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Youngblood recognizes police bravery with House resolution

COVID-19 Resources and Information

(Mar 22, 2020)

** Below is a list of informational links for resources in and around Philadelphia related to COVID-19. This will be updated as more/new information becomes available ** The latest info on COVID-19 cases and other data statewide from the Pennsylvania Department of Health : https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx The latest information on COVID-19 cases and other data in Philadelphia from the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health : https://www.phila.gov/services/mental-physical-health/environmental-health-hazards/covid-19/ The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has activated a Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline . It’s available 24/7. If you have questions about symptoms and risk factors, what to do if you think you may have been exposed, testing resources, or recommendations for social distancing, you can contact the helpline at 1-800-722-7112. More info: https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-14-greater-philadelphia-coronavirus-helpline-opened-by-health/?fbclid=IwAR2HZUc0yYdy66IMO4nrx8g4Z8vKMHE9qWUXmmLDe3OZFIjVhiwGDu0ZFIo List of essential Philadelphia services and how to access them: https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-18-essential-city-services-remain-open-here-is-how-to-access-them/?mc_cid=7f7be1d618&mc_eid=eda5e48c86 . Information about how SEPTA is operating: http://www.septa.org/service/rail/midday-schedule.html Information about how Amtrak is Read more

 

Pennsylvanians are sending a message; House Democrats’ Plan4PA responds

(Mar 17, 2020)

By the PA House Democratic leadership team When we return to Harrisburg after spending time in our legislative districts, we always bring back with us a pretty simple and clear message from the people we represent. The families, local business owners and community leaders we speak with at home want a Pennsylvania where public officials are fighting for them, not just the special interests and politically connected who lobby at the state Capitol every day. Working families are tired of struggling day after day to get by while big corporations and special interests get all the breaks. Our neighbors tell us it’s time for Harrisburg to stop putting politics ahead of the people, and it’s time to for us to stand together for a Pennsylvania that works for all of us. That’s why PA House Democrats have made the priorities we share with the people we represent the engine that drives our Plan4PA policy agenda. We want to grow our economy and create Good Jobs everywhere. That’s why our Plan4PA calls for jobs that pay real wages and support families. Our plan protects workers, gives them a voice in the workplace and a chance to retire. It supports careers and financial stability, not just a temporary job and the constant fear of insecurity. We want people to have access to Affordable Health Care so they can visit the doctor when they are sick. That’s why our Plan4PA Read more

 

Youngblood Recognized for Achievements

(Mar 05, 2020)

Pa. House Democratic Caucus Secretary state Rep. Rosita Youngblood was honored by her colleagues and community leaders for her many achievements throughout her 26 years of service in the Pa. House of Representatives. She was the first African American woman elected to a Leadership position in the General Assembly. Read more

 

Youngblood, Fitzgerald applaud $4,364 grant to help continue preservation at historical state women’s society

(Mar 05, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 5 – A $4,364 state grant was awarded to the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, state Reps. Rosita C. Youngblood and Isabella Fitzgerald, both D-Phila., announced today. The grant, which comes during National Women’s History Month, will help the Pennsylvania chapter of The Society – a women-founded and led organization dedicated to maintaining historical landmarks across America – continue their over-100 year-long commitment to preserving the Stenton Mansion in Germantown. “Since 1899, ensuring the posterity of Stenton and its heirlooms has been one of The Society’s greatest historical preservation achievements,” Youngblood said. “I am proud to see this funding help continue their seemingly timeless mission, because protecting our local historical landmarks instills a sense of pride and appreciation among people today and in the future.” Fitzgerald, who also represents parts of Germantown with Youngblood, agreed. “The Society was created by women and for women to demonstrate their patriotism in one of the finest ways possible – through protecting and maintaining historical sites across our city and country – especially when women weren’t afforded the same freedoms as their male counterparts,” she said. “I look forward to continuing working with The Society on protecting more of our Read more

 

Rep. Rosita Youngblood to retire at conclusion of 2019-20 legislative session

(Feb 19, 2020)

Rep. Youngblood recently sent a letter to House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, announcing her retirement at the conclusion of the 2019-20 legislative session. Read more

 

Youngblood’s bill to raise oversight for donor milk banks sent to governor

(Feb 07, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 7 – State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood today announced that bipartisan legislation she co-introduced to establish the “Keystone Mothers’ Milk Bank Act” was sent to Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday to be signed into law. The bill, H.B. 1001, introduced with state Rep. Donna Oberlander, R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest, calls on the state Department of Health to license milk banks and ensure they are meeting quality standards set by the department and in accordance with nationally recognized accrediting associations. “Currently, milk banks distribute less than 6 million ounces of donor breast milk each year and struggle to keep up with hospital intensive care units alone demanding over 63 million ounces annually. As a result, many parents use unregulated online marketplaces to purchase human breast milk,” Youngblood said. “I am grateful for the bipartisan support and look forward to our bill becoming law to give parents the option to obtain breast milk for their child from an unquestionably viable source.” The legislation, Youngblood said, along with establishing permittable procedures for the donation and distribution process, would also create licensing fees and reporting requirements for licensed milk banks in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Dawkins and Philadelphia Delegation applaud Gov. Wolf’s budget allocation to address lead, asbestos issues in schools

(Jan 29, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – Members of the House Democratic Philadelphia Delegation, led by Rep. Jason Dawkins, today applauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to include funding to address lead issues in public schools, including those in Philadelphia, in the budget. “Our children deserve to learn, and our teachers deserve to teach, in schools that don’t make them sick,” said Dawkins, chairman of the Philadelphia Delegation. “This is something that we can all agree on. But for far too long, our children, teachers and anyone else who has entered school buildings in Philadelphia have taken their own lives into their hands because often lead and asbestos were lurking inside. “My delegation colleagues and I are overjoyed at the news that Governor Wolf will be making investments in lead and asbestos remediation projects in our schools. Finally, we can take the steps to make our school buildings safe places to learn and to teach,” Dawkins said. “After so many of us have fought for so long to bring attention to this crisis, we are so grateful that Governor Wolf is making this a priority.” Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., secretary of the Philadelphia Delegation, agreed that it’s great news Wolf plans to prioritize the funding to allow schools to get rid of toxins. “We won’t rest until this money is a reality,” Fiedler added. “Every single Pennsylvania student Read more

 

Youngblood recognizes police bravery with House resolution

(Jan 21, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 21 – State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., announced that H.R. 648 was adopted by the House today. The resolution recognizes the bravery and professionalism of the Philadelphia Police Department during the nearly 8-hour standoff on Aug. 14, 2019. “These heroic men and women went into the line of fire and risked their own lives in order to save the lives of others. It is because of the courage and expertise of the Philadelphia Police Department that no civilians were injured in the standoff – not even the suspect,” Youngblood said. “Their patience and fearlessness should be the standard for police departments across the country. These officers are true heroes who sacrifice their own safety for the community every day.” Youngblood’s resolution specifically celebrates the bravery of officers Joshua Burkitt, Michael Guinter, Shaun Parker, Nathaniel Harper, Ryan Waltman and Justin Matthews, who were all injured during the standoff. Read more

 

Over 1,000 people served at pre-Thanksgiving event

(Nov 27, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 27 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., said more than 1,000 constituents were served during a pre-Thanksgiving event that provided a free meal and opportunities to learn about state services. The event was co-hosted by Reps. Isabella Fitzgerald, Chris Rabb, Rosita C. Youngblood, and Sens. Sharif Street and Art Haywood. There was also an appearance by Congressman Dwight Evans. “We had a wonderful turnout for the Feeding 1,000 for Thanksgiving event. It was a great opportunity to connect with our constituents here in northwest Philadelphia and provide them with a full course meal along with dessert,” Kinsey said. “Not only did we welcome people to Treasures Banquet Hall for a sit-down meal and entertainment, but we also delivered meals to those who were unable to attend in person as well as provided meals to homeless people in Center City. “This is the eighth year that this event was held and judging by the feedback, I will continue to host events such as Feeding 1,000, which the community loves. A huge thank you goes out to everyone who attended, hosted and helped make this event possible.” Read more

 

PLBC lauds accreditation for Cheyney University

(Nov 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 26 – Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus released the following statements after the announcement of Cheyney University receiving accreditation: “The retention of Cheyney University’s accreditation is not only welcoming news for the university, but also for African American students here in the commonwealth and across the country. The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus has historically worked with Cheyney University over the years and is committed to doing what we can to foster the education process and success of all people across the commonwealth. With this accreditation, Cheyney University will remain a viable educational resource to students now and for years to come. I’m proud of the work our legislative leaders have done to support the efforts of Cheyney University and thank the leadership of Cheyney’s President Aaron Walton along with Governor Tom Wolf, Senate Appropriation Chairman Vincent Hughes, House Democratic Whip Jordan Harris, House Democratic Education Chairman Jim Roebuck,” said Rep. Stephen Kinsey, PLBC Chairman. “As a former chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, the PLBC and I were very involved in investigating and helping to form solutions to right the ship at Cheyney and I’m proud that that same passion has been continued by current PLBC Chairman Stephen Kinsey and his leadership team. Collectively, we’ve been working with leaders in state Read more

 

Youngblood hosts tour of Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank, draws attention to National Period Day, period poverty and her supply drive

(Nov 14, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood is working to bring awareness and provide relief for the one in four people nationwide who struggles to afford menstrual hygiene products. Toward this effort, she introduced legislation to recognize “National Period Day,” to end the stigma that surrounds menstruation, and on Wednesday, she hosted a tour of the Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank, which works in partnership with the National Diaper Bank Network and the Alliance for Period Supplies, to show other legislators the work that is being done, as well as the existing need for period products in their communities. “Periods are a fact of life,” Youngblood said. “But there’s a stigma when it comes to talking about them. That silence has led to many people who are unable to afford period products living in shame because they need help with something that society is unwilling to talk about. I introduced legislation to change the conversation. I hope that we can talk about this issue and we can find solutions to help the people in need get the health care supplies they need.” Youngblood is also hosting a period supply drive at her office, 310 W. Chelten Ave., 19144. For more information about the drive or to make a donation, contact Youngblood’s office at 215-849-6426. ### Read more

 

Legislative effort to raise awareness on diaper need in Pa.

(Sep 24, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 24 – In conjunction with their resolution ( H.R. 465 ) recognizing “Diaper Need Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania, state Reps. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., and Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, hosted a Capitol news conference today promoting the sixth annual Capitol Diaper Drive. “Access to a reliable supply of clean diapers is a necessity for the health and well-being of Pennsylvania's children and incontinent adults,” Youngblood said. “Unfortunately, across our commonwealth, there is a growing epidemic as many families and seniors on fixed incomes are simply unable to afford disposable diapers and undergarments.” To demonstrate the scope of the problem, Youngblood and Hill-Evans cited these statistics from the National Diaper Bank Network, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the diaper gap in the Unites States: One in every three mothers finds it difficult to provide diapers for her children. Nearly 5.2 million children under the age of three suffer from diaper need. For incontinent seniors on fixed incomes, purchasing what they often view as their most important item of clothing can cost at least $1,000 a year. Hill-Evans said, “Diaper need is often the hidden result of extreme poverty for a family. There are no safety-net programs that allocate dollars for the purchase of diapers and, as a result, our Read more

 

Youngblood commends authorities for bringing peaceful ending to standoff

(Aug 15, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 15 – Following a seven-hour police standoff in the Nicetown section of her district, state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood is praising the authorities involved and their efforts to bring the incident to a peaceful conclusion. “I am thankful that the six officers who were injured during this horrific event are expected to recover, and that there were no fatalities within the police department. I am also glad that no residents were physically hurt during this long ordeal,” Youngblood said. “As terrible as the situation was, it could have been a lot worse, but the Philadelphia Police Department handled it with professionalism and remained vigilant throughout the standoff. “I also commend Police Commissioner Ross and District Attorney Krasner for participating in a phone call with the suspect and his attorney that led to the gunman surrendering and ending of the seven-hour standoff.” Youngblood added this incident only strengthens the continued call for commonsense gun reform in Pennsylvania. “Our community did not deserve to be on the receiving end of this act of violence. Our law enforcement, who are out on the streets serving and protecting our communities should be able to do so safely. This suspect has a criminal record and should not have had guns in his possession. He used them illegally to fight off police who were only doing their job in serving a warrant,” Youngblood stated. “The residents of Read more

 

Youngblood announces $1 million grant for the Allegheny West Foundation

(Aug 01, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 1 – State Rep. Rosita Youngblood today announced the Allegheny West Foundation has been awarded a $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant to help fund the construction of a new recreation center at Panati Playground along the North 22nd Street Commercial Corridor. “The playground and current recreation center have been an integral part of the Allegheny West community. It provides families and neighbors opportunities to gather, interact and enjoy the outdoors,” Youngblood said. “I thank Governor Wolf for his commitment in allocating this grant to improve and benefit the community for years to come.” The project will construct a larger, one-story recreation center that will provide an adequate number of restrooms, house future community programs, and be more cost-effective over time. The project is estimated to cost just over $2 million. In 2014, the Panati Playground was closed for 10 months for renovations that included a spray park, more lighting, surveillance cameras, a repaved basketball courts, new playground equipment, a walking path, and an outdoor exercise area. The park reopened in July 2015. 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

 

Youngblood: Budget bill slashes vital services Pennsylvanians depend on

(Jun 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 26 – Following the passage of H.B. 790 -- the General Appropriations Bill -- state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., issued the following statement about her “no” vote: “House Republicans are relying on the weak argument that this budget is a compromise, but how can this be a compromise when many vital services have been underfunded, or even completely eliminated? With no attempt to expand use of the fair funding formula or properly fund needed building improvements for our schools, and no attempt at raising the minimum wage, which has been sitting at $7.25 an hour for more than a decade, and the complete elimination of the General Assistance Program that has served as a safety net for our most at-risk citizens, how is this a compromise? I voted against the 2019-20 state budget because it comes at the expense of working families and our children, particularly those in my district.” Read more

 

Youngblood: 'What are we waiting for? Now is the time to put Tubman on the $20 bill.'

(Jun 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 26 – Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood is calling on President Donald Trump, Congress, and the U.S. Treasury to stop stalling and act now to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. “More than four years ago, the American people were asked who they wanted to see on the $20 bill,” Youngblood said. “Overwhelmingly, they chose American heroine Harriet Tubman. What are we waiting for? Now is the time to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.” The current administration has delayed the process to put Tubman on the $20 currency, apparently for no good reason, according to Youngblood. Her H.R. 433 would urge U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, along with Trump and Congress to continue with the original plan to place Tubman on the redesigned $20 bill by 2020. In June 2015, then-U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew announced a redesign of the $10 bill, and called on the American people to nominate someone worthy of the honor of being placed on that currency. In an open letter Lew penned less than a year later , he credited a powerful response from more than one million Americans for his decision to direct the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to accelerate plans for the redesign of not just the $10 bill, but also the $5 and $20 bills. It was then that Lew announced Tubman would be placed on the $20 bill. He said final concepts for those redesigns would be unveiled in 2020, to coincide with the 100 th anniversary of the passage of the 19 th Read more

 

Human milk donor bank bill passes House

(Jun 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 4 – State Rep. Youngblood, D-Phila., announced that H.B. 1001 passed the House Monday. The bill would license and regulate donor human milk banks in Pennsylvania. “We understand that many mothers face obstacles in producing enough milk and donor milk can provide life-saving health benefits,” Youngblood said. “It’s important that we regulate these banks so that distribution is effective and milk supplies remain safe.” The bill would call on the Pennsylvania Department of Health to license milk banks if they comply with regulations, or if they are recognized by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America or another nationally recognized accrediting organization. This legislation would also create licensing fees and establish prohibited practices to preclude the direct or indirect sale of human milk by entities not licensed in Pennsylvania. “Too often, mothers rely on milk from online and unknown sources. The Food and Drug Administration warns about the dangers of this,” Youngblood added. “I’m hopeful that this bill will help more mothers access safe breastmilk in Pennsylvania.” The bill, which was introduced by Youngblood and Rep. Donna Oberlander, R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest, had bipartisan support in the House and passed in a nearly unanimous vote. Read more

 

Youngblood: Mural Arts project awarded $68,000 grant

(Feb 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Rosita Youngblood, D-Phila., announced today that a Mural Arts project at Wayne Junction has been awarded more than $68,000 in funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund. The $68,128 grant will be used to improve the safety and utilization of Wayne Junction, a multimodal hub, through the addition of public art. “I am happy to see this area get some attention and renovations,” Youngblood said. “This grant will help make Wayne Junction safer and more beautiful, and will hopefully encourage more residents to enjoy the space.” This project is one of 50 projects awarded grants from the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund. For more information about the program, visit www.penndot.gov and click on Multimodal Program under the “Projects & Programs” button. Read more

 

Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate

(Jan 24, 2019)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2018 tax year are available – and my office staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The rebates normally are distributed by the Department of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more

 

Youngblood sworn in for 13th term as state legislator

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., was sworn in today to serve her 13 th term as state representative for the 198 th District. Additionally, she will continue her service as the Democratic Caucus secretary for the third term, helping to implement strategy and direction for House Democrats for the upcoming session. “I am honored to represent the people of the 198 th District and to continue advocating for meaningful change,” Youngblood said. “I will continue to push for legislation that puts people first and gives them the tools they need to succeed, from access to affordable health care, to a quality education in our Philadelphia schools and a fair economy for our future. It's all part of the Plan4PA .” Youngblood has served as the representative for the 198 th Legislative District since 1994. In that time, she has sponsored and co-sponsored legislation on mass transit funding, domestic violence prevention, and public welfare and health services, among others. Last session, she was a leader in the effort to increase penalties and enforcement against “stop-and-go” nuisance alcohol-selling businesses that are a burden on many Philadelphia neighborhoods. She also played a critical role in diaper needs awareness, introducing a host of measures aimed at helping families afford the cost of diapers. Youngblood is one of 91 House Democrats starting the 2019-20 legislative session, including 29 Read more

 

COVID-19 Resources and Information
Mar 22, 2020

Pennsylvanians are sending a message; House Democrats’ Plan4PA responds
Mar 17, 2020

Youngblood Recognized for Achievements
Mar 05, 2020

Youngblood, Fitzgerald applaud $4,364 grant to help continue preservation at historical state women’s society
Mar 05, 2020

Rep. Rosita Youngblood to retire at conclusion of 2019-20 legislative session
Feb 19, 2020

Youngblood’s bill to raise oversight for donor milk banks sent to governor
Feb 07, 2020

Dawkins and Philadelphia Delegation applaud Gov. Wolf’s budget allocation to address lead, asbestos issues in schools
Jan 29, 2020

Youngblood recognizes police bravery with House resolution
Jan 21, 2020

Over 1,000 people served at pre-Thanksgiving event
Nov 27, 2019

PLBC lauds accreditation for Cheyney University
Nov 26, 2019

Youngblood hosts tour of Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank, draws attention to National Period Day, period poverty and her supply drive
Nov 14, 2019

Legislative effort to raise awareness on diaper need in Pa.
Sep 24, 2019

Youngblood commends authorities for bringing peaceful ending to standoff
Aug 15, 2019

Youngblood announces $1 million grant for the Allegheny West Foundation
Aug 01, 2019

Youngblood: Budget bill slashes vital services Pennsylvanians depend on
Jun 26, 2019

Youngblood: 'What are we waiting for? Now is the time to put Tubman on the $20 bill.'
Jun 26, 2019

Human milk donor bank bill passes House
Jun 04, 2019

Youngblood: Mural Arts project awarded $68,000 grant
Feb 04, 2019

Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate
Jan 24, 2019

Youngblood sworn in for 13th term as state legislator
Jan 01, 2019