Cephas to host town hall meeting

(Feb 27, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 27 – In keeping with her legislative priorities, state Rep. Morgan Cephas announced she will host a town hall meeting for residents of the 192nd Legislative District. The meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at the Shephard Recreation Center, 5700 Haverford Ave., Philadelphia, 19131. Cephas said she and a panel of state, city and local officials will discuss several topics, such as the outlook and goals for the district, a public safety neighborhood review, a status update on nuisance liquor establishments and plans to address them, and a plan to strengthen neighborhood schools. “The purpose of this event is to provide a platform for community residents to learn about various resources available to them at the state and local level,” Cephas said. “It is also an opportunity for them to learn about my agenda for working toward a better quality of life for constituents who live in the 192nd legislative district.” Cephas added the attendees for the town hall meeting will be officials from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, Pennsylvania Liquor Control Enforcement, the Mayor’s Office of Education and the 19th Police District. Local organizations and vendors also will be there with resources to share. For more information, constituents can call Cephas’ district office at (215)-879-6625. Read more


Winter/Spring 2017 Newsletter

(Feb 23, 2017)

Read Rep. Cephas' Winter/Spring Newsletter. Read more


Cephas hosting Feb. 25 fire safety and prevention community meeting

(Feb 17, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 17 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., will host a community meeting Feb. 25 on fire safety and prevention following a recent rash of house fires in west Philadelphia. "Even one preventable house fire is one too many. In at least one case, I'm told someone worried about heating costs tried to use the oven to heat the home, so we'll also have information on how to get help with your heating bills," Cephas said. The community meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 25 at Freedom Christian Bible Fellowship, 6100 W. Columbia Ave. In addition to Cephas, participants will include the Philadelphia Fire Department (Fire Prevention Division, Fire Administration, fire house and Engine 54), the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross and block captains. RSVPs to Cephas' office are encouraged but not required. To RSVP or for more information, residents may contact Donna at 215-879-6625. Cephas represents the 192nd Legislative District in west Philadelphia, which is home to more than 60,000 residents from the Wynnefield, Overbrook Farms, Morris Park, Overbrook Park, Overbrook, Haddington, Hestonville and Carroll Park areas. ### Read more


Cephas Targeting Liquor Enforcement

(Feb 15, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Morgan Cephas is introducing legislation that would close loopholes on "nuisance" establishments which sell liquor and beer in residential neighborhoods, lowering the quality of life for the community. Cephas is launching a liquor enforcement task force that will look at other ways to reduce the negative impact of these businesses on residents. Read more


Cephas to organize coalition to serve as liquor enforcement task force

(Feb 15, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 15 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., announced that she is launching a liquor control task force to address growing concerns and issues that stem from nuisance establishments negatively impacting Philadelphia neighborhoods and commercial corridors. Cephas said the task force will be designed to bring together local and state agencies, business owners and area residents that are immediately impacted by the operation of these establishments. "With the loosening of laws regarding liquor sales, businesses have greater opportunities to expand commerce and product lines, however, we are experiencing some unintended consequences of changing the laws," Cephas said. "It remains critical for local and state agencies to keep a watchful eye on nuisance establishments that are taking advantage of loopholes. "West Philadelphia residents are speaking out with significant concerns and this a step in answering their call. This task force is a way to allow all stakeholders to be part of the solution. Throughout this process, I am prepared to go block by block to leave no stone unturned and no call unanswered to ensure our community assets stay as such." Members of the task force will be tasked with reporting and resolving complaints from residents, tracking and examining new license requests and transfers, and making long-term legislative and policy recommendations. In addition, Cephas, a member of the House Liquor Control Read more


Cephas to hold mobile office hours throughout the district

(Feb 10, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 10 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., announced she will hold mobile offices hours for her constituents throughout the 192nd Legislative District. “I made a commitment to bring state services directly to the doors of my constituents in their neighborhoods,” Cephas said. Cephas said her staff will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first, third and last Thursday of every month at the following locations: Feb. 16 Overbrook Library, 7422 Haverford Ave., 19151 Feb. 23 Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. District Office, 5398 Wynnefield Ave., 19131 March 2 Wynnefield Library, 5325 Overbrook Ave., 19131 March 16 Haddington Library, 448 N. 65th St., 19151 March 23 Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. District Office, 5398 Wynnefield Ave., 19131 April 6 Overbrook Library, 7422 Haverford Ave., 19151 April 20 Haverford Library, 5543 Haverford Ave., 19139 April 27 Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. District Office, new location TBD May 4 Haddington Library, 448 N. 65th St., 19151 May 18 Wynnefield Library, 5325 Overbrook Ave., 19131 May 25 Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. District Office, new location TBD June 1 Haverford Library, 5543 Haverford Ave., 19139 June 15 Overbrook Library, 7422 Haverford Ave., 19151 June 22 Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. District Office, new location, TBD Cephas noted her staff will offer the services that are also offered at her main office, such as assistance with the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, Read more


Cephas: Budget Protects Most Vulnerable

(Feb 07, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Morgan Cephas says that Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal commits to investing in education, putting people to work through job training and protecting our senior citizens. Read more


Cephas applauds positives in governor's budget address

(Feb 07, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 7 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., released the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf's 2017-18 budget address: “As a freshman legislator, I am beyond ecstatic that I was able to attend my first budget address for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and to hear some of the priorities for Philadelphia and particularly the 192nd Legislative District discussed in the governor’s budget address. “With my experience in government, I realized early on that you can always tell a society's priorities by looking at their budget and their investments. “As Governor Wolf mentioned in his budget address, there is no greater priority than educating our young people, protecting our seniors and putting people to work. The governor is looking to work together with the General Assembly to build the foundation started last year by providing more funding for education – from pre-K to college – in this year’s budget. “One of my main priorities for my district is helping our seniors. I applaud the governor for making these citizens a top priority in his budget by working to assure they continue to get the highest quality of care and services in our commonwealth. “Pennsylvania must also move ahead with job creation. Governor Wolf indicated there are 82,000 more people working than there were two years ago. That number must remain on an upward path. “To the governor’s credit, Read more


Cephas receives committee appointments for 2017-18 legislative session

(Jan 24, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 24 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., announced that she has been appointed to serve on several key House standing committees that will help move the needle in her district for the 2017-18 legislative session. The freshman legislator was selected to sit on the Labor and Industry; Liquor Control; Gaming Oversight; Aging and Older Adult Services; and the Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees. “Given the shifts we are experiencing as a commonwealth and a nation, as a new legislator, I look forward to participating in meaningful dialogue within these committees on issues that have a direct impact to my district and all people of Pennsylvania,” Cephas said. Cephas added that while all of these committees are crucial to the overall demographic trends of the commonwealth, the Labor and Industry, Liquor and Aging committees specifically coincide with a significant portion of her agenda that she has laid out for her first term. “There are many people living paycheck to paycheck at minimum wage jobs. Pennsylvania’s neighboring states have helped their working poor by raising the wage and we are long overdue to join them,” Cephas said. “The commonwealth must also make sure workers have adequate workplace protection rules in place to ensure the safety of the employee and their client. “Philadelphia is home to several bars, restaurants and corner stores that serve alcohol. With the General Assembly Read more


Energy Neighborhood Workshop

(Jan 19, 2017)

Join me for this workshop and learn how to save money on your energy bills. Read more


Cephas Legislative Priorities

(Jan 03, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Morgan Cephas discusses her priorities for the upcoming legislative session. Read more


Cephas sworn in to serve 192nd District in west Philadelphia

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., was sworn in today to serve the 192nd Legislative District in west Philadelphia, which is home to more than 60,000 residents from the Wynnefield, Overbrook Farms, Morris Park, Overbrook Park, Overbrook, Haddington, Hestonville and Carroll Park areas. "I am beyond excited to represent and work for a district filled with great community assets and active civic associations. To continue building on the foundation of the 192nd, I will be working tirelessly to revitalize our distressed neighborhood commercial corridors, ensuring our young people have access to education and workforce opportunities in their ZIP code and improving the quality of life of our residents by driving state resources directly to the district," Cephas said. "I am also committed to bringing services to the doors of the people in the 192nd District. Over the past month, my staff and I have served and connected over 200 residents with state services such as help with home heating bills, the Children's Health Insurance Program, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage for seniors, the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, car tag renewals and much more." A native of west Philadelphia and product of public schools, Cephas has worked tirelessly in the public sector, building her community block by block. At an early age, she realized that a community that offers safety, job security, access to quality education and Read more


Cephas reopens 192nd District office in west Philadelphia

(Dec 19, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 19 – State Rep.-elect Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., has reopened the 192nd Legislative District office in west Philadelphia. The district includes Wynnefield, Overbrook Farms, Morris Park, Overbrook Park, Overbrook, Haddington, Hestonville and Carroll Park. "I am excited to begin serving the people of the 192nd District. My staff and I can help you with state-related concerns and services such as help with home heating bills, the Children's Health Insurance Program, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage for seniors, the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, car tag renewals and much more," Cephas said. The office is at 1991 N. 63rd St. and is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is 215-879-6625. Cephas is also providing information on her website -- www.pahouse.com/Cephas -- and can be reached at RepCephas@pahouse.net . She said, "Residents are encouraged to come by and get to meet some of the new staff. In mid-January we will be hosting a soft opening so STAY TUNED!!!" Cephas will be sworn in officially on Jan. 3 in Harrisburg. ### Read more


Rep.-elect Cephas announces $300,000 secured for Carroll Park revitalization project

(Dec 15, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 15 – State Rep.-elect Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., announced today that a state Community Conservation Partnership Program grant has been secured for the revitalization of Carroll Park, which is part of the 192 nd Legislative District Carroll Park community. The $300,000 grant, awarded to Philadelphia's Department of Parks and Recreation will be used to restore the park’s historic water fountain and play area, upgrade the children’s playground equipment, create an interactive spray ground system with matting and new benches, increase signage at the entrance of the park and improve lighting and greening space to create a safe environment. "Carroll Park serves as a central point and gathering place for families throughout the Carroll Park Neighborhood and I couldn't be happier that this funding is going to help transform the park into a multigenerational space that will be able to hold events, allow for exercise opportunities and active play," said Cephas. "Oftentimes, families aren’t able to afford vacations outside of the city, which forces us to transform our area parks and recreation centers into ‘staycations’ and destinations that offer a similar experience." Cephas added the need for the redevelopment project for the community was also identified through the efforts of the Carroll Park Neighbors Advisory Council in conjunction with Fairmount Park Conservancy and the Pennsylvania Read more


PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions

(Dec 01, 2016)

In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. All Pennsylvania residents have the right to choose their electric supplier, but your ability to switch depends on where you live. Competitive offers may not be available in all areas. PAPowerSwitch provides much of the information that you need. Before approving any agreement with a supplier, you should always read the contract thoroughly and understand the product you are purchasing, its price, when the contract ends, cancellation or other fees, and any other terms and conditions that apply, including if and when the price might change. As always, if you need more help or have questions about your situation, please contact my office . Read more


Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Nov 30, 2016)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Unclaimed property may include: Closed bank accounts; Uncashed checks, including paychecks; Lost stocks and bonds; Contents of safe deposit boxes; Proceeds from the demutualization of insurance companies; Expired gift cards/gift certificates. To find out if you have unclaimed property, search your name in the Unclaimed Property database at www.patreasury.gov/Unclaimed/Search.html , call 1-800-222-2046, or contact my office . There is NO CHARGE to claim your unclaimed property. Read more


Sign up for the Do-Not-Call list

(Nov 30, 2016)

To register for the Pennsylvania and national do-not-call lists, visit Pennsylvania's Do-Not-Call list or call 1-888-777-3406. Registration is free. There is a rolling enrollment; individuals may sign up at any time and the registration is good for five years. After that, you can re-enroll. And, signing up on Pennsylvania's list automatically adds those numbers to the national do-not-call list. If you continue to receive unwanted telemarketing phone calls, complaints can be filed with the Bureau of Consumer Protection in the state Attorney General's Office by calling 1-800-441-2555. Violation of the law carries a civil penalty of up to $1,000 and as high as $3,000 if the person contacted is 60 or older. Please keep in mind that existing law does not prevent telemarketers from calling those with whom they had an established business relationship within 12 months preceding the call, or telemarketers calling on behalf of charities, political parties or candidates. Read more


Beware IRS phone scams

(Nov 29, 2016)

Recently, my office received information about phone calls received statewide in which an individual claimed to be from the IRS and demanded payment on taxes owed. Please be aware – this phone call is a scam, and the IRS will NOT initiate first contact with you on the phone about taxes owed. Always be wary of unsolicited phone calls in which an individual claims to represent a business or government entity and aggressively demands payment. The IRS does not operate this way and will always send official correspondence through the mail to make its first contact with you. Additionally, it is important for you to know that the IRS: Never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone; Never insists that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations; Never requests immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation. Taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS tax liens or levies. Consider the other characteristics of a scam. Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves. Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number. Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling. Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims Read more


Weatherizing your home saves you money on energy bills

(Nov 29, 2016)

If you choose to have a professional home-energy audit and meet the requirements, you might qualify for the Pennsylvania’s Weatherization Assistance Program . Last year’s bitterly cold winter left many people struggling to pay higher-than-normal home energy bills. As we head toward the coldest months of the year, there are ways you can winterize your home to keep heat in, cold air out, and money in your pocket. Many businesses offer professional home energy audits, but you can perform your own by inspecting areas where heat escapes and cold air leaks in. One easy way to start is by locating air leaks. Common air leak locations include gaps along baseboards and doors to the outside, along with windows and junctures of the walls and ceiling. These leaks can sometimes be fixed by caulking holes and gaps or by applying weather stripping to doors and windows. It’s also easy to lose heat through poor insulation. Especially in older homes, insulation in attics and garages can wear down over time or simply not be adequate by today’s standards. Inspecting the quality and type of insulation you have and replacing it if necessary could keep your home much warmer during the winter and cooler during the summer. The type of light bulb you use can also save money on energy bills. Consider replacing inefficient bulbs with energy-saving incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps or light-emitting diodes (LEDs). If you choose to have a professional Read more


CHIP offers kids protection and parents peace of mind

(Nov 28, 2016)

Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. What does CHIP cover? Immunizations Routine Check-ups Diagnostic Testing Prescriptions Dental, Vision, Hearing Services Emergency Care Maternity Care Mental Health Benefits Up to 90 Days Hospitalization in any Year Durable Medical Equipment Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Partial Hospitalization for Mental Health Rehabilitation Therapy Home Health Care Does my family qualify? The following factors are considered for a child's eligibility for CHIP: Must not be eligible for Medicaid or have any other health insurance. Must be under age 19. Must be a U.S. citizen or lawful alien. Must be a Pennsylvania resident for at least 30 days, except for a newborn. The family's income is below the following levels: Income guidelines: Family Size Free CHIP Subsidized CHIP* 2 $31,020 $31,021 - $46,530 3 $39,060 $39,061 - $58,590 4 $47,100 $47,101 - $70,650 5 $55,140 $55,141 - $82,710 6 $63,180 $63,181 - $94,770 7 $71,220 $71,221 - $106,830 8 $79,260 Read more