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Now open for applications: Substance use disorder, violence prevention, and suicide prevention funding opportunities

(May 13, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Eligible practitioners with the capacity to provide SUD treatment or SCA-funded case management services at approved practice site(s) and can demonstrate a minimum of two prior years of experience in the SUD field as well as a service commitment of two additional years. Use : To support the supply, distribution and retention of individuals delivering SUD treatment and SCA funded case management services. Funds : Varies by award. Application Deadline : May 26, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.ddap.pa.gov/Documents/Funding%20documents/GIFA%2022-02%20LoanRepayment_applicationguidance.pdf . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Enhancing Services to Culturally Specific Populations Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : A nonprofit organization for which the primary purpose of the organization as a whole is to provide culturally specific services to one or more of the following racial and ethnic communities: 1) American Indians (including Alaska Natives, Eskimos, and Aleuts); 2) Asian Americans; 3) Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; 4) Blacks; and 5) Hispanics. Use : To establish, expand, or Read more

 

Hearing shows economic opportunity in PA hemp production

(May 09, 2022)

With at least 25,000 unique, known uses, hemp has potential to be a thriving avenue for jobs and economic benefit in Pennsylvania’s agricultural sector. Lawmakers gathered today in Philadelphia for a hearing to understand of how best to build the capacity of Pennsylvania’s hemp industry while generating income opportunities for the state’s farms. Read more

 

Hearing explores what happens without PA School Audit Bureau

(May 04, 2022)

HARRISBURG, May 4 – During a hearing today, lawmakers explored the impact of the auditor general’s closing of its School Audit Bureau, which laid off employees, and unilaterally decided school compliance audits would no longer happen in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Isaacson announces nearly $6M in state funding for area improvements

(Apr 26, 2022)

HARRISBURG, April 26 – State grant funding for $5.81 million will help build improvements throughout the river wards and historic Philadelphia, state Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Philadelphia, said today. The funding, through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, will support critical expansion projects, provide opportunities for job creation and employment training, and community development and revitalization. “Congratulations to all of the projects awarded in the latest round of state funding,” Isaacson said. “The work these organizations put in to their projects reflects so highly on our community – it’s an honor and a privilege to announce their awards. “On behalf of the recipients, I thank Governor Tom Wolf and the administration for seeing the value and wisdom in investing here in our neighborhoods.” The six projects in her 175 th Legislative District are: $815,000 for restoring Pennsylvania's Birthplace: Carpenters' Hall Renovations and Phase 2 Upgrades, awarded to the Carpenters' Company of City and County of Philadelphia. It includes a new perimeter drainage system, new HVAC systems, new utility connections, replacement pavers and roof tiles, new lightning protection, new gutters and flashing, and comprehensive masonry and millwork repairs. Together, these improvements will extend the life expectancy of Carpenters' Hall for another century of service. 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

 

Policy Committe Hearing: Charter schools raise property taxes

(Apr 04, 2022)

“Of 500 school districts, 419 have passed resolutions asking us to change the charter school law and they’ve been met with deafening silence from Harrisburg,” said Rep. Mary Isaacson. “We need to review the charter school laws that have not been changed in 25 years and assess proper funding levels.” Read more

 

Women Leading the 175th

(Mar 28, 2022)

Every year for Women’s History Month, Rep. Mary Isaacson, in coordination with community leaders and advocates, select exceptional women living or working in the district, who have lead efforts to improve the daily lives of Pennsylvanians. This program, Women Leading the 175th, recognizes and honors the impact women are making across the 175th Legislative District. Each of the 2022 honorees of Women Leading the 175th has been chosen due to the actions she has taken in shaping the future of our neighborhoods and our great City. Each honoree has received a Pennsylvania House of Representative citation formally celebrating each of their contributions. From Betsy Ross, who sewed together the Flag of our nation, to Mary Ware Dennett who paved the way for reproductive access and rights, to Rosa Parks and Shirley Chisholm, who inspired generations of women and children to demand justice and equal treatment, to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who taught us that women belong in all places that decisions are being made, to Christa McAuliffe, who urged children and the children in all of us to reach for the stars, to Kamala Harris, our nation’s first Woman Vice-President, to all the women across this nation who contribute in meaningful and far too often unsung ways, our nation has many outstanding women to celebrate in March during Women’s History Month. The theme for the 2022 National Women’s History Month Read more

 

March 2022 Newsletter

(Mar 08, 2022)

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Attracting workers & families: House Democrats plan to put money back into pockets

(Feb 15, 2022)

Today, the PA House Democratic Policy Committee explored the lack of competitive tax credits in Pennsylvania and what that does to the economy. Read more

 

Isaacson announces more than $4.5 million in grant funding for six Philadelphia redevelopment projects

(Dec 07, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., announced today that more than $4.5 million in grant funding has been awarded for six redevelopment projects in her district. “The grant funding for these redevelopment projects is sure to go further than the face value of the funding through the creation of jobs and improvements to key projects in our city,” Isaacson said. “I’m glad to see this funding return to our district and I look forward to seeing this money be put to great use for the betterment of our city.” The six grant awards for projects in Isaacson’s district are: $500,000 for Jewelers’ Row/Independence Hall District for a project to add new pedestrian and animated architectural lighting and landscaping to create a safe and attractive environment for thousands of workers, residents and shoppers; provide new gateway signage and lighting; create a connection between lab spaces at the Curtis Center and the life sciences research and commercialization efforts at Thomas Jefferson University, and will add new, unifying public amenities to support the conversion of a vacant historic building. $500,000 for the Pennsylvania Ballet Association for a project to expand and complete the Center for Dance, which will provide rehearsal, performance and administrative space; complete the facility renovation and new construction, including a black box theater with dynamic functions and a performance, Read more

 

Isaacson announces $1 million grant awarded to Reading Terminal Market

(Dec 03, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 3 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., today announced a $1 million state grant has been awarded to Reading Terminal Market for a redevelopment project to upgrade its utilities and ensure the market’s long-term viability. “I have long been a supporter of Reading Terminal Market because it is such a vital asset to the people in our community as well as a huge tourism draw that brings visitors to our city from near and far,” Isaacson said. “I previously assisted Reading Terminal Market in securing $2 million in funding for infrastructure projects, and I know this additional $1 million award will provide the additional support the market needs to work toward completing the upgrade to its utilities, ensuring it remains attractive, safe, accessible and welcoming to vendors, visitors, residents and shoppers.” Isaacson said Reading Terminal Market is not only a well-known tourist destination and designated National Historic Landmark, but also an invaluable source of fresh food for its patrons and is one of the most-used venues by people redeeming SNAP benefits. The market’s more than 128-year-old building needs capital investment, as highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, to improve ventilation and air handling in public spaces. The market requested the funding, awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, to upgrade the ductwork, improve air handling and accelerate air exchange. RACP is a Read more

 

Hearing interrupts Cyber Monday and highlights supply chain in Pennsylvania

(Nov 29, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 29 – On a day when it’s projected that online sales will top $11.5 million and the flood of goods purchased online will inevitably hit Pennsylvania ports, roads and rails, the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee hosted a hearing about Pennsylvania’s supply chain and the challenges we’re experiencing today. Read more

 

Now open for applications: Substance abuse, arts, and career/technical training funding opportunities

(Nov 17, 2021)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: Substance Use Disorder Drop-In Centers (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who Can Apply : Existing drop-in centers in Allegheny, Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. Single County Authorities (SCAs) are not eligible to apply, nor are DDAP-licensed treatment providers. Use : To expand drop-in center services for individuals with substance use disorder (SUD) in areas of the commonwealth experiencing high overdose deaths. Funds : Approximately two to three grants up to $650,000 each will be awarded. Application Deadline : December 13 More Information : Click on https://www.ddap.pa.gov/DDAPFunding/Pages/Funding-Opportunities.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Pennsylvania Academic and Career/Technical Training (PACTT) Grants (Funding Source: General Fund) Who Can Apply : Residential facilities, community-based, and/or juvenile probation office providers that are PACTT Affiliates primarily serving adjudicated delinquent youth. Use : To advance academic and career/technical training among adjudicated youth receiving services while in residential facilities, from community-based providers, and through juvenile probation departments. Funds : Up to $75,000. Application Deadline : December 22 More Information Read more

 

As COP26 gets underway, I'm standing up for climate action and calling on federal leaders to do the same

(Nov 03, 2021)

In my work as a state legislator, I stand up for the environment because I know that human existence hinges on our ability to get the climate crisis we’ve created under control. I stand up for the environment by speaking out and using my voice. I’ve introduced legislation, such as a resolution to acknowledge Plastic Pollution Awareness Day in Pennsylvania , and I’ve signed on to legislation introduced by my colleagues, such as H.B. 100, which would transition Pennsylvania to 100% renewable energy by the year 2050 . The work I’m trying to do in my own community and at the state level is important, but we need the entire world on board if we’re going to save our planet from the impact of climate change. This week, countries across the world are coming together in Glasgow for COP26, the 26th Conference of the Parties. It’s the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference to discuss how the world will address our climate crisis. And I’m raising my voice to call on our federal government to strengthen our national climate commitments under the Paris Agreement. We cannot wait to act. The United States is the largest historical contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. We have a responsibility to act as a world leader right now and take the necessary steps toward reaching net zero emissions by or before 2050. I recently watched as the residents of my own legislative district picked up the pieces after Hurricane Ida barreled Read more

 

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

(Oct 21, 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

 

Lawmakers hear from healthcare workers, first responders, administrators and advocates impacted by hospital consolidation

(Oct 12, 2021)

EAST BRANDYWINE, Oct. 12 -- Last month, Tower Health announced that it will sell Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia and close Jennersville Hospital in West Grove, Pa. With the fate of Tower’s Brandywine, Phoenixville, Pottstown, and Reading hospitals up in the air, local healthcare workers, first responders, administrators and advocates addressed concerns and impacts on quality and access to health care, and township services. The event, called Saving Community Hospitals: Keeping Care Close, took place at 11 a.m. today at East Brandywine Township Building, 1214 Horseshoe Pike, Downingtown. “The pandemic has exposed how badly people need close and affordable healthcare,” said Rep. Dan Williams, D-Sadsbury Township. “Discussion today emphasized that we need to keep healthcare facilities open and improve care. Hospital consolidation can be a good thing if healthcare workers are respected and services to patients are upgraded.” Hospital administrators, Andrew Wigglesworth, vice president of Wojdak Government Relations, and Bill Ryan, vice president of Einstein Health Network/Urban Health Care Coalition, described how hospitals are dependent on Medicare or Medicaid, sharing that more than 62% of payers use that public funding mechanism. The funding mechanism results in strains on hospitals and could lead to more consolidations, such as those happening in the region. “Closures and consolidations impact our seniors and put stress Read more

 

Victim, advocates urge lawmakers to decriminalize HIV during hearing

(Oct 06, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 6 -- Pennsylvania has laws on the books that criminalize or control behaviors through HIV-specific statues and regulations. During a hearing today, PA House Democrats heard testimony from a victim of these laws and those advocating for change. “HIV is not a crime but there are outdated laws that make it a crime in Pennsylvania,” said Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Philadelphia. “We cannot have people losing lives and livelihoods because of this.” The victim who spoke at the hearing was Julie Graham, a resident of Cumberland County, who described the impact of these laws on her life after she was charged with four crimes, including two felonies, based on allegations by a man she had dated who claimed she didn’t disclose her HIV status. Due to these allegations, she faced personal and professional consequences that forever impacted the trajectory of her life. “I support and applaud your courage and advocacy to testify here today,” said Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Philadelphia, who was the Co-Chair of the Policy Committee and host for the hearing today. “Being HIV positive is not a crime and we must do better in supporting those in Pennsylvania who are living with HIV.” PA House Democratic Policy Committee Chair, Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, was also in attendance and added: “HIV decriminalization is important to the entire Democratic Caucus and I am grateful to the testifiers who came today to speak on Read more

 

Fall 2021 Newsletter

(Sep 16, 2021)

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Eviction Moratorium Letter

(Sep 08, 2021)

More than 45 House members wrote to the Pa. Supreme Court to ask them to stop evictions for those who have applied for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program while they wait for applications to be processed. Read more

 

Legislation responds to hypocrisy of Republican voting restrictions

(Aug 17, 2021)

Republicans have decided that a number of outrageous voting restrictions are needed, arguing that these restrictions would not infringe upon the voting rights of American citizens. If these restrictions truly do not infringe upon Americans’ right to vote, then surely these same restrictions will not infringe upon Americans’ right to bear arms. Read more

 

Now open for applications: Substance use disorder, violence prevention, and suicide prevention funding opportunities
May 13, 2022

Hearing shows economic opportunity in PA hemp production
May 09, 2022

Hearing explores what happens without PA School Audit Bureau
May 04, 2022

Isaacson announces nearly $6M in state funding for area improvements
Apr 26, 2022

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

Policy Committe Hearing: Charter schools raise property taxes
Apr 04, 2022

Women Leading the 175th
Mar 28, 2022

March 2022 Newsletter
Mar 08, 2022

Attracting workers & families: House Democrats plan to put money back into pockets
Feb 15, 2022

Isaacson announces more than $4.5 million in grant funding for six Philadelphia redevelopment projects
Dec 07, 2021

Isaacson announces $1 million grant awarded to Reading Terminal Market
Dec 03, 2021

Hearing interrupts Cyber Monday and highlights supply chain in Pennsylvania
Nov 29, 2021

Now open for applications: Substance abuse, arts, and career/technical training funding opportunities
Nov 17, 2021

As COP26 gets underway, I'm standing up for climate action and calling on federal leaders to do the same
Nov 03, 2021

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

Lawmakers hear from healthcare workers, first responders, administrators and advocates impacted by hospital consolidation
Oct 12, 2021

Victim, advocates urge lawmakers to decriminalize HIV during hearing
Oct 06, 2021

Fall 2021 Newsletter
Sep 16, 2021

Eviction Moratorium Letter
Sep 08, 2021

Legislation responds to hypocrisy of Republican voting restrictions
Aug 17, 2021