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

 

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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

 

O’Mara, Guzman and Rozzi release statements on Berks County’s mail-in ballot error

(Oct 22, 2021)

READING, Oct. 22 — State Reps. Jennifer O’Mara, Manny Guzman and Mark Rozzi denounced Berks County commissioners’ colossal error disenfranchising Spanish speaking voters by providing the wrong return-by date on mail-in ballots with following statements: “The people deserve answers. I am demanding an immediate full investigation into how this massive error could have happened – you don’t slip a finger and type ’18’ when you mean to type ‘2.’ And, if this is more than an accident, we need to demand resignations. For my part I am working with state Democratic leadership to convene a Policy Committee hearing in Reading to get the facts we all need to restore public trust. The actions of right-wing extremists in Harrisburg and Washington D.C. show us how fragile our democracy truly is – we cannot afford to shatter democracy in Berks County,” Guzman said. “Voting is one of our most sacred rights in America, and if people are being told wrong information regarding elections – that’s voter suppression. This cannot be remedied by simply mailing a letter, the county commissioners need to be more open and proactive about correcting their mistake to ensure that every voice is heard on Election Day. The county commissioners’ failure to share accurate information is nothing but a veiled attempt at voter suppression, and Rep. Guzman and I will continue shedding light on this issue Read more

 

LIHEAP: Expanded Home-Heating Assistance is Available to PA Renters, Homeowners

(Oct 21, 2021)

LIHEAP is a federally funded program administered by the Department of Human Services that provides assistance for home heating bills so Pennsylvanians can stay warm and safe during the winter months. Read more

 

Guzman demands answers about ‘mistake’ potentially taking away the vote of 17,000 Spanish-speaking Berks County residents

(Oct 21, 2021)

READING, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Manuel Guzman issued the following statement today after 17,000 Spanish-speaking voters in Berks County were sent mail-in ballots with an instruction page telling voters their ballot didn’t need to be returned until Nov. 18 instead of the actual due date of Nov. 2. “People make mistakes, but when a mistake potentially silences the voices of tens of thousands of people, there must be more accountability than essentially shrugging one’s shoulders and saying, ‘My bad.’ We are talking about directly disenfranchising more than 17,000 potential voters in the fastest-growing group of citizens in Berks County – a number equaling more than 5% of the total voter turnout in the November 2020 election. If these people don’t get their votes counted due to this error, then the 2021 General Election numbers cannot be trusted, and we shatter the faith in elections of countless voters who will believe their vote simply doesn’t matter. “First things first, the county election board needs to do a massive public apology and education effort to personally reach out to every one of these voters and explain the error, and to reach out to every voter to remind them of the correct dates and how to submit their ballots so their voices are heard. “The people deserve answers. I am demanding an immediate full investigation into how this massive error could have happened – you don’t slip a Read more

 

Guzman to host job fair featuring over 30 employers tomorrow

(Sep 29, 2021)

READING, Sept. 29 – State Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks, will host a job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30. Guzman’s job fair will consist of over 30 employers searching for qualified candidates to fill a host of open positions. This is Guzman’s latest event surrounding assisting individuals in the 127 th Legislative District in finding employment. Earlier this month, he hosted a virtual town hall consisting of a panel of experts that discussed the end of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment benefit program, along with resources and advice on helping individuals find a new career path. “ I am thrilled to host this job fair as more of our hard-working neighbors rejoin the work force. There will be plenty of employers on hand offering meaningful employment, great benefits and family-sustaining wages. I look forward to seeing all who are seeking work in attendance ,” Guzman said. The job fair will be held inside the Reading Recreational Center, 320 S. Third St. To protect everyone’s health and safety, COVID-19 safety guidelines will be in place. Additionally, Guzman and his staff will be there to assist with one's state-related questions. Read more

 

Guzman responds to recent opioid overdoses as epidemic deepens

(Sep 14, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 14 – State Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks, said he was heartbroken to learn of a wave of opioid overdoses, once of which resulted in a death, that plagued Reading Hospital this past weekend. In total, there were 70 reported cases of opioid overdoses and one death. “Opioid abuse has skyrocketed over the last several years and there appears to be no end in sight as this epidemic continues to devastate and beset our community, commonwealth and nation as a whole,” Guzman said. “Sadly, here in Pennsylvania, the Republican majority in Harrisburg specifically chose not to renew the emergency declaration surrounding the opioid epidemic as a result of their newfound constitutional powers.” Guzman went onto say, “It is no surprise we are continuously seeing opioids ravage our neighbors, family and friends, and as elected officials we should be doing everything in our power to provide individuals the resources to continue battling this disease. I implore my colleagues to address this serious issue and reinstate the emergency declaration as we prepare a return to session this fall.” Guzman reiterated that he will continue fighting the battle against the opioid epidemic and will work to bring home resources to help combat this public health crisis that continues to impact individuals struggling with this cruel disease. There are state resources available through the Read more

 

Guzman announces gun violence reduction grants

(Sep 08, 2021)

READING, Sept. 8 – State Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks, today announced that two local organizations were awarded gun violence reduction grants from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. RIZE, a youth arts nonprofit organization, will receive $225,000 to support its RIZE Above Bars initiative that serves Reading children and youth with incarcerated parents, as well as other initiatives. Another group, The Village of Reading, will receive $195,023 to support community outreach programs, including the cost of a director, part-time assistant, two part-time violence interrupters and more. “It’s critical that we help organizations in their work to make our communities safer, and I was pleased to support these nonprofits in their applications for funding,” said Guzman. “These grants are great news and I look forward to seeing this funding help RIZE and the Village of Reading make a difference for our neighbors.” More information about the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency is available here . Read more

 

Guzman secures $20,000 for LGBT Center of Greater Reading

(Aug 24, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 24 -- State Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks, today announced that the LGBT Center of Greater Reading received $20,000 in funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. Guzman said he was instrumental in securing the funding to expand on the mission of the LGBT Center of Greater Reading of creating, administering and providing services, advocacy and support to LGBTQ+ people in the greater Reading area. “I am thrilled to have played a role in securing this money for an organization that provides such important services for our LGBTQ+ community,” Guzman said. “Everyone deserves to have a place where they feel safe and empowered, while having access to advocacy and social outreach programs.” The LGBT Center of Greater Reading was founded in 2016 and recently was a recipient of the 2020 Guidestar Gold Seal of Transparency. "We are honored to receive a $20,000.00 grant from the Department of Human Services, and it comes at the perfect time," said Michelle Dech, executive director of the LGBT Center of Greater Reading. "In addition to providing essential items to those in crisis through our Rainbow Relief fund, we are looking forward to launching a weekly open food pantry and a weekly hot meal kitchen beginning in November. This funding will support building those vital community services." The LGBT Center recently announced Read more

 

Time to Wake Up and Pass the For the People Act

(Aug 06, 2021)

The rhetoric surrounding the sanctity of our right to vote has been discussed in every information silo imaginable over the course of the last several years. I have heard from many of my constituents that they feel disoriented and exhausted from the constant barrage encompassing a right that simply cannot be taken for granted. Choosing who represents us at all levels of government is a privilege that has been denied to many, and while the thought of it being revoked from us seems too daunting to comprehend, we nonetheless have reached a critical juncture in our democracy. The perpetual fight to save our democracy will be taken to Washington, D.C this week as state legislators from throughout the country, along with voting rights advocates, will demand that the Senate and President Joe Biden act now to protect voting rights. State legislators will kick off the Week of Action on Tuesday, Aug. 3 with a “Recess Can Wait - Our Democracy Can’t” rally featuring a lineup of elected officials calling on Congress to put the August recess on hold until the “For the People Act” is passed. In conjunction with this rally, state legislators will also take part in a series of events and meetings with federal lawmakers throughout the week to underscore the urgent need to pass federal legislation protecting the right to vote before the end of summer and undo anti-voter state laws in time for the 2022 midterm elections. State legislatures Read more

 

Guzman traveling to nation’s capital to advocate for passage of the For the People Act

(Aug 03, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 3 -- State Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks, today is joining hundreds of fellow state legislators to urge the Senate and President Joe Biden to immediately pass the For the People Act . The coordinated Week of Action will begin with a “Recess Can Wait-Our Democracy Can’t” rally featuring a vast coalition of elected officials and voting rights activists calling on Congress to put the August recess on hold until the passage of the act aimed towards expanding voting rights. “We have reached a critical juncture in our democracy,” Guzman said. “The fundamental right of addressing our governmental grievances through the ballot box is being targeted through explicit voter suppression legislation propelled by extremist lawmakers in state legislatures across the country. Sadly, these tactics are targeting our communities of color and their ability to have their voices heard.” In Pennsylvania, the General Assembly passed H.B. 1300, which was viewed by many voting rights advocates as restricting voting access. This legislation was eventually vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf, although the primary sponsor, state Rep. Seth Grove, R-York, has already begun seeking co-sponsors for a similar bill aimed at changing the Election Code. “I will never stop advocating for voting laws that work for everyone and ensure free and fair elections”, Guzman said. Read more

 

Guzman announces $400,000 state grant for downtown Reading

(Aug 02, 2021)

READING, Aug. 2 – State Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks, today announced $400,000 in state grant funding has been awarded to the city of Reading for its downtown improvement project on the 800 block of Penn Street South Courtyard. Guzman contacted the Wolf administration with his strong support for the project and was instrumental in securing this Keystone Communities Program grant for the city. The grant will fund improvements being made to seating, paving, landscaping, drainage, lighting, parking, ADA and all courtyard walkway areas within the space site. Guzman said the 800 block of Penn Street in the heart of downtown Reading attracts both locals and visitors frequently and is highly walkable. It also is in the heart of his legislative district, just one block from his constituent service office at 645 Penn St. “Penn Street is our city’s main corridor and will be at the forefront of development now and in years to come,” Guzman said. “The existing courtyard in this project area is occupied by dozens of people at any given time throughout the day. “I am going after every possible state dollar available to bring back to my legislative district, and this grant is another small step in the right direction. I’m thrilled to see the state continue to invest vital development funds into areas of our city, like Penn Street, so they can continue to thrive.” The Keystone Read more

 

Guzman asks Biden, Harris to terminate ICE contract at Berks County Residential Center

(Jul 28, 2021)

READING, July 28 – State Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks, has asked President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to terminate the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement contract at the Berks County Residential Center. Guzman said that the unprecedented move was needed because Harrisburg has been slow or ineffective in acting on behalf of families there. Guzman was joined in the letter by more than 50 state and local elected officials. In it , Guzman states that it has been nearly five months since the most previously detained families were freed to their loved ones and sponsors, adding that the facility must permanently end those egregious practices once and for all. “This is the first time in many years that the Berks County Residential Center has stood without detained immigrant families within its walls,” Guzman wrote. “We believe that this decision is only the first step toward ending family detention once and for all in this country. Incarcerating immigrants – whether they are families, children or single adults – is cruel, inhumane, abusive, unnecessary and immoral. “It is a violation not only of American civil liberties but also of international human rights.” The letter, signed by a vast coalition of state senators and representatives, makes an unwavering case against new plans to detain, process, incarcerate or subject immigrants to federal actions within the facility. “I am honored and Read more

 

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

O’Mara, Guzman and Rozzi release statements on Berks County’s mail-in ballot error
Oct 22, 2021

LIHEAP: Expanded Home-Heating Assistance is Available to PA Renters, Homeowners
Oct 21, 2021

Guzman demands answers about ‘mistake’ potentially taking away the vote of 17,000 Spanish-speaking Berks County residents
Oct 21, 2021

Guzman to host job fair featuring over 30 employers tomorrow
Sep 29, 2021

Guzman responds to recent opioid overdoses as epidemic deepens
Sep 14, 2021

Guzman announces gun violence reduction grants
Sep 08, 2021

Guzman secures $20,000 for LGBT Center of Greater Reading
Aug 24, 2021

Time to Wake Up and Pass the For the People Act
Aug 06, 2021

Guzman traveling to nation’s capital to advocate for passage of the For the People Act
Aug 03, 2021

Guzman announces $400,000 state grant for downtown Reading
Aug 02, 2021

Guzman asks Biden, Harris to terminate ICE contract at Berks County Residential Center
Jul 28, 2021