Fitzgerald announces $4 million in state grants for 203rd District projects

(Oct 27, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., announced that $4 million in state grants is going to projects in the 203 rd Legislative District. “One of the most critical parts of my job is to bring state funding back to my district and the important projects that are here,” Fitzgerald said. The funding is provided from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, or RACP, and 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. The following projects have been awarded: $2 million for Olney Recreation Center to build a multi-purpose athletic field, including a synthetic turf football field and track surrounding the field, and a playground and spray ground. $2 million for Operation Rocky to consolidate manufacturing operations at Rising Sun Avenue into the corporate office, warehousing and distribution space located at Whitaker Avenue, including renovations of the building at Whitaker Avenue. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenue or other measures of economic activity. Read more

 

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Fitzgerald releases statement on 2022-2023 state budget agreement

(Jul 08, 2022)

HARRISBURG, July 8 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., released this statement regarding the 2022-2023 state budget which passed the House of Representatives this week . “There are funding increases in this budget that will provide money for a variety of important, quality-of-life programs and services including basic education, violence prevention, mental health and property tax/rent rebate program. And while this was a bipartisan agreement, there is so much more to do to make sure people – children, older adults, folks with special needs - don’t fall through the cracks. There is more to do to fund community safety programs and gun violence prevention. We can’t take our foot off the gas right now. We need to keep working toward more support for these very important needs.” Some points from the $42 billion plan include a basic education funding increase of almost $750 million, including $225 million for Level Up funding to the state’s poorest school districts, as well as a special education funding increase of almost $100 million. There is another $100 million each for mental health, and school safety and security. Violence intervention and prevention grant program receives $75 million and $125 million is appropriated for whole home repairs grant program. Read more

 

Fitzgerald: Lifting Communities Out of Darkness

(May 03, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald announced her Safe Communities Grant Program intended to add street lighting, safety cameras and more as part of her efforts to raise community safety and prevent gun violence. Read more

 

Fitzgerald unveils bold plan to curb gun violence in Philly

(May 02, 2022)

HARRISBURG, May 2 – In front of her district office, state Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., joined colleagues from across Philadelphia today to speak about her bill to create the Safe Communities Grant Program. “We all have a stake in the safety of this community,” Fitzgerald said. “We live here, work here and represent the folks who live here. We have an obligation to create a safe environment for everyone -- including people who are visiting our community, shopping here, dining in restaurants here, whatever it may be.” Fitzgerald said the Safe Communities Grant Program would help increase safety in areas that currently are unlit or are without surveillance cameras. “Crime creeps into our neighborhoods in a variety of ways,” she said. “We know crime thrives in dark places. So, we need to literally bring light to those areas. Also, those same areas may lack safety cameras. We can only combat violence and crime if we know who is perpetrating it. So, let’s provide funding for cameras in those areas as well.” The program would be administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. It would provide grant funding to communities so they can install lighting and security cameras around schools, playgrounds, community centers and high-crime areas. Fees on licenses to carry firearms and firearm purchases would fund the program. “Public safety is a basic need that we hear Read more

 

Fitzgerald responds to gun violence in district over weekend

(Mar 16, 2022)

HARRISBURG, March 16 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., was getting ready to host a three-day public safety event on guns and other ways to combat violence in the community with fellow lawmakers when she was notified of a gun crime in her district. “This has got to stop,” Fitzgerald said in response to the shooting. “Last Friday I visited a crime scene where a mother and her child, due to no fault of their own, were victims of an incident that, by the Grace of God, was not fatal for them. But someone did die as a result of this gun violence. I have to say out loud, when will this end? We all need to care enough to do something because you or someone you know might be next. And for what? What is the end game here? Is it worth the loss of all these lives? More than 100 this year in the city.” To date, 102 homicides have been recorded in Philadelphia, a 2% increase from 2021. More than 300 nonfatal and 117 fatal shooting victims have been counted as of March 13. “Have we become so depraved that the sanctity of life means nothing?” Fitzgerald questioned. “Have we become so lost and empty that the fact that one act of violence has the potential to ruin a generation and a culture, and we don’t even care? How can we sit silently by and witness the death of a generation? How can we sit silently by and not care that not only does the victim suffer, but the perpetrator and Read more

 

Kinsey leads collaborative effort to address gun violence in Northwest Philadelphia

(Feb 24, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 24 -- State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., held a news conference Wednesday where he rolled out a new collaborative effort called the “Third Thursday Initiative” to educate residents about resources to address and prevent gun violence. This initiative will begin Thursday, March 17 and occur on the third Thursday of every month thereafter. Community organizers, in partnership with the city’s Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives for Criminal Justice and Public Safety and the 14 th and 35 th police districts, will travel to a targeted hotspot and pass out information to residents in that area. This information will inform people of community, city and state resources that are available to them in the event that they see crime taking place. Kinsey said the initiative will bring all folks together to target the gun violence in the Northwest section of Philadelphia. Kinsey was joined yesterday by: state Reps. Isabella Fitzgerald and Darisha Parker, both D-Phila. Pastor Rob Harrison, New Journey Christian Center. Mama Chris from Northwest Community Coalition for Youth. Philadelphia Sheriff Rochelle Bilal. Erica Atwood, city of Philadelphia Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives for Criminal Justice & Public Safety. Northwest Police Inspector Nicholas Smith, Captain Myesha Massey, Captain Austin Fraser G. Lamar Stewart, district attorney’s Read more

 

Fitzgerald cosponsors bill to study health standards for incarcerated

(Feb 07, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 7 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., has co-sponsored a bill that would require a study to be conducted on the nutrition and health practices of the state’s correctional facilities. The legislation, part of a list of prison reform bills, would require the Joint State Government Commission to study the nutritional value of the food and the health conditions of those incarcerated. The commission would examine everything from sources of vitamins and minerals provided with each meal to the number of calories provided over the course of three meals per day. Also, the commission would study the medical and physical health of incarcerated individuals, as well as the prevalence of illness and disease. “In order for our state correctional institutions to work, they must be able to rehabilitate those individuals who have the propensity to be rehabilitated,” Fitzgerald said. “That rehabilitation should include the mind and body. Most individuals committing crimes have either experienced crime or violence in their own lives or some sort of disenfranchisement, so to merely lock folks up without a true intention of helping them set out on the right path after they paid their debt, doesn’t seem like a system that is working or truly rehabilitative. And we know, unfortunately right now, this is the case.” More than 40,000 people are housed in state correctional institutions (SCI) and rely on those facilities for their Read more

 

Now open for applications: Workforce development, clean diesel, and DC fast charging funding opportunities

(Nov 04, 2021)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Department of Labor & Industry: Digital Literacy and Workforce Development Grants (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Local workforce development boards, non-profit agencies (community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, etc.) or small businesses meeting certain criteria (see program guidelines). Uses : To provide digital literacy classes emphasizing career development skills, including digital fundamentals, digital job seeking, digital citizenship, and digital information. Funds : Grants of up to $45,000 each. Application Deadline : December 21 More Information : Click on https://www.dli.pa.gov/Businesses/Workforce-Development/grants/Pages/default.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection: State Clean Diesel Grant Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding and State Mitigation Trust - Volkswagen Emissions Settlement) Who May Apply : Pennsylvania Businesses, Incorporated Nonprofits, State, Local, or Tribal Government Agencies, Air Quality or Transportation Organizations, Metropolitan or Rural/Regional Transportation Planning Organizations, and Federal Government Agencies. Uses : Diesel emission reduction projects, including, but not limited to: verified exhaust controls; engine upgrades and certified remanufacture systems; verified idle reduction technologies; certified engine Read more

 

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

(Nov 04, 2021)

As winter approaches and we prepare to spend even more time indoors, utility bills are only going to get more expensive. Additionally, we know that the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn have made it difficult for many to keep up with home energy bills. No Pennsylvanian should ever have to worry that their heat will be shut off during the coldest and darkest months of the year. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded program administered by the Department of Human Services (DHS) that provides assistance for home heating bills so Pennsylvanians can stay warm and safe during the winter months. Assistance is available for both renters and homeowners. LIHEAP helps some of the commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens — children, older Pennsylvanians, people with disabilities, and low-income families — make ends meet. Anyone who may need help, or anyone who has loved ones or neighbors who could benefit from this program, is encouraged to apply for LIHEAP today. APPLY FOR LIHEAP LIHEAP FACTS How do I apply for LIHEAP? Depending on preference, different options are available to apply for LIHEAP: Apply online: Pennsylvanians can apply at www.compass.state.pa.us . Paper applications: Call the LIHEAP Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 to request a paper application. Paper applications can also be downloaded from the DHS LIHEAP web page . County Assistance Office (CAO) services are available if clients Read more

 

Kinsey to host public safety meeting to focus on solutions to violence uptick in Philadelphia

(Oct 21, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., will host a public safety meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 at Martin Luther King High School, located at 6100 Stenton Ave. The meeting is being held in partnership with Congressman Dwight Evans, D-Phila.; Councilmembers Cindy Bass, Cherelle Parker and Derek Green; State Reps. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., Chris Rabb, D-Phila., and Darisha Parker, D-Phila.; and State Sens. Art Haywood, D-Montgomery/Phila. and Sharif Street, D-Phila. Kinsey encourages the public to attend this follow-up to a public safety meeting he held with constituents in September. The purpose for this meeting is to talk about solutions and plans of action to combat the violence that continues throughout the city. There have been more than 430 homicides in 2021, a 15% increase from 2020. Kinsey said it’s important to maintain an ongoing dialogue between residents and elected officials. “It’s not only important that we listen to our people, particularly those who live in fear of their lives and the lives of their loved ones being taken away by nonsensical violence,” Kinsey said. “But we must also work together in our efforts to solving this crisis. That’s why you will see an all-hands on deck approach bringing together elected officials, law enforcement, support groups and community stakeholders, all coming together to develop a strategy that will Read more

 

Kinsey, Fitzgerald host news conference highlighting progress in combatting COVID-19 in Northwest Philadelphia

(Jun 02, 2021)

WYNCOTE, June 2 – State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Isabella Fitzgerald, both D-Phila., today hosted a news conference at Oak Street Health to highlight the progress of the Northwest COVID-19 Coalition in closing the racial and ethnic disparity gaps in Philadelphia’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution. “From low survivability outcomes resulting in lack of access to adequate health care to being severely underrepresented in both testing and vaccine access, communities of color have been among of the hardest hit throughout the course of this pandemic,” Kinsey said. “As a legislator, I could not stand idle as my neighbors and community were suffering, which it was prior to bringing medical professionals, faith-based leaders and community activists together to form this grassroots coalition. We have been tirelessly informing residents on safety updates, expanding access to testing and, now, vaccinations. While I am thrilled about the success in seeing the number of vaccinated residents steadily climb, our work is far from over. We’re still encouraging folks to get vaccinated if they haven’t yet done so.” “At the outset of the pandemic and in the days that followed, it was very apparent where communities of color stood in terms of getting adequate health care, testing and eventually vaccines,” Fitzgerald said. “With numbers rising at an alarming rate, we felt it was incumbent upon us to Read more

 

Reps. Kinsey, Fitzgerald host COVID-19 vaccine news conference

(Mar 05, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, March 5 – State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Isabella Fitzgerald, both D-Phila., today hosted a news conference on bolstering COVID-19 vaccine accessibility in Northwest Philadelphia. They were joined by representatives from Rite Aid, Einstein Hospital and Chestnut Hill Hospital; state and city elected officials; and local community leaders. Today’s news conference comes after Kinsey and Fitzgerald, who represent the 201 st and 203 rd Legislative districts, respectively, in parts of Northwest Philadelphia, recently unveiled their Northwest COVID-19 Coalition—comprising local activists, clergy members, elected officials and medical professionals —aimed at providing free COVID-19 testing, information and other mitigation measures to residents in Northwest Philadelphia. In the wake of the vaccine rollout, the legislators at the helm of the coalition have now focused efforts to ensure historically disenfranchised groups and communities also have fair access to vaccine options, partnering with Rite Aid, which had recently announced that it will provide vaccines to city residents at its Ogontz Avenue location. Kinsey highlighted the disparities in cases among city neighborhoods and compared it to the equally disproportionate vaccine reception. “Philadelphia has been among the hardest hit during the pandemic and when adjusted by ZIP codes in neighborhoods that are predominately of Read more

 

Kinsey, Fitzgerald team up to provide free COVID-19 testing to Northwest Philly in honor of Dr. King’s legacy

(Jan 15, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 15 – State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Isabella Fitzgerald, both D-Phila., announced they have teamed up to provide free COVID-19 testing in northwest Philadelphia to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dedication to community service. The legislators said the free testing will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18 at Martin Luther King Jr. High School, located at 6100 Stenton Ave., 19138. In addition to the free COVID-19 testing, Kinsey and Fitzgerald said free food will be provided and that they will be able to assist residents with any state government-related concerns they may have. “Doctor King emphasized the power of service in his activism, compelling everyone to do what they can to help their communities overcome obstacles and become better,” said Kinsey, who represents the 201 st Legislative District. “Our communities, along with others, are trying to overcome a great obstacle right now -- the pandemic. Providing free testing to residents across northwest Philadelphia, along with food and other vital necessities, I would say, is the epitome of Doctor King’s legacy. “During these very trying times both across the country and here in the commonwealth, it is imperative that we come together to do all we can to help our neighbors be safe, healthy and informed,” said Fitzgerald, who represents the 203 rd Legislative District. “I Read more

 

Fitzgerald receives committee assignments in Pa. House for 2021-22

(Jan 12, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., this week was appointed to four standing PA House committees, including Aging & Older Adult Services, Children & Youth, Human Services, and State Government. The committee appointments, made by Democratic House Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, are for the 2021-22 session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “The beginning of a new legislative session is always a busy but important time with committee assignments and other internal delegation and caucus elections,” Fitzgerald said. “We have a lot of work to do this session but I am looking forward to getting started and to working with these committees. Committee work is the important first step to all legislation and I’m ready to address the needs of our constituents through our committee action.” Fitzgerald is also a member of the Philadelphia Delegation and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and is one of 32 female Democratic House members sworn in this session. Fitzgerald said her office can help with a variety of state-related services, including home heating, children’s health insurance, prescription drug and property tax/rent rebate assistance. Her office phone number is 215-549-0220 . More information is available by visiting her website at RepIzzy.com. Read more

 

Fitzgerald takes oath of office for third term

(Jan 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., today was sworn in for her third term in office, representing the 203rd Legislative District. The noon swearing-in ceremony marked the beginning of the 2021-22 session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “Since the day I was first elected to the House, I have said that representing the people of the 203 rd District will not merely be a job, but it is my passion,” Fitzgerald said. “I will continue to work hard to bring resources and services to the district.” She is a member of the Philadelphia Delegation and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, and is one of 32 female Democratic House members sworn in this session. Fitzgerald said her office can help with a variety of state-related services, including home heating, children’s health insurance, prescription drug and property tax/rent rebate assistance. The phone number is (215) 549-0220 . More information is available by visiting her website at RepIzzy.com. Read more

 

Fitzgerald announces $2 million grant for Simons Rec Center

(Dec 29, 2020)

Fitzgerald announces $2 million grant for Simons Rec Center PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 29 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., today announced that a $2 million state grant will go to the Simons' Outdoor Renovation Project. The project will include new construction and renovation of the Simons Recreation Center. Renovation of the Simons Recreation Center will be funded by Philadelphia Rebuild, a city of Philadelphia multimillion dollar program that renovates recreation centers, parks and libraries. The project is in partnership with Mayor Jim Kenney and Councilwoman Cherelle Parker. The construction component of the project includes a new play area, track, multi-use athletic field, handball court and tennis courts. The renovation component includes renovation work on the existing recreation center building, specifically exterior improvements on the roof. “Projects like the Simons’ Rec Center are important to our community in so many ways,” Fitzgerald said. “I appreciate the fact that the governor continues to ensure funding for these projects, especially now while we are struggling in Covid, so that the residents of our community will benefit from this project down the line.” The grant money is part of the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, a commonwealth grant program that is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of Read more

 

New Data Reveal Which Hospitals Are Dangerously Full. Is Yours?

(Dec 10, 2020)

Sharing this NPR story about hospitalizations across the nation including Philadelphia Read more

 

New COVID-19 Guidance for Philadelphia

(Nov 17, 2020)

Updated restrictions announced. Read more

 

Election results

(Nov 04, 2020)

The 2020 election is over. No new votes can be cast. But we still have many ballots to count to be able to have official, final results. Read more

 

Fitzgerald announces $4 million in state grants for 203rd District projects
Oct 27, 2022

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Oct 25, 2022

Fitzgerald releases statement on 2022-2023 state budget agreement
Jul 08, 2022

Fitzgerald: Lifting Communities Out of Darkness
May 03, 2022

Fitzgerald unveils bold plan to curb gun violence in Philly
May 02, 2022

Fitzgerald responds to gun violence in district over weekend
Mar 16, 2022

Kinsey leads collaborative effort to address gun violence in Northwest Philadelphia
Feb 24, 2022

Fitzgerald cosponsors bill to study health standards for incarcerated
Feb 07, 2022

Now open for applications: Workforce development, clean diesel, and DC fast charging funding opportunities
Nov 04, 2021

LIHEAP: Expanded Home-Heating Assistance is Available to PA Renters, Homeowners
Nov 04, 2021

Kinsey to host public safety meeting to focus on solutions to violence uptick in Philadelphia
Oct 21, 2021

Kinsey, Fitzgerald host news conference highlighting progress in combatting COVID-19 in Northwest Philadelphia
Jun 02, 2021

Reps. Kinsey, Fitzgerald host COVID-19 vaccine news conference
Mar 05, 2021

Kinsey, Fitzgerald team up to provide free COVID-19 testing to Northwest Philly in honor of Dr. King’s legacy
Jan 15, 2021

Fitzgerald receives committee assignments in Pa. House for 2021-22
Jan 12, 2021

Fitzgerald takes oath of office for third term
Jan 05, 2021

Fitzgerald announces $2 million grant for Simons Rec Center
Dec 29, 2020

New Data Reveal Which Hospitals Are Dangerously Full. Is Yours?
Dec 10, 2020

New COVID-19 Guidance for Philadelphia
Nov 17, 2020

Election results
Nov 04, 2020