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Gov. Wolf joins Rep. Solomon to celebrate grand opening of new job center

Governor Wolf, City of Philadelphia Announce Financial Assistance Available to Small Businesses

(Mar 25, 2020)

Governor Wolf has a new program out now that allows small businesses with less than 100 employees to access a state loan program for working capital. This is in addition to the federal and state government loan/grant programs to help businesses in this crisis. I am working on a long-term solution for supporting small businesses in this and any disaster emergency and hope my bill with Rep. Gaydos moves in the legislature soon. Read more

 

Reps. White, Solomon to Introduce Legislation to Immediately Release Property Tax Rebates and Help Hospitals Purchase Ventilators

(Mar 21, 2020)

HARRISBURG—Reps. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) and Jared Solomon (D-Philadelphia) will introduce legislation to encourage hospitals to purchase the ventilators and other necessary equipment they need to combat this pandemic by letting the state buy back unused equipment at cost. White and Solomon will also introduce legislation to speed up property tax and rent rebates to qualified recipients. “The federal government is considering a cash stimulus of up to $1,200 or more per individual,” White said. “To complement that, the state should distribute funds from the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program as a way to provide additional liquidity to those in need.” Right now, rebates are distributed starting July 1. Their legislation would direct the Department of Revenue and Treasury to process 2019 rebate payments for all homeowners and renters who received a 2018 rebate, and to issue those payments immediately. For anyone who became eligible in the past year, rebates would be issued immediately upon receipt of their application instead of waiting until July 1. “The more money we quickly get back to Pennsylvanians, particularly the elderly, the disabled, and the poor, the better chances our state has of weathering this crisis,” White said. “This virus has completely disrupted the lives of many hard-working Pennsylvanians and small businesses, leaving them both in a whirlwind of financial Read more

 

Gaydos, Solomon call for small business emergency assistance

(Mar 20, 2020)

HARRISBURG – With the changes to daily life and business practices recommended or ordered to slow the spread COVID-19, many hardworking families and small businesses will be adversely impacted. This week, Reps. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny) and Jared Solomon (D-Philadelphia) introduced legislation directing the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to administer low- to no-interest emergency loans to businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak. “As an entrepreneur, I know how difficult it can be to operate a small business even under normal circumstances,” Gaydos said. “The extenuating circumstances brought on by the governor’s emergency declaration and statewide mitigation efforts indicate that small businesses across the Commonwealth need our help now more than ever to meet payroll, overhead and other expenses that keep their doors open and their staff employed.” “The damage done to our small businesses by COVID-19 will take a long time to repair, and we in Harrisburg need to bring all our resources to bear to keep business going and workers collecting a paycheck," Solomon said. “Rep. Gaydos and I are proposing a small business support package that offers three things: emergency no-interest bridge financing to get through the crisis times; longer-term low-interest loans to help business ramp back up; and support for technical assistance providers to ensure our businesses get the Read more

 

Gov. Wolf joins Rep. Solomon to celebrate grand opening of new job center

(Mar 10, 2020)

Rep. Solomon welcomed Gov. Wolf, state Sens. Tartaglione and Sabatina, community leaders and stakeholders celebrated the grand opening of the Toben Center, a new one-stop shop that puts people on the path to a family-sustaining career. The Toben Center houses the Northeast Learning Center, that provides high school equivalency classes; Harcum College, which provides associates-level classes in Human Services and Business Management; and the Job and Business Resource and Referral Center, which provides one-on-one job counseling and help with CareerLink. Read more

 

Solomon announces $22.5K grant for Wissinoming Civic Association to fund solar trash compactors on Torresdale Avenue

(Feb 26, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 26 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., announced today that he has secured a $22,500 state grant for the Wissinoming Civic Association to fund solar trash compactors on Torresdale Avenue. “I am excited to announce this grant award as it is something we’ve been working with the leaders of Wissionoming on for some time,” Solomon said. “Torresdale Avenue is the spine of the Wissinoming community, and it needs to be equipped with all the tools to keep it litter-free, and these Big Belly receptacles are a big step in that direction. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a more comprehensive approach to rid our corridors of litter and make them vibrant, attractive, lively places to do business without trash blowing everywhere.” Solomon was joined during the news conference by representatives from the Wissinoming Civic Association and the Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association. The grant Solomon announced was funded through the Keystone Communities Program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The Keystone Communities Program is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors that jointly support local initiatives such as the growth and stability of neighborhoods and communities; social and economic diversity; and a strong and secure quality of life. The program allows communities to Read more

 

Solomon, community and business leaders announce $120K donation for economic development projects in Northeast Philadelphia

(Feb 10, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 10 – State Rep. Jared Solomon joined community and business partners today to announce a $120,000 donation to Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association from tax credits approved by the Neighborhood Assistance Program. “I’m grateful and thrilled to have such generous community partners in M&T Bank and Kinder Academy, willing to step forward and invest in the Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association,” Solomon said. “Their continued partnership with OCCCDA will have lasting impacts for the people of my district, who will see new entrepreneurship, workforce development and economic development programs for many years to come.” OCCDA will use the donation for a multitude of projects, including developing a small-business training program, creating a hub for education and community events, implementing a corridor enhancement program, investing in small business and technical support assistance and workforce development. These projects will help the people directly involved and the community at-large. “Oxford Circle Christian CDA is very thankful to DCED, M&T Bank and Kinder Academy for supporting the work we do for small businesses and those who live in the Oxford Circle community,” said Pearl Wang-Herrera, executive director. “With their support, over the next five years, we will be able to provide more employment and Read more

 

Solomon presents a $24,924 grant to strengthen safety at Cedar Grove Christian Academy

(Dec 12, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 12 – State Rep. Jared Solomon today presented a $24,924 grant to Cedar Grove Christian Academy, aimed at ensuring the well-being of their students, teachers and administrative staff. “We have a responsibility to provide children with not only a quality education but a safe learning environment,” said Solomon, D-Phila. “I am proud to work with schools in Northeast Philadelphia, like Cedar Grove Christian Academy, to secure state resources that help make needed safety improvements more affordable.” The Safe Schools Targeted Grant will go toward upgrading the school’s security equipment, which includes investments in: Multi-channel radios for teachers and staff to stay in constant contact during emergencies; A surveillance system with interior and exterior cameras accessible both on-site and remotely; and Updating the electronic locking system to add additional protection to the main entrance. “Safety is a top priority at Cedar Grove Christian Academy,” said Jeffrey Howard, principal of Cedar Grove Christian Academy. “This funding is critical in allowing us to make the necessary updates to best protect and prepare our students, teachers and staff for dangerous situations that may arise.” Safe Schools Targeted Grants are awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and assist schools in reducing unnecessary student disciplinary actions, promoting a safe learning Read more

 

Solomon presents $10K to Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association

(Dec 03, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 3 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., presented a $10,000 state grant last week to the Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association that will allow the Family Resource Center and Success Lab at Carnell Elementary School to provide support for children who have behavior challenges and who have experienced trauma. “Children who have behavioral challenges or experienced trauma should not have to endure disciplinary actions bearing consequences that greatly impede their chances at future success,” Solomon said. “This grant will help equip educators and staff at Carnell with the necessary behavioral health resources and guidance to ensure children are given the support they need to excel academically and beyond. I am thrilled to continue working closely with OCCCDA and Carnell in becoming a model for all schools to follow when it comes to connecting with our most vulnerable students.” Solomon was joined by state Sen. Christine Tartaglione; School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William Hite Jr.; Hilderbrand Pelzer III, principal at Carnell; Pearl Wang-Herrera, OCCCDA executive director; Jen Leaman, parent and coordinator of the resources center at Carnell Elementary; and behavioral health advocates. Leaman expressed her gratitude for the show of support from the school community, the community at large and government, particularly crediting Solomon for being the force behind securing the grant Read more

 

Solomon helps distribute 200+ turkeys to help families this Thanksgiving

(Dec 02, 2019)

State Rep. Jared Solomon teamed up with the nonprofit organization Feast of Justice Tuesday to distribute approximately 240 free turkeys to help feed families this Thanksgiving. “I am proud to work with Pastor Trish Neale and the volunteers at Feast of Justice because they share my passion and commitment to reduce poverty and end hunger across our communities,” said Solomon, D-Phila. “This is what being a state representative is all about, and I will continue developing strong relationships with local organizations to provide critical resources that help move our neighborhoods forward.” The giveaway took place at the Feast of Justice facility, which is one of the largest food cupboards in Northeast Philadelphia serving more than 2,000 households. On Monday, Solomon joined The Exchange at Oxford Circle, state Sen. Tina Tartaglione, D-Phila., and Gary Barbera Cares for his third annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway, where the group distributed 400 free turkeys. You can find pictures from the turkey giveaway here . Read more

 

Solomon distributes 400 free turkeys to help families in need

(Nov 26, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 26 – State Rep. Jared Solomon helped distribute 400 free turkeys Monday as part of his third annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway at The Exchange at Oxford Circle in Northeast Philadelphia. "The holidays are a time for giving, and this is just one way we're working to prevent families in need from going hungry on Thanksgiving," said Solomon, D-Phila. "It is always inspiring to participate in this now annual event and see members of the community going the extra mile to help neighbors they don’t even know.” The giveaway was part of a collaborative effort with Solomon, state Sen. Tina Tartaglione, D-Phila., the Exchange at Oxford Circle, and Gary Barbera Cares and made possible by an anonymous donor. "This event is just another example of why strong community partnerships are so critical in putting the needs of our neighbors first," explained Solomon. The Exchange, which is part of the Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association (OCCCD) , is a thrift store that offers affordable products, along with job training and employment opportunities to low-income residents. Read more

 

Fall 2019 newsletter

(Nov 19, 2019)

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Solomon Presents $25K Grant To Help Homelessness Prevention Program

(Nov 14, 2019)

State Rep. Jared Solomon presents a $25,000 state grant to Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network for a homelessness prevention program. Read more

 

Solomon presents $25,000 to Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network

(Nov 12, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., presented a $25,000 state grant today to the Philadelphia Interface Hospitality Network to provide support to households and landlords to help Northeast families avoid eviction during a temporary period of financial crisis. “This grant is critical in helping to ensure families facing a temporary period of financial crisis can find some solace in not having to worry about facing eviction because they can’t afford a month’s rent,” Solomon said. “I am excited to continue working closely with Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network to reduce homelessness throughout northeast Philly and our entire city.” Solomon joined Rachel Falkove, PIHN executive director; Bob Bryne, PHIN director of operations; and two residents who benefited from the program at his district office to present the grant to the organization. “We saw that there were lots of people in the Northeast who needed help. We’ve got lots and lots of phone calls; actually, Representative Solomon’s office were many of those phone calls. But…with the Keystone Communities grant, we’re able to evaluate the families’ ledger and make up the difference to pay that one month’s rent and catch those families up,” Falkove said. “The Keystone Communities grant is allowing us to build up our staff in the Northeast.” The grant was approved through the Read more

 

Solomon presents $20,000 grant to help local organization light up business corridors this holiday season

(Nov 07, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 7 – State Rep. Jared Solomon today presented a $20,000 state grant to Castor, Bustleton and Cottman Business Association to go towards their holiday lighting program. “When our small businesses succeed, we succeed,” said Solomon, D-Phila. "Lighting up our business corridors and making them look more festive for the holidays helps bring our community closer together and attract more people to the area, giving local entrepreneurs the exposure and recognition they deserve to grow and flourish. I’m proud to work with Castor, Bustleton and Cottman Business Association to continue moving our neighborhoods forward." Solomon joined Sen. Christine Tartaglione, D-Phila., and Pearl Wang-Herrera with Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association – who played a critical part in securing the state funds for the project – outside of Nick's Roast Beef to present the grant to the business association. "As a business owner, finding new ways to bring our diverse community together is a major priority," said Matthew Rossi, owner of Nick's Roast Beef and president of Castor, Bustleton and Cottman Business Association. "The holiday lights throughout the corridors is a great example of how we are all one community." Castor, Bustleton and Cottman Business Association is comprised of area businesses with the goal of finding ways to better the neighborhoods Read more

 

Solomon announces $200,000 grant to continue Carnell Elementary School Project

(Nov 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 1 – State Rep. Jared Solomon today announced that Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association is receiving a $200,388 grant to continue its Green Playscape and Community Design project at Carnell Elementary School. "Last year, we secured funds to get the project off the ground. This grant is critical in keeping the construction moving forward. I am excited to continue working closely with Carnell Elementary School, Councilwoman Cherelle Parker, and Senator Christine Tartaglione to ensure our students have a safe and welcoming place to play,” said Solomon, D-Phila. The state funds will go towards making safety improvements to the school's playground, which includes adding walkway bollards, fencing, a quiet recreation area with benches and removing dumpsters from the play area. The plan also includes converting a grassy area in front of the school to a play space with a retaining wall, decorative fence and playground equipment. The grant was awarded through the Department of Economic and Community Development's Local Share Account , which distributes a portion of slot machine license operation fees paid by casinos operating within the City of Philadelphia. Funds are available for economic development, neighborhood revitalization, community improvement, and other projects in the public interest across the city. Read more

 

Cedar Grove Christian Academy receives $24,000 Safe School Targeted Grant

(Oct 18, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Jared Solomon today announced Cedar Grove Christian Academy has been awarded $24,924 in state funding for school safety and violence reduction initiatives. “The safety of our schools and our children is always a top priority. It’s unfortunate in this time such measures must be taken, yet it is required to ensure students and staff are in a safe environment,” Solomon said. “This grant provides Cedar Grove with the opportunity to remain a nurturing and safe space for students to learn and grow.” The grants were included in $7.3 million in competitive 2019-20 Safe Schools Targeted Grants awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Grants are awarded to prevent and reduce violent incidents, purchase safety and security-related equipment and to provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers. More information on the grants is available here . Read more

 

Solomon’s Workforce Development Bill Heads To Governor

(Sep 26, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon’s workforce development legislation is heading to the governor’s desk after passing the House. He joined Rep. Kate Klunk to explain why this bi-partisan bill is critical in helping connect young folks with good paying jobs across the commonwealth. Read more

 

The Mayor of The Northeast

(Sep 18, 2019)

Rep. Jared Solomon's efforts to turn an old church into a community center meant going beyond the role of traditional politics. Why can’t we see more of that? Read more

 

Solomon Explains Importance Of America 250 PA Commission

(Sep 18, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon, Governor Tom Wolf and other Pennsylvania leaders kicked off the America 250 PA Commission. The commission will play an important role in welcoming visitors from across the country and around the world to celebrate America’s 250th birthday in the commonwealth. Read more

 

Trinity Church Oxford Parish House will be home to Kinder Academy, future Philadelphia PAL state-of-the-art facility

(Sep 16, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 13 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today joined community leaders at the historic Trinity Church Oxford Parish House to announce that Kinder Academy will call the Parish House home and that the Philadelphia Police Department Police Athletic League plans to move into a state-of-the-art facility to be built at the property. “From the Parish House facing demolition two years ago, to now, with the site’s future and historic preservation ensured – what a journey it has been,” Solomon said. “I am so happy to have been part of the effort to preserve this beautiful and historic Parish House and green space. And I am thrilled that Trinity Church Oxford is providing the means to enrich the lives of our children, through Kinder Academy’s services and through the future PAL program.” Stephanie Wein, Clean Water and Conservation Advocate with PennEnvironment, said, “We’re grateful to Representative Solomon for the work he has invested to find occupants for this property that will allow it to remain green space. We couldn’t be happier that this historic space has been preserved.” Leslie Spina, Executive Director of Kinder Academy stated, “as Kinder Academy enters its 25th year of providing high-quality early childhood education to the children and families of Philadelphia, we are excited to partner with the Vestry at Trinity Church Oxford, the Read more

 

Governor Wolf, City of Philadelphia Announce Financial Assistance Available to Small Businesses
Mar 25, 2020

Reps. White, Solomon to Introduce Legislation to Immediately Release Property Tax Rebates and Help Hospitals Purchase Ventilators
Mar 21, 2020

Gaydos, Solomon call for small business emergency assistance
Mar 20, 2020

Gov. Wolf joins Rep. Solomon to celebrate grand opening of new job center
Mar 10, 2020

Solomon announces $22.5K grant for Wissinoming Civic Association to fund solar trash compactors on Torresdale Avenue
Feb 26, 2020

Solomon, community and business leaders announce $120K donation for economic development projects in Northeast Philadelphia
Feb 10, 2020

Solomon presents a $24,924 grant to strengthen safety at Cedar Grove Christian Academy
Dec 12, 2019

Solomon presents $10K to Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association
Dec 03, 2019

Solomon helps distribute 200+ turkeys to help families this Thanksgiving
Dec 02, 2019

Solomon distributes 400 free turkeys to help families in need
Nov 26, 2019

Fall 2019 newsletter
Nov 19, 2019

Solomon Presents $25K Grant To Help Homelessness Prevention Program
Nov 14, 2019

Solomon presents $25,000 to Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network
Nov 12, 2019

Solomon presents $20,000 grant to help local organization light up business corridors this holiday season
Nov 07, 2019

Solomon announces $200,000 grant to continue Carnell Elementary School Project
Nov 01, 2019

Cedar Grove Christian Academy receives $24,000 Safe School Targeted Grant
Oct 18, 2019

Solomon’s Workforce Development Bill Heads To Governor
Sep 26, 2019

The Mayor of The Northeast
Sep 18, 2019

Solomon Explains Importance Of America 250 PA Commission
Sep 18, 2019

Trinity Church Oxford Parish House will be home to Kinder Academy, future Philadelphia PAL state-of-the-art facility
Sep 16, 2019