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Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 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

 

Solomon champions quality child care in Pa.

(Oct 30, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 30 – With a thriving child care center in his district as the backdrop, state Rep. Jared Solomon today highlighted the ongoing need for quality child care in underserved areas in the 202nd Legislative District and throughout the commonwealth. Solomon held a news conference at Bustleton Child Learning Center and was joined by Aliya Johnson-Roberts, the center’s executive director. The center recently opened and is an expansion of Pratt Street Learning Center, which received a STAR 4 rating from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Keystone STARS program . "I am excited to celebrate Bustleton Learning Center and how they provide such high-quality child care to the children of my district," Solomon said. "Not only did they breathe new life into a vacant building at a vital intersection for our neighborhood, they are also a fantastic community partner that welcomes local groups and families to use this great space." Solomon helped transfer the vacant building at Bustleton and Magee avenues into the Bustleton Child Learning Center through the Fund for Quality , a grant program that strives to create and maintain high-quality child care. "State Representative Solomon has been really active and supportive from the beginning. We are really excited to be the high-quality program moving into the area. He not only supports us in the early child care but in becoming a HUB in the community. We are thankful Read more

 

Statement from Jewish members of Pa. House on Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

(Oct 27, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 27 – State Reps. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, and Michael Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today issued the following statement on the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh: “We are shocked, horrified and deeply saddened by the tragic shooting today at the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Our deepest sympathies are with the victims, their families and friends, and the entire community as we all begin to come to terms with what transpired today. We are also immeasurably grateful to the swift and courageous response of local law enforcement who managed to force the suspect into surrendering, and we salute particularly those officers who were injured in the fight. “These acts of hate and violence have no place in our communities, our Commonwealth or our country. Sadly, they have become all too common. And for it to occur in a synagogue on the Sabbath is all the more heartbreaking, that someone would take the holiest of days to murder innocent worshipers. “With each shooting we all ask, 'Will this be the one that prompts real change?' Yet, instead of fostering change, it seems to foster a numbness and a callousness in our culture, a culture that accepts these incidents as a fact of life. We cannot and will not live in a society where we have to explain to our children and their children that this behavior is something that just happens in the United Read more

 

Senior prescription program expanded to help more people

(Oct 23, 2018)

I voted for legislation that would allow more senior citizens in Philadelphia and across the state pay for their prescription medication. Putting people first and focusing on health care is part of the House Democrats' Plan for Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Our Kids Deserve Better Playgrounds

(Oct 19, 2018)

Nearly 1,000 Carnell School children will benefit from a more accessible and engaging space for playing and learning. Rep. Jared Solomon joined State Sen. Tina Tartaglione and City Councilwoman Cherelle Parker to present a check for $250,000 from the State Greenways Trails to help make it happen. Read more

 

Solomon applauds final passage of bill to help business development

(Oct 17, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today commended his House and Senate colleagues for passing legislation that would make sure businesses have continued access to a critical online tool. Solomon said the bill would strengthen the Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop initiative – a program already set in place by Gov. Tom Wolf as a sole source to guide entrepreneurs and small businesses through all stages of development – by enacting it into state law. Solomon thanked Rep. Michael Peifer, R-Pike/Wayne, for authoring the bill, which Solomon amended when it was before the House. “The Department of Community and Economic Development continues to welcome new and current entrepreneurs to the initiative’s website. Since it launched in February, more than 71,000 people have visited the website and nearly 5,000 Pennsylvanians have contacted the department either by phone or email,” Solomon said. “It is great to see Pennsylvanians invigorated to become business owners or to have current entrepreneurs seek the resources they need to thrive. “I look forward to the ongoing growth of the One-Stop Shop once the governor signs House Bill 1284 into law.” The legislation passed the Senate this week and was sent to the governor’s desk. The One-Stop Shop, which is available at https://business.pa.gov/ , includes resources for: Planning a business. Registration and permitting. Hiring Read more

 

Pennsylvania receives extension for REAL ID

(Oct 11, 2018)

Pennsylvania has been granted a REAL ID enforcement extension by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through August 1, 2019. This extension means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities or boarding domestic commercial aircraft through at least that date. REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards will be available from PennDOT at the customer’s option beginning March 2019. PennDOT is encouraging customers to pre-verify for REAL ID the required documentation as soon as possible, giving them ample time to prepare. More information about what documents will be required is available on PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website . More information about REAL ID, including frequently asked questions , can be found at www.dmv.pa.gov . Read more

 

Election Reform Legislative Summit on Oct. 23

(Oct 04, 2018)

I’m inviting you to join me as I co-host a legislative summit on election reform on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Philadelphia Protestant Home, 6401 Martins Mill Road, Philadelphia, 19111. The event will feature experts discussing the following topics impacting our democracy: Redistricting Open primaries Election security and integrity Absentee ballots, early voting and voter registration You will have an opportunity to break up into smaller groups and further discuss the topic that most interests you. Refreshments will be served. Click on the image below to register for this event. If you have any questions about this event, you can call my office at (215) 342-6340 or stop by and see us at 7012 Castor Ave. I hope to see you there! Read more

 

Solomon heralds final passage of a bill to make Roosevelt Boulevard safer

(Oct 02, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 2 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today congratulated Rep. John Taylor and fellow colleagues in the House and Senate for passage of Senate Bill 172. The bill, which passed the Senate 47-1 on concurrence, would allow for a 5-year pilot program to install speed cameras in work zones and along Roosevelt Boulevard. “The passage of S.B.172 today marks another significant step to make Roosevelt Boulevard safer for all who use it or cross it in northeast Philadelphia,” Solomon said. “ 11 people have died already this year on the boulevard , making it the deadliest year in recent history. This is unacceptable. By passing this bill people are saying ‘enough’ and demanding a safer Roosevelt Boulevard.” Solomon thanked the families and advocates who had worked tirelessly to push this bill over the finish line, and said he looks forward to working with them, Gov. Tom Wolf, Mayor Jim Kenney and other colleagues to ensure continued safety improvements come to Roosevelt Boulevard. “The boulevard is the spine of northeast Philadelphia – connecting our residents to their place of work, their schools and to each other. But it is also a death trap,” Solomon said. “To change this will take time, but the Route for Change process quarterbacked by the mayor’s team is showing us the way. This bill follows the recent commencement of the new Roosevelt Boulevard Direct SEPTA bus service, which Read more

 

Solomon works across aisle to pass bill promoting quality child care

(Oct 01, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 2 – Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., is helping families identify quality child care throughout the commonwealth. House Bill 1742, co-authored by Solomon and Rep. Thomas Mehaffie, R-Dauphin, unanimously passed the House today. It would require all state-licensed child care centers to post their Keystone STARS rating in a prominent location on their websites, in the entrance to their facility, and in informational enrollment materials given to parents. “Parents must make decisions each and every day that directly impact the health, safety and overall well-being of their children,” Solomon said. “They deserve to have as much information as possible, so they can make sure their kids are in good hands when they go to daycare.” The Keystone STARS program, operated by the state Office of Child Development and Early Learning, sets quality requirements for early childhood educators based on a four-star rating system. All licensed child care centers that meet the state’s health and safety requirements are required to be part of the Keystone STARS system. The performance standards in this program address staff qualifications and professional development, early learning programs, partnerships with family and the community, and leadership and management. “Parents are faced with dozens of decisions every day that impact the well-being of their child, their family and their family’s Read more

 

Solomon: Local businesses show support for street cleaning program

(Sep 27, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 27 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today joined local business owners to highlight support for his ongoing street cleaning program impacting the commercial corridors of Bustleton, Castor and Rising Sun avenues in lower northeast Philadelphia. “Business corridors set the whole tone for a community,” Solomon said. “Until you get that right, you can’t begin to start tackling the big things.” Last fall, Solomon created a street cleaning program in which his office and businesses in the 202 nd Legislative District provide resources to Jidan Cleaning, the business that leads clean-up efforts. The program has been successful and is attracting additional business interest. Speakers at the news conference included Antowine D. Harris of Murano Deli, Dr. Louis A. Brown, Orlando Jacome of Tio Pepe, and Sal and Angela Nunez of Bucann. Project partners Patricia Claybrook of Jidan Cleaning and Andrea Hodge of Oxford Circle CCDA also gave remarks. “If the corridor is clean, customers will keep returning,” Claybrook said. “My team has really taken ownership and interacted with local businesses so we can grow this into a daily street cleaning project.” Other businesses in support of Solomon’s program include New Olympia House Restaurant, Picanha Brazilian Steakhouse and Al Sham Restaurant. Solomon said the cleaning program was envisioned in Read more

 

Solomon secures grant funding for Carnell Elementary School campus project

(Sep 18, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today announced that Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association will receive a $198,650 grant to begin their Carnell Green Playscape and Community Design project. “I have had the pleasure of working closely with all the stakeholders at Carnell Elementary from the beginning to make this grant possible,” Solomon said. “From matching the school with the Community Design Collaborative, to participating on the CDC’s steering committee for the project, I am thrilled to now see this project take a huge step towards becoming a reality.” Improvements will include a new basketball court that can convert to a soccer field, an ADA ramp on the east side of the campus, a language path connecting to the other school on campus, a Little School House play space, new bollards and fencing at the west entrance, a rock wall for climbing and new asphalt on the schoolyard access pathway. The total project cost is $249,280. The grant was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority at its board meeting today, following a group effort by Solomon, OCCCDA, The Philadelphia School District, State Sen. Christine Tartaglione, City Councilwoman Cherelle Parker, and Carnell school leadership and the School Advisory Council to secure funds. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of DCED to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. It is responsible Read more

 

Fall 2018 Newsletter

(Sep 10, 2018)

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Solomon Announces Grant for Rec Center

(Aug 02, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon joined city officials to announce a $200,000 state grant to revitalize Tarken Recreation Center Park and make it a safer place for kids. Read more

 

Solomon, Philadelphia Police Dept. join forces to support new litter law

(Jul 25, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, July 25 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., and the 2nd District of the Philadelphia Police Department today announced a partnership to enforce a new law to combat litter in northeast Philadelphia. “With the passage of Act 62 in Harrisburg, we have another tool to tackle the pervasive problem of litter in northeast Philadelphia,” Solomon said. “But laws without enforcement are not effective. That is why I am glad that we have a police captain willing to use all the tools at his disposal to make our streets and neighborhoods clean.” Act 62 of 2018, which Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law in June, will make those who dump rubbish responsible for picking it up. The new law sets fines for a first offense at $50 to $300. Offenders will also be required to pick up litter or illegally dumped trash for five to 30 hours within six months. Repeat offenders will pay a $300 to $1,000 fine and will be required to pick up for up to 100 hours over a year. Businesses will pay triple fines. Interim 2nd Police District Capt. Robert Zaffino said: “I am committed to working in partnership with Rep. Solomon to address littering, by having officers issue citations when they see violations. I want to keep our streets clean, safe, and free from unsightly trash, debris, and rubbish. To all members of the Northeast Philadelphia community: use proper receptacles to dispose of your trash, take pride in your neighborhoods, and keep your streets Read more

 

Pa. Supreme Court upholds Philadelphia’s soda tax, local control

(Jul 18, 2018)

“Today the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld the Philadelphia Beverage Tax (PBT). I am thrilled that this passage will unleash the power of Rebuild to transform our recreation centers, expand high-quality pre-K education, and increase the number and quality of community schools in Northeast Philadelphia and the city as a whole. “There will always be the specter of preemption from Harrisburg as long as bills like H.B. 2241 are around, but I will work with my colleagues from Harrisburg and Philadelphia to ensure that we continue to allow local governments to determine what is best for their people. “Not everyone may like the PBT, but it was imposed by a duly elected city council and mayor and we must allow local leaders, empowered as they are by the Sterling Act, to make such decisions and for local people to hold them accountable. With this two-year legal battle behind us, hopefully now we can focus on making all the programs funded by the PBT as successful for Philadelphians as possible.” Read more

 

PEA programs help Philadelphia residents and business owners to reduce energy use and expense

(Jul 17, 2018)

I’d like to introduce you to two programs from the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) aimed at supporting and facilitating the most cost-effective and environmentally sound opportunities for Philadelphia residents and business owners to reduce energy use and expense. Read more

 

Solomon commends passage of legislation to help business development

(Jun 25, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 25 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., is commending a bipartisan effort for passing his amendment and moving legislation forward today that would make sure businesses have continued access to a critical online tool. Solomon’s amendment to the bill (H.B. 1284) , authored by Rep. Michael Peifer, R-Pike, would strengthen the Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop initiative – already put in place by Gov. Tom Wolf as a sole source to guide entrepreneurs and small businesses through all stages of development – by protecting it in a statute. “The Department of Economic Development has already made fantastic progress since launching the One Stop Shop website back in February, which has had nearly 20,000 visits and 1,000 calls,” Solomon said. “Before, the idea was susceptible to change with a new administration.” “With my amendment, though, this bill cuts through government red tape and ensures all administrations embrace the value of using this portal to enable business growth and job creation.” One-Stop Shop includes resources for: Planning a business; Registration and permitting; Hiring employees; and Receiving funding and technical assistance. H.B. 1284 is headed to the Senate for consideration. Read more

 

Solomon's senior volunteer bill advances to full House

(Jun 13, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 13 – Legislation introduced by state Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., to create a new Older Adult Mentor Volunteer Program advanced to the full House of Representatives today. The bill ( H.B. 2065 ) would better enable retired older Pennsylvanians to help middle- and high-school students. The House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee approved Solomon's bill. The legislation would establish a certified list of retired volunteers who would be willing to share their life lessons, experience and hobbies with junior and high school students interested in enhancing their knowledge and skill sets. Older adults wishing to participate would be required to undergo criminal background checks and any other necessary requirements put forth by their school district. "The ability to have one list of vetted volunteers shared among Pennsylvania's school districts would allow for an easier, simpler, and more cohesive manner in which to pair a volunteer with a student. By also using existing programs, this list could provide a one-stop shop for any older adult wishing to participate or guidance counselor looking to help a student learn more about a specific topic, trade or hobby of interest," Solomon said. The list is meant to be unlimited in nature; encompassing a host of interests and lessons, such as: Conversation in a foreign language; Discussing a specific trade, such as woodworking or plumbing; Learning more about a career path, Read more

 

Charlton, Solomon Bill to Establish Commission to Plan America’s 250th Birthday Passes Senate

(Jun 05, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 5 – State Reps. Alex Charlton, R-Delaware, and Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today announced their bill to establish the Pennsylvania Semiquincentennial Commission passed the Senate. “It’s extremely important for us to recognize Pennsylvania’s integral role in the founding of the United States,” Charlton said. “The semiquincentennial in 2026 is a chance for all Pennsylvanians to engage in a shared undertaking of national unity, as well as remembering the Pennsylvanians who had an enormous impact in the past, present and future of our great nation.” House Bill 1793 would establish a commission to plan, encourage, develop and coordinate the commemoration of the 250 th anniversary of the founding of the United States. The commission would submit a comprehensive report that includes the specific recommendations of the commission to the governor and the General Assembly by September 2018. “By our Commonwealth playing host to the nation’s 250 th birthday, we hope for an extensive, expansive, and exciting dialogue in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania, a dialogue that brings together all Pennsylvanians and all state and local governments to plan how we welcome the world to our state for this yearlong celebration,” Solomon said. “I thank Rep. Charlton for his leadership and partnership on this bill, and I look forward to exploring together what infrastructure investments are needed throughout our Read more