PA House LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus applauds move to adopt nondiscrimination protections

(Dec 07, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – After nearly a decade of stonewalling by Republicans in the state legislature, the PA House LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus co-chairs state Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., and Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny, today offered their full support for a move by Gov. Tom Wolf and the PA Human Relations Commission ahead of a PHRC vote tomorrow that could solidify nondiscrimination protections in the state: “It’s 2022 and Pennsylvania still has no law on the books to prevent discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals, a situation which is completely unacceptable and, quite frankly, embarrassing. “In the realms of employment, education, and housing, it’s currently legal in our commonwealth to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. While our caucus fought tooth-and-nail for more comprehensive anti-discrimination laws, like the PA Fairness Act , in previous legislative sessions, the Republican majority at the time did everything they could to obstruct and prevent progress. “That is why we are offering our full support to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission to secure these basic, long overdue protections for LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians; something that the General Assembly failed to do for decades under a Republican majority. Additionally, we look forward to re-introducing the PA Fairness Act to enshrine these protections into our state law.” The PHRC is scheduled tomorrow to vote on Regulation Read more


State programs now open for applications

(Dec 05, 2022)

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency/Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Pennsylvania Academic and Career/Technical Training Innovative Solicitation (Funding Source: Justice Reinvestment Fund) Who May Apply : Existing PACTT Affiliates. Use : To improve services for delinquent youth receiving academic and career/technical training services. Funds : Awards up to $75,000 for 24-month projects. Application Deadline : December 23, 2022 More Information : Click on . Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission: Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Pumpout Grant Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Local governmental entities and private businesses that own and operate boating facilities. Use : To fund the construction, renovation, and maintenance of pumpout and dump stations to service pleasure boats. Funds : Reimburse up to 75% of the installation cost of pumpout and dump stations. Application Deadline : December 30, 2022 More Information : Click on . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: 2022-23 School Safety and Security Training and Technical Assistance Program (Funding Source: FY 2022 School Safety and Security Grant Program Fund) Who May Apply : Non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education (not-for profit), and for-profit organizations. Use : To Read more


PA House LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus issues statement on World AIDS Day

(Dec 01, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 1 – PA House LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus co-chairs state Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., and Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement on World AIDS Day: “On this World Aids Day, we recognize the effect this disease and the stigma of it has had on the LGBTQ+ community across the world. “While medical improvements have been made to address this disease, there is still much more we can be doing. According to the CDC, over half of people living with HIV in the US are gay and bisexual men. “We cannot allow this horrible disease to continue to disproportionately affect our communities. Our caucus is committed to working with medical professionals, LGBTQ+ advocates, elected officials and anyone who cares about AIDS to keep LGBTQ+ individuals safe from this horrible disease.” Read more


Frankel, Muth to hand off LGBTQ+ Caucus Leadership

(Nov 29, 2022)

Kenyatta, Benham will lead the caucus in 2023-24 session Read more


Benham announces $200K for Elizabeth Seton Center

(Nov 15, 2022)

BROOKLINE, Nov. 15 – A state grant of $200,000 has been awarded to fund renovations at the Elizabeth Seton Center on Pioneer Ave., state Rep. Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny, announced today. “We all deserve equal access to every part of our community,” said Benham. “I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to bring these tax dollars to make the Elizabeth Seton Center more accessible for everyone.” Benham said the award will fund the installation of an elevator and a stair lift, as well as restroom renovations to maximize accessibility at the center. The grant was among a number funded by the Allegheny County Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund , which is financed by gaming activity in the county. The fund is administered by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County and the state Commonwealth Financing Authority. Read more


Benham: $2.5 million secured for local revitalization efforts

(Oct 28, 2022)

BRENTWOOD, Oct. 28 – Two grants totaling $2.5 million have been awarded to support local redevelopment projects, state Rep. Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny, announced today. “I’m proud to have secured these funds to revitalize two properties in our community,” said Benham. “I’ll continue fighting to bring tax dollars back to Allegheny County through state grants like this.” One grant of $1.5 million will fund a project for Brentwood to demolish its vacant borough building to the subgrade level. Additionally, asbestos and other hazardous materials will be professionally remediated and the site will be restored to pad-ready condition. The second grant of $1 million will fund the construction of a building for Casa San Jose. The entirety of the project will be based in the 1602-1606 Broadway Avenue building. RACP funding will be used to "white-box" the building and perform necessary grading, demolition, infrastructure upgrades and other site work. Benham thanked her colleague Rep. Dan Deasy, also D-Allegheny, for assisting in securing funding for the Casa San Jose project. The grants are sourced from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program , 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. RACP projects are state-funded and cannot Read more


Benham, Abney to host Hilltop Health Check in Mt. Oliver

(Sep 20, 2022)

MT. OLIVER, Sept. 20 – State Reps. Jessica Benham and Aerion Abney, both D-Allegheny, are inviting members of the community to join them for a health resource fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Brashear CARES Center located at 320 Brownsville Road. The Hilltop Health Check will feature a variety of health-related vendors, as well as information on state resources that are available to the public. There will also be a flu vaccination clinic happening simultaneously nearby at the Mt. Oliver Borough Firehall, located at 120 Brownsville Road. Questions about the event can be directed to Benham’s district office. The official event flyer can be found here. Read more


Rep. Jessica Benham's Summer 2022 Newsletter

(Sep 01, 2022)

Hello Friends, I hope everyone in the 36th Legislative District had a wonderful summer – my team and I certainly did! My summer began working alongside my colleagues in Harrisburg to pass the state budget, which has been hailed on both sides of the aisle as a victory for working families in Pennsylvania.After our budget work was done at the Capitol, I was happy to return home and spend time in our community at events like National Night Out (see next page for photos). It is a tremendous honor and brings my staff and I great joy to serve the people of the 36th District – we’re eager to continue working for you! If you ever need assistance with a state-related issue or want to learn more about how my office can help you, please do not hesitate to reach out. Read more


Benham applauds executive order to deter conversion ‘therapy’

(Aug 16, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 16 – In response to Governor Tom Wolf’s executive order on “conversion therapy” that was signed today, state Rep. Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny, released the following statement: “I applaud the governor’s efforts to discourage the dangerous practice commonly referred to as conversion therapy. Misnomered as ‘therapy,’ this abusive tactic reinforces the idea that LGBTQ+ individuals are inferior because of their sexual preference. Furthermore, it has devastating effects on the mental health of those who are subjected to it, especially young people. “While I’m happy that this executive order will create meaningful changes, it does not change the fact that LGBTQ+ people are, sadly, still seriously marginalized in many ways. We need to keep fighting and pushing for further reforms, like the PA Fairness Act , that will bring us closer to a truly equal society.” As one of the few openly LGBTQ+ legislators in Pennsylvania, Benham is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus and has been a fierce advocate for the expansion of LGBTQ+ protections since her election to the state House in 2020. Read more


Rep. Jess Recap: Celebrating a successful shredding event and more!

(May 25, 2022)

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Recap with Rep. Jess

(May 11, 2022)

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Benham and Costa to host shredding event

(Apr 28, 2022)

State Rep. Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny, announced today her office will host a free shredding event in conjunction with state Sen. Jay Costa from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7 at Carrick High School, 125 Parkfield St. in Pittsburgh. Read more


Recap with Rep. Jess

(Apr 25, 2022)

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Benham: $1 Million award to fund Hilltop Community Center project

(Apr 23, 2022)

State Rep. Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny, announced today a $1 million grant award to the Brashear Association for the Hilltop Community Center project. Read more


Recap with Rep. Jess

(Apr 05, 2022)

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Benham to host Drive-Thru Senior Fair

(Apr 01, 2022)

State Rep. Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny, announced today her office will host a Drive-Thru Senior Fair at the Brentwood Civic Center parking lot, located behind the Brentwood Library and volunteer fire department, at 18 Park Drive. Read more


Rep. Jessica Benham's Spring Newsletter

(Mar 10, 2022)

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Recap with Rep. Jess

(Mar 03, 2022)

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Recap with Rep. Jess

(Feb 11, 2022)

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Benham: More than $46K in funding to fire, emergency medical service companies

(Feb 10, 2022)

State Rep. Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny, announced today that more than $46,000 in funding has been awarded to fire and emergency medical service companies in the 36th Legislative District. Read more