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program funding for the Randolph Woods Preserve’s phase 1 improvements. The preserve is a 43-acre park within the Malvern Borough park system. The phase 1 improvements include the construction of an ADA-compliant trail and boardwalk, ADA-compliant pedestrian bridge, ADA-compliant parking area, nature-based play area, six benches, a bike rack and four picnic tables, the planting of eight trees and best management practices for stormwater control. “Randolph Woods is a personal favorite of my staff and mine, and I’m very pleased to see Malvern Borough receive this funding,” said Howard. “These planned updates include several ADA-compliant improvement projects, which will allow even more people to access and enjoy this beautiful park.” The Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program funds, provided through the Commonwealth Financing Authority , can be used to develop, rehabilitate and improve public parks, recreation areas, greenways, trails and river conservation. Anyone with questions should contact Howard’s office at (610) 251-1070 or . Read more


Bi-weekly Update: Inflation Reduction Act update

(Aug 26, 2022)

The recently signed federal Inflation Reduction Act will make it more affordable for Pennsylvania families to purchase energy-efficient appliances when they need to, make repairs around their homes, and save money on their utility bills each month, through: Read more


August 2022 Newsletter

(Aug 15, 2022)

Since first being elected in 2018, I have workedtirelessly to ensure that we get everything we needand deserve, both here in the 167th LegislativeDistrict and across the commonwealth. I Read more


Howard pleased to see pipeline operator convicted of criminal charges

(Aug 08, 2022)

MALVERN, Aug. 8 – State Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, said today she was pleased to see Sunoco Pipeline LP, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer, convicted of criminal charges related to its conduct during the construction of the Mariner East 2 Pipeline, which crosses through Chester County. According to the Office of Attorney General, as part of a plea agreement , Energy Transfer will pay for independent evaluations of potential water quality impact for homeowners near the Mariner East 2 Pipeline; offer approved mechanisms for restoring or replacing the impacted private water supplies; have an independent, professional geologist review water testing and advise on water quality; and pay $10 million toward projects to improve the health and safety of the water sources. “The people of Chester County have waited a long time for this,” Howard said. “Energy Transfer Partners has a long history of mistakes and violations and have a complete disregard for both the environment and health and well-being of the people of Pennsylvania. As one of my very first acts in office in January 2019, I called on Attorney General Josh Shapiro to investigate ETP and I am pleased to see a conviction in this case.” In October 2021, following an 18-month investigation, Energy Transfer Partners was charged with 48 counts of environmental crimes, including a felony charge for “willfully and consistently” failing to report inadvertent releases to the Read more


Budget Summary

(Jul 26, 2022)

Total 2022/23 General Fund state appropriations: $42.8 billion Read more


Bi-weekly Update: State Budget

(Jul 13, 2022)

Late last week, the bipartisan 2022/23 state budget passed the General Assembly and was signed by the Governor. Read more


Howard: Pennsylvania must encode reproductive rights into law now

(Jun 24, 2022)

Today’s Supreme Court decision overturning the longstanding precedent of Roe v. Wade ushers in a new era in which women’s freedom of choice is no longer guaranteed. While this decision will have no immediate impact in Pennsylvania – unlike states such as Texas and Florida, where preemptively passed laws banning abortion will now take effect – we should take little comfort in the fact. A handful of political appointees have erased a basic right despite widespread public opposition. The fact that this erasure will take longer to reach Pennsylvania should not be a comfort. This is exactly why I introduced H.B. 733 last year, which would finally and rightfully encode Roe v. Wade’s protections into Pennsylvania law, guaranteeing freedom of choice and bodily autonomy. Fifteen of my colleagues, alas, all Democrats, have co-sponsored this bill and demonstrated their commitment to upholding a right that is fundamental to modern life. Unfortunately, H.B. 733 has languished in the House Health Committee, where the Republican majority has disallowed even its basic consideration. Meanwhile, this same committee has advanced radical proposals to curtail women’s rights. As it stands, the veto power of Gov. Tom Wolf is our chief protection from a return to the dark old days when women were given a so-called choice between an unwanted pregnancy and dangerous procedures performed at home or by unlicensed doctors operating in the shadows. Read more