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STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS

(11 hours ago)

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency/Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Pennsylvania Academic and Career/Technical Training Innovative Solicitation (Funding Source: Justice Reinvestment Fund) Who May Apply : Existing PACTT Affiliates. Use : To improve services for delinquent youth receiving academic and career/technical training services. Funds : Awards up to $75,000 for 24-month projects. Application Deadline : December 23, 2022 More Information : Click on https://egrants.pccd.pa.gov/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx . Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission: Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Pumpout Grant Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Local governmental entities and private businesses that own and operate boating facilities. Use : To fund the construction, renovation, and maintenance of pumpout and dump stations to service pleasure boats. Funds : Reimburse up to 75% of the installation cost of pumpout and dump stations. Application Deadline : December 30, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.fishandboat.com/Transact/Grants/Pages/PumpoutGrantProgram.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: 2022-23 School Safety and Security Training and Technical Assistance Program (Funding Source: FY 2022 School Safety and Security Grant Program Fund) Who May Apply : Non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education (not-for profit), and for-profit organizations. Use : Read more

 

PTRR Deadline Reminder

(Dec 01, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson reminds you that the December 31st deadline to apply for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is fast approaching. Rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2021 are available to many older or disabled adults living in Pa. To see if you qualify or for help applying, call Rep. Isaacson's district office at 215-503-3245. You can also get more information or apply online at www.mypath.pa.gov Read more

 

State Rep. Mary Isaacson brings home $3.3M to the district

(Nov 21, 2022)

State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., has continued her support for community projects by securing $3.3 million in state funding for her district. The amount of $750,000 will be awarded to KPG-MCG Curtis Tenant LLC for renovations in the Curtis Building Life Science Redevelopment. This project will transform currently vacant space into first-class laboratory research space, plus include work on the HVAC and electric throughout the building. Nerd Street Gamers Inc. received $550,000 for construction of a state-of-the-art esports training room, sound stages for broadcast and back-office support. It will also support construction, electrical and HVAC throughout the building. Two million dollars was secured for Roman Catholic High School for its Vision of Promise campus extension. This funding will provide for a new fieldhouse for sports events and a community fitness center. “I will never stop working to bring home state funding to invest in the district,” Isaacson said. “Investments in these three projects are investments in the communities and future of not only my legislative district, but Philadelphia as a whole.” Read more

 

Isaacson Celebrates Enactment of Child Lead Testing Act

(Nov 10, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson has advocated for the importance of child lead testing since taking office and her efforts were finally realized. The Child Lead Testing Act provides for blood lead assessment and testing of children up to six years of age and pregnant women. Isaacson says though this is a major step toward keeping kids safe, there is still much work to be done on the issue of lead poisoning and infrastructure. Read more

 

Isaacson Ready to Help with LIHEAP Applications

(Nov 02, 2022)

The application period for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is now open. And Pa. state Rep, Mary Isaacson’s office can help you and your loved ones to apply for help with winter bills. Call her office at 215-503-3245 or go to LIHEAP.com for more information. Read more

 

Isaacson announces more funding for local redevelopment projects

(Oct 31, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 31 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., has announced two state grants awarded to the 175 th Legislative District for a combined total of more than $2.5 million. The recipients of these grants are: New Kensington Community Development Corp., receiving more than $1 million for the renovation of 2917-21 Kensington Ave. WHYY Inc, receiving $1.5 million for renovations to its facility. “I am excited to see this funding awarded to two very deserving recipients,” Isaacson said. “WHYY and Kensington Ave are crucial parts of the 175 th district, and I can’t wait to see how these renovations improve both places.” The funds are from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenue or other measures of economic activity. Read more

 

Isaacson secures $14 million in funding to benefit her district

(Oct 27, 2022)

State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., has secured a total of $14 million for 10 separate projects throughout the 175 th Legislative District. The Sunday Breakfast Association of Philadelphia gained $1.5 million for renovations in their building as well as transitional living spaces and a new dining hall. Isaacson said she believes that robust outdoor recreation is a must for any city and the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. was awarded $2 million to repair the bulkhead along the trail, install lighting, and for repaving and stabilizing the trail. Old City District received $1 million to connect Philadelphia’s historic district to the riverfront as well as educate the nearly 4 million visitors each year about the Lenni Lenape nation, the first people to live on the land before William Penn. Isaacson said it’s her steadfast belief that mental health is equally important to physical health, and we need to provide better access to quality physical and mental health. Temple University Hospital was awarded $2 million to modernize its Behavioral Health Facility to help people with substance use disorder. Isaacson said to enhance Philadelphia’s stellar reputation regarding the arts, the Pennsylvania Association/Philadelphia Ballet received $1.5 million to expand and complete its existing facility – the Center for Dance, as well as construction of new studios, a dancer wellness/physical therapy center, a costume shop, classroom and a gallery Read more

 

Online higher education takes center stage at House Dem Policy hearing

(Oct 26, 2022)

The House Democratic Policy Committee convened a hearing Wednesday morning in Harrisburg to discuss the affordability and accessibility of online higher education options across Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Isaacson secures funds for enhanced safety measures on Frankford Avenue Corridor

(Oct 25, 2022)

State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., secured $2.8 million in funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for safety enhancements to the Frankford Avenue Corridor. The intersections include: • Carteret Drive. • Rhawn Street. • Sheffield Avenue. • Tyson Avenue. • Harbison Avenue/Devereaux Avenue/Hawthorne Street. • Wakeling Street. • Oxford Avenue/Margaret Street/Arrott Street. • Tioga Street. • Ontario Street. • Allegheny Avenue. • Clearfield Street. • Ann Street. • Orleans Street. • Cambria Street. • Somerset Street. • Lehigh Avenue. “I am grateful to PennDOT for funding this project. It will be a massive improvement to safety concerns and save countless lives along the Frankford Avenue Corridor,” Isaacson said. “I am always happy to bring resources back to our community that will enhance safety and improve the quality of life of Philadelphians.” Under this project, PennDOT will replace traffic signals and related equipment, updated signage at intersections, LED light installation and restoration of pavement markings. Construction for the Frankford Avenue Signal Improvements project is slated to begin this fall and finish in spring 2024. Read more

 

Isaacson Discusses Stormwater Management

(Oct 04, 2022)

Reflecting on the current difficulties facing those affected by Hurricane Ian, Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson discusses the need for proper stormwater management and regional planning. Read more

 

Isaacson announces legislation on menstrual education in schools

(Sep 28, 2022)

According to reports, 79% of teenage students feel they need more education on menstruation. Many young students report that their first period was “embarrassing, traumatic, scary and confusing” and that they felt dirty during their period. Read more

 

Isaacson Working for Safer, Cleaner Environment

(Sep 27, 2022)

The coal mines that once fueled Pennsylvania’s industrial growth are still impacting many communities across the Commonwealth. Recognizing the environmental and safety hazards that abandoned mines pose to their neighbors, Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson and the House Democratic Policy Committee are looking at clean, creative ways to repair these scars left on the land. Read more

 

Isaacson announces new grant for Crease Street Garden

(Sep 20, 2022)

State Rep. Mary Isaacson said she is elated to announce a $210,000 state grant to Neighborhood Gardens Trust. “There are not that many preserved green spaces in this part of the city because of the rapid development and construction happening on every block, which is why this project was so important to me,” Isaacson said. “I am proud to have helped bring home this funding to help purchase this garden so that it can become a permanent community backyard for all residents to enjoy today and for years to come.” This funding will help preserve the Crease Street Garden, which is operated and maintained by residents through Friends of Crease Street Garden. The proposed project includes Neighborhood Gardens Trust purchasing the 3,000 square feet of green space. The trust and Friends of Crease Street Garden will enter into an agreement for the ongoing stewardship and maintenance of the garden. “The community regularly gathers at the picnic tables, flower gardens and under the trees, and I am thrilled that they can now do so without fear of losing this vital green space to additional development,” she said. 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. The Commonwealth Financing Authority was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department Read more

 

Isaacson Working to Stop Youth Suicides

(Sep 20, 2022)

After hearing about a young constituent’s death by suicide, Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson introduced legislation that would help keep harmful information out of the hands of those who could use it to harm themselves. Read more

 

Summer 2022 NEWSLETTER

(Sep 12, 2022)

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Isaacson applauds Gov. Wolf’s historic investment in green spaces

(Sep 07, 2022)

State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., is pleased to announce that two green spaces in the 175 th Legislative District have received a portion of the historic $90 million in state funding for recreational opportunities and conservation efforts from Gov. Tom Wolf. Neighborhood Gardens Trust was awarded $400,000 for the conservation of Orkney Park, while the DRWC Land Conservancy received $2 million for the acquisition of approximately 4.8 acres in Fishtown/Port Richmond for a waterfront park and a quarter-mile segment of the Delaware River Trail. “Outdoor spaces in an urban environment are an extremely important investment in our communities,” Isaacson said. “Conservation, rehabilitation and construction of green spaces throughout the city have always been a priority of mine, as they are proven to reduce violence and ensure a better quality of life. I am proud to have worked to help bring resources to our area, so constituents can enjoy lavish green spaces throughout our district.” The $90 million investment is the largest single investment in Pennsylvania recreation and conservation in agency history and will go to more than 330 projects across Pennsylvania that will create new recreational opportunities, conserve natural resources and revitalize local communities. Read more

 

Isaacson Working to Stop Harmful Anti-abortion Centers

(Sep 07, 2022)

“They call themselves crisis pregnancy centers, but let's call them what they really are: anti-abortion centers,” said Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson in a joint House and Senate Democratic Policy Committee hearing. She was referring to clinics that receive state taxpayer funding but offer pregnant women little actual medical care or advice. Instead these CPCs work to spread misinformation about abortion and contraception in many of Pa.’s most vulnerable communities. Read more

 

Isaacson appointed to new Basic Education Funding Commission

(Aug 16, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 16 -- State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., was appointed to become a new member of Pennsylvania’s Basic Education Funding Commission. The commission was established within the Public School Code , and is reestablished with members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly every five years. Members of the commission evaluate the distribution of basic education subsidies and the fair funding formula, used to provide public school funding, to ensure that it provides adequate public education, as enshrined in Pennsylvania’s constitution. The commission will also be charged to see if cost-saving measures can be achieved, and to rely on experts at public hearings to determine the best fiscal route for schools to take. “So much has changed economically across Pennsylvania since the Basic Education Funding Commission was convened in 2015 and it is our students who are quite literally paying the price due to the zip code they live in,” Isaacson said. “I am excited to serve on this commission to not only make the fair funding formula more equitable, but to fight to ensure that all of our education funding in Pennsylvania is actually passing through that formula. It is past time that our legislature stop shortchanging our kids.” The commission will issue their first report in November 2023. Read more

 

Health care providers detail complications, difficulties in post-Roe PA

(Aug 11, 2022)

“As we heard today, and as we heard throughout this series of hearings, there’s no easy answers when it comes to restricting abortion,” Isaacson said. “If abortion is restricted, the education throughout our state for health care professionals changes and alters their experience in performing lifesaving procedures – putting our residents’ lives at risk.” Read more

 

Isaacson: Fusion Promises to Bring Clean Energy, Jobs to Pa.

(Aug 10, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson and the House Democratic Policy Committee speak with key players in the fusion energy industry to discuss all the ways Pa. stands to benefit from the clean energy source. Isaacson says that in the face of global climate change having technology like fusion energy would allow manufacturing and industry to continue to grow in the Commonwealth. Read more