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Hohenstein: Make Prescriptions Affordable For All

(Jan 14, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Hohenstein supports legislation that would put people before profits and cap insulin prices. Hohenstein says no one should have to make a choice between paying their rent or getting the medicine they need to live. Read more

 

Hohenstein to host first Disabilities Summit, Policy hearing on disability rights Thursday in Philadelphia

(Jan 13, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 13 – To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, state Rep. Joe Hohenstein, D-Phila., announced today he will host a series of events geared toward improving disability rights and services across Pennsylvania. Hohenstein will host his first Disabilities Summit from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at Community Behavioral Heath, 801 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107 . Coinciding with the summit, at 3 p.m ., the freshman legislator will also host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on disability rights in policy. Members of the public and media are invited to attend. Hohenstein requested the hearing to discuss more comprehensive approaches to strengthen the ADA and ensure accessibility to services, equal rights and equal opportunities for all Pennsylvanians living with disabilities. He will be joined by fellow state legislators, including HDPC Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Testifiers will include: State Senator Christine Tartaglione, D-Phila. Official from Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Karen Goss, director, Mid-Atlantic ADA Center Neil McDevitt, executive director, Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre Representative from the Pennsylvania Home Care Association Latoya Maddox, advocate and independent living specialist Liam Dougherty, advocate and member of Disabled in Action of Pennsylvania Inc. Read more

 

Hohenstein To Host ADA Summit

(Jan 03, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Hohenstein is hosting his 2020 Americans with Disabilities Act Summit. He explained how this event plays a critical role in finding ways to better serve individuals living with disabilities, ensuring they have a voice in Harrisburg. Read more

 

We All Benefit When We Raise The Wage

(Dec 19, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Hohenstein joined legislative colleagues to condemn House Republican Leadership as Scrooges and express their disappointment that a Pa. Senate bill to raise the minimum wage was not brought to a vote in the House before the holiday break. Read more

 

Hohenstein: We must provide better protections against assault for recreation leaders

(Dec 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 17 – State Rep. Joseph C. Hohenstein, D-Phila., today announced that an amendment he introduced to provide protections against assault for recreation leaders, lifeguards and librarians was passed by the full House. Hohenstein’s measure was added to H.B. 1879, introduced by Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-York, a bill that would expand existing assault statutes to include additional protections for healthcare employees. The push for the inclusion of recreation employees in the bill, Hohenstein said, was motivated by a string of assaults targeting Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation personnel, including the July assault of a lifeguard and her father at Vogt Recreation Center, located in Hohenstein’s legislative district, and his own experience previously serving as a lifeguard. "Immediately after the assault on those lifeguards at the pool at Vogt Recreation Center, I met with them and I told them would have their backs,” said Hohenstein, who represents the 177 th Legislative District. “Today, I was able to fulfill that promise, at least in part, by expanding the aggravated assault law to include them and the recreation leaders who are serving our neighborhoods every day. They put themselves on the line and they deserve to know that we value them and their work. They keep our children safe, and we need to keep them safe." House Bill 1879, including Hohenstein’s amendment, now moves to the Senate Read more

 

Direct Care Workers Deserve A Fair Wage

(Dec 13, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Hohenstein took part in a roundtable discussion with legislators and service providers to talk about the obstacles that exist in connecting people with mental and physical disabilities to the services they need. Read more

 

Dawkins, members of House Philadelphia Delegation announce $100K grant for Tacony Creek Park

(Nov 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 21 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, chairman of the House Philadelphia Delegation, along with delegation members Reps. Joseph C. Hohenstein, Danilo Burgos, Angel Cruz, and Isabella V. Fitzgerald, announced that the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation received a $100,000 state grant to launch development plans for the Tacony Creek Park. Dawkins said the city will use the grant, funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Recreation and Conservation Grant Program, to prepare a master site development plan for the 300-acre park, which lies in portions of the 177 th ,197 th , 180 th , 203 rd Legislative Districts, including Dawkins’ 179 th District. “It’s imperative for public servants to shoulder responsibility in ensuring greenspaces like Tacony Creek Park remain healthy and viable,” Dawkins said. “As public servants, it is always our privilege and honor to advocate to bring funding to the district and we will continue advocating for more state dollars in the future.” Hohenstein, who represents the 177 th Legislative District, agreed. “It is certainly our responsibility as state legislators,” Hohenstein said. “We are obligated to ensure the preservation of our natural resources and this grant fulfills that obligation.” Burgos, who represents the 197 th District added, “Rich in history and biodiversity, the Tacony Creek Park is an Read more

 

Reps. Isaacson, Hohenstein and Cruz announce $75K in tax credits for revitalizing Kensington

(Nov 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 20 –State Reps. Mary Isaacson, Angel Cruz and Joseph Hohenstein, all D-Phila., today announced that $75,000 in tax credits were awarded to the New Kensington Community Development Corp., to allow NKCDC to combat the opioid crisis and gentrification in the Kensington area of Philadelphia, which spans across the 175 th , 177 th and 180 th legislative districts. The tax credits were funded by the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s Neighborhood Assistance Program. The tax credits will allow NKCDC to continue tackling poverty, joblessness and homelessness through housing advisors that provide financial coaching to increase homeownership rates and reduce foreclosure rates; and to create open space management and community engagement teams to stabilize vacant lots and convert them for community use. The community engagement teams will also help local youth and adults connect with support services. Lastly, NKCDC will create an economic development team to leverage resources from local businesses to develop self-sufficiency skills. “Kensington is the epicenter of the opioid crisis and, like a shockwave, it has crippled the community’s ability to not only thrive, but move forward,” said Isaacson, who represents the 175 th district. “This tax credit will help NKCDC to rebuild and revitalize this community by addressing substance abuse disorder, poverty, affordable housing and economic Read more

 

Hohenstein announces $250K DCNR grant for development of Bridesburg Riverfront Park

(Nov 15, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 15 – State Rep. Joseph Hohenstein announced that a $250,000 state grant is headed to his district to develop the Bridesburg Riverfront Park. Hohenstein said the grant, funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Recreation and Conservation Grant Program, was awarded to the Philadelphia City Treasurer Department of Parks and Recreation and will go toward the construction of a comfort station, pavilion, pedestrian walkways, parking area and stormwater management measures; utilities installation; ADA access, landscaping and other related site improvements. “The development of the Bridesburg Riverfront Park, which will be 10 acres of sprawling riverfront greenspace in our area, has been in the works for years,” said Hohenstein, D-Phila. “Congratulations to the city of Philadelphia for receiving this grant that will help bring this project full circle so residents and visitors can enjoy peaceful recreation right here in the 177 th District!” Sen. John Sabatina, D-Phila., who played a critical role in securing funding for the grant, said: “I’m very happy for the residents of Bridesburg and the city of Philadelphia for receiving this grant. This project will beautify the community and connect residents to the waterfront. I look forward to seeing this project come to fruition.” DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation assists local governments and recreation and Read more

 

Hohenstein allocates $60,000 to Philadelphia schools to invest in cultural education, literacy, STEM resources and supplies

(Oct 01, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 1 – State Rep. Joseph Hohenstein, D-Phila., announced today that six School District of Philadelphia schools in his district will each receive $10,000 in grant funding to invest in cultural education, literacy, STEM resources and supplies. “Our children are our most precious gift, and I hope this grant money shows all the children in each of these School District of Philadelphia schools and their families that we value them, we want to invest in their future and we believe in them,” Hohenstein said. “I hope these investments give our students another reason to believe in themselves, too.” School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William Hite said the grant funding will be put to great use in the schools. “We're incredibly grateful for the support provided by state Representative Hohenstein,” Hite said. “With this grant money, principals will be able to make additional investments in resources that will ultimately aid in the success of our students. This grant speaks to the importance of teamwork and what can be accomplished when we all rally around and are invested in public education." Hohenstein announced the $60,000 in grant funding will be evenly distributed – six $10,000 awards – to each of the six public schools in the 177th Legislative District. He presented checks to Principal Bonnie Uditsky of Lincoln High School, Principal Paula Furman of Amy 5 at James Martin, Read more

 

Hohenstein Fights To Rid Classrooms Of Dangerous Toxins

(Sep 06, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Hohenstein joined the House Democratic Policy Committee to address the issue of aging school buildings across the commonwealth. He discussed the action needed in Harrisburg to protect the health of children and teachers in the classroom. Read more

 

Hohenstein Applauds Police, Stands Up Against Gun Violence

(Aug 16, 2019)

In response to the recent mass shooting in Philadelphia, Pa. state Rep. Joe Hohenstein joined federal, state, and local leaders in standing up against gun violence. He commends the Philadelphia Police Department for their bravery and explains the actions needed to protect the commonwealth from further bloodshed. Read more

 

Hohenstein supports the most vulnerable in Pennsylvania

(Mar 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 28 – State Rep. Joseph Hohenstein, D-Phila., today announced his support for General Assistance and denounced H.B. 33 , which would re-enact the elimination of the General Assistance cash benefit program. “I am focused on supporting the most vulnerable people in Pennsylvania,” Hohenstein said. “We need to understand that everyone has different scenarios at home. People such as emancipated minors, victims of domestic abuse, those suffering from substance abuse disorder and other mental health conditions, pregnant women, people suffering from disabilities due to military services, and even veterans in general can benefit from this General Assistance program. I think about them, and they are struggling. We shouldn’t be taking pennies away from the penniless.” Hohenstein said the General Assistance program costs about $57 million, just 0.006 percent of the total General Fund budget. He said legislation to eliminate General Assistance was introduced this year because the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned a 2012 law (Act 80) that stripped money from about 60,000 General Assistance recipients and eliminated the program. Following that court decision, the Department of Human Services began operating the program again. General Assistance provides approximately $200 a month to low-income and disabled Pennsylvanians in emergency situations who do not qualify for federally funded Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Read more

 

Disability Summit Connects, Educates

(Mar 19, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Hohenstein explains why the Disability and Mental Health Summit put on by Rep. Dan Miller works well to bring together legislators to talk about the needs of those with a disability or diagnosis. More at http://www.disabilitysummit.com Read more

 

3/6/19 – The Place of Mental Health in Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery – Philadelphia

(Mar 08, 2019)

Materials from House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Joe Hohenstein. Read more

 

Hohenstein, Policy Committee talk mental health in substance use treatment and recovery

(Mar 06, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, March 6 – State Rep. Joe Hohenstein, D-Phila., today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at Friends Hospital that focused on the role of mental health in substance use disorder treatment and recovery. Hohenstein and colleagues from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, heard testimony from local officials and advocates on how they can work together to provide better treatment to those with substance abuse problems. The conversation included ways the legislature can help pave a path to provide better assistance to successful long-term recovery. “The stigma associated with mental health is often a major challenge to overcome. That can start a difficult spiral leading to substance abuse issues. I’d like to thank Chairman Sturla and my colleagues for having this conversation that will ultimately help our friends and family seek the help they need,” Hohenstein said. Sturla added, “Any time we can come together to help people know that we can empathize with what they’re going through, I think is helpful. People don’t look at a cancer patient and say, ‘You’ve had 30 days of treatment, we can’t do anything more for you right now,’ and we need to stop doing that with substance abuse issues.” The committee heard testimony from Lynn Kovich, deputy secretary for the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Pennsylvania Department of Human Read more

 

Hohenstein to focus on mental health in substance use treatment and recovery at Policy Committee public hearing Wednesday in Philadelphia

(Feb 28, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 28 – State Representative Joe Hohenstein, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to discuss the place of mental health in substance use disorder treatment and recovery. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 at Friends Hospital, Scatterbrook Building Auditorium, 4641 E. Roosevelt Boulevard, Philadelphia . The media and public are invited to attend. The freshmen legislator requested the hearing to bring together local officials and advocates to discuss how they can work together to provide better treatment to those with substance abuse problems and better assist with the path to successful and long-term recovery. He will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 2:10 p.m. Panel from State Agencies: Lynn Kovich , deputy secretary for the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Ellen DiDomenico , deputy secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Steven Datlof , board-certified psychiatrist and distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association Michael Blank , professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine 2:40 p.m. Panel Two: David Como, executive director, Northeast Community Center for Behavioral Health Read more

 

Hohenstein Holding Hearing To Combat Opioid Epidemic

(Feb 25, 2019)

In his ongoing fight to combat the opioid epidemic, Pa. state Rep. Joe Hohenstein is holding a public hearing that focuses on the gap in mental health side of addiction. Read more

 

Womrath Park Clean Up Day

(Feb 19, 2019)

Residents and community organizations gathered at Womrath Park in the Frankford neighborhood of Philadelphia to rake leaves, pick up trash and contribute to a growing sense of community in the area. Organized by the office of State Rep Joe Hohenstein, 177th District. Read more

 

Our Office Is Open, Ready To Serve Our Community

(Feb 19, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Hohenstein’s office is open and ready to serve his community. He explains the services he and his staff can provide. Read more

 

Hohenstein: Make Prescriptions Affordable For All
Jan 14, 2020

Hohenstein to host first Disabilities Summit, Policy hearing on disability rights Thursday in Philadelphia
Jan 13, 2020

Hohenstein To Host ADA Summit
Jan 03, 2020

We All Benefit When We Raise The Wage
Dec 19, 2019

Hohenstein: We must provide better protections against assault for recreation leaders
Dec 17, 2019

Direct Care Workers Deserve A Fair Wage
Dec 13, 2019

Dawkins, members of House Philadelphia Delegation announce $100K grant for Tacony Creek Park
Nov 21, 2019

Reps. Isaacson, Hohenstein and Cruz announce $75K in tax credits for revitalizing Kensington
Nov 20, 2019

Hohenstein announces $250K DCNR grant for development of Bridesburg Riverfront Park
Nov 15, 2019

Hohenstein allocates $60,000 to Philadelphia schools to invest in cultural education, literacy, STEM resources and supplies
Oct 01, 2019

Hohenstein Fights To Rid Classrooms Of Dangerous Toxins
Sep 06, 2019

Hohenstein Applauds Police, Stands Up Against Gun Violence
Aug 16, 2019

Hohenstein supports the most vulnerable in Pennsylvania
Mar 28, 2019

Disability Summit Connects, Educates
Mar 19, 2019

3/6/19 – The Place of Mental Health in Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery – Philadelphia
Mar 08, 2019

Hohenstein, Policy Committee talk mental health in substance use treatment and recovery
Mar 06, 2019

Hohenstein to focus on mental health in substance use treatment and recovery at Policy Committee public hearing Wednesday in Philadelphia
Feb 28, 2019

Hohenstein Holding Hearing To Combat Opioid Epidemic
Feb 25, 2019

Womrath Park Clean Up Day
Feb 19, 2019

Our Office Is Open, Ready To Serve Our Community
Feb 19, 2019