Webinar: Grant Application Process

(Jan 26, 2022)

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Guzman: Guarantee Alcohol Addiction Services

(Jan 24, 2022)

Guzman is concerned that revenue stream will disappear if the PLCB privatizes all alcohol sales. Read more

 

Now open for applications: Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program; preservation planning; and substance abuse education and reduction grant opportunities

(Jan 18, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency: Substance Abuse Education and Demand Reduction Category 1 (Adult) Funds (Funding Source: SAEDR Fund) Who May Apply : Nonprofit organizations may partner with governmental entities, including school districts, provided the nonprofit organization is the applicant. Use : To support implementation strategies aimed at combating opioid/heroin overdoses in Pennsylvania communities. Funds : Grants up to $150,000 over a two-year project period. Application Deadline : February 24, 2022 More Information : Click on https://egrants.pccd.pa.gov/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency: Substance Abuse Education and Demand Reduction Category 1 (Youth) Funds (Funding Source: SAEDR Fund) Who May Apply : Nonprofit organizations may partner with governmental entities, including school districts, provided the nonprofit organization is the applicant. Use : To serve youth with research-based or evidence-based approaches to prevention, intervention, training, treatment, and education services to reduce substance use or provide resources to assist families in accessing these services. Funds : Grants up to $150,000 over a two-year project period. Application Deadline : February 24, 2022 More Information : Click Read more

 

Reps. Danilo Burgos, Angel Cruz and Manny Guzman: Redistricting plan will improve Latino representation

(Jan 16, 2022)

Latino representation is lacking in Pennsylvania, particularly when you consider the growth that has occurred across Pennsylvania over the last decade. The LRC plan makes major strides in correcting this injustice and restoring fairness in representation in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Guzman welcomes $237,000 grant awarded for Reading Iron Playground improvements

(Dec 30, 2021)

READING, Dec. 30 – State Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks, today announced the awarding of a $237,000 grant to support the necessary upgrades and improvements to Reading Iron Playground. This grant was awarded through the Community Conservation Partnerships Grant Program and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “Ensuring our youth here in the great City of Reading have a safe, modern playground to utilize is of the utmost importance,” Guzman said. “Public parks have the innate ability to be the backdrop for our young folks to forge everlasting friendships and memories, and I am thrilled these grant dollars are going towards expanding upon that initiative for our community.” Guzman went onto say, “This grant award is the latest example of the influx of dollars being invested to revitalize the City of Reading. Reading’s future is bright, and I will continue to fight to bring these types of grant awards home to the 127 th Legislative District.” This grant award will go towards the construction of a basketball court, soccer field, pedestrian walkways and parking area, installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing and lighting, ADA access, landscaping, and other related site improvements. Anyone seeking more information can reach Guzman’s office at 610-376-1529. Read more

 

Rep. Kinkead and House Democrats defend election integrity

(Dec 15, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 15 – Today, state Rep. Emily Kinkead, D-Allegheny, was joined by fellow House Democrats for a news conference at the state Capitol where they voiced their opposition to H.B. 1800 , recent attempts by the GOP-led legislature to subvert the legislative process; and ongoing efforts by the Republican majority to undermine elections in Pennsylvania. “Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania have made it clear that they do not trust our elections – except for elections that put members of their own party in power,” said Kinkead. “The Republican majority has wasted myriad resources over the last year by attacking our democratic institutions and repeatedly weaponizing constitutional amendments. All of this is being done while we are abdicating our responsibility to help Pennsylvanians who are struggling.” Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks, also spoke fiercely against the recent Republican-led legislation. “House Bill 1800 is the latest attempt to restrict access to the ballot box,” Guzman said. “Make no mistake, this is a well-coordinated effort to diminish voting participation in our Brown and Black communities. The restrictive use of drop boxes, shortening the window to register to vote, barriers to applying for mail-in ballots and submitting those mail-in ballots only begins to scratch the surface of the explicit measures targeting marginalized groups. Rather than proposing legislation that restricts access to the Read more

 

Guzman: Driving Pa. Forward

(Dec 14, 2021)

Guzman wants to allow undocumented individuals to obtain a legal driver's license to make it easier for them to support and provide for their families without endangering others lives and putting themselves at risk. Read more

 

Guzman announces $375,000 grant awarded to SAFE Berks to combat domestic violence

(Dec 08, 2021)

READING, Dec. 8 – State Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks, today announced the awarding of a $375,000 grant to support SAFE Berks’s initiative of combating violence against women. The grant was awarded through the STOP Violence Against Women Statewide Grant Funding Program and administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. “Tragically, incidences of domestic violence against women continue to plague our community,” Guzman said. “These heartbreaking situations require immediate intervention, and this grant award will assist SAFE Berks in implementing the support these women need to overcome this trauma. “Breaking the vicious cycle of domestic abuse by providing the necessary tools and support to empower these women is vital in combating, and eventually ending, domestic abuse. SAFE Berks does great work for our community by providing a safe haven for these women to take proactive steps to remove themselves and their loved ones from these awful situations.” The grant will be utilized to continue a cross-system, collaborative response to violence against women crimes in the county. The intent of the project is to maintain specialized units in law enforcement and prosecution and direct services to victims of violence against women crimes in the county. For more information, contact Guzman’s office at 610-376-1529. Read more

 

Guzman commends $2.25 million grant for Medical Arts Building rehabilitation project

(Dec 06, 2021)

READING, Dec. 6 – State Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks, today announced the awarding of $2.25 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding for the ongoing rehabilitation project of Reading’s Medical Arts Building. The project will involve construction of a two-story addition to the adjacent vacant lot. Exterior renovations will include masonry and window repair and roof replacement. Interior rehabilitation work will include modernization of ground-floor retail space, lobby restoration, utility improvements, and the addition of 35 residential apartments. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. “This ongoing rehabilitation project for this historic building is yet another example of taking existing structures and repurposing them for today’s use,” Guzman said. “Investing in the necessary upgrades for these historic structures allows the vibrant past of this city to be blended with Reading’s incredibly bright future. “While I am given the honor of representing the 127th Legislative District, I will continue being a zealous advocate and fight for every resource available as we continue investing in the future of the great City of Reading. I look forward to the day where all of these envisioned projects evolve from Read more

 

Guzman helps to save the Reading Phillies

(Dec 03, 2021)

READING, Dec. 3 – State Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks, today announced the awarding of $7.5 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding for construction of new facilities and an overhaul of FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading. The project will involve construction of a three-story structure at FirstEnergy Stadium for the home and visiting clubhouses, women's locker room, batting tunnels, weight room, team laundry, equipment storage, an indoor event space and other enhancements. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. “ Like the pinstripes on their jerseys, the Reading Phillies are stitched into the fabric of our community ,” Guzman said. “ Generations of families have made it a tradition to visit this historic ballpark and root for their home team. I am so grateful this tradition and the memories that come with it will remain steadfast here in Reading .” Guzman was instrumental in securing the funding to keep the Reading Phillies in Baseball Town through collaborative measures with influential leaders that put the project in motion. Guzman went onto say, “I have such fond memories of coming to see the Reading Phillies play at this historic ballpark. The passion this Read more

 

Berks lawmakers Applaud $7.5 Million in State Funding for Reading Phils, Tout Community Effort to Improve Stadium

(Dec 03, 2021)

READING, Dec. 3 – Sen. Judy Schwank, Rep. Mark Rozzi and Rep. Manny Guzman, all D-Berks, applauded today’s awarding of $7.5 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding by Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Office of the Budget in support of the construction of new facilities at FirstEnergy Stadium. In December of 2020, Major League Baseball contracted and consolidated its affiliations with minor league baseball franchises. Reading was offered a license, which maintained its affiliation with the Philadelphia Phillies MLB franchise. As part of the new Minor League Baseball license agreements, improvements must be made to stadium facilities at all minor league baseball venues within the next two years. Improvements needed at FirstEnergy Stadium include, among other things, the construction of home and away team clubhouses and new player practice and training facilities. “Losing the Reading Fightin Phils was never an option and keeping the team in Reading has been one of my top economic development priorities,” Schwank said. “Officials from the state, county and local level were all on the same page and acted quickly and with urgency to find funding. We really worked together, and across party lines, to get this done. The R-Phils have a storied history in Berks County as the longest-running minor league affiliate in professional baseball. People who grew up going to games now take their own kids to the ballpark. We would have Read more

 

Guzman announces $238,062 grant awarded to the Reading Salvation Army to address gun violence

(Dec 01, 2021)

READING, Dec. 1 – State Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks, today announced the awarding of a $238,062 grant to support the Reading Salvation Army’s initiative of implementing trauma-informed group sessions to support children and their families affected by gun violence. This grant was awarded through the Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program and administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. “Gun violence continues to plague our streets and has caused unimaginable suffering for those that have experienced this trauma firsthand,” Guzman said. “This grant award will help our community take a more proactive approach in preventing and ultimately ceasing gun violence. Having personally experienced the great things the Salvation Army has done for our community here in Reading, I know this money will be put to good use.” Guzman went onto say, “While this influx of money is a step in the right direction to continue addressing the gun violence epidemic, it does not go far enough. We need concreate legislative action in Harrisburg that will play a substantial role in reducing the destruction that gun violence has caused in our community. I look forward to bringing these initiatives to the forefront with my colleagues in Harrisburg with the objective of saving as many lives as possible.” The Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program provides grants to address community violence Read more

 

Virtual Pennie Town Hall

(Dec 01, 2021)

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Guzman thrilled about $600,000 grant award to enhance bicyclist and pedestrian safety in Reading

(Nov 19, 2021)

READING, Nov. 16 – State Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks, today announced the awarding of a $600,000 grant poised to enhance and propel road projects with a focus on bicyclist and pedestrian safety in the 127th Legislative District. This grant was awarded through the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Multimodal Transportation Fund Program. “I am extremely grateful for this much-needed investment that seeks to make our roadways in the City of Reading safer for everyone who utilizes them,” Guzman said. “Oftentimes when we think of enhancing our roadways, we think strictly in terms of vehicular traffic; however, this grant award will be utilized to seamlessly integrate vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic.” Guzman went onto say, “Investments such as these will enhance the overall quality of life for all who reside in this great city. I look forward to bringing more available state resources home to the 127th Legislative District so we can see more projects such as this turn into a reality.” The Multimodal Transportation Fund, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth. The most recent round of awards from this fund totaled $84.4 million and has been spread out across a majority of the counties in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Guzman to partner with Salvation Army for turkey giveaway and kettle bell kickoff

(Nov 16, 2021)

READING, Nov. 16 – State Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks, will be partnering with the local chapter of the Salvation Army in Reading to conduct its annual turkey giveaway and kettle bell kickoff. This initiative will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23 and will include distributing more than 500 turkeys and other holiday items for families in need. This event will be held in the parking lot of the Salvation Army at 301 S. 5 th St. Reading, PA 19602. In addition, at 9:30 a.m. the Red Kettle campaign will kick off to provide meals, shelter, toys, clothing, and many other services during the year. “While the holiday season is a time to make memories that will last a lifetime, we must be cognizant that this time of the year can be stressful and difficult for the most vulnerable members of our community,” Guzman said. “I am elated to partner with our local Salvation Army to remind folks of the reason for the season and play a small role in uplifting the spirits of our community as a whole.” As a part of this event, Guzman and his staff will be on hand to answer any state-related questions constituents of the 127 th Legislative District may have such as information on rent rebates and LIHEAP. Read more

 

Ciresi and Guzman applaud bipartisan infrastructure bill’s passenger rail funding

(Nov 10, 2021)

Ciresi and Guzman said they both view the restoration of a passenger rail service as the best way to alleviate this critical infrastructure issue and increase southeastern Pennsylvania’s economic growth. Read more

 

Guzman commends $100,000 tax credit for Habitat for Humanity

(Nov 09, 2021)

READING, Nov. 09 – State Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks, today announced that Habitat for Humanity of Berks County was awarded $100,000 in tax credits to assist in ongoing revitalization project for the city of Reading. This funding was awarded through the Neighborhood Assistance Program, which supports nonprofits, businesses and resident projects in distressed areas or low-income neighborhoods. “These tax credits will be vital in honing and expanding upon the Habitat for Humanity of Berks County’s overall mission of assisting our most vulnerable neighbors in maintaining and securing safe, stable housing,” Guzman said. “As a community, we need to be cognizant that uplifting our neighbors through these initiatives will have positive ripple effects that will be felt for years to come.” The Habitat for Humanity of Berks County has created a six-year strategy for housing development and neighborhood revitalization in the city of Reading, creating safe, affordable housing. They are currently in the third year of this strategy. Guzman went onto say, “Seeing these tax credits be utilized for such an important resource such as housing ensures our wonderful community continues to head in the right direction. As long as I am given the privilege of being the state representative for the 127 th Legislative District, I will continue fighting for every resource that will better and strengthen our Read more

 

Pennie's Open Enrollment Period is now open

(Nov 01, 2021)

Pennie is Pennsylvanian's insurance marketplace and provides individuals and families with the ability to shop for high-quality health care plans and easily apply for financial assistance. Read more

 

After Berks County sent out Spanish instructions for mail-in ballots with wrong date, activists want Nov. 18 deadline honored

(Oct 29, 2021)

“It doesn’t matter how many folks were sent the incorrect information,” Guzman said, pointing out that races could be decided by just a handful of votes. “Even if one person was disenfranchised because they received the incorrect information — that’s one person too many.” Read more

 

Guzman pushes to restore turnpike jobs and ensure proper toll collection

(Oct 27, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks, is planning to introduce legislation that would bring back in-person tollbooth jobs on the Pennsylvania Turnpike during peak hours to prevent motorists without an E-ZPass from riding toll free, which happened for about half of those motorists in 2020. “We lost more than $104 million in turnpike tolls last year due to a flawed, all-electronic tolling system. That is unacceptable,” Guzman said. “The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission laid off nearly 500 tollbooth workers and prematurely converted to an all-electronic system, resulting in this catastrophic loss. The commission needs to be held accountable.” Guzman is proposing a hybrid system that would bring back tollbooth workers during the road’s busiest hours so that the electronic system can be improved without incurring further revenue losses. “The benefits of a functioning all-electronic system are undeniable,” he said. “However, last year’s blunder demonstrated that the commission needs more time to develop a working system.” About 11 million trips without tolls occurred on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in 2020, according to an internal turnpike report obtained by the Associated Press. After eliminating in-person toll collection last year, a 45% rate increase was implemented for non-E-ZPass drivers. E-ZPass tolls accounted for over $1 billion of the PTC’s $1.3 billion total tolls Read more

 

Webinar: Grant Application Process
Jan 26, 2022

Guzman: Guarantee Alcohol Addiction Services
Jan 24, 2022

Now open for applications: Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program; preservation planning; and substance abuse education and reduction grant opportunities
Jan 18, 2022

Reps. Danilo Burgos, Angel Cruz and Manny Guzman: Redistricting plan will improve Latino representation
Jan 16, 2022

Guzman welcomes $237,000 grant awarded for Reading Iron Playground improvements
Dec 30, 2021

Rep. Kinkead and House Democrats defend election integrity
Dec 15, 2021

Guzman: Driving Pa. Forward
Dec 14, 2021

Guzman announces $375,000 grant awarded to SAFE Berks to combat domestic violence
Dec 08, 2021

Guzman commends $2.25 million grant for Medical Arts Building rehabilitation project
Dec 06, 2021

Guzman helps to save the Reading Phillies
Dec 03, 2021

Berks lawmakers Applaud $7.5 Million in State Funding for Reading Phils, Tout Community Effort to Improve Stadium
Dec 03, 2021

Guzman announces $238,062 grant awarded to the Reading Salvation Army to address gun violence
Dec 01, 2021

Virtual Pennie Town Hall
Dec 01, 2021

Guzman thrilled about $600,000 grant award to enhance bicyclist and pedestrian safety in Reading
Nov 19, 2021

Guzman to partner with Salvation Army for turkey giveaway and kettle bell kickoff
Nov 16, 2021

Ciresi and Guzman applaud bipartisan infrastructure bill’s passenger rail funding
Nov 10, 2021

Guzman commends $100,000 tax credit for Habitat for Humanity
Nov 09, 2021

Pennie's Open Enrollment Period is now open
Nov 01, 2021

After Berks County sent out Spanish instructions for mail-in ballots with wrong date, activists want Nov. 18 deadline honored
Oct 29, 2021

Guzman pushes to restore turnpike jobs and ensure proper toll collection
Oct 27, 2021