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McClinton to host free COVID-19 testing on Thursday, March 4

(Mar 02, 2021)

In her ongoing efforts to protect her communities during the pandemic, House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton is teaming up with Latino Connection and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 4 to provide free COVID-19 tests at Greater Hope Christian Academy, located at 7029 Woodland Ave. in Philadelphia. Interested participants are asked to wear a mask. Read more

 

McClinton names housing advocate to PHFA board

(Feb 19, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 19 – House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton has appointed Markita Morris-Louis of Philadelphia to the board of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. “Helping people to buy homes and remain in homes is crucial to building stronger communities at any time, and even more during this pandemic,” McClinton said. “It’s the central mission of PHFA and I cannot think of a better person to move this work forward than Markita Morris-Louis.” Morris-Louis, a Philadelphia native, is a long-time steward in the fields of affordable housing and housing policy. She has worked for almost 20 years as an attorney helping people and community-based nonprofit groups with issues of housing, consumer protection and civil rights. “I am truly grateful to Leader McClinton for the opportunity to represent the interests of families with low incomes and other vulnerable populations in setting policy for the development and preservation of affordable housing through PHFA’s board. “I have devoted a significant portion of my career to community development and helping consumers achieve financial stability through homeownership and other asset-building opportunities. I am delighted by this opportunity to serve the Commonwealth through PHFA’s activities and thankful to Leader McClinton for her support,” Morris-Louis said. She held leadership positions at several regional organizations and is now the chief Read more

 

Need assistance applying for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program? McClinton's office can help!

(Feb 10, 2021)

House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton is reminding her neighbors that her office staff is available to answer their questions about the Property Tax Rent/Rebate Program and help them apply. Read more

 

Beware of scammers

(Feb 09, 2021)

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) has become aware of multiple attempts by fraudsters to obtain individuals’ personal and confidential information through fake Facebook pages and is reminding Pennsylvanians to never provide their information to anyone over social media. Important tips L&I’s Facebook page has a blue check box next to the name that identifies it as a verified page. Comments by the legitimate L&I page also have a blue check box next to them indicating it as a verified page. If a comment or page does not have this check box, it is a fraudster posing as L&I. L&I does not post responses directly to claimants, send private messages, or ask for a private message to be sent. L&I also will not ask individuals to call or text a phone number. The only phone numbers for unemployment are: 1-888-313-7284 (for UC/PEUC/EB claimants). 1-855-284-8545 (for PUA claimants). L&I will not ask for individuals to send an email. The only email addresses for unemployment are: uchelp@pa.gov (for UC/PEUC/EB claimants). ucpua@pa.gov (for PUA claimants). Read more

 

Leader McClinton statement on constitutional amendment

(Feb 01, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 1 – House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton responded to the news that a pending constitutional amendment to help survivors of childhood sexual abuse will be further delayed due to an administrative breakdown at the Department of State: “This is heartbreaking for survivors of an unspeakable trauma who have waited too long for the chance to see justice. If there is any way to achieve a quicker legislative solution than waiting for two more years, the House Democratic Caucus will fully support it,” McClinton said. “Governor Wolf called on us to pursue this as a regular bill through the legislative process. I also think that in this unique circumstance it would be appropriate for the House and Senate to pass an emergency constitutional amendment using Article XI of the Pennsylvania Constitution, which requires a two-thirds vote, in order to put the question before the voters this year as originally intended. “I feel terrible for our House colleagues Mark Rozzi and Jim Gregory who have put a human face on this injustice and poured their hearts into repairing the damage done by perpetrators of abuse. All the men and women who were preyed upon when they were children deserve a better outcome,” McClinton said. Read more

 

Troubleshooting PUA claims: How to reopen/reactivate a PUA claim

(Jan 28, 2021)

How to reopen/reactivate a PUA claim : Log in to your dashboard Select “File for Weekly Benefits” Then select “File Your Weekly Certification to Continue Your Claim” You will see the message “You currently have a claim established however it is inactive.” Click on “here.” It will seem as if you are opening a new claim. The system knows you are only attempting to reopen the claim you already have established. Click Next. You will see the Welcome to Pennsylvania’s Pandemic Unemployment Portal Page. Click next. The next eight pages are pre-populated based on your initial claim information. You will click next after verifying the information is correct on each page. If it is not correct, you should make updates at this time. Note: This includes things such as your email, address, date of birth, education information and employment status. You will also be asked the COVID questions. PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR THE MAJOR DISASTER INFORMATION QUESTION YOU SHOULD SELECT COVID -19 NOT COVID 19 -2 If you reported that you are self-employed, the system will ask for you 2020 wages. This is an error. You should enter all 0s for those wages. You will also need to answer if you have worked since you last filed for weeks. If you have worked, you must click the “I have worked since my last Read more

 

McClinton appoints Dermody to Gaming Control Board

(Jan 28, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton has appointed Frank Dermody to serve on the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board for the next two years. The board comprises seven members, three chosen by the governor and four by legislative caucus leaders. It ensures the integrity of legalized gaming in Pennsylvania through strict enforcement of law and regulations and the licensing of qualified individuals and entities. “Frank Dermody has been a respected leader in Pennsylvania for many years and I’m pleased that he agreed to continue his public service at the Gaming Control Board. He participated in setting the legislative foundation for our gaming industry, which has grown in just over a decade to become a national leader. Frank’s legal background and legislative experience are outstanding assets for his work as a gaming regulator.” Dermody, a resident of Oakmont in Allegheny County, served in the House of Representatives for 30 years, including 10 years as the House Democratic leader. Before his legislative service, he was an assistant district attorney and magisterial district judge. He also served on the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing for 19 years, including 12 years as the commission’s chairman. In 1994 Dermody was asked by House leaders to guide the impeachment of a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice and he prosecuted the case in a trial before the state Senate. Read more

 

McClinton applauds nearly $572 million in federal stimulus funding going to help local students during COVID-19 pandemic

(Jan 20, 2021)

House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton is applauding the awarding of approximately $571.93 million in federal stimulus funds to help strengthen services for students in several of her local schools impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. McClinton said the financial resources will support food programs, technological improvements and other educational services. The funding will be distributed as follows: Philadelphia City School District: $565.9 million. Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School: $2.39 million. Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School: $1.64 million. KIPP West Philadelphia Charter School: $1.36 million. Philadelphia Montessori Charter School: $643,007. "These are challenging times, especially for our students and teachers," said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. "These federal stimulus dollars are critical in helping ensure our young people have access to the resources they need to continue receiving a quality education whether at home or in the classroom." The federal relief is provided by the bipartisan Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund passed by Congress in December. This round of funding included $2.2 billion in funding distributed to K-12 school districts and Read more

 

McClinton, Williams help Delco neighbors get criminal records sealed during expungement clinic

(Jan 19, 2021)

As part of her ongoing fight to enact criminal justice reforms and provide individuals with a second chance, House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton today applauded the team effort that helped more than a dozen of her neighbors get their criminal records sealed in Delaware County. McClinton partnered with state Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Phila./Delaware, and the Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania yesterday for their sixth annual Delaware County Virtual Expungement Clinic to provide legal resources, information and advice to the community. McClinton said of the more than 40 participants, 20 had their criminal records sealed. "I've always been a strong believer that one mistake should not dictate a person's future, and I'm extremely grateful to have community partners who feel the same way," said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. "We've enacted legislation to help individuals move on from the past by providing them with opportunities; however, it's not only about enacting change but making sure people know about it and how it impacts them, which was one of the main purposes of our expungement clinic." "Many people with criminal records don't know the expungement, Clean Slate or pardon laws or where to turn, leaving them feeling trapped," said Erica Briant, supervising attorney of the Community Engagement Unit at Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Read more

 

McClinton Working to Keep Businesses Open

(Jan 14, 2021)

Pa. House Democratic Caucus Leader Joanna McClinton joined Governor Tom Wolf to urge the General Assembly to allocate funds that are already available to provide much needed support to Pennsylvania businesses that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 public health crisis. Read more

 

VIDEO: McClinton Says We Cannot Have Healing Until We Have Accountability

(Jan 13, 2021)

The same day the president was impeached for inciting a deadly insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, Leader Joanna McClinton joined fellow House leaders to take the first step in restoring the faith of Pennsylvanians by reminding them that the election was free, fair and secure. She explains that accountability must be part of the healing process. Read more

 

House Democrats demand accountability for Republican election lies

(Jan 13, 2021)

Citing the dangerous lies spread by some Republicans in the General Assembly regarding the 2020 election, House Democratic leaders today released the following statement demanding accountability and responsibility as the nation moves forward:“What we saw last week was nothing short of an attempted coup, instigated not only by the president of the United States but by Republican enablers at all levels of government. Words matter, and the falsehoods, misrepresentations and seditious rantings we’ve heard from some Republican members of the General Assembly can’t go unchallenged. Our nation can’t heal without consequences for the first invasion of the United States Capitol since the War of 1812. Read more

 

McClinton Offers Opening Prayer for New House Session

(Jan 07, 2021)

Pa. House Democratic Caucus Leader Joanna McClinton opened the 2021-22 session of the Pa. House of Representatives with a prayer for wisdom and strength in leadership. She also prayed for an end to poli-tricks, games, and turmoil so that all representatives of the people can work together for a brighter future. Read more

 

House Democrats pledge ‘People over Partisanship’ in 2021-22 session

(Jan 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 -- The PA House Democratic Caucus leadership team issued a joint statement today as state legislators formally began the 2021-22 Legislative Session: “With 202 members of the House of Representatives due to be sworn in, we celebrate the diversity of our great state and reflect on the shared values common to almost all Pennsylvanians. Yet we also mourn the tragic loss of Representative Mike Reese, whose sudden passing reminded all of us how precious life is. “The importance of the top priorities that House Democrats have consistently promoted -- good jobs with fair pay, quality schools, affordable housing, accessible health care, a safe environment and protection of democracy -- are being highlighted and tested in many ways during this devastating pandemic. “We see the beginning of this new legislative session as a chance to elevate people over partisanship and make gains toward these common goals in all of Pennsylvania’s unique communities – east and west, large and small, urban, suburban and rural. “Democrats in the House hope that our Republican partners will work with us to help people stay in jobs, get back to work and go to school safely; equip healthcare workers properly to battle this pandemic; ensure Pennsylvanians are not evicted from their homes in the middle of a public health crisis; and send targeted relief to the many businesses ravaged by this pandemic. Read more

 

House Democratic Leader McClinton on the passing of Rep. Mike Reese

(Jan 02, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 2 – House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, issued the following statement on the passing of state Rep. Mike Reese, R-Westmoreland. “Our hearts are broken at the tragic, untimely loss of our colleague, and we urge every Pennsylvanian to join us in keeping his wife and young children in our prayers. In his time in the legislature Rep. Reese distinguished himself with dedication and decency in all things. He was taken far too soon, and his loss is a loss for our entire commonwealth.” Read more

 

McClinton announces $3 million state grant for ACANA

(Dec 31, 2020)

HARRISBURG , Dec. 31 – House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, along with state Reps. Jordan Harris and Malcom Kenyatta, both D-Phila., announced this week that the African Cultural Alliance of North America was awarded a $3 million state grant for a development project. “The project being undertaken by ACANA is important in so many ways for the residents of the entire area, and we need to ensure organizations like this are funded for much-needed projects,” McClinton said. “We are in a very difficult time now and we can’t let their projects fall by the wayside. They provide services for our Black and Brown communities that are often out of reach but so very necessary. I was happy to work with my colleagues, Representatives Harris and Kenyatta, to make this happen and appreciate Governor Wolf’s recognizing the importance of projects like this throughout the commonwealth.” ACANA will erect an anchor facility for economic development and cultural needs in Southwest Philadelphia. The Africa Center will be a multi-story building to house community space, office space, retail space and community health services. In future phases, it is anticipated that ACANA will construct three additional floors of a market-rate residential tower. ACANA is a nonprofit organization that serves African and Caribbean immigrants by providing access to social and legal services, community Read more

 

Delaware County elected officials laud $1.5M grant to strengthen 911 system

(Dec 29, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 29 – State representatives and senators from Delaware County applauded a $1.5 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program award to strengthen the county’s 911 system. Through bipartisan efforts, elected officials helped secure grants to benefit more than 560,000 Pennsylvanians and help Delaware County’s first responders. This project will strengthen the security and reliability of the county’s public safety communication system. This includes 24 tower upgrades to provide acceptable county-wide communication coverage, shelter structures, an ice bridge, grounding, electric, HVAC, core work additions and 911 center equipment to communicate effectively in emergency situations with citizens, first responders and with surrounding counties in southeastern Pennsylvania. “Calling 911 and receiving a timely response has been an issue for years throughout Delaware County,” House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Delaware/Phila., said. “Thankfully, this funding will help streamline our communications system to ensure that residents in crisis can quickly receive help and support. I’m proud to see lawmakers from both the House and Senate, Democrat and Republican, come together for the safety of the people we represent.” “I’ve heard from many constituents about frustrations they’ve experienced with calling 911 since 2016,” Read more

 

McClinton announces $2 million award for Caring People Alliance

(Dec 23, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 23 – House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton announced today that the Caring People Alliance was awarded $2 million in grant money for the purchase and renovation of a new building for their Cobbs Creek Boys and Girls Club. The purchase and renovation will create seven classrooms, updating four to meet Pre-K requirements and renovate an outdoor space. The building will be wired for digital learning and a digital classroom. A kitchen and laundry facilities will also be added as well as showers in the gym. “A project like this cannot be looked at as anything but essential for the children it will serve,” McClinton said. “Especially at a time like this in our history where we have seen the catastrophic results of a global pandemic, and people are hurting in ways that are unfathomable, this goes right to the heart of helping our kids not only now but in the future as they in fact are our future. “With a safe and state-of-the-art place to learn and play, the Caring People Alliance’s Cobbs Creek Boys and Girls Club will be able to continue to do the good work that it does and ensure they will do it for years to come,” she added. Caring People Alliance provides a wide range of services to residents in West, North and South Philadelphia as well as operates the Early Learning Resource Center for Region 18, which is a single point of contact for families, early learning providers and communities. Read more

 

McClinton delivers PPE, other resources to seniors and toys to students to help them have a safe and happy holiday

(Dec 23, 2020)

House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton is working to help local seniors and students have a safe and happy holiday amid ongoing concerns of the COVID-19 virus. As part of her Holiday Health and Wellness Mobile Expo on Tuesday, McClinton teamed up with Independence Blue Cross and Gateway Health to secure and distribute personal protective equipment, cookies, word games and information about state resources to more than 300 of her wisest neighbors at Walnut Park Plaza, Paschal Homes and outside her district office. On the same day, McClinton joined Hope Bag Mission to deliver toys they collected for students attending the satellite support center at Francis J. Myers Recreation Center. "This holiday season is certainly different from years past, but that doesn't mean we can't find ways to still connect our most vulnerable neighbors with supplies aimed at helping them celebrate safely," said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. "I've said it once and it's worth repeating: I am so proud to have community partners and a staff who share my commitment to putting the people of Southwest Philly and Delco first. These events would not be possible without them." Ahead of Thanksgiving last month, McClinton worked with King Saladeen and Fresh Direct to give away hundreds of free turkeys safely to her neighbors in need across the 191st Legislative District. Read more

 

House Democrats back Gov. Wolf’s business support plan, demand more help for renters facing eviction amid current COVID-19 surge

(Dec 23, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 23 – House Democratic leaders pledged support for Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to transfer $145 million in funds to directly help businesses across the state hit hard by the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, while also renewing their call to support families facing eviction. This as Republicans redirected $108 million in CARES Act money intended to help renters and homeowners to instead offset costs from the Department of Corrections. “Since before this terrible pandemic started, we’ve been fighting to help people in our communities, including small businesses and the people who work at and rely on those businesses. So, today’s announcement from the governor is definitely welcome,” Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Delaware/Phila., said. “But we know that businesses can’t succeed without customers, and people who are forced to put most of their income into housing expenses can’t afford to be customers. A rising tide should lift all boats, so House Democrats are also committed to ensuring that money is made available as soon as possible to help those struggling to pay their rent. We cannot leave them behind.” “We’ve been telling people they can save lives and save local businesses by staying home and ordering in, but you can’t deliver a meal to someone who doesn’t have a home address,” House Democratic Whip Jordan Harris, D-Phila., said. “The Read more

 

McClinton to host free COVID-19 testing on Thursday, March 4
Mar 02, 2021

McClinton names housing advocate to PHFA board
Feb 19, 2021

Need assistance applying for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program? McClinton's office can help!
Feb 10, 2021

Beware of scammers
Feb 09, 2021

Leader McClinton statement on constitutional amendment
Feb 01, 2021

Troubleshooting PUA claims: How to reopen/reactivate a PUA claim
Jan 28, 2021

McClinton appoints Dermody to Gaming Control Board
Jan 28, 2021

McClinton applauds nearly $572 million in federal stimulus funding going to help local students during COVID-19 pandemic
Jan 20, 2021

McClinton, Williams help Delco neighbors get criminal records sealed during expungement clinic
Jan 19, 2021

McClinton Working to Keep Businesses Open
Jan 14, 2021

VIDEO: McClinton Says We Cannot Have Healing Until We Have Accountability
Jan 13, 2021

House Democrats demand accountability for Republican election lies
Jan 13, 2021

McClinton Offers Opening Prayer for New House Session
Jan 07, 2021

House Democrats pledge ‘People over Partisanship’ in 2021-22 session
Jan 05, 2021

House Democratic Leader McClinton on the passing of Rep. Mike Reese
Jan 02, 2021

McClinton announces $3 million state grant for ACANA
Dec 31, 2020

Delaware County elected officials laud $1.5M grant to strengthen 911 system
Dec 29, 2020

McClinton announces $2 million award for Caring People Alliance
Dec 23, 2020

McClinton delivers PPE, other resources to seniors and toys to students to help them have a safe and happy holiday
Dec 23, 2020

House Democrats back Gov. Wolf’s business support plan, demand more help for renters facing eviction amid current COVID-19 surge
Dec 23, 2020