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


Youngblood to host fall open house

(Nov 01, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 1 – State Rep. Rosita Youngblood, D-Phila., today announced she is hosting a fall open house for constituents of the 198th Legislative District . It will take place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at her district office, 310 W. Chelten Ave., 19144. Youngblood said she looks forward to seeing everyone and is excited for constituents to stop by and learn about state programs that may benefit them while discussing issues important to the community. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Youngblood’s office at 215-849-6426. Read more


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


Legislative effort to raise awareness on diaper need in Pa.

(Sep 25, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 25 – Kicking off “Diaper Need Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania, state Reps. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., and Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, announced today their efforts to advocate and raise awareness about the growing “diaper gap” among many families living in communities across the state. “Nationwide, about one in three mothers will have trouble providing diapers for her children,” Youngblood said. “Families across our state are looking for relief and drives like this one can make a real difference. Access to a reliable supply of clean diapers is a necessity for the health and well-being of Pennsylvania's children and incontinent adults.” Hill-Evans said: “It’s heartbreaking to think that a child could remain in a soiled diaper so the limited supply of costly diapers can last longer. As legislators, we must continue to join community organizations with contributions of our time and donations, as well as using our full ability to bring awareness to this need.” Earlier in the day, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution introduced by Youngblood and Hill-Evans ( H.R. 1050 ) designating the week of Sept. 24-30 as “Diaper Need Awareness Week” in the Commonwealth. Youngblood and Hill-Evans have introduced a package of bills: H.B. 1766 , which would streamline the sales and use tax exemption for diapers and incontinence products; Read more


Youngblood announces state grant to build pocket park along Wayne Avenue

(Sep 18, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Rosita Youngblood, D-Phila., today announced that Germantown United Community Development Corp. will receive a $225,000 grant for the construction of a pocket park on the border of Germantown and Nicetown along Wayne Avenue. A pocket park is a small outdoor space usually only occupying a few house lots and often located in an urban area surrounded by commercial buildings or houses. The proposed park will be located in two vacant lots that have been donated to help facilitate the project, which totals $319,041. “At a time when urban development as at an all-time high, I am pleased to have an opportunity to help preserve green space within our community,” Youngblood said. “It is fundamental to assume our role in the transformation of unused areas and abandoned spaces, so we can meet the needs of everyone.” Youngblood said the funding was provided by the Commonwealth Financing Authority and will go toward the preparation of the lots, installation of pavers, hardscaping materials, sidewalks, landscaping and a trellis entrance to ensure privacy for neighboring houses. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. It is responsible for funding programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and Read more


Youngblood to co-host shredding event Sept. 29

(Sep 17, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Rosita Youngblood, D-Phila., will co-host a free paper-shredding event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2800 W. Cheltenham Ave. “This is an opportunity for the community to come and dispose of important documents safely,” Youngblood said. “Protecting your information by shredding is a safe measure to get rid of paperwork you no longer need.” Residents are encouraged to bring any documents that contain personal information, such as Social Security numbers, credit card statements and applications, medical records, banking statements, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance records and retirement or pension fund information. Papers must be loose. Binders or paper clips cannot be accepted. Documents will be shredded on site. More information is available by calling Youngblood’s office at 215-849-6426. The event is in partnership with state Sen. Art Haywood and state Reps. Chris Rabb, Isabella Fitzgerald and Stephen Kinsey. Read more


Youngblood to host back to school event Aug. 16

(Jul 31, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, July 31 – State Rep. Rosita Youngblood, D-Phila., will host her annual Back to School Event from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 at Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia, 1939 West Venango St., Philadelphia. The first 150 people who pre-register to attend and who have children who are students in grades K-8 and live in the 198 th Legislative District will receive free backpacks. There is a limit of three backpacks per household. “This is a great way to kick off the school year right – with a new backpack and school supplies,” Youngblood said. “We will also have educational, financial and health resources available so parents and children are prepared for the new school year.” Parents and guardians must pre-register by Aug. 13 by phone or email to receive backpacks and school supplies prior to the event. Residents who have inquiries about the event or who want to pre-register a child should call Youngblood’s office at (717) 787-7727 or email Ashley Roach at aroach@pahouse.net or Esther Reever at ereever@pahouse.net . Read more


Two House leaders introduce human milk donor bank bill

(Jun 28, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 28 – Two members of House leadership from different parties are working together on legislation to regulate and license donor human milk banks in Pennsylvania. Reps. Donna Oberlander, R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest, and Rosita Youngblood, D-Phila., the respective caucus secretaries for House Republicans and Democrats, have introduced the Keystone Mothers’ Milk Bank Act ( H.B. 2516 ). Youngblood said, "The regulation of donor milk banks and their operation is necessary to ensure the safety of this precious commodity and its effective distribution to children in need. We recognize that a mother’s own milk is the optimal nutrition for newborn infants and is a public health goal for the delivery of food to all infants. However, many mothers face unique obstacles to producing enough milk for their own babies. When a mother’s own milk is not available, donor human milk can provide a life-saving health benefit for high-risk infants as a supplement or bridge when it is determined to be medically necessary and physician-prescribed." Oberlander said, "Donor milk is life-saving medicine for infants with very low birth weights less than four pounds, preventing the onset of serious gastrointestinal problems that can require surgery and entail thousands of dollars in medical costs. Without donor milk, these health issues can continue throughout that child’s life. Donor milk is also medically prescribed for children with heart Read more


Youngblood seeks applicants for college scholarship for young women

(Jun 11, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, June 11 – State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., is seeking constituents interested in a $3,000 college scholarship for young women. As a member of the National Foundation for Women Legislators, Youngblood can nominate one or more young women to participate in NFWL's Annual Constitution Essay Scholarship Contest. The prize is a $3,000 college scholarship; an all-expense-paid trip to NFWL’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.; and an award that is presented at the event. To qualify, an applicant must be a: • Female U.S. citizen • High school junior (class of 2019) or senior (class of 2018) and • Planning to attend a college or university in the United States. Those interested should send an email to Youngblood's office by July 6 explaining why they should be nominated. Email can be sent to the office through the form at www.pahouse.com/youngblood/contact / Youngblood represents the 198th Legislative District in northwest Philadelphia. Constituents with questions about the program or any state-related issue can call her office at (215) 951-3394. ### Read more