Conservation, Substance Abuse Education, and Act 13 Funding Opportunities

(1 day ago)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: Regional Recovery Hubs Grant Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Nonprofit organization or governmental entity. Use : To support a Recovery-Oriented-System of Care (ROSC) by establishing a Recovery Hub and Spoke model. Funds : Nine grants up to $500,000 each will be awarded.. Application Deadline : February 24, 2023 More Information : https://www.ddap.pa.gov/Documents/Funding%20documents/GIFA%2023-01%20Regional%20Recovery%20Hubs_2023.01.11_FINAL.pdf . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency: Substance Abuse Education and Demand Reduction Category 1 Funds (Funding Source: SAEDR Fund) Who May Apply : Nonprofit organizations may partner with governmental entities, including school districts, provided the nonprofit organization is the applicant. Use : To provide research-based or evidence-based approaches to prevention, intervention, treatment, training, and education services to reduce substance use or to provide resources to assist families in accessing the services needed to reduce substance use behavior, as well as strategies aimed at combating opioid/heroin overdoses. Funds : Grants up to $150,000 over a two-year project period. Application Deadline : February 24, 2023 More Read more

 

Kenyatta applauds Gov. Shapiro executive order

(Jan 31, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 31 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., offered praise for Gov. Josh Shapiro’s latest executive order to improve Commonwealth licensing, permitting and certification processes. The order begins a comprehensive review of how long it takes agencies to process applications and how workers and businesses apply online. It will help to establish a date-certain for each license, permit or certificate by which applicants will hear back, and if applicants don't receive a response by that date, the agency responsible will refund their application fee. “The process to receive professional license, permit or certification is one that can be long and strenuous for workers,” Kenyatta said. “This executive order should be very beneficial to working Pennsylvanians and should make this process more efficient and transparent. I applaud Governor Shapiro for signing this executive order as it is another way to improve economic opportunity for all Pennsylvanians.” Kenyatta pointed out that this executive order mirrors in many ways a bipartisan bill he introduced in prior sessions called “The Fighting Chance Act .” He pointed out that at the time, Republicans never let this bill hit the House chamber for a vote. Read more

 

LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus denounces Mastriano bill to ban drag shows

(Jan 26, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 26 – House LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus co-chairs, state Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., and Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny, are denouncing state Sen. Doug Mastriano’s, R-Adams/Franklin, proposed bill to ban drag shows in Pennsylvania public places. This bill would place drag shows under the “adult-oriented business” classification. “The LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus recognizes that this legislation – which has no chance of becoming law – is a sad stunt by Mastriano and shows Republicans’ lack of addressing important issues facing our families. “When all a politician or party can offer you is a list of who to hate, what to ban, and what marginalized group to blame — it’s because they have no serious ideas to help solve your actual problems. This fact-free legislation has zero chance of becoming law or making communities safer, but has a very serious chance of increasing violence against performers, venues and guests.” Kenyatta said. Benham stated that this bill could lead to further attacks on LGBTQ+ individuals. “Drag shows are a celebration of identity,” Benham said. “This bill has no basis in any actual threat to the safety of young people and provides the foundation for attacks against the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals to exist in public.” Many Republican legislators across the country have introduced similar legislation to ban or put restrictions on Read more

 

Solomon, Kenyatta introduce legislation to require elected officials convicted of felonies to resign

(Jan 13, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 13 -- State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., is partnering with Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, also D-Phila., to introduce a constitutional amendment that would require elected officials to resign upon conviction of a felony. “As public servants, we must be held to the highest of standards,” Solomon said. “The people we serve deserve elected officials they can rely on and have faith in -- they lose all of that once the individual is convicted of a crime.” Solomon said that the publicity created from these often high profile cases steers attention away from serving the public. “As elected officials, we owe the constituents that we represent service that improves their quality of life,” Kenyatta said. “They put their trust in us and deserve to be represented by honorable, law-abiding officials committed to doing just that.” Under current case law, an elected official does not have to resign until they are formally sentenced. Read more

 

Philadelphia House Delegation salutes Mayor Kenney’s critical priorities for the city as his mandate comes to an end this year

(Jan 11, 2023)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 11 – The Philadelphia House Delegation today expressed their endorsement for Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s core priorities in his final year as mayor. The delegation also highlighted their concerns and hopes for the city. “The plan introduced today by Mayor Kenney gave us optimism. I’m pleased to see that reducing gun violence and strengthening public safety are an important part of this agenda. I also laud the commitment to diversity, to improving access to quality education and to expanding affordable housing” said the delegation’s chair, state Rep. Morgan Cephas. “These goals might not be entirely achieved by the end of the year, but we are going in the right direction, there’s a strong approach from the administration to address the major issues affecting our city”, Cephas said. The mayor’s goals are explained in a report titled “Equity and Opportunity for All: Moving Philadelphia Forward.” In it, Kenney revealed four critical focus areas of the administration in an effort to guarantee Philadelphia’s immediate and long-term future success. The mayor promised to reinforce his commitment to enhancing public safety, improve quality of life and build thriving neighborhoods. His other goal will be investing in Philadelphia’s youth. Driving inclusive growth and economic opportunity while building a thriving Read more

 

PA LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus urges Central Bucks SD to reconsider wrong-headed policy

(Jan 11, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 11 – The PA LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus issued the following statement on Central Bucks School District’s new policy that limits what teachers can discuss and display in the classroom. “Last night, the Central Bucks School Board voted 6-3 to adopt a wrongheaded policy to ban teachers from displaying any number of items in the classroom in the name of ‘neutrality.’ But we see this policy for exactly what it is -- another attempt to muzzle free expression, effectively ‘disappear’ members of our communities and silence the exchange of ideas that we should all want in our classrooms. The existence of LGBTQ people is not salacious. But let us be clear: turning our classrooms into a political proxy war is wrong. “At best -- and giving a large benefit of a doubt that this policy comes from the best intentions -- this will have a chilling effect on the lives of LGBTQ youth in the district. At worst, this represents an Orwellian erasure of the truth that these students are living, one that will shame and isolate young people at a critical time in their lives. “At a time when policies like these are being pushed across our nation by far-right extremist interests who seek political gain regardless of the costs, we are calling on the district to do the right thing, to re-consider this wrongheaded policy, and to help send a message that our communities will not tolerate these kinds of attacks on individual Read more

 

Kenyatta, Solomon, Street to introduce legislation making 2024 presidential primary in Pa. earlier

(Jan 10, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 10 – State Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta and Jared Solomon, both D-Phila., will introduce legislation that would move the 2024 presidential primary election date in Pa. up one month. This would set the date for the 2024 Presidential Primary in Pa. to be on March 19, 2024. Currently, Pennsylvania’s primary is scheduled to take place on the fourth Tuesday in April, long after many states have voted for a presidential nominee. “Pennsylvania will be a pivotal battleground state in 2024 and having the primary election well after many other states already have theirs makes our commonwealth one of the last states in the nation to weigh in despite being a crucial swing state,” Kenyatta said. “With an earlier primary, Pennsylvania voters will represent the 'keystone' needed for each candidate to win their party's nomination in 2024 and beyond.” “Pennsylvania has proved time and time again to be a pivotal state when it comes to elections,” Solomon said. “This legislation will provide Pennsylvania the political weight it deserves by giving us a voice earlier in the process.” Kenyatta and Solomon will be introducing this legislation along with state Sen. Sharif Street, D-Phila., who will introduce mirror legislation in the Senate. “Pennsylvania is a critical battleground in determining the leadership and direction of our nation,” Street said. “It is incumbent upon Read more

 

On Jan. 6th, Rep. Kenyatta introduces two bills related to the failed insurrection

(Jan 06, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta D-Phila., reintroduced a bill that designates Jan 6th as “Democracy Observance Day,” as well as a resolution with Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., that would formally condemn the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol that occurred on Jan. 6, 2021. On Jan. 6, 2021, while Congress met to officially tally the Electoral College votes for president, a violent mob of domestic terrorists descended upon the Capitol building and forcibly entered its hallowed halls. As lawmakers and staff barricaded themselves in secure locations, the insurrectionists proceeded to pillage offices, destroy property and assault law enforcement personnel. Still others paraded around the chambers of the House and Senate and smiled for photographs while pilfering public property. “January 6, 2021 was a shameful day in our nation’s history and if we don’t remember and learn from it, we are doomed to repeat it,” Kenyatta said. “Violent insurrectionists armed with weapons and lies told by former President Trump and Republican leaders about the 2020 presidential election led to this attack; he did nothing to stop the violence. Because of this rhetoric, lives were lost, including members of law enforcement.” Kenyatta continued, “We must make sure that any attack on our governing body’s is condemned.” “Our nation is not impervious to fascism, authoritarianism or extremism. But we cannot Read more

 

Rep. Kenyatta issues statement on shooting outside Hope Partnership School

(Dec 21, 2022)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 21 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., issued the following statement on a shooting that took place yesterday outside Hope Partnership School in his legislative district. “Thankfully no one was physically hurt inside or outside the school but the emotional toll on the students and staff is real,” Kenyatta said. “I’ve talked to the principal about how the state can assist. This madness has to end. We have the ability to pass legislation that would help prevent these further tragedies from happening. “I visited the area and spoke to law enforcement on the scene. I’ll meet with school staff and hopefully students this week.” Dozens of bullets were fired, including one that went through the window of a 6th grade classroom. No injuries or deaths occurred. This shooting comes on the heels of a deadly milestone for the city yesterday: 500 homicides in 2022. Kenyatta previously put forward a three-point plan to address the gun violence crisis taking place in Philadelphia. This plan includes: Declaring a state of emergency. Passing stalled gun safety legislation. Addressing root causes of violence and investing in the youth. Read more

 

Kenyatta announces $210,000 in state funding for redevelopment of Dox Thrash House for commercial, residential use

(Dec 20, 2022)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 20 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., today announced a $210,000 grant awarded to Beech Community Services for the redevelopment of Dox Thrash House into commercial and residential use. “I am happy that Dox Thrash House plans on having redevelopment done to provide job opportunities and housing for the people of the 181 st Legislative District,” Kenyatta said. “It is great that they’ve been awarded this funding, and I look forward to seeing how they use it to help our community.” The funding is part of the Keystone Communities Program , which is designed to encourage partnerships between public and private sectors to support local initiatives that promote growth and stability in neighborhoods, plus seeks to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods throughout Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Rep. Kenyatta Fall/Winter 2022 Newsletter

(Dec 12, 2022)

Rep. Kenyatta's Newsletter recapping the fall of 2022 and previewing programs during the winter months. Read more

 

PA House LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus celebrates step forward in state’s nondiscrimination policies

(Dec 08, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 8 – In celebration of an affirmative vote today by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission that will enable the PA Human Relations Commission to investigate discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, PA House LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus co-chairs state Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., and Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement: “LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians now have a legitimate avenue for recourse when they face discrimination from a landlord, employer or in public accommodations. This, along with today’s passage of the landmark Respect for Marriage Act at the federal level, makes today a truly momentous day for LGBTQ+ individuals in our state and across the nation. “While these hard-won victories warrant celebration, it’s important for us to recognize that the fight for true equality is far from over. Members and allies of this community have given blood, sweat, tears and, in some cases, their own lives to get us this far. We can’t quit now. “Pursuing legislation to make these important protections permanent remains one of our top priorities in the General Assembly, and it will be until they are enshrined in our state law. We look forward to championing the PA Fairness Act among other bills to make Pennsylvania equitable for all.” Read more

 

PA House LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus applauds move to adopt nondiscrimination protections

(Dec 07, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – After nearly a decade of stonewalling by Republicans in the state legislature, the PA House LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus co-chairs state Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., and Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny, today offered their full support for a move by Gov. Tom Wolf and the PA Human Relations Commission ahead of a PHRC vote tomorrow that could solidify nondiscrimination protections in the state: “It’s 2022 and Pennsylvania still has no law on the books to prevent discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals, a situation which is completely unacceptable and, quite frankly, embarrassing. “In the realms of employment, education, and housing, it’s currently legal in our commonwealth to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. While our caucus fought tooth-and-nail for more comprehensive anti-discrimination laws, like the PA Fairness Act , in previous legislative sessions, the Republican majority at the time did everything they could to obstruct and prevent progress. “That is why we are offering our full support to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission to secure these basic, long overdue protections for LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians; something that the General Assembly failed to do for decades under a Republican majority. Additionally, we look forward to re-introducing the PA Fairness Act to enshrine these protections into our state law.” The PHRC is scheduled tomorrow to vote on Regulation Read more

 

Career/Technical Training, School Safety and Security, and Arts and Culture Funding Opportunities

(Dec 05, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency/Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Pennsylvania Academic and Career/Technical Training Innovative Solicitation (Funding Source: Justice Reinvestment Fund) Who May Apply : Existing PACTT Affiliates. Use : To improve services for delinquent youth receiving academic and career/technical training services. Funds : Awards up to $75,000 for 24-month projects. Application Deadline : December 23, 2022 More Information : Click on https://egrants.pccd.pa.gov/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx . Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission: Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Pumpout Grant Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Local governmental entities and private businesses that own and operate boating facilities. Use : To fund the construction, renovation, and maintenance of pumpout and dump stations to service pleasure boats. Funds : Reimburse up to 75% of the installation cost of pumpout and dump stations. Application Deadline : December 30, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.fishandboat.com/Transact/Grants/Pages/PumpoutGrantProgram.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: 2022-23 School Safety and Security Training and Technical Assistance Program Read more

 

Kenyatta: Don’t Wait, Apply for PTRR Now

(Dec 02, 2022)

The December 31st deadline to apply for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is right around the corner and Pa. state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta’s office is ready to walk you through the application process. Many older or disabled adults living in Pa. are eligible for rebates on rent or property taxes they paid in 2021. To find out if you qualify or for help with your application, call Rep. Kenyatta’s district office at 215-978-0311. For more information or to apply online, check out www.mypath.pa.gov Read more

 

PA House LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus issues statement on World AIDS Day

(Dec 01, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 1 – PA House LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus co-chairs state Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., and Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement on World AIDS Day: “On this World Aids Day, we recognize the effect this disease and the stigma of it has had on the LGBTQ+ community across the world. “While medical improvements have been made to address this disease, there is still much more we can be doing. According to the CDC, over half of people living with HIV in the US are gay and bisexual men. “We cannot allow this horrible disease to continue to disproportionately affect our communities. Our caucus is committed to working with medical professionals, LGBTQ+ advocates, elected officials and anyone who cares about AIDS to keep LGBTQ+ individuals safe from this horrible disease.” Read more

 

Rep. Kenyatta issues statement on passing of former Rep. Milton Street

(Nov 30, 2022)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 30 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., issued the following statement on the passing of former state Rep. Milton Street: “It’s safe to say that there has not been another Philadelphia political figure quite like Milton Street. Mr. Street was my first electoral opponent in 2018, and I was his last. Through that campaign I came to know firsthand his fierce determination. He was ahead of his time on issues like equal pay, cannabis legalization, and many others. While we didn’t always agree, my respect for him as an orator, organizer, and out of the box thinker is deep. May his memory be a blessing. My sincere condolences to the entire Street family.” Read more

 

Frankel, Muth to hand off LGBTQ+ Caucus Leadership

(Nov 29, 2022)

Kenyatta, Benham will lead the caucus in 2023-24 session Read more

 

Philadelphia Delegation joined forces with Philabundance for day of service and solidarity

(Nov 23, 2022)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 23 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, chair of the Philadelphia House Delegation, and a group of delegation members joined Philabundance Tuesday morning for a day of service and solidarity. The lawmakers helped pack boxes that will be provided to families for Thanksgiving. Cephas said their work at the food bank reaffirmed the commitment of the delegation to ensuring that unserved and underserved families in the city have access to food to celebrate the upcoming holidays. “Our delegation firmly believes that working together makes us stronger, and that aside from advancing important legislation in Harrisburg, it is crucial for us to work alongside residents and local organizations to support our community. “Philabundance has been doing amazing work in our community, and that is why we did not hesitate to join them today when Loree Jones, CEO of Philabundance, extended the invitation. Our delegation will continue partnering with institutions that can help us secure the welfare of our city,” Cephas said. Loree Jones said that the team at Philabundance is grateful to have the support of incredible donors and volunteers. "With over 550,000 people struggling to put food on their table we are working harder than ever to be able to do our part to meet the need.” “To have the support of our legislators will help us not only relieve hunger today but - as we Read more

 

Kenyatta announces $1 million in state funding for Behavioral Wellness Center at Girard upgrades

(Nov 21, 2022)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 21 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., has announced that a $1 million state grant has been awarded to the Behavioral Wellness Center at Girard for upgrades to the facility. “I am very excited to see this funding go toward the Behavioral Wellness Center,” Kenyatta said. “This funding will provide more safety enhancements for the employees and patients, as well as improvements to the facility as a whole. The upgrades to the facility will provide the people of my district with a safe and reliable place to go for their health.” The funding comes from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. RACP projects 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

 

Conservation, Substance Abuse Education, and Act 13 Funding Opportunities
1 day ago

Kenyatta applauds Gov. Shapiro executive order
Jan 31, 2023

LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus denounces Mastriano bill to ban drag shows
Jan 26, 2023

Solomon, Kenyatta introduce legislation to require elected officials convicted of felonies to resign
Jan 13, 2023

Philadelphia House Delegation salutes Mayor Kenney’s critical priorities for the city as his mandate comes to an end this year
Jan 11, 2023

PA LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus urges Central Bucks SD to reconsider wrong-headed policy
Jan 11, 2023

Kenyatta, Solomon, Street to introduce legislation making 2024 presidential primary in Pa. earlier
Jan 10, 2023

On Jan. 6th, Rep. Kenyatta introduces two bills related to the failed insurrection
Jan 06, 2023

Rep. Kenyatta issues statement on shooting outside Hope Partnership School
Dec 21, 2022

Kenyatta announces $210,000 in state funding for redevelopment of Dox Thrash House for commercial, residential use
Dec 20, 2022

Rep. Kenyatta Fall/Winter 2022 Newsletter
Dec 12, 2022

PA House LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus celebrates step forward in state’s nondiscrimination policies
Dec 08, 2022

PA House LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus applauds move to adopt nondiscrimination protections
Dec 07, 2022

Career/Technical Training, School Safety and Security, and Arts and Culture Funding Opportunities
Dec 05, 2022

Kenyatta: Don’t Wait, Apply for PTRR Now
Dec 02, 2022

PA House LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus issues statement on World AIDS Day
Dec 01, 2022

Rep. Kenyatta issues statement on passing of former Rep. Milton Street
Nov 30, 2022

Frankel, Muth to hand off LGBTQ+ Caucus Leadership
Nov 29, 2022

Philadelphia Delegation joined forces with Philabundance for day of service and solidarity
Nov 23, 2022

Kenyatta announces $1 million in state funding for Behavioral Wellness Center at Girard upgrades
Nov 21, 2022