Sanchez announces $160k in school safety grants for local schools

(Oct 18, 2019)

ABINGTON, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, announced that school safety grants have been awarded to five local schools. The grants come through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s 2019-20 Safe Schools Target Grants. Four types of grants are offered: equipment grants of up to $25,000, program grants of up to $20,000, School Police Officer grants of up to $40,000 and School Resource Officer grants of up to $60,000. Grants were awarded to: Abington School District -- $18,948.60 program grant and $60,000 School Resource Officer grant. North Montco Tech Career Center -- $17,440 program grant St. Hilary of Piters School -- $21,960 equipment grant Regina Coeli Academy -- $23,625 equipment grant and $19,889.08 program grant Good Shepherd Catholic School -- $19,000 equipment grant “I’m grateful that several local schools were selected to receive these competitive grants,” Sanchez said. “Creating the safest learning environments we can is the first step in not only protecting our community’s children but helping them reach their full potential in the classroom.” The money is part of $7.3 million in competitive grants that were awarded to schools statewide to prevent and reduce violent incidents, purchase safety and security-related equipment, and to provide training and compensation for school resource and police officers. More information on the Read more


10/2/19 – Autism Awareness – Abington

(Oct 03, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Ben Sanchez. Read more


Sanchez, Policy Committee focus on autism awareness

(Oct 02, 2019)

ABINGTON, Oct. 2 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on autism awareness at the Abington School District Administration Building. Sanchez requested the hearing to discuss what the state legislature could do to increase the understanding and acceptance of individuals on the autism spectrum, and to discuss his Autism Spectrum Disorder Designation legislation. Testifiers and lawmakers looked at methods to help students with autism succeed academically and socially, and resources available to families with a loved one on the autism spectrum. Sanchez was joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “I want to thank today’s testifiers for sharing their insight on how we can better serve Pennsylvanians on the autism spectrum. Creating an open dialog on the subject allows us lawmakers to return to Harrisburg with new ideas on how we can help them thrive from a legislative standpoint,” Sanchez said. “As elected officials, it is our job to ensure we understand and meet the unique needs of every constituent we represent.” Sturla added: “Raising awareness on the subject is crucial because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that one in 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. With the growing prevalence of this disorder, we must do more to Read more


Sanchez to hold Policy Committee hearing on autism awareness Wednesday in Abington

(Sep 27, 2019)

ABINGTON, Sept. 27 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, will hold a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on autism awareness next week. The hearing will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 at the Abington School District Administration Building, 970 Highland Ave. The media and public are invited to attend. Sanchez requested the hearing to discuss what the state legislature could do to increase the understanding and acceptance of individuals on the autism spectrum. Sanchez will be joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Sanchez is working on legislation that would permit people on the autism spectrum to receive a notation on their driver’s license or identification card indicating their condition. Those scheduled to testify include local school officials, autism researchers, state officials and autism advocates. For more information about the Policy Committee, go to . This hearing is part of a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which is focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing health care access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at and hearing materials are at . Read more


Sanchez announces $120k for new community park

(Sep 17, 2019)

UPPER DUBLIN, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, today announced that a $120,000 state grant is being awarded to Upper Dublin Township to create a community park. The grant funding was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Upper Dublin Township has owned Twining Valley/Upper Dublin Golf & Fitness Club since 1981 and these funds will be used to convert the existing golf course into a vibrant new community park, according to Sanchez. This project will focus on establishing a network of multi-purpose trails for pedestrian and bicycle access. Existing golf cart pathways will provide the outline to the new trails with a variety of new and innovative recreational features. The total project cost is $1,495,784. “This new park will certainly be an asset to the 153 rd District and help bring our community together,” Sanchez said. “I’m thankful that Upper Dublin Township is receiving these funds, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact the park will have for residents of all ages.” The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. The CFA provides funding for various projects that help businesses succeed, including businesses focused on development, water quality, energy, infrastructure and more. ### Read more


Sanchez announces annual Senior Fair on Sept. 4

(Aug 23, 2019)

ABINGTON, Aug. 23 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, will hold his annual Senior Fair from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rydal Park on Wednesday, Sept. 4. This event is free and open to the public. Attendees will learn about state and local resources that are available to Montgomery County seniors in areas such as health and wellness, transportation, affordable food programs and more. “This year’s Senior Fair will feature over 50 vendors and connect attendees with the programs and services that they need to lead healthy, productive lives,” Sanchez said. “This is a convenient, ‘one stop shop’ event that brings the community together, and I’m looking forward to meeting with constituents.” In addition to the government and exhibitor information, the Senior Fair will also feature several door prizes, a catered lunch and refreshments. For more information on the Senior Fair, please call Sanchez’s office at (215) 517-6800 or visit the official Facebook event page. Read more


Sanchez announces $1 million grant for Upper Dublin library

(Aug 02, 2019)

UPPER DUBLIN, Aug. 2 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, today announced that Upper Dublin Township will receive $1 million in state funding to go toward the community’s new library project. The funds will be coming from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, which is a highly competitive grant. This is the second award that Upper Dublin Township has received to support the transformation of the 520 Virginia Drive property into a public library. With the addition of these funds, the new library project has been awarded a total of $1.75 million in state grants. In September 2018, the project was awarded a $750,000 Keystone grant. “I am very excited to see this funding come through to aid in the creation of this magnificent new space being created for the Upper Dublin community,” Sanchez said. “This impressive library will be a valued destination for years to come thanks to the hard work of everyone involved and a welcome addition to an already stellar community.” The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program 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


Summer in the 153rd

(Jul 10, 2019)

This is the latest installment of my e-newsletter to keep you informed about what’s happening in Harrisburg and in our district. It’s been a busy couple of months. Read more


Sanchez announces more state grants for Upper Dublin, other parts of Montgomery County

(Jun 14, 2019)

The grants vary in size and scope, and the PCCD’s goals through this funding are to improve the justice system and the lives of crime victims, and to make communities safer. Read more


Sanchez applauds affordable housing investment in Abington Township

(May 31, 2019)

“Residents of our district deserve fair, affordable housing, and too often hardworking folks are priced out of such opportunities,” Sanchez said. “I’m happy that this funding helps ensure some viable housing opportunities in Abington Township.” Read more


Sanchez announces major grants for traffic safety improvements at two intersections in Abington and Upper Dublin townships

(May 30, 2019)

"It’s a win-win for our commuters and community.” Read more


Sanchez announces school safety funding grant for Abington School District

(May 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 1 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez announced Wednesday that Abington School District was awarded funding to assist in school safety. The School Safety and Security Committee, part of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, awarded $80,100 to the school district. The funds are included in the 2018-19 budget and will go toward security planning and purchase of security-related technology, staff and student training programs, and trauma-informed approaches to education. “The safety of our children, especially within the walls of their schools, should be a priority for all of us,” Sanchez said. “We’re always looking for ways to improve safety measures, and that’s why I’m happy to see this committee invest in our schools.” Gov. Wolf signed Act 44 of 2018 into law last year, creating the School Safety and Security Committee. More information on the grants is available here . Read more


Rep. Sanchez announces funding grant for Upper Dublin middle school construction

(Mar 26, 2019)

DRESHER, March 26 – Upper Dublin School District will receive a significant Alternative and Clean Energy Program funding grant to assist in the construction of a new middle school in Upper Dublin Township, state Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, announced Tuesday. “I’m delighted to share that Upper Dublin School District has received a significant ACE state grant to help build the new environmentally friendly Sandy Run Middle School,” Sanchez said. “I’m proud of the Upper Dublin School District and our community for taking these bold strides to protect our environment and keep our future green.” The school district, which will receive a grant of $1.38 million, is demolishing its current Sandy Run Middle School and will construct a new Sandy Run Middle School as a high-performance building, which will achieve LEED gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. That includes an efficient thermal building envelope, LED lighting systems with daylight sensors, an energy-efficient, individually controlled HVAC system, water-conserving fixtures and a 215 kW solar system. Energy consumption is expected to be reduced by 582 MWh annually, or 42 percent over current usage. Water consumption is expected to be reduced by approximately 30 percent. The grant funds will be used toward demolition, construction and LEED administrative costs. The Alternative and Clean Energy Program provides financial assistance to eligible Read more


Sanchez appointed to House Appropriations, Local Government, Children and Youth committees

(Jan 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, today announced that he was appointed to serve on three House committees, including the Appropriations Committee. The House Appropriations Committee is responsible for reviewing bills that regulate state spending. “I am excited to take on the tremendous responsibilities that come with serving on the Appropriations Committee, including playing an integral role in working on our state budget,” Sanchez said. “As the only certified public accountant (inactive) in the Democratic Caucus, I promise to be an advocate for responsibly funded budgets that support public education, protect our environment and fund programs that help hardworking Pennsylvania families.” Sanchez also will serve on the Local Government and Children and Youth committees. Sanchez said that his previous experience as an Abington Township commissioner has given him insight into the many issues facing Pennsylvania’s counties, cities, boroughs and townships, which will benefit him on the Local Government Committee. “Building a Pennsylvania that puts people first will take governments at all levels working together to solve our challenges,” Sanchez said. “I plan to work closely with local governments from across the state to help the committee tackle issues such as statewide zoning regulations and municipal pensions.” The Children and Youth Committee focuses on Read more


MontCo Anti-Hunger Network Food Pantries

(Jan 24, 2019)

In light of the continued federal government shutdown I wanted to make sure you have up to date information on our MontCo area food pantries. Furloughed government employees and participants of SNAP may very well need additional resources to get by as their pay and benefit schedules are disrupted. These organizations are here to help folks stay fed during this hardship. Read more


Sanchez sworn in for first term as state representative

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez was sworn in during a Capitol ceremony today for his first term as state representative for the 153rd Legislative District. The swearing-in ceremony for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives corresponds with the first Tuesday in January every two years. This year is Pennsylvania’s 203rd legislative session. “It’s an honor to represent the district I have called home for my entire life,” said Sanchez, D-Montgomery. “Over the next legislative session, I promise to be a strong voice and fierce advocate for the diverse and hardworking residents of Abington and Upper Dublin Townships by fighting for policies that put people first.” Prior to being elected to Pennsylvania’s House, Sanchez worked as a certified public accountant, an attorney, an adjunct professor of law at Drexel University and served Abington Township as commissioner for Ward 7. Sanchez lives in Abington with his wife, Karen, and their three children. Sanchez said that his legislative priorities include commonsense gun safety legislation, supporting public education, protecting the environment and expanding access to health care for all Pennsylvanians. His efforts blend with the broader Plan for PA , which seeks to build a stronger economy for working families instead of serving special interests. The district office telephone number is 215-517-6800 . Those interested can learn more about 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 . Read more