Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate

(Jan 24, 2019)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2018 tax year are available – and my office staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The rebates normally are distributed by the Department of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more


McClinton: Helping The Community And Working To Stop Illegal Guns

(Jan 17, 2019)

PA state Rep. Joanna McClinton wants to help those who have trouble getting a job due to criminal past, find steady work. She also plans to work with the Attorney General's office in an effort to rid the streets of illegal guns. Read more


McClinton sworn in for 3rd term as state legislator; first as House Democratic Caucus Chair

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Joanna E. McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, was sworn in today at the state Capitol to begin her third term representing the 191 st Legislative District. “I am honored to continue serving and representing my neighbors in the 191st District in the General Assembly,” McClinton said. “I will continue fighting for better public education, fair wages for working people, a more equitable justice system, sustainable environmental policies and earnest and honest approaches to combat the opioid and gun-violence epidemics.” Her legislative goals mirror the recently unveiled Plan4PA , a comprehensive strategy from the House Democratic Caucus that is focused on putting people first. Major components of the plan include job creation, affordable health care, a fair economy and quality schools. McClinton was also selected by her peers to serve as the chair of the House Democratic Caucus for the 2019-20 legislative session. McClinton is the first woman and first African American to serve as the Caucus Chair. “I’m honored by the faith and trust that my Democratic colleagues have placed in me to represent them on the leadership team,” McClinton said. “I’m looking forward to overseeing our caucus discussions and ensuring that Members have the information they need to cast informed votes on the House Floor this Session.” The Pennsylvania House of Read more


McClinton Looks Back At Year, Pushes Forward to a Better Tomorrow

(Dec 14, 2018)

2018 has been a great year for our communities. Together, we passed laws to keep innocent people out of prison, protect domestic violence victims, and offer second chances to those trying to better their lives. You can count on me to continue putting you and your family first in 2019. Read more


McClinton Hosts Holiday Health Expo

(Dec 05, 2018)

Pa. House Democratic Caucus Chairwoman Joanna McClinton hosted her Celebrate the Season with Seniors Holiday Health & Fitness Expo to ensure that local seniors have the information they need to live a happy & healthy life. McClinton also provided a free lunch for the over 300 attendees and entertainment from local school children. Read more


McClinton to host Senior Health Expo on Dec. 4

(Nov 30, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 30 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, will host her annual Senior Health Expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Motivation High School, 5900 Baltimore Ave. “The expo is a free event to provide our wisest neighbors with the opportunity to easily get information about the services and programs available to them in one place,” McClinton said. “We’ll have free health screenings and flu shots, exercise demonstrations, line dancing and door prizes. I hope seniors of the 191st District come out to take advantage of the benefits to which they are entitled.” McClinton’s staff and representatives from local and state agencies will be on-site offering information geared toward older adults. Lunch will be served. Read more


West Philadelphia community mobilizes to fight gun violence

(Nov 29, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 29 – Tired of the endless gun violence, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, partnered with state Sen. Anthony Williams and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell to host an emergency community meeting to elaborate a plan of action to fight against gun violence in Philadelphia. The elected officials were joined by the Philadelphia Police Department, the state’s Attorney General’s Office, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, the Philadelphia Anti-Violence Anti-Drug Partnership, Every Murder Is Real and Sayre Health Center. “On Wednesday night the community gathered at Anointed Tabernacle of Praise looking for answers after a triple shooting in West Philadelphia injured two teens and an 8-year-old boy,” McClinton said. “And that meeting was the beginning of our healing process. It provided a safe space to express our frustration and it helped craft the first steps to start building a safer community – to come up with solutions together.” Neighbors had the opportunity to voice their safety concerns and ask questions. McClinton, along with community stakeholders, created a plan of action to promote early intervention and move the community towards a zero violence goal. The plan includes: Resource fairs for parents. Activities for affected families and children (gifts, counseling services, mental health services). Block Club/Tenants Association (Ludlow, Millick and 61st streets). Read more


500 families receive turkeys to celebrate Thanksgiving

(Nov 20, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 20 – To enable families to celebrate Thanksgiving, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, in partnership with Saladeen Art, Creative Minds Inspire and Bernard Hopkins, gave away 500 turkeys to families of the 191 st Legislative District. “This is something I like to do annually to give back to the people of my district,” McClinton said. “It's the time of year for giving, and I'm thankful I'm able to continue this tradition. It really was such a joyous occasion. It truly means a lot to see the smiles on these families’ faces.” Attendees had the opportunity to gather information on state programs such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicaid, the state Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). McClinton said she wanted to thank event sponsors and volunteers. Access photo gallery here . Read more


McClinton Honors Veterans

(Nov 19, 2018)

Pa. House Democratic Caucus Chair Joanna McClinton welcomed local veterans with a resource fair & luncheon in honor of their service and sacrifice for our country. Read more


McClinton honors local veterans at resource fair and luncheon

(Nov 19, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, hosted her annual Veterans Resource Fair and Luncheon on Nov. 15 at Myers Recreation Center. “We need to make sure our veterans are cared for, and that they know how to connect with the resources available to help them live a full, successful life,” McClinton said. “It’s always a privilege to be able to honor and support our veterans. Our local heroes and their families deserve our respect and appreciation. I’m happy to do my part, thanking them for their service.” Over 80 veterans and their families enjoyed an afternoon of lunch, health screenings, and a special presentation for the 2018 honorees. Six local veterans were honored for their bravery with a legislative acknowledgement from McClinton. Resource vendors were on site to provide support and information on benefits available to veterans, including Philadelphia VA Medical Center; Philadelphia Corporation for Aging; Philadelphia Department of Veterans Affairs; Sayre Health Center; USEF Veterans Department; PECO; and Cigna Health Spring. More information on this event or general veterans’ issues and services is available by calling McClinton’s district office at 215-748-6712. Attention Editors: Still photos of this event can be found here . ### Read more


McClinton to join Saladeen Art for Thanksgiving turkey giveaway

(Nov 16, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 16 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will partner with Saladeen Art to provide 500 families in the 191st Legislative District with turkeys for their Thanksgiving dinners. The giveaway will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at Myers Recreation Center, 5803 Kingsessing Ave., 19143. Media coverage is invited. ### CONTACT: Thaís Carrero House Democratic Communications Office Phone: 717-787-7895 Email: Read more


McClinton to provide families with a turkey as part of holiday basket giveaway Nov. 19

(Nov 16, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 16 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will partner with Sunshine Market to provide 25 families in the West Philadelphia community with holiday gift baskets, each including a Thanksgiving turkey. The giveaway will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at Sunshine Market, 16 S. 60th St., 19139. The media is invited to attend. ### CONTACT: Daniel Bixler House Democratic Communications Office Phone: 717-787-7895 ext. 6221 Email: Read more


Photos for SEPTA Key senior ID cards to be taken at Darby Recreation Center on Nov. 20

(Nov 15, 2018)

DARBY, Nov. 14 – Darby-area seniors who need their photo taken for a SEPTA Key senior ID can have their picture taken and applications filed during a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority application day at Darby Recreation Center from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 20. Darby Recreation Center is located at 1022 Ridge St., 19023. Cards will be delivered by mail. State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., and her staff will be on hand during the event to help seniors with state programs and other services. Applicants must bring a photo ID to apply – preferably either a driver’s license or state-issued ID. Seniors can no longer use paper Pennsylvania Senior Citizen Transit ID Cards or Medicare cards for SEPTA travel. A SEPTA Key Senior photo ID will be needed to take advantage of free rides on Transit and $1 Regional Rail fares. Read more


McClinton makes history in House Democratic leadership elections

(Nov 13, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton today was selected by her peers to serve as the chair of the House Democratic Caucus for the 2019-20 legislative session. McClinton represents the 191 st District in parts of Philadelphia and Delaware County and has served in the House since 2015. McClinton is the first African-American and woman to hold the caucus chairman leadership position. The chair is responsible for conducting caucus meetings on each day of voting session and helps Democratic members understand the legislation called up for votes in the House chamber. “It is an honor to have the confidence and trust of my peers to help lead the House Democratic Caucus into the future, a future that includes better public education, fair wages for working people, a more equitable justice system, sustainable environmental policies and earnest and honest approaches to combat the opioid and gun-violence epidemics plaguing our state and nation,” McClinton said. “Last week’s midterm elections showed politicians across the state and nation that people are looking for strong leadership and a desire for lawmakers to collectively make a difference. While the priorities of urban and rural legislators may vary, we in the House Democratic Caucus have a sincere desire and plan to put people first and work together to build a strong economy that works for all of us.” All of the Democratic members returning to Read more


Over 200 families attend McClinton’s Fall Fest 2018

(Nov 02, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 2 – State Reps. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and Jordan Harris, D-Phila., in partnership with the 12 th District Police Station and The Common Place, welcomed more than 200 families to their annual Fall Festival. “This fest was so much fun. Children came dressed as their favorite characters for Halloween to receive candy in a healthy and safe environment, and we were able to showcase the services that my office can help with,” McClinton said. The event featured children’s games, food, a trick-or-treat candy giveaway, and health and wellness vendors who provided information on the importance of exercise and healthy eating. Attendees also had the opportunity to gather information on a variety of state programs such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicaid, the state Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). McClinton said she wanted to thank Wake Fern – The Fresh Grocer, Herr's, and the University of Penn Dental School for donating food and providing free oral hygiene kits to all participants, respectively. Community resource vendors included Catholic Social Services, Philadelphia Streets Department, Philadelphia Health Department, After School Activities Partnerships, Lankenau Medical Center, The Village, ASAP Philly, and Turning Points for Children (CUA-9). Access photo gallery here . Read more


Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at . Read more


McClinton responds to mass murder in Pittsburgh

(Oct 31, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 31 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, issued the following statement in response to the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday: “I want to thank law enforcement and first responders for quickly coming to the aid of those trapped in this terrifying situation. “The victims of this tragedy and their families are with all of us in our thoughts and prayers. We grieve for our fellow Pennsylvanians, and are here for them offering any support or assistance they might need. “When I was 18 years old, I went to Auschwitz while on a college trip and saw firsthand the remnants of two concentration camps. I remember feeling afraid and truly concerned about preventing this type of hate from ever happening again. Last weekend, my worst fears were realized right here in America, and within my own state. “As an African American woman who has had to deal with the realities of racism and discrimination, I am more compelled than ever to unite with the Jewish community to fight anti-Semitism and intolerance, whatever form it may take. “My colleagues and I in the Pennsylvania House and Senate will fight for laws that create a safe place where all people can work, go to school and worship with peace of mind. “By working together and joining forces, we can support our law enforcement and local communities to create a safer environment for all marginalized groups. Whether it be a person’s Read more


McClinton praises new Safe Harbor law, protecting child victims

(Oct 26, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 26 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, praised Gov. Tom Wolf for signing Safe Harbor legislation this week. McClinton has been working on Safe Harbor laws throughout her legislative career, particularly as a member of the House Judiciary Committee. “The time is now to protect these suffering children,” McClinton said. “With the passage and signing of Safe Harbor laws, child victims will be treated as victims, not arrested and sent through family court to be given a criminal record. It’s great to see Pennsylvania moving in the right direction.” The new Safe Harbor law, Act 130 of 2018: Shields children from prosecution for crimes their abusers forced them to commit. Enhances law enforcement training. Directs the Department of Human Services to coordinate special services for sexually exploited children with county agencies. Establishes the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund to support care for victim services and prevent human trafficking. Victims in these cases are often subject to violence, threats and drugs to control them for the purpose of human trafficking. Before the passage of this law, victims of human trafficking could be charged with prostitution and drug offenses, among other crimes. In the United States, there are at least 100,000 children being trafficked each year. These children could be key to ending human trafficking by helping law enforcement Read more


Victory for criminal justice reform

(Oct 25, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 25 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, said legislation she worked on to help innocent people challenge their wrongful convictions was signed into law this week by Gov. Tom Wolf. McClinton said the bipartisan Senate bills signed by the governor mirror her legislation to improve Pennsylvania’s Post-Conviction Relief Act. “This is a major win in the fight for criminal justice reform that not only gives people the second chance they deserve, but also saves taxpayers’ money in the process,” McClinton said. “I am so happy to see real progress being made that benefits the citizens of Pennsylvania, and my constituents.” The new laws give people convicted of a crime more time to bring newly discovered evidence to court and make it easier to use DNA evidence to establish innocence. The first measure improves the Post-Conviction Relief Act by extending the time a person has to submit new DNA or other types of evidence supporting a claim of innocence from 60 days to within one year it’s made available. It also provides protections for crime victims and witnesses from improper investigative tactics by explicitly requiring investigators to identify themselves along with their reason for contact. It further updates Pennsylvania’s current law by making DNA more accessible by: Allowing those who pleaded guilty to be eligible for testing : courts have interpreted current law to bar people Read more


Senior prescription program expanded to help more people

(Oct 23, 2018)

Seniors should not need to worry about how they pay for their medicine. I voted for this legislation to help seniors pay for their medication by raising PACENET income limits for the first time in 15 years. Read more