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Roebuck: $110K in grants awarded to fund Clark Park project

Summer 2020 Newsletter

(Sep 14, 2020)

My Summer 2020 Newsletter. Read more

 

Historically Black Colleges in Pa. awarded $3M to resume operations safely

(Aug 04, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 4 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., and members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, today said they are encouraged by the recent award of $3 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania. Kinsey leads the PLBC as its chairman. According to the lawmakers, Lincoln University was awarded $2.25 million and Cheyney University was awarded $750,000 to aid school administrators in creating safe and healthy learning environments amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “The students at Lincoln and Cheyney universities are shining examples of leadership in an otherwise difficult world,” said state Rep. Jim Roebuck, Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee and PLBC member. “This funding will help administrators to continue the excellent education and opportunities they normally provide, while doing so safely,” In late spring, Kinsey and the PLBC encouraged state and federal officials to not only recognize racial and ethnic groups in coronavirus data but also prioritize funding for Black and brown communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. “While there have been longstanding racial and economic disparities in education, the COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated the danger to communities of color,” Kinsey said. “We in the PLBC were very discouraged by the disproportionate number of coronavirus cases and deaths affecting people of Read more

 

July 7, Email: Reopening schools – have your voice heard this week!

(Jul 08, 2020)

July 7 email. Read more

 

Reps. Cephas, Roebuck propose legislation to waive interest for student loan and home loan borrowers amid COVID-19 pandemic

(Mar 20, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 20 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas is introducing legislation with Rep. James Roebuck that would give Pennsylvanians who are paying off their student loans and home loans a break on interest during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Cephas said the goal of her legislation is to protect people i n need during the crisis -- especially those who struggled to buy their first home or go to college. “In the span of three months, COVID-19 has infected more than 207,000 people worldwide and counting. In Pennsylvania alone, there are 185 confirmed cases – and that number will most likely continue to grow in the coming weeks,” said Cephas, D-Phila. “Not only does this virus heavily impact our day-to-day lives, it also affects our futures. Hardworking Pennsylvanians and their families are finding themselves out of a job, or with fewer hours. With limited access to income, they are unable to pay their rent, bills, loans, and many other expenses accrued over time. We must do all we can to give working people a break during this unexpected time which proves to be more and more challenging.” Cephas said student loans and home loans take large amounts from a person’s paycheck, which is why she is focusing on those borrowers. She is introducing two bills, one that would waive interest on student loans through the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency and one that would waive interest on loans issued by the Read more

 

COVID-19 Resources and Information

(Mar 20, 2020)

** Below is a list of informational links for resources in and around Philadelphia related to COVID-19. This will be updated as more/new information becomes available ** The latest info on COVID-19 cases and other data statewide from the Pennsylvania Department of Health : https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx The latest information on COVID-19 cases and other data in Philadelphia from the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health : https://www.phila.gov/services/mental-physical-health/environmental-health-hazards/covid-19/ The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has activated a Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline . It’s available 24/7. If you have questions about symptoms and risk factors, what to do if you think you may have been exposed, testing resources, or recommendations for social distancing, you can contact the helpline at 1-800-722-7112. More info: https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-14-greater-philadelphia-coronavirus-helpline-opened-by-health/?fbclid=IwAR2HZUc0yYdy66IMO4nrx8g4Z8vKMHE9qWUXmmLDe3OZFIjVhiwGDu0ZFIo List of essential Philadelphia services and how to access them: https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-18-essential-city-services-remain-open-here-is-how-to-access-them/?mc_cid=7f7be1d618&mc_eid=eda5e48c86 . Information about how SEPTA is operating: http://www.septa.org/service/rail/midday-schedule.html Information about how Amtrak is Read more

 

Philadelphia House leadership, legislators, call on Governor Tom Wolf to halt all Public Utility Commission utility disconnections in wake of the COVID-19 virus

(Mar 12, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Mar. 12 – Members of Philadelphia leadership team in the state House were joined by fellow Philadelphia legislators in asking Gov. Tom Wolf to place a moratorium on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission from further utility shutoffs for the foreseeable future for all Pennsylvanians in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Philadelphia members in leadership positions, including Reps. Jordan Harris, Democratic whip; Joanna McClinton, Democratic chairwoman; Rosita Youngblood, Democratic secretary; Jason Dawkins, Philadelphia Delegation chairman; Stephen Kinsey, Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus chairman; and Jim Roebuck, Education Committee chairman, were joined by Philadelphia Reps. Donna Bullock, Morgan Cephas, Joe Hohenstein, Malcolm Kenyatta, Brian Sims, Maria Donatucci, Danilo Burgos, Isabella Fitzgerald, Mike Driscoll, Mary Isaacson, Pam DeLissio, Chris Rabb, Elizabeth Fiedler, Jared Solomon and Kevin Boyle in issuing the following statement: “The COVID-19 virus situation is literally evolving by the hour in Pennsylvania as we continue in what’s a situation many Pennsylvanians have never experienced. Many of our neediest residents have life-saving medical equipment that they use in their home, and it’s of the utmost importance that they have consistent access to that equipment through their electric utility. Our emergency rooms and first responders can’t be asked to spend finite resources on Read more

 

PA Forward Student Loans by PHEAA

(Mar 11, 2020)

Learn more about the PA Forward student loan program by PHEAA. Read more

 

Roebuck: $44K in grants awarded to The Woodlands Trust for Historic Preservation and the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania

(Mar 06, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 6 – State Rep. James R. Roebuck announced today that $44,000 in cultural and historical grants have been awarded to The Woodlands Trust for Historic Preservation and the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. “Support for our museums and historical and cultural programs is so important, as these organizations contribute so much to our communities,” Roebuck said. “And yet funding for these vital programs can be difficult to come by. These grant awards will provide much-needed funding to The Woodlands Trust for Historic Preservation and the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania so that they can continue to be a resource for us all.” The Woodlands Trust for Historic Preservation was awarded a $4,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania was awarded a $40,000 grant – the maximum amount any organization was eligible to receive. The two awards Roebuck announced are among 153 grants, totaling $2 million, that were approved on Wednesday to eligible museums and official county historical societies from 58 Pennsylvania counties. To be considered for a grant award, an eligible museum must have had an annual operating budget exceeding $100,000, excluding capital and in-kind services, and at least one full-time professional staff person. More information about the Pennsylvania Historical and Read more

 

Rep. Roebuck, U.S. Rep. Evans praise $1 million in state support for manufacturing expansion in Kingsessing

(Feb 26, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 26 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., and Congressman Dwight Evans, (D-PA-03) today congratulated D.C. Humphrys for its more than 33-year commitment to the Kingsessing community, which recently won the company a $1 million state grant to expand its manufacturing space. Roebuck was instrumental in securing the funding with Evans’ support. Roebuck said D.C. Humphry will match the $1 million state investment to build a 30,000 square foot extension to its Paschall Avenue and Woodland Avenue facilities, allowing the company to purchase additional machinery and create a significant number of production jobs over the next 10 years. “I am very pleased with the $1 million RACP grant awarded to D.C. Humphrys company in Southwest Philadelphia for expansion of its productive capacity and the increase to its employee workforce,” Roebuck said. “Humphrys is also committed to addressing blighted housing and increasing homeownership in the surrounding neighborhoods. Its efforts have been and continue to be critical in rebuilding this community and laying a foundation for increased growth in the future.” Evans praised D.C. Humphrys for its dedication to hiring workers from the surrounding neighborhood to run its manufacturing business. Evans said, “Congratulations to D.C. Humphrys for receiving this well-deserved $1 million state grant to expand and hire more people from the neighborhood! I want to thank Read more

 

Roebuck eager to enact governor’s plan to clean up lead, asbestos in schools

(Jan 29, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – State Rep. Jim Roebuck, D-Phila., is applauding Gov. Tom Wolf for making the cleaning up of Philadelphia’s toxic schools and similar health hazards across the state a priority in his upcoming budget proposal. At a Capitol news conference today, Wolf announced that his budget proposal would include $1.1 billion to support remediating toxins like lead and asbestos in schools, daycare centers, homes and public water systems across Pennsylvania. “Philadelphia’s children and children in other parts of the state have been forced to learn in deplorable conditions that present serious health risks to them and their teachers,” Roebuck said. “It is unconscionable that these schools have continued to fall in disarray to the point of shutting down. Even though legislation was introduced to help fix the problem, the Republican majority has not moved it from committee since it was first introduced in June. “I am grateful that Governor Wolf is taking this issue seriously and making it a priority in his budget, signaling to lawmakers across the state, especially the Republican majority, that this crisis needs substantial resources to be resolved. With this proposal, we have a real and significant opportunity to build a brighter health and education future for our children,” he said. Wolf’s proposal to address asbestos and lead includes: Funding up to $1 Read more

 

Roebuck joins rally to demand funding to fix toxic schools in Pa.

(Dec 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 18 – State Rep. Jim Roebuck, D-Phila., stood with dozens of teachers, students and advocates at the state Capitol to call on the General Assembly to pass legislation that would help fix unhealthy and unsafe conditions in schools across the commonwealth. “Many of our schools, particularly in Philadelphia, have deplorable conditions that are creating hazardous learning environments for both students and teachers alike. Because of these conditions, many students are developing health issues, which could cause life-long problems,” Roebuck said. “It is unconscionable that these schools continue to fall in disarray to the point that they have to be shut down only to provide a temporary fix.” Roebuck, the Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, is a co-sponsor of H.B. 1636, which would establish a $125 million grant program within the Department of Education, known as the Public School Building Emergency Repair and Renovation Grant Program. It would be funded by the state General Fund. “We owe it to the children of the commonwealth. As elected officials, we are obligated to provide safe and healthy learning environments, not put a Band-Aid on a problem that will only get worse if drastic measures are not taken,” Roebuck said. Roebuck is a member of Fund our Facilities , a coalition of elected leaders, labor organizations and community groups in Read more

 

PLBC lauds accreditation for Cheyney University

(Nov 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 26 – Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus released the following statements after the announcement of Cheyney University receiving accreditation: “The retention of Cheyney University’s accreditation is not only welcoming news for the university, but also for African American students here in the commonwealth and across the country. The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus has historically worked with Cheyney University over the years and is committed to doing what we can to foster the education process and success of all people across the commonwealth. With this accreditation, Cheyney University will remain a viable educational resource to students now and for years to come. I’m proud of the work our legislative leaders have done to support the efforts of Cheyney University and thank the leadership of Cheyney’s President Aaron Walton along with Governor Tom Wolf, Senate Appropriation Chairman Vincent Hughes, House Democratic Whip Jordan Harris, House Democratic Education Chairman Jim Roebuck,” said Rep. Stephen Kinsey, PLBC Chairman. “As a former chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, the PLBC and I were very involved in investigating and helping to form solutions to right the ship at Cheyney and I’m proud that that same passion has been continued by current PLBC Chairman Stephen Kinsey and his leadership team. Collectively, we’ve been working with leaders in state Read more

 

Roebuck: $110K in grants awarded to fund Clark Park project

(Nov 15, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 15 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., announced that $110,000 in state funding has been awarded to the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia for sidewalk improvements in Clark Park. “These funds should help bring pedestrian safety improvements and make the area more accessible for everyone in the community,” Roebuck said. “I am pleased that this grant money was awarded so that more residents can take advantage of the outdoor spaces at Clark Park.” The funds will be used to replace the crumbling sidewalks around the perimeter of the park, including demolition of existing walkways and related engineering costs. The funding was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority through the Multimodal Transportation Fund , which encourages economic development and ensures safe and reliable transportation is available to Pennsylvania residents. The CFA provides funding for projects focused on development, water quality, energy infrastructure and more. To learn more, residents may visit this website. Read more

 

Roebuck’s career readiness bill headed to Gov. Wolf for his signature

(Oct 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 1 – State Rep. James R. Roebuck Jr., D-Phila., announced that legislation he authored to bolster career readiness among students by fostering relationships between school districts and industry partners, unanimously passed the full House and is ready to be signed into law. Roebuck, who is Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, said his legislation, H.B. 395, would establish occupational advisory committees to implement new programs and ensure that industry standards are properly integrated into instructional programming. “Unfortunately, the relationships between local advisory councils and business partners vary greatly across the state, which causes gaps in the level of career preparedness among our students,” Roebuck said. “I am pleased that my legislation received bipartisan support in allowing all students across our commonwealth to be provided the necessary skills and education to flourish in their careers.” This legislation is a part of a bipartisan Career and Technical Education legislative package, with the goal to improve the delivery of CTE in the commonwealth. The bill package, including Roebuck’s legislation, now awaits Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature. Read more

 

Rep. Jim Roebuck Still a Teacher at Heart!

(Sep 04, 2019)

Roebuck is also looking to help make education more affordable, from kindergarten through college. Read more

 

Roebuck commends governor’s commitment to charter school reform

(Sep 03, 2019)

State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., and Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, released the following statement applauding Gov. Tom Wolf’s most recent charter school reform plan: “While I do support charter schools, I believe major revisions are needed to the 22-year-old law regarding the governance, financing and accountability of charter and cyber charter schools. “My mission has been to ensure that the original intent of the charter school law, which asserts that charter schools were to be innovative and to offer policies to be replicated, continues to be upheld in order to protect students and taxpayers. But we have not yet seen one substantial report that charter schools have created any educational model which could be replicated by other public schools. “Now, thanks to Governor Tom Wolf, with whom I am working closely, the charter schools will have to meet more requirements to improve accountability and transparency. “Over the past several legislative sessions I have pushed initiatives that would improve and strengthen charter school accountability. Most recently, we have introduced several individual bills calling on our colleagues who are concerned with public education in our state to move forward several measures, including imposing limits on fees charged for organizational management to making sure funds collected by charter schools for special education match the actual cost of Read more

 

Students, parents: 2020-21 FAFSA can be filed starting Oct. 1

(Aug 21, 2019)

If you, or someone you know, is thinking about going to college, it’s never too early to begin researching and applying for financial aid. Starting Oct. 1, you can fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid . You must complete a FAFSA each school year. If you have completed a FAFSA in the past, most of your information will roll over automatically. The deadline is June 30 the year after for when you are applying. Items you may need in order to complete your FAFSA: A federal Student Aid ID Social Security Number Driver’s License Number, if you have one (optional) Registration Number if you are not a U.S. citizen W-2 Forms Your federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable) Records of untaxed income (if applicable) More information about paying for college is available at the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency website, www.pheaa.org . Remember, the first word in FAFSA is FREE, so there is no need to pay anyone to file the application on your behalf. Read more

 

Dealing with College Debt

(Aug 19, 2019)

If you, or someone you know, is a recent college graduate, here is some helpful information that may help you deal with student debt. The federal governments Income-Based Repayment Plan for direct loans and Federal Family Education Loan caps your monthly payment at an affordable level, based on your income and family size, which may be less than traditional repayment plans. Click here to learn more and calculate your estimated loan payment . Deferment/Forbearance – Obtaining a deferment allows you to temporarily postpone your student loan payments. Forbearance temporarily reduces the amount you must pay. Talk to your loan servicer to learn if any of these is right for you and to find out if you qualify. Loan forgiveness is when part or all your student loan is forgiven based on your commitment to working in a specialized field for a certain number of years. Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program – This program encourages graduates to enter and continue working in public service . Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program – This program encourages graduates to enter and continue in the teaching profession in low-income schools. Click here for details . Much of this information and more is also available on the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency website , and the U S. Department of Education website . Read more

 

Roebuck announces over $3 million in state funding for the 188th District

(Aug 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 7 – State Rep. James Roebuck announced that more than $3 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grants have been awarded to the 188th Legislative District. The following grant amounts were awarded to three entities: $1 million to D.C. Humphry’s Co. Inc., a HubZone compromised of several smaller businesses. The funding is being used to help construct buildings that will connect the businesses where they are currently housed. $2 million to the Community College of Philadelphia to develop a Career and Advance Technology Center at its West Philadelphia Regional Campus. $480,000 to the Free Library of Philadelphia to repair and upgrade the Kingsessing facility, which is in Roebuck’s district and the McPherson Square building. “These three projects are expanding growth through commerce, education and community. They are fundamental in providing a strong workforce both for current and future generations,” Roebuck said. “I thank Governor Wolf for his commitment in allocating these grants to improve and benefit our community for years to come.” The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. Read more

 

Deadline extended for Pa. Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

(Jun 10, 2019)

I'm happy to announce that the deadline for the 2018 Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to Dec. 31, 2019. 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. You can get your application at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling 1-888-222-9190. My office also can help you, so don’t hesitate to contact me. Read more

 

Summer 2020 Newsletter
Sep 14, 2020

Historically Black Colleges in Pa. awarded $3M to resume operations safely
Aug 04, 2020

July 7, Email: Reopening schools – have your voice heard this week!
Jul 08, 2020

Reps. Cephas, Roebuck propose legislation to waive interest for student loan and home loan borrowers amid COVID-19 pandemic
Mar 20, 2020

COVID-19 Resources and Information
Mar 20, 2020

Philadelphia House leadership, legislators, call on Governor Tom Wolf to halt all Public Utility Commission utility disconnections in wake of the COVID-19 virus
Mar 12, 2020

PA Forward Student Loans by PHEAA
Mar 11, 2020

Roebuck: $44K in grants awarded to The Woodlands Trust for Historic Preservation and the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
Mar 06, 2020

Rep. Roebuck, U.S. Rep. Evans praise $1 million in state support for manufacturing expansion in Kingsessing
Feb 26, 2020

Roebuck eager to enact governor’s plan to clean up lead, asbestos in schools
Jan 29, 2020

Roebuck joins rally to demand funding to fix toxic schools in Pa.
Dec 18, 2019

PLBC lauds accreditation for Cheyney University
Nov 26, 2019

Roebuck: $110K in grants awarded to fund Clark Park project
Nov 15, 2019

Roebuck’s career readiness bill headed to Gov. Wolf for his signature
Oct 01, 2019

Rep. Jim Roebuck Still a Teacher at Heart!
Sep 04, 2019

Roebuck commends governor’s commitment to charter school reform
Sep 03, 2019

Students, parents: 2020-21 FAFSA can be filed starting Oct. 1
Aug 21, 2019

Dealing with College Debt
Aug 19, 2019

Roebuck announces over $3 million in state funding for the 188th District
Aug 07, 2019

Deadline extended for Pa. Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program
Jun 10, 2019