Kinsey Speaks Out Against Bias Gender Dysphoria Report

(Sep 21, 2022)

During a House Health Committee hearing, Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey spoke out about a bias report that says transgender youth shouldn't be encouraged to chose their preferred sex. The report came about because of Medicare-covered gender affirmation care. Kinsey's issue is that the report's main source was a discredited testifier and it's not based on science. Read more

 

Kinsey, Bullock introduce legislation to address sickle cell disease

(Sep 21, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 21 – State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Chair Donna Bullock, both D-Phila., have introduced a resolution to promote greater access and research for sickle cell disease. Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that predominately affects African Americans. The disease produces abnormal red blood cell shapes (i.e. crescent or “sickle”) that cause red blood cells to become hard, sticky, and die at an earlier rate than normal red blood cells. This can lead to serious complications among individuals, such as anemia, infections, strokes and more. There have been new therapies to address sickle cell that have greatly improved in recent years, but Kinsey said he wants it to be more accessible to low-income individuals. “We need to ensure that folks with sickle cell have access to address their medical needs, and it starts with having them covered by Medicaid and Medicare programs,” Kinsey said. “This disease has affected many Black folks for far too long, and we must make sure that they do not face any barriers when it comes to addressing this disease.” This resolution would call on federal policymakers to ensure that individuals have access to all medications and forms of treatment, as well as ensure that any new therapies are covered by Medicare and Medicaid programs. Additionally, this resolution would designate the state Department of Health to conduct a Read more

 

Violence Intervention and Prevention, Transportation, and Local Law Enforcement Funding Opportunities

(Sep 13, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Commonwealth Financing Authority: Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund (GEDTF) (Funding Source: Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund) Who May Apply : Allegheny County Municipalities, Authorities (Redevelopment, Municipal or Industrial), Councils of Government, Non-Profit Organizations, Trusts and For Profit Organizations. Use : To support community and economic development projects in Allegheny County. Funds : Awards between $150,000 and $500,000. Application Deadline : September 23, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.alleghenycounty.us/economic-development/authorities/gedtf-fund.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Transportation: Traffic Signal Technologies Grant Program (Funding Source: Motor License Fund) Who May Apply : Municipalities. Use : To install and maintain traffic signal technologies. Funds : Varies by award. This is a reimbursement grant with no matching funds required. Application Deadline : September 30, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.dot.state.pa.us/public/Bureaus/BOMO/Portal/TST_INFO.pdf . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Grant Program (Funding Source: American Rescue Plan Act Funds) Who May Apply Read more

 

Kinsey announces $135,000 for recreation and community revitalization project for Awbury Arboretum Association

(Sep 08, 2022)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 8 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., announced that $135,000 in grants from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program will be awarded to Awbury Arboretum Association in his district. The money will go toward developing and implementing a “Nature Rx” program, developing and conducting physician training, and evaluating program results . “I am happy to see money coming to our district to help with conservation and natural resources,” Kinsey said. “There’s data showing that clean, environmentally friendly communities are often the safest, so this funding will benefit the community as a whole. I know that Awbury Arboretum Association will make good with this money.” This grant is part of a $90 million larger investment in Pennsylvania recreation and conservation and surpasses the previous record of $70 million in 2021. Under the Wolf administration, DCNR has awarded more than $430 million in grants to more than 2,300 projects across the commonwealth. The grant is administered by the DCNR C2P2 . Funding comes from the Keystone Fund, which is generated from a portion of the realty transfer tax; the Environmental Stewardship Fund; the ATV/Snowmobile Fund generated through fees for licenses; and federal monies. Read more

 

GRANT MEMO: Youth Agriculture, Urban Agriculture, and Watershed Cooperative Funding Opportunities

(Aug 30, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: ?Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : An individual, partnership, association, firm, corporation, cooperatives or any other legal entity. Use : To support projects that grow agricultural infrastructure in urban food deserts to improve access to fresh, local food and provide opportunities for hands-on learning, community-building, and for people to become social entrepreneurs. Community gardens are eligible projects. Funds : $2,500 micro grants or up to $50,000 for collaboration grants. Application Deadline : September 16, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Funding/Farmbill/Pages/Urban-Ag-Grant.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: ?Very Small Meat and Poultry Processor Reimbursement Grant Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : An individual, partnership, association, firm, corporation or any other legal entity. Use : To support the development and expansion of current or future very small meat and poultry processing operations. Funds : Grants are limited to no more than $100,000 per applicant. Application Deadline : September 26, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Funding/Farmbill/Pages/Very-Small-Meat-Processor-Grant.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: ?Agriculture and Youth Grant Program Read more

 

State programs now open for applications

(Jul 26, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Office of the Budget: Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) (Funding Source: General Obligation Debt) Who May Apply : Entities that have a project itemized in a Capital Budget Itemization Act from the past 10 years. List of eligible projects can be found here: Itemized Project Eligible for Funding . Use : The acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects that have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity. RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs. Funds : Projects must have a $1 million minimum project cost and a 50% match (state funds cannot be used as match). Application Deadline : August 19, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.budget.pa.gov/Programs/RACP/Pages/Main%20Page.aspx . UPCOMING APPLICATION DEADLINES: DDAP Pregnancy Support Services Grant: July 29, 2022 (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Any entity that is able to serve pregnant or postpartum women in recovery from SUD. - To provide support services to pregnant women and postpartum women in recovery from Substance Use Disorder Read more

 

Democratic lawmakers tour Chestnut Hill Hospital, talk pandemic response

(Jul 25, 2022)

The House Democratic Policy Committee toured the Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia and learned about their pandemic response during a hearing Monday afternoon. Read more

 

Housing, Public Health Infrastructure, and Clean Energy Funding Opportunities

(Jul 19, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: Pregnancy Support Services Grant (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Any entity that is able to serve pregnant or postpartum women in recovery from SUD. Use : To provide support services to pregnant women and postpartum women in recovery from Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Funds: Awards up to $600,000. Application Deadline : July 29, 2022. More Information : Click on https://www.ddap.pa.gov/Documents/Funding%20documents/GIFA%2022-03%20Pregnancy%20Support%20Service.pdf . Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection: Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : School districts, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and businesses in Pennsylvania. Use : To assist in a transition to cleaner fuel transportation. Funds : Up to $300,000 per applicant. Application Deadline : There are two application periods. The program will collect and review all applications submitted by August 26, 2022, and again by December 16, 2022. More Information : Click on https://www.dep.pa.gov/Citizens/GrantsLoansRebates/Alternative-Fuels-Incentive-Grant/Pages/default.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Statewide Victim Witness Training Project 2023 Read more

 

Kinsey introduces legislation to clarify pension beneficiaries

(Jul 15, 2022)

HARRISBURG, July 15 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., has introduced legislation to clarify pension beneficiaries. State employees, educators and municipal workers may designate beneficiaries for their pensions under the State Employees, Public School Employees and Pennsylvania Municipal retirement systems. While many individuals choose their spouse, children or other family members as their beneficiaries, some may wish to designate a nonprofit organization. Current statutory definitions do not make it absolutely clear that pension beneficiaries may include nonprofits. To clarify this uncertainty, Kinsey is introducing legislation that would clarify that a nonprofit organization may be designated as a pension beneficiary for municipal employees, as well as state and public-school employees. “Folks work hard for their pension, and they should be able to make their beneficiary whomever they want,” Kinsey said. “The way this law is currently written can be confusing for citizens across the commonwealth. My legislation is aimed at providing clarity to allow hard-working citizens to make the best decision in identifying their pension beneficiaries.” Read more

 

Environmental, re-entry, and recycling funding opportunities

(Jun 21, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Assessing Racial & Ethnic Disparities (R/ED) in PA’s Criminal Justice System (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Higher education institutions (public/not-for-profit), nonprofit organizations, and for-profit institutions (i.e., consulting firms). Use : To develop and implement a statewide research initiative to identify current R/ED levels using quantitative methods, understand potential drivers using qualitative methods, and make recommendations to chart a path forward. Funds : Up to $250,000. Application Deadline : July 12, 2022 More Information : Click on https://egrants.pccd.pa.gov/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Victim Advocacy – School District of Philadelphia (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply: Organizations that provide direct services to crime victims and may be operated by a non-profit organization or public (governmental) agency, or a combination of such agencies or organizations. Use : To support students and their families who are victims of violence within the School District of Philadelphia. Funds : Up to $375,000 over three years. PCCD expects to fund one (1) applicant over a three-year project period. Application Deadline : Read more

 

Home and community-based services, crisis intervention, and archival records care funding opportunities

(Jun 01, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Quality Improvement Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : An entity enrolled with the Department’s OLTL as a Medical Assistance provider type 59 and have a signed OLTL-HCBS Waiver Agreement and be actively rendering services to participants in the CHC or OBRA waiver programs or both as of the date of May 1, 2022. Use : To help HCBS providers implement projects to improve the quality of services provided to individuals in the CHC and the OBRA waiver programs. Funds : Up to $40,000 in funding. Application Deadline : December 31, 2022 or until funds are expended. More Information : Click on https://www.dhs.pa.gov/providers/Providers/Pages/Long-Term-Care-Providers.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Work Force Support Grant (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Certified child care providers. Use : To support the work force of DHS certified child care providers. Funds : Amounts vary by award. Application Deadline : June 17, 2022. More Information : Click on https://www.pakeys.org/workforcesupportgrants/ . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: 2022 Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Policy and Implementation Program Read more

 

Kinsey comments on recent mass shootings in Uvalde and Buffalo

(May 25, 2022)

HARRISBURG, May 25 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., offered reaction to the mass shooting that occurred last weekend in Buffalo, NY and yesterday in Uvalde, TX. Buffalo: Last weekend an 18-year-old man drove to a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, where many of the shoppers were Black and he shot and killed 10 people. The shooter, Payton Gendron, was a white supremacist who believed in the Great Replacement Theory. “The fact that this young man researched and found an area with a large Black population and drove there to kill them is an indication of the vile racism and bigotry that is still very alive in our country,” Kinsey said. “We have many people in power across this country who continue to push racist rhetoric that leads to horrific hate crimes like this.” Kinsey continued, “Two years ago, we saw worldwide protests against racism after the police murder of George Floyd. As the chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus at the time, I, along with other members of PLBC, held a day of civil disobedience in the state house where we protested against racism and for police reform.” Kinsey said not enough progress has been made regarding race relations in the U.S. “We put a lot of work into getting police reform bills and we were successful with some of it. However, hate crimes are becoming commonplace. We must push for bills to protect Black Americans and all Americans from hate crimes.” Read more

 

Kinsey supports the COVID-19 Public Health Equity Initiative

(May 16, 2022)

PHILADELPHIA, May 16 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., said he supports the COVID-19 Public Health Equity Initiative that comes from the American Rescue Plan. PHEI recognizes the impact the pandemic has had on underserved communities (largely communities of color) and makes strategic investments to ensure these disproportionately impacted communities and populations have access to public health services necessary to respond to and recover from the pandemic. Today, House and Senate Democrats held a news conference at the Dr. Ala Stanford Center for Health Equity. They proposed a plan to the governor to use funds from the American Rescue Plan for the public health initiative. “The pandemic has maximized the health care disparities that exist across the commonwealth, and United States as a whole,” Kinsey said. “This proposal would address multiple facets of the disparity and work towards providing access to public health services and resources. Quality health care is a necessity that everybody deserves access to.” The initiative proposes a total of $12.85 million and would distribute these funds into four categories: health equity grants, mobile health clinics, trauma grants and school-based health centers. Kinsey serves as the Democratic chair of the Subcommittee of Public Health on the House Health Committee and as Subcommittee chair of Health and Equity in the Pennsylvania Read more

 

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

(May 11, 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

 

Kinsey issues statement on leaked message about Roe v. Wade possibly being overturned 

(May 03, 2022)

HARRISBURG, May 3 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., issued a statement on the leaked message that the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn Roe v. Wade. “As a father of daughters, I don’t want the government to legislate what my daughters or any woman can or can’t do with her body,” Kinsey said. “As Republicans have made attempts to pass anti-abortion legislation in the past, I have stood firm in protecting a woman’s right to choose. I will continue to fight on behalf of women’s rights.” A leaked draft opinion from Politico indicates that the Supreme Court is set to overturn Roe v. Wade. Read more

 

Gov. Wolf: Highlights Proposal to Build on Record Investments in Pennsylvania Schools

(May 02, 2022)

Governor Wolf visits Lingelbach Elementary School in Rep. Kinsey's district to discuss his plans for investment in education. Read more

 

PLBC introduces resolution for National Minority Health Month in PA

(Apr 13, 2022)

HARRISBURG, April 13 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, along with PLBC members Reps. Stephen Kinsey, Patty Kim and Manuel Guzman, introduced a resolution that would recognize April 2022 as National Minority Health Month in Pennsylvania. The resolution was spurred by National Minority Health Week, which was inspired by the creation of National Negro Health Week in 1915 by Booker T. Washington and the U.S. Public Health Service. The focus was to improve the overall health status of Black Americans and to encourage Black professionals to join the medical field. National Negro Health Week then grew into the National Negro Health Movement to educate the public about continuing health disparities year-round. The U.S. Public Health Service then published National Negro Health News to update on activities of the movement and publish reports on Black health in America. The theme for 2022 is Give Your Community a Boost, which supports the CDC’s recommendation of the Covid-19 vaccine and booster shot as a means to combat the global pandemic. “Minorities are significantly more at risk for both terminal and treatable illnesses,” Bullock said. “But because many do not have access to affordable health care or insurance, the life-saving power of early detection by a primary care physician is hardly ever obtainable. These health disparities were exposed during and because of the recent pandemic.” The Read more

 

Kinsey excited to see more than $2 million awarded to Albert Einstein Medical Center

(Mar 24, 2022)

HARRISBURG, March 24 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey announced today that Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia has been awarded more than $2.06 million from Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration, which this week detailed a $225 million appropriation to support the health care workforce needs of hospitals and behavioral health providers statewide. Kinsey, D-Phila., who’s legislative district is home to Albert Einstein Medical Center, said he is excited to see funds going to help the medical center’s workforce. “Our nurses and health care workers have faced insurmountable workloads during the COVID-19 pandemic; they’re understaffed, overworked and worn-out,” Kinsey said. “I applaud the governor’s effort in helping alleviate some of the stress that has been placed on our health care workers.” Kinsey continued, “I am excited to see a good portion of these funds being awarded in our district! I believe that the funds Albert Einstein Medical Center received will help their staff operate in conditions that are less strenuous.” Kinsey has been a voice for health care workers and nurses throughout the pandemic, standing with them at multiple events advocating for safe staffing ratios and better working conditions. Residents can read more details about the appropriation at this link: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=1746 . Read more

 

How Can I Help You?

(Mar 21, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey knows that you elected him to make sure Harrisburg is working hard on your behalf. He's putting Pa. on a path to better schools, better jobs, and better communities. Kinsey is working to make sure everyone gets the most out of the state programs and services they help pay for. His district office in Germantown is always available to help answer questions or see if you qualify for state programs at 215-849-6592. Read more

 

Reps. Kinsey, Fitzgerald, Parker and partners roll out new ‘Third Thursday’ project addressing gun violence in Northwest Philadelphia

(Mar 18, 2022)

State Reps. Stephen Kinsey, Isabella Fitzgerald and Darisha Parker, all D-Phila., joined legislative colleagues, Philadelphia police, state police, the City of Philadelphia, the District Attorney’s Office, Philadelphia Sherriff’s Office, grassroot organizations and members of the Northwest Community last evening at Daniel E. Rumph II Recreation Center for a new gun violence initiative called “Third Thursday.” The group gathered and distributed service and support information to families impacted by gun violence throughout the community. Organizations that participated in this initial Third Thursday event included: Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network Men who Care of Germantown 7 G’s Action for Justice Collective Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives for Criminal Justice and Public Policy 35th & 14th police districts State police Speak Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office 17 with life City of Dreams coalition New journey Christian center Father’s Day rally committee “Coming to the communities affected by this senseless violence and speaking with residents will help us understand their concerns even better,” Kinsey said. “People are scared and want to live in safe communities where they don’t have to worry about getting shot, and it is my hope that this initiative will help with that.” Read more

 

Kinsey Speaks Out Against Bias Gender Dysphoria Report
Sep 21, 2022

Kinsey, Bullock introduce legislation to address sickle cell disease
Sep 21, 2022

Violence Intervention and Prevention, Transportation, and Local Law Enforcement Funding Opportunities
Sep 13, 2022

Kinsey announces $135,000 for recreation and community revitalization project for Awbury Arboretum Association
Sep 08, 2022

GRANT MEMO: Youth Agriculture, Urban Agriculture, and Watershed Cooperative Funding Opportunities
Aug 30, 2022

State programs now open for applications
Jul 26, 2022

Democratic lawmakers tour Chestnut Hill Hospital, talk pandemic response
Jul 25, 2022

Housing, Public Health Infrastructure, and Clean Energy Funding Opportunities
Jul 19, 2022

Kinsey introduces legislation to clarify pension beneficiaries
Jul 15, 2022

Environmental, re-entry, and recycling funding opportunities
Jun 21, 2022

Home and community-based services, crisis intervention, and archival records care funding opportunities
Jun 01, 2022

Kinsey comments on recent mass shootings in Uvalde and Buffalo
May 25, 2022

Kinsey supports the COVID-19 Public Health Equity Initiative
May 16, 2022

Now open for applications: Substance use disorder, violence prevention, and suicide prevention funding opportunities
May 11, 2022

Kinsey issues statement on leaked message about Roe v. Wade possibly being overturned 
May 03, 2022

Gov. Wolf: Highlights Proposal to Build on Record Investments in Pennsylvania Schools
May 02, 2022

PLBC introduces resolution for National Minority Health Month in PA
Apr 13, 2022

Kinsey excited to see more than $2 million awarded to Albert Einstein Medical Center
Mar 24, 2022

How Can I Help You?
Mar 21, 2022

Reps. Kinsey, Fitzgerald, Parker and partners roll out new ‘Third Thursday’ project addressing gun violence in Northwest Philadelphia
Mar 18, 2022