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State Rep. Angel Cruz secures $1.5 million RACP grant for A & Indiana Campus

Cruz demands Gov. Wolf and PA Education Department address state charter school inequities

(19 hours ago)

HARRISBURG, May 25 – State Rep. Angel Cruz joined the National Puerto Rican Agenda and other community leaders at a rally on the Capitol steps yesterday demanding Gov. Tom Wolf address racial inequities on the State Charter School Appeal Board. “We’re gathered here to let the secretary of Education and Governor Tom Wolf know that they cannot make decisions about our school districts without visiting our schools and considering the latest data,” Cruz said. “Philadelphia turned over these school districts as renaissance schools. Now that they have finally started to find their footing, we are told the Philadelphia School District will be taking back these schools. I implore them to reconsider their decision. As safety, attendance, and grades have all increased, it would be a shame to take all that progress away from these children, their schools and families.” “Don’t take our school from us,” said Savana Diaz, an eighth grader from John B. Stetson Charter School. “It’s the only good thing we have going on in our community. As a student, I know that. Please do not take it from us.” According to Aspira Inc. of Pennsylvania, which has managed the John B. Stetson Charter School and Olney Charter High School since 2011, Aspira has made dramatic improvements in both schools. Since Aspira began managing the schools, enrollment, attendance and academics have all improved. Compared to peer schools, Aspira has Read more

 

Cruz: Renew Aspira Charter Schools

(22 hours ago)

Pa. state Rep. Angel Cruz is imploring Gov. Tom Wolf and the Acting Secretary of Education Eric Hagarty to reconsider their nonrenewal of Aspira Charter Schools. He says that these schools have never been safer, with attendance and grade averages on the rise. He does not want all of their work to improve to be for nothing, and has heard from students that this school is one of the only good things they have to look forward to in their community. Read more

 

Isaacson, Cruz tout $1.5M state funding for Kensington Avenue improvements

(Apr 26, 2022)

HARRISBURG, April 26 – State grant funding for $1.5 million will help build improvements along Kensington Avenue in Philadelphia, state Reps. Mary Isaacson and Angel Cruz, both D-Phila., said today. The New Kensington Community Development Corporation was awarded $1.5 million in state funding to build out Kensington Avenue with spaces for outdoor programming, plazas for artists and entrepreneurs, and an access point to the future Richmond Industrial Trail. “For far too long, the Kensington neighborhood has been ignored and left to address daily quality-of-life issues on their own," Isaacson said. "This vital funding will invest in the neighbors and residents by revitalizing vacant lots and turning them into areas of recreation and community gathering, while also connecting them to green spaces. I am proud of the incredible work that NKCDC does every single day for all of us and honored to work with them.” “This money will help bring artist, entrepreneurs and the community together to provide a safe space to live, work, play and provide much needed access for residents to the forthcoming Richmond Industrial Trail,” Cruz said. “I am both happy and proud to have helped secure this grant to bring about change along Kensington Avenue.” Specifically, this project funding will help acquire eight properties in a 0.75-mile stretch of Kensington Avenue and transform them into avenue “anchors." Read more

 

State Rep. Angel Cruz secures $1.5 million RACP grant for A & Indiana Campus

(Apr 22, 2022)

State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., was instrumental in securing an RACP grant worth $1.5 million for Impact Services at the A & Indiana Campus in Philadelphia. This funding will renovate the Mill Building into a mixed-use space with affordable housing and a multi-tenant community services building. It will be renovated, keeping historic requirements and include new floors, historic windows, roofing and provide parking access for the building. “This project will make a huge difference in the lives of many people,” Cruz said. “I am proud to help secure this grant, which will help alleviate Philadelphia’s housing crisis, and provide much needed services to the community, and thankful to Governor Wolf for releasing this funding to help our constituents.” The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, from which this grant was awarded, is a commonwealth grant program overseen by the Office of the Budget to assist with regional cultural, economic, civic and historical projects that improve a community’s economic growth by creating jobs. 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

 

State Rep. Angel Cruz announces $1 million in redevelopment funding for A & Indiana Campus

(Dec 06, 2021)

State Rep. Angel Cruz announces $1 million in redevelopment funding for A & Indiana Campus HARRISBURG, Dec. 6 – State Rep. Angel Cruz D-Philadelphia today announced $1 million in state grant funding was awarded to further economic and housing development efforts in his legislative district. Cruz said the funding, awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, will help Impact Services Corp provide affordable housing options and easily accessible community services in the same building at the A & Indiana Campus. “Philadelphia has had a housing crisis that has been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Cruz said. “This funding will create opportunities for Philadelphians to get back on their feet while providing easy access to community services.” The project will include renovation of the 150,000 square-foot Mill building, converting it into mixed-use spaces that will provide affordable housing and community services. The renovations will meet all historic requirements, and include new flooring, roofing repairs, elevator installation, and will address parking issues for easier access to the building. 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. RACP projects Read more

 

Pennie's Open Enrollment Period is now open

(Nov 03, 2021)

The 2022 Open Enrollment Period for Pennsylvanians seeking health insurance coverage through Pennie is now open (as of Monday, Nov. 1) and will remain open through Jan. 15, 2022 . Pennie connects customers with financial aid and helps them shop for, compare and purchase health insurance. Nearly everyone qualifies for savings because of the American Rescue Plan. Pennie was created through legislation in 2019, moving Pennsylvania from the federal-based exchange to a state-based marketplace, which helped residents save hundreds – and, in some cases, thousands – of dollars on health insurance. Customers may see additional savings when enrolling in a 2022 Pennie plan because of the American Rescue Plan, according to state Rep. Tony DeLuca , Democratic Chairman of the House Insurance Committee. If you have questions, Pennie has answers via its FAQ page . Visit Pennie.com or call 1-844-844-8040 for more information. While open enrollment continues through Jan. 15, 2022, the last day to enroll for coverage starting Jan. 1 is Dec. 15, 2021 . Visit the Pennsylvania Insurance Department website for more information on how to get health insurance. 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

 

Cruz calls on Berks County officials, Department of State to correct mail-in ballot instruction error affecting 17,000 Latino voters

(Oct 21, 2021)

State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., chairman and founder of the Latino Affairs Caucus, today called for swift and significant action to correct a mistake made by Berks County elections officials that could have significant ramifications for thousands of Latino voters in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Cruz proposes bill to ban deceptive tactics in police interrogations

(Sep 07, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 7 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., has proposed a bill that would ban deceptive tactics in police interrogations. Under state law, police officers are permitted to use deceptive tactics to secure a confession or incriminating statement. Practices that attempt to get suspects to confess to a crime, even if they didn’t commit one, have become commonplace during custodial interrogations. This is due to the assumption that only the guilty would confess. “My legislation would prohibit law enforcement officers from using deceptive interrogation tactics against any individual suspected of a crime. No innocent suspect should be pressured into confessing to a crime they didn’t commit,” said Cruz. According to The Innocence Project, more than 30% of wrongful convictions that have been overturned by DNA evidence as a result of false confessions, were attributed largely to deceptive interrogation tactics. Cruz said that deceptive tactics do not ensure that any statement provided by the accused is valid. "Presenting false information and misleading a suspect can lead to the accused admitting to a crime they did not commit," he said, pointing to the recent case where three Philadelphia cops were charged for their role in the wrongful conviction of Anthony Wright. Wright was falsely convicted of rape and served a 25-year sentence. One of the factors that led to Wright’s conviction was that he signed a Read more

 

Cruz to introduce legislation recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month this year in Pennsylvania

(Sep 01, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 12 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., today announced that he is introducing legislation to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month in Pennsylvania. “An estimated 896,000 Hispanic Americans live in Pennsylvania, as entrepreneurs, students, community leaders, essential workers and so much more. They are a diverse and resilient people, who have made immeasurable and historic contributions to our society,” Cruz said. “Our commonwealth must continue recognizing the history and legacy of Hispanic Americans.” Cruz, who serves as chairman and founder of the Latino Affairs Caucus (the first formal bicameral and bipartisan caucus that seeks to advocate for Latino Pennsylvanians), said that observation of Hispanic Heritage Week started in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson and was later extended to a 30-day celebration by President Ronald Reagan, starting on Sept. 15 and ending on Oct. 15, and is in association with the independence anniversaries of several Latin American nations, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile. Read more

 

Cruz: We must do more to ensure dignity for incarcerated pregnant and postpartum individuals

(Aug 12, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 12 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Human Services Committee, is introducing legislation that would prohibit all body cavity searches of pregnant and postpartum inmates unless performed by a licensed medical professional. “All intimate body searches can be degrading, even humiliating, due to their intrusive nature. However, for pregnant and postpartum incarcerated people, body cavity searches can be harmful if carried out by a correctional employee without medical training,” Cruz said. “While it is sometimes necessary to conduct invasive searches of these vulnerable individuals, my legislation would ensure that they should only be performed by trained and authorized health care professionals.” By mandating that only licensed medical professionals may conduct these invasive procedures, Cruz’s bill would ensure greater care and safety for the incarcerated pregnant and postpartum population. This legislation would also provide a method to track compliance with the law and detect patterns of unwarranted searches among commonwealth jails and prisons. “Our nation, including our commonwealth, is in the wake of a maternal mortality crisis and subjecting incarcerated pregnant people to situations that are harmful to them and their unborn child exacerbates this devasting crisis,” said Cruz. Cruz’s bill would call for correctional employees to conduct searches only Read more

 

Cruz announces official recognition of first bicameral, bipartisan Latino Caucus in Pa. General Assembly

(Jun 17, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 17 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., chairman and founder of the Latino Affairs Caucus, today announced that the first formal bicameral and bipartisan caucus that seeks to advocate for Latino Pennsylvanians has been officially recognized in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. “The Latino population in Pennsylvania grows exponentially each year, and it is time to finally recognize the importance of Latinos in our public policies,” Cruz said. “I’m thrilled that House Democratic Leader McClinton has given the Latino Affairs Caucus official recognition in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The caucus benefits all Pennsylvanians as we work together across party lines and across both chambers to continue to educate the public about Latino issues and advance Latino causes in our legislative efforts.” “This is exciting and extremely significant, especially as we’ve seen a growing number of Latino legislators in Harrisburg in recent years,” said House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton. “I’m proud to join Representative Cruz in embracing diversity and inclusion in the legislature, and this caucus is a great example of that collective commitment.” Established in 2015, the Latino Affairs Caucus focuses on issues important to Pennsylvania’s Latino communities and explores what public policies are necessary to address the needs of Latinos across Pennsylvania. The current list of Read more

 

Pashinski, Cruz introduce legislation to stretch PA SNAP dollars

(Apr 28, 2021)

State Representatives Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, and Angel Cruz, D-Philadelphia, announced today that they have introduced H.B. 1275, legislation establishing the Pennsylvania Preferred Food Bucks Program to provide benefit incentives to SNAP participants when they purchase certain healthy foods. Read more

 

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications

(Dec 21, 2020)

STATE GRANT PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs: Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Program (Source of Funding: Veterans’ Trust Fund) Who May Apply : 501(c)(3) nonprofits with a mission of serving veterans, 501(c)(19) veteran service organizations, and county directors of veterans affairs. Use : Up to $150,000 in grant funding is available for new, innovative or expanded programs or services operated by the county directors of veterans’ affairs or the Pennsylvania Association of County Directors of Veterans Affairs. The areas of emphasis for applicants in this category are veterans’ outreach and veterans’ court programs. Up to $650,000 in grant funding is available to veteran service organizations and non-profit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans. Funding priorities for applicants in this category are homelessness, behavioral health initiatives and veterans’ courts. Funds : A total of $800,000 will be awarded statewide. Application Deadline : January 27, 2021 at 2 p.m. More Information : Click on https://www.dmva.pa.gov/veteransaffairs/Pages/Programs%20and%20Services/Veterans%27%20Trust%20Fund/VeteransTrustFundGrantProgram.aspx . UPCOMING APPLICATION DEADLINES: DEP Driving PA Forward Onroad Rebate Program – Trucks and Buses: Read more

 

Rep. Cruz urges Congress to begin the process to grant Puerto Rico statehood

(Dec 21, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 21 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., is urging Congress to honor the will of the people of Puerto Rico and finally begin the process to grant statehood to the island, in a House resolution he introduced today. Cruz’s resolution comes a little over a month after 52.3% of the island’s electorate cast a plebiscite during the 2020 General Election in favor of changing Puerto Rico’s status from an unincorporated territory to become the 51st U.S. state. In his resolution, the lawmaker pointed out that Puerto Rico’s nonvoting congressional delegates have also repeatedly introduced legislation that would grant statehood – and all of the material and symbolic benefits associated with such recognition - to Puerto Rico based on the outcome of a vote by those living on the island. Unfortunately, Cruz said, Congress has never acted on these bills. “Over the span of 100 years, the people of Puerto Rico have undeniably viewed themselves as proud Americans and their devotion to this country has manifested through their service in the U.S. military, their contributions to the nation’s economy through business, and their service in government,” Cruz said. “And as the federal government reaps the benefits of their labor, it renders their political power to lame-duck status and continues to evade the question of the self-determination.” The November advisory referendum is the sixth time statehood Read more

 

Cruz announces $25K to increase safety measures at Deep Roots Charter School

(Nov 16, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 16 – State Rep. Angel Cruz announced today that a $25,000 Safe Schools grant has been awarded to Deep Roots Charter School in Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Department of Education awards the competitive grants to prevent and reduce violent incidents, to purchase safety and security-related equipment, and to provide training and compensation for school resource and police officers. "Keeping students safe, even during this period of remote learning, should always be a top priority," said Cruz, D-Phila. "This funding is critical in helping Deep Roots Charter School strengthen its overall safety while still offering its pupils a quality education." For more information on Safe Schools grants, visit the state Department of Education website . Read more

 

Cruz announces meal-kit giveaways for families in need

(Nov 05, 2020)

“The pandemic has devastated countless families and further devasted countless more struggling to gain stability,” Cruz said. “I’m thankful for Philabundance and our local food pantries for their continued efforts to ensure that families have access to free healthy food, especially during these trying times.” Read more

 

Cruz demands investigation of child behavioral health facilities statewide

(Aug 19, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 19 – Chairman of the House Human Services Committee Angel Cruz today implored the Wolf administration to investigate all child behavioral health facilities in the 67 counties in the wake of new reports outlining child sexual abuse. Cruz’s call comes days after the Wolf administration, through the Department of Human Services, announced that it is reviewing allegations to determine appropriate action with regard to the licenses of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Facilities, following years of reported child sexual abuse at the hands of staff. “There appears to be a sinister trend of children, particularly vulnerable children living with special needs, being subjected to unspeakably horrific abuse at the hands of those who have been entrusted with their care,” said Cruz, D-Phila. “It’s a trend that, in fact, spans years, and many times these allegations have been waved away with no follow-up investigations or accountability for these facilities. Children are sent to these facilities with the hopes that they will be provided the proper care to address their needs, but instead are forced to endure more trauma and bear it for the rest of their lives.” Outlining his anticipation for an investigation, Cruz pointed to the 2019 allegations of child abuse at the Wordsworth Academy in Philadelphia that surfaced after the 2016 asphyxiation death of 16 year-old David Hess, and multiple Read more

 

Cruz announces office reopening

(Jun 18, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 18 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., today announced that his district office will reopen to the public on a limited schedule starting Tuesday, June 23. “We’ve been seeing some progress with mitigating the spread of the virus, so I’m making the decision to reopen my office to the public. However, out of abundance of caution for the safety of both residents and staff, we will be operating on adjusted hours and continue to practice proper social distancing,” Cruz said. “My staff and I are available to assist residents in-person, but some services may not be available at this time because some partner agencies are still closed.” Cruz said that public office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and by appointment only. He also cautioned that residents entering the office must wear a mask and practice proper social distancing. To schedule an appointment for in-person assistance, residents can call Cruz’ district office at (215) 291-5643. Read more

 

Cruz demands Gov. Wolf and PA Education Department address state charter school inequities
19 hours ago

Cruz: Renew Aspira Charter Schools
22 hours ago

Isaacson, Cruz tout $1.5M state funding for Kensington Avenue improvements
Apr 26, 2022

State Rep. Angel Cruz secures $1.5 million RACP grant for A & Indiana Campus
Apr 22, 2022

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

State Rep. Angel Cruz announces $1 million in redevelopment funding for A & Indiana Campus
Dec 06, 2021

Pennie's Open Enrollment Period is now open
Nov 03, 2021

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

Cruz calls on Berks County officials, Department of State to correct mail-in ballot instruction error affecting 17,000 Latino voters
Oct 21, 2021

Cruz proposes bill to ban deceptive tactics in police interrogations
Sep 07, 2021

Cruz to introduce legislation recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month this year in Pennsylvania
Sep 01, 2021

Cruz: We must do more to ensure dignity for incarcerated pregnant and postpartum individuals
Aug 12, 2021

Cruz announces official recognition of first bicameral, bipartisan Latino Caucus in Pa. General Assembly
Jun 17, 2021

Pashinski, Cruz introduce legislation to stretch PA SNAP dollars
Apr 28, 2021

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications
Dec 21, 2020

Rep. Cruz urges Congress to begin the process to grant Puerto Rico statehood
Dec 21, 2020

Cruz announces $25K to increase safety measures at Deep Roots Charter School
Nov 16, 2020

Cruz announces meal-kit giveaways for families in need
Nov 05, 2020

Cruz demands investigation of child behavioral health facilities statewide
Aug 19, 2020

Cruz announces office reopening
Jun 18, 2020