Shusterman, Hill-Evans to introduce Child and Adult Care Food Program Supplement to help feed care facility participants

(1 day ago)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 25 – State Reps. Melissa L. Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, and Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, have announced they will introduce a bill to provide additional food funds for care facilities enrolled in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, a federal program that compensates care facilities for meals served to participants. “Care facilities across the state deal with incredibly high operating costs,” Shusterman said. “Unfortunately, the federal program meant to help them feed our neediest citizens does not go nearly far enough to alleviate the extraordinary costs they face. It’s time for Pennsylvania to supplement this vital program.” Hill-Evans agreed. “Pennsylvania’s economy is stronger when our most vulnerable residents have access to essential resources,” Hill-Evans said. “By ensuring our care facilities have adequate funding, we would enable more Pennsylvanians to enter the workforce.” According to the PA Department of Education’s website , participating facilities are eligible to be reimbursed for up to two meals and one snack per participant, per day. The new bill introduced by Shusterman and Hill-Evans would expand that. Currently, participating facilities also receive federally donated commodities, nutrition education materials and annual training workshops. The following care facilities are eligible to participate in the CACFP: Licensed, nonprofit, non-residential Read more

 

PLBC condemns book bans at start of national Banned Books Week

(Sep 27, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 27 – State Rep. and Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Chair Donna Bullock, D-Phila., was joined by members of the PLBC, LGBTQ+ Caucus, Latino Caucus and Equity Committee today to denounce the banning of books on diversity from schools in the commonwealth. This action was spurred in part by the overturning of a year-long book freeze in a York County school district and the new push by Republican state lawmakers to ban critical race theory, which is not taught in any district in the state currently. Two students who led the protest on the book freeze in Central York School District, Edha Gupta and Christina Ellis, spoke at the news conference. “Banning books on diversity is the direct result of this Republican manufactured crisis on critical race theory,” Bullock said. “This fearmongering has parents and school districts scrambling to stop something that doesn’t exist. Part of the negative effect of this overreaching response is children are kept from reading books that reflect their diverse school community and world around them. “If we continue to allow groups to pedal this misinformation, this ban will only be the tip of the iceberg. We owe our children more than that and we are calling out districts that minimize or restrict information through book bans or perpetuate this made-up crisis that is merely a political platform.” Pennsylvania is one of a growing list of states trying to enact a CRT ban, Read more

 

Rep. Hill-Evans and colleagues announce 'Diaper Need Awareness Week' in Pennsylvania.

(Sep 27, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 27 – A group of House Democrat legislators unveiled their plan to raise awareness to a growing epidemic of many families and seniors on fixed incomes who are unable to afford disposable diapers and undergarments. State Reps. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York; Tina Davis, D-Bucks; Kyle Mullins, D-Lackawanna; and Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, were joined by their legislative colleagues to announce their diaper drive campaign. “Affordable and equitable access to clean diapers establishes a healthy foundation for every infant, while incontinence products help our older adults with their needs,” Hill-Evans said. “Throughout the fall legislative session, I will continue to advocate for my bills that are currently in the House Health Committee – bills that address basic needs and help families with financial burdens for the 1 in 3 U.S. families that experience diaper need.” Davis said it’s heartbreaking to think that a child could remain in a soiled diaper just because there are not enough diapers to go around. “Diaper Need Awareness Week should serve as a reminder to all of us that a lack of diapers for infants and toddlers, and incontinence products for adults, is a public health issue that needs to be addressed,” Davis said. “A third of families are struggling to provide this essential need, an alarming statistic considering we are talking about the basic needs of both seniors and children Read more

 

Rep. Hill-Evans and colleagues to host 'Diaper Need Awareness Week' news conference and donation event Monday at state Capitol

(Sep 23, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 23 – State Reps. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York; Tina Davis, D-Bucks; Kyle Mullins, D- Lackawanna; and Eddie Day Pashinski, D- Luzerne, will host a news conference at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 27 in the Capitol East Wing Rotunda to officially kick off "Diaper Need Awareness Week" in Pennsylvania. Hill-Evans said the event will coincide with a week-long Diaper Drive. Donation boxes will be set up outside the Capitol offices of the participating legislators beginning Monday, Sept. 27 and ending Friday, Oct. 1. The Diaper Drive is being held in conjunction with Healthy Steps Diaper Bank. Diaper Need Awareness Week, along with legislative proposals such as H.B. 692 and H.B. 888 , aim to expand access to diapers and ensure that all children in Pennsylvania are clean, healthy and dry. Read more

 

Hill-Evans applauds over $584K in grants to combat gun violence and opioid abuse

(Sep 16, 2021)

YORK, Sept. 16 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, today announced that four grants have been awarded to York County from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency totaling $584,364. “This needed influx in state dollars will go toward combatting the root cause of gun violence and opioid abuse by educating and empowering our citizens to focus on individualized growth and development, while making informed decisions as they progress with their lives,” Hill-Evans said. “This funding comes at a perfect time as the epidemic of gun violence and opioid abuse continues to deepen in our community; however, with these grants, we can continue this uphill battle to forge a brighter future for our youth.” Funding has been distributed as follows: York County : $150,000 in State Opioid Response funds which will support supplies and operating expenses as our region continues to grapple with the opioid epidemic. York County : $104,104 in Byrne Justice Assistance funds to support the expansion of the investigative toolkit utilized to seek justice for crime victims, the community, and criminal defendants while impartially prosecuting crimes that occur within the York County jurisdiction. The PROGRAM, It’s About Change: $225,000 to support hiring a full-time youth outreach specialist and two part-time mentors to work with York County Probation and York City Police to identify at-risk youth in Read more

 

Hill-Evans highlights September events beginning with First Friday in downtown York

(Sep 01, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 31 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, said she is thrilled to announce her September events which will kick off this upcoming Friday, Sept. 3, during First Friday in the Beaver Street Merchant District. “As we wind down the summer of 2021, I invite all residents of the 95 th Legislative District to begin their Labor Day weekend at First Friday in beautiful downtown York,” Hill-Evans said. “I am proud to be hosting two simultaneous events focused on strengthening, bolstering and educating our community as we move towards the fall. These events will provide yet another wonderful opportunity for our neighbors to mingle and express pride in their community.” From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, Hill-Evans will host two events during First Friday September in the Beaver Street Merchant District. The first event will be an Emergency Preparedness Month fair that will include state, county and local service providers and preparedness organizations. This event will be coupled with a panel on careers in the field of criminal justice for women. This event will include a panel of women from across criminal justice fields and will help provide career guidance, along with briefings on pending criminal justice reform legislation. The criminal justice panel will begin at 6 p.m. at the School District of the City of York administration building located at 31 N. Pershing Ave., York, PA 17401. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Read more

 

Hill-Evans hearing vets legislative efforts to back veterans

(Aug 16, 2021)

YORK, Aug. 16 -- York state Rep. Carol Hill-Evans welcomed state Sen. Katie Muth and members of the PA House Democratic Policy Committee for a discussion on how to help veterans working to overcome their post-traumatic stress disorder. “Ensuring those who sacrificed so much for their country are receiving the proper care and services they need are always a top legislative priority. This public hearing made certain these priorities continue to be at the forefront of the policy discussions in Harrisburg,” Hill-Evans explained. The committee heard testimony from Lee Horowitz, legislative director and senior executive vice Commander, National & State Navy Club USA; Diane Yoder, president and CEO of the Jarett Yoder Foundation, and mother of CW2 Jarett Yoder; Craig Trebilcock, York County Court of Common Pleas judge; and York County District Attorney Dave Sunday about how legislative modifications can help veterans get the support they need and overcome the scars of war. Hill-Evans said she’s grateful to the committee for the platform for her legislation, H.B.s 688 and 691, and looks forward to continuing to develop policies that address veterans’ needs, including homelessness and post-conviction reviews for veterans with PTSD or traumatic brain injury. Full testimony from the hearing is available at www.pahouse.com/policy . Read more

 

Supporting veterans focus of Hill-Evans public hearing Monday

(Aug 13, 2021)

YORK, Aug. 13 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans will host a public hearing to discuss legislative efforts to support veterans, especially those experiencing homelessness and PTSD. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 16 at the York County Fairgrounds, Verandah Room, 334 Carlisle Ave. The public and media are invited to attend. Hill-Evans will be joined by members of the House Democratic Policy Committee to learn more about H.B.s 688 and 698 and other issues faced by veterans. State Sen. Katie Muth, who has companion legislation in the Senate, will also attend the hearing. Media inquiries may be submitted to policy@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Hill-Evans announces $242.2K in Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grants for York City School District, Logos Academy

(Aug 06, 2021)

YORK, Aug. 6 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, today announced that the York City School District along with Logos Academy will receive nearly a quarter million dollars in U.S. Department of Agriculture Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program grants. “Expanding on the availability of fresh, healthy food for our students will provide the nourishment they need to prosper both physically and academically,” Hill-Evans said. “This program will also provide the opportunity to establish healthy eating habits early in these students’ lives.” The York City School District schools to receive the funding are Davis School, Devers School, Edgar Fahs Smith STEAM Academy, Ferguson School, Goode School, Hannah Penn Middle School, Jackson School, and the McKinley School. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program’s goals are to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices, expand the variety of fruits and vegetables students experience, increase fruit and vegetable consumption, and positively impact students’ present and future health. The FFVP was implemented in Pennsylvania in 2004 and is now available in all 50 states. Priority is given to schools with the highest rates of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Grantees must spend most of their grant on the purchase of fresh fruit and vegetables and develop a plan to establish Read more

 

Legislative Update July 20, 2021

(Jul 20, 2021)

I would like to take the summer break from session dates to highlight additional legislation I have chosen to follow closely. I have categorized these for your direction of interest. Health HB692 would establish a grant program to improve, enhance and expand access to clean diapers for infants, children and incontinent adults through outreach programs, volunteer training and fundraising assistance. HB547 would consolidate several existing programs under a new Department of Accessibility and Inclusion and create a secretary position to serve on the governor’s cabinet. The sponsor believes too many Pennsylvanians with disabilities remain underserved, underemployed, on waiting lists, or otherwise struggling to obtain greater independence or to maximize their skills effectively. HB729 seeks to address harms associated with conversion therapy by prohibiting a mental health professional from engaging in this archaic treatment with an individual under the age of 18. HB749 would require all children under the age of six to be tested for elevated lead levels in the blood. Specifically, the bill would require all children to receive a screening at 12 months of age and 24 months of age, with children determined by the Department of Health as high risk receiving annual screenings until they are six years of age. The bill would further require health insurers to provide coverage for the testing and services Read more

 

Hill-Evans announces $500,000 in tax credits for York

(Jul 20, 2021)

HARRISBURG, July 20 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, today announced that York County has been awarded $500,000 in Historic Preservation Tax Credits. These tax credits were awarded through the Historic Preservation Tax Credit program, administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development and Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The tax credits will be awarded for two building projects in the York Historic District. A $200,000 tax credit will be awarded for the York Hospital and Dispensary to rehabilitate a hospital complex and turn it into affordable senior housing. Additionally, a $300,000 tax credit will be awarded for the Yorktowne Hotel to enhance a rehabilitation project for continued hotel operations. “Investing in historic properties to bring revenue opportunities into the district and much-needed housing is a way to guarantee state funding is coming back to York and meeting the community’s needs,” Hill-Evans said. The tax credits were awarded through the Historic Preservation Tax Credit program, administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development and Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Since 2013, the Historic Preservation Tax Credit program has invested more than $28 million to rehabilitate 154 historic buildings, leveraging an estimated $2 billion in construction expenditures. The investments have helped preserve Read more

 

Hill-Evans highlights events for residents

(Jul 07, 2021)

HARRISBURG, July 7 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, is excited to announce upcoming events within the 95 th Legislative District. The events will run from later this month through the early fall. “Being able to engage with our community again during in-person events shows how much progress we have made both locally and nationally in our fight against COVID-19. I am thrilled to once again offer these community-driven experiences as we emerge from the darkness of the pandemic into the light of a better, more positive future for our society,” Hill-Evans said. “We certainly will have a newfound appreciation for having the opportunity to become more involved citizens and will not take our neighbors camaraderie for granted.” To kick off the event season, Hill-Evans will host a gun safety workshop from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 22. The workshop will be held in the Reliance Fire Hall at the West York Borough Fire Department, 1341 W. Market St. York, PA 17404. The workshop will feature local and state law enforcement along with legal experts. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, Hill-Evans will hold a workshop on the steps for forming and growing a nonprofit. The workshop will be held at the Grotto Community Center located at 2 W. Market St., 2 nd Floor, York, PA 17401. An expert panel will accompany Hill-Evans, and the topics for discussion will include filing paperwork correctly, reporting requirements and Read more

 

Legislative Update July 1, 2021

(Jul 01, 2021)

I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight legislation I co-sponsored and support that's on the move in the legislature. These bills and resolutions either recently came out of their committees, passed the House or are waiting to be enacted. Reported out of the Local Government Committee HB1325 would permit a Borough or City Council to reimburse newly elected members of the governing body for attending conferences, institutes, schools, and conventions prior to officially taking office. This would give such individuals the ability to receive reimbursement for training prior to taking office. Passed the House HB69 would include motorcycles in Pennsylvania's Lemon Law. HB1377 would prohibit a business from jumping Keystone Opportunity Zones upon expiration of their tax credits. HR15 will conduct an analysis of the current school bus driver industry and provide recommendations as to how the Commonwealth can effectively address the shortage of school bus drivers. HB581 would grant local authorities a menu of options to pass tax abatements or exemptions for the creation of or improvements to affordable housing of ownership or rental. Enacted HB827 is now Act 37 of 2021. It offers municipalities an additional economic development and revitalization tool that addresses unemployment through the advancement of microenterprises developed via public-private Read more

 

Legislative Update June 17, 2021

(Jun 17, 2021)

I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight legislation that I cosponsored and are on the move through the legislature. These bills and resolutions either recently passed their committees, passed the House or have been enacted. Enacted HB464 is now Act 20 of 2021. It updates and expands the Family Caregiver Support Program of 1990. This program provides relief for caregivers of older adults over 59; individuals with Alzheimer’s and related disorders; grandchildren being raised by grandparents; and those 18-59 years old with other disabilities being cared for by an older relative. Those last two being new under this Act. The bill removes maximum reimbursement rates for out-of-pocket expenses and prohibits anyone who has a substantiated case of disservice under the Older Adults and Adults Protective Services Acts from receiving benefits. Passed Education Committee HR15 would direct an analysis of the current school bus driver industry, seeking recommendations to effectively address the shortage of drivers. HR60 would establish a committee to recommend the development of new industries, including advanced manufacturing in Pennsylvania as part of our efforts to comeback from COVID and provide jobs of the future in the Commonwealth. Passed the House HB253 would establish a task force to examine the opioid abuse epidemic’s impact on infants and Read more

 

Hill-Evans secures over $2.4 million in new funding for the district

(Jun 14, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 14 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, today announced that York County was awarded over $2.4 million in funding from both the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund and the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program. “The epidemic of our most vulnerable neighbors living with the real fear of not having stable housing is a harsh reality that must continue to be addressed,” Hill-Evans said. “For many residents in the 95 th District, $995,000 of PHARE funds will allow them to have a safe place they can truly call home, while working towards the goal of attaining permanent housing. PHARE funds can also be used for help with utility payments, energy-efficient appliance upgrades and social programs to assist our neighbors in crisis to get back on their feet.” The PHARE funding for York County is divided between eight organizations: $100,000 for Bell Socialization Services to provide homeless rental assistance and homeless prevention for those in York County struggling to maintain safe, stable housing. $155,000 for Emmanuel Community Development Corp. to provide for nine veterans housing units for homeless and at-risk female veterans. $115,000 for the YWCA of York, which provides free comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking in York County. This will fund updates to the countertops and cabinets Read more

 

Hill-Evans and Gillespie honor York County SPCA advocates

(Jun 04, 2021)

To recognize Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month (April) in Pennsylvania, I want to properly acknowledge the tireless efforts of those who fight against animal cruelty and champion the rescue of animals in crisis. Read more

 

Bullock announces PLBC scholarship awardees

(Jun 03, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 3 – State Rep. and PLBC Chair Donna Bullock, D-Phila., this week announced the awardees of the newly renamed James R. Roebuck Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus scholarship for 2021. A virtual award ceremony will take place at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 23. It can be viewed live on Facebook @PALegislativeBlackCaucus and pahouse.com/PLBC. The scholarship recipients are: Jaelynn Pearson, Philadelphia, Hill Freedman World Academy. Labiq Jaigirdar, Philadelphia, George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science. Deiveian Story, Philadelphia, The Workshop School and Community College of Philadelphia, dual enrollment program. Jasmine Vega, Philadelphia, Archbishop John Carroll High School. Abronah C. Taylor, Harrisburg, Kutztown University. Mephki Lopez, Philadelphia, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. Mya Hill, Philadelphia, Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School. Annechase Obame , Harrisburg, Central Dauphin East High School. Asia Blocker, Lansdowne, The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr. Norah Ostin, Pittsburgh, Oakland Catholic High School. Criteria for the $1,000 scholarships: A Pennsylvania resident. A person of color. A graduating high school senior or current undergrad at a college or university. Plan to enroll/return in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year. Attend the scholarship awards Read more

 

Hill-Evans announces $280,000 grant to remediate properties on Penn Street

(May 28, 2021)

YORK, May 27 – State Rep, Carol Hill-Evans announced today a state investment in affordable housing in York. $280,000 in state grant funding was awarded to the Redevelopment Development Authority of York to help remediate properties along Penn Street and will help address a shortage of affordable housing in the city. "Helping to invest in York has always been a top priority for me," Hill-Evans, D-York, said. "With funds like these, we can drive targeted investments that have real return and make a difference in the lives of our friends, families and neighbors.” The project involves acquisition, stabilization and repair of seven properties that present danger to the community. The goal is to acquire these blighted properties, stabilize them, and return them to productive use through resale. Four of the properties have created a row of blight on Penn Street, which is a major connecting artery between York College and Historic Downtown York. Total project cost is $330,000 with York providing $30,000 of matching funds. “This award goes a long way in keeping local tax costs down, as we grow our communities block by block,” she said. Read more

 

Legislative Update May 17, 2021

(May 17, 2021)

To keep you informed, I am highlighting recently introduced bills this term that I will be following closely. I broke them down into categories so you can find your specific interests and provided short descriptions that the bill’s sponsor has claimed. If you click on the link for the bill number, you can find out more information about the bill. If you would like to advocate for the bill, follow the link, then click on the link for what committee the bill has been assigned to. This will bring up information about the chairs and other members of that committee who you can contact and advocate for or against the bill. Education HB1330 would increase online learning resources for our school entities by requiring the PA Department of Education (PDE) to establish a central repository of online courses accessible to all public schools, nonpublic schools, home education programs, and the public. HB1363 would establish a grant program for higher education institutions that take certain actions to eliminate hunger on their campus, including providing a food pantry and establishing a hunger task force. As tuition for American colleges and universities continues to rise and financial aid fails to keep up, many students are forced to ignore their basic needs. The sponsor of this bill claims between one-third and one-half of college students struggle to find enough to eat. Health Care HB1030 Read more

 

Now open for applications: Services for mental health and substance use disorder, boating infrastructure

(May 13, 2021)

Information on state and other grant programs that are open for applications. Read more

 

Shusterman, Hill-Evans to introduce Child and Adult Care Food Program Supplement to help feed care facility participants
1 day ago

PLBC condemns book bans at start of national Banned Books Week
Sep 27, 2021

Rep. Hill-Evans and colleagues announce 'Diaper Need Awareness Week' in Pennsylvania.
Sep 27, 2021

Rep. Hill-Evans and colleagues to host 'Diaper Need Awareness Week' news conference and donation event Monday at state Capitol
Sep 23, 2021

Hill-Evans applauds over $584K in grants to combat gun violence and opioid abuse
Sep 16, 2021

Hill-Evans highlights September events beginning with First Friday in downtown York
Sep 01, 2021

Hill-Evans hearing vets legislative efforts to back veterans
Aug 16, 2021

Supporting veterans focus of Hill-Evans public hearing Monday
Aug 13, 2021

Hill-Evans announces $242.2K in Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grants for York City School District, Logos Academy
Aug 06, 2021

Legislative Update July 20, 2021
Jul 20, 2021

Hill-Evans announces $500,000 in tax credits for York
Jul 20, 2021

Hill-Evans highlights events for residents
Jul 07, 2021

Legislative Update July 1, 2021
Jul 01, 2021

Legislative Update June 17, 2021
Jun 17, 2021

Hill-Evans secures over $2.4 million in new funding for the district
Jun 14, 2021

Hill-Evans and Gillespie honor York County SPCA advocates
Jun 04, 2021

Bullock announces PLBC scholarship awardees
Jun 03, 2021

Hill-Evans announces $280,000 grant to remediate properties on Penn Street
May 28, 2021

Legislative Update May 17, 2021
May 17, 2021

Now open for applications: Services for mental health and substance use disorder, boating infrastructure
May 13, 2021