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Solomon introduces legislation for veterans and individuals with disabilities

Solomon introduces legislation for veterans and individuals with disabilities

(Aug 09, 2022)

State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., will introduce legislation that would alleviate parking issues for veterans and people with disabilities. “This commonsense proposal will ensure that individuals and veterans with disabilities have guaranteed parking that is close to their house, which improves their quality of life – especially in cities where parking is difficult. You serve our country with honor, and you are living with a disability; let’s make sure we provide a dedicated parking spot for you -- and only you -- outside your home.” Solomon said. Currently, state law does not require municipalities to reserve parking spots near their home for people with placards and registration plates that designate a disability. Solomon’s legislation would require municipalities to do so upon request from a person with a disability. Read more

 

Solomon: Investing in After-School Programs is Good for Pa.

(Jul 29, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon hit the tennis courts at Max Myers Rec Center to present a check to Legacy Youth Tennis and Education. Solomon says that investing in kids and programs which help them grow is vital to the future of Pennsylvania. Thanks to the support of many in the community and the funding presented today, Legacy will help hundreds of kids in Philly to learn tennis and develop the skill they’ll need to become the leaders of the future. Read more

 

State programs now open for applications

(Jul 25, 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

 

June 2022

(Jul 12, 2022)

JUNE 2022 District Office Lease $1600.00 Office Supplies $181.09 Postage/Bulk mail $120.93 Lodging $117.00 District Office utilities $92.80 Community Events $2185.25 ______________________________ TOTAL $4297.07 Read more

 

Solomon passes affordable housing legislation

(Jul 08, 2022)

HARRISBURG, July 8 -- This week, the House passed H.B. 581 allowing local taxing authorities to expand access to affordable housing in an unprecedented way, according to state Rep. Jared Solomon, the bill’s sponsor. It was already approved by the Senate on a 50-0 vote. It now goes to the governor for his signature. “For every 100 people who need affordable housing in Pennsylvania, only 42 people will get it,” said Solomon, D-Phila. “In extreme cases, in counties like York and Monroe, only 28 people out of 100 will get the affordable housing they need. In Lancaster, only 19 people. “This is unacceptable. I’m thrilled to have sponsored and passed the affordable housing bill this week. This is a step in the right direction to ensuring every resident of Pennsylvania can have the housing they need to raise their families and comfortably live and work in every one of our 67 counties.” Solomon said the bill benefits residents across the commonwealth because developers will be incentivized to build affordable housing across the state. He said everyone deserves a home they are proud of, and the affordable housing bill creates more access to that. The bill gives local authorities a menu of options to pass tax abatements or exemptions for the creation or improvements of affordable housing, be they for homeownership or rentals. Use of these abatements is entirely up to local policymakers, and in some cases, offers various Read more

 

Solomon’s PICA renewal legislation passes Senate

(Jul 01, 2022)

HARRISBURG, July 1 -- State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., said today he worked closely with state Rep. Martina White, R-Phila., and House Minority Leader Joanna McClinton to pass bipartisan legislation to renew the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority Act for Philadelphia. The bill passed the Senate on Thursday and is headed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk for his signature. Solomon said PICA has been effective in stabilizing the economic health of Philadelphia that led to balanced budgets for 25 years. It borrows funds on the city’s behalf and in exchange, oversees Philadelphia’s finances. “Economic conditions in Philadelphia affect the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” Solomon said. “We must renew PICA in order to keep Philadelphia fiscally sound and, as a result, the entire commonwealth will benefit. Today, we all worked together to ensure not only the financial health of Philadelphia but, through transparency, establish trust in the city’s financial decisions from taxpayers and legislators alike.” “This is important legislation that will help the city as it continues to face financial uncertainty with its budget projects and limited choices,” White said. “Philadelphia is an economic engine for our commonwealth, and by renewing the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, we can ensure that the city continues on the path of economic viability benefitting our residents Read more

 

Solomon's legislation to establish framework for celebration of 250th birthday of US passes Senate

(Jun 30, 2022)

HARRISBURG, June 30 -- The PA Senate has passed legislation introduced by state Reps. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., and Wendi Thomas, R-Bucks, that would set up legacy infrastructure projects for all regions of the commonwealth in anticipation of the 250th birthday of the U.S. in 2026. “We on the Pennsylvania Commission for the United States Semi quincentennial -- America250PA -- want to both preserve the legacy of our heritage and invest in the commonwealth’s future by repairing, restoring and revitalizing historic state landmarks that do exactly that,” Solomon said. “This legislation would seek to provide the framework and identify valuable projects for all 67 counties in Pennsylvania to celebrate 250 years of excellence.” House Bill 1952 would set the foundation for projects throughout the commonwealth, such as monuments, trails, and veterans memorials that need revitalization, which would both improve our state and commemorate our heritage. “This legislation will engage all the citizens of the Commonwealth, from all 67 counties, in the celebration of America250PA,” Thomas said. “Pennsylvanians will be involved in selecting a lasting project for their region, and in this way be a part of the national celebration while celebrating Pennsylvania’s contribution to the past and the future.” The bill passed the Senate on Thursday and is headed to the governor’s desk to be signed. Read more

 

Solomon legislation for PICA Renewal passed by PA House

(Jun 14, 2022)

HARRISBURG, June 14 -- State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., said he worked closely with state Rep. Martina White, R-Phila., and House Minority Leader Joanna McClinton to pass bipartisan legislation to renew the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority Act for Philadelphia. PICA was effective in stabilizing the economic health of Philadelphia, which led to balanced budgets for 25 years. “Economic conditions in Philadelphia affect the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” Solomon said. “We must renew PICA in order to keep Philadelphia fiscally sound and, as a result, the entire commonwealth will benefit. Today we all worked together to ensure the financial health of Philadelphia.” “Philadelphia is an economic engine for our commonwealth, and by renewing the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, we can ensure that the city continues on the path of economic viability benefitting our residents and our state,” McClinton said. The bill passed the House on Monday and now moves to the PA Senate for its consideration. Read more

 

Solomon introduces legislation to establish framework for celebration of 250th birthday of PA

(Jun 13, 2022)

HARRISBURG, June 13 -- State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., along with state Rep. Wendi Thomas, R-Bucks, have introduced bipartisan legislation that would set up legacy infrastructure projects for all regions of the commonwealth in anticipation of the 250th birthday of the U.S. in 2026. “We on the Pennsylvania Commission for the United States Semiquincentennial -- America250PA -- want to both preserve the legacy of our heritage and invest in the commonwealth’s future by repairing, restoring and revitalizing historic state landmarks that do exactly that,” Solomon said. “This legislation would seek to provide the framework and identify valuable projects for all 67 counties in Pennsylvania to celebrate 250 years of excellence.” House Bill 1952 would establish a foundation for projects throughout the commonwealth such as monuments, trails and veteran memorials that need revitalization to both improve the state and commemorate our heritage. “Our 250th birthday celebration will be an important opportunity to show the world the many historic treasures of our Commonwealth as well as our commitment to investing in our future,” Thomas said. “Celebrating by completing these merit-worthy infrastructure projects will engage each region of our Commonwealth in an effort to chart a lasting legacy of our 250th celebration in all 67 counties.” Read more

 

State Rep. Jared Solomon introduces bill to address staff shortages in Philadelphia Police Department

(Jun 08, 2022)

HARRISBURG, June 8 -- State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., introduced legislation that would seek to address the lack of Philadelphia Police Department officers. In 2015, the Philadelphia Police Department had 6,600 sworn officers and 800 civilian personnel, but this year the department is operating with just 5,900 sworn officers and 600 civilian personnel, Solomon said. “Seniors are scared about being in their homes, parents do not feel comfortable having their kids walk to school, and neighbors are frightened to gather at our recreation centers. We must do better, and this is a step in the right direction,” Solomon said. This legislation would create the Retired Police Officer Program, which would allow retired officers to return to work. The requirements would include that the retired officers have exemplary records and be mandated to take a training course. “The reality is we need to be combating gun violence and address community safety on a local level and that starts with protecting our community,” Solomon said. Read more

 

MAY 2022

(Jun 08, 2022)

MAY 2022 District Office Lease $1600.00 Office Supplies $92.57 Postage/Bulk mail $233.56 Lodging $142.00 Mileage $44.40 ______________________________ TOTAL $2112.53 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

 

State Rep. Jared Solomon presents check to Settlement Music School

(May 31, 2022)

State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., presented a $15,000 check to the students and teachers at Settlement Music School. “These programs work to draw out the passion that the students have. They can serve as a spark to help kids identify their interests, talents, and potential career options. This shows kids that we care,” Solomon said. “This is part of a long-term effort to bring in more programs for youth. My office brought Legacy Tennis, We Love Futbal at Max Myers, and Boys and Girls Club at various schools. I am actively working on getting the PAL center open on Rising Sun. We have made good steps, but this is only the beginning. We need to do more.” The funding was used to purchase instruments to establish the new drum program through Settlement Music School at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, according to Solomon. “We are so excited to have this program here. These enrichment programs are extremely important and valuable not only for the students, but also to our community,” Woodrow Wilson Elementary School Principal Dr. Shawn McGuidan said. “Wilson is a diverse school, and we like to have as many opportunities as possible so that our students are able to have varied experiences that they would not otherwise have if they did not attend our school. We are proud of the program, and we are hoping to increase it next year. Thank you, Representative Solomon, for making this possible.” Read more

 

Solomon: New Settlement Music School Drumline

(May 31, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon proudly presented a $15,000 check to Settlement Music School. This check goes toward programs that push children forward in their development and draw out their passions. He says that giving students more arts programs is a way of showing that we care about them and their wellbeing. This money was used to purchase new drums to form a drumline. Read more

 

Solomon presents $30,000 check to OCCCDA

(May 26, 2022)

State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., was instrumental in securing $30,000 in funding for the Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association. “Our communities deserve and need safe clean streets,” Solomon said. “We are changing the message in our community. We are sending the message to residents and business owners that we care about our community. “This street cleaning program started off with one sponsor; Prince of Steaks sponsored the weekly cleaning of Castor Avenue,” Solomon continued. “Now the program has expanded to 3 days a week along Castor as well as 2 days a week along Bustleton Avenue and Cottman Avenue.” Tomika Miles, local business owner of Journey Hair salon and head of the business association said: “I have been a hair stylist for over 30 years and an educator for about 15 years. As a minority business owner, I'm grateful for clean streets.” Ronald Hines, an employee who cleans and maintains the streets along Oxford Circle, pleaded with residents to stop littering, stating, “We all have to do this together.” Solomon was also joined by Magaly Hernandez, economic development coordinator for OCCCDA. “This effort shows how powerful we are when we come together as one,” Hernandez said. “This is a result of multiple entities coming together for one purpose; state representative, nonprofit, Read more

 

Solomon joins event supporting FC Max Myers Youth Soccer

(May 13, 2022)

PHILADELPHIA, May 13 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., joined FC Max Myers Youth Soccer coaches Viulka Arias Guzman (head coach) and Jaafar Alzaidi (coach) in discussing the success of the FC Max Myers Youth Soccer Program and how community members can get involved. A citation was awarded to Jaafar Alzaidi for his work as a youth coach in The Sports Creative, a nonprofit that builds sports programs for marginalized communities. The nonprofit focuses on the physical, mental and social well-being of these communities. FC Max Myers is a free soccer and personal development program for children and youth in the area of Oxford Circle, Philadelphia. It takes place at the Max Myers Playground. The program is facilitated by The Sports Creative on behalf of Cityzens Giving (Manchester City), love.futbol, and in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Rec. The goal is a community soccer club delivered and sustained by the community. “I appreciate this partnership between Parks & Recreation, Max Myers staff, and the Sports Creative because they provide youth with opportunities to participate in sports. Sports and good coaches are important and needed for personal development,” Solomon said. “Years ago, I was a peewee league baseball Allstate of the Max Myers Padres and this experience on a team helped me develop my communication and leadership skills. I want to thank Joe Hewitt, the Founder of Sports Creative, Head Coach Read more

 

April 2022

(May 10, 2022)

APRIL 2022 District Office Lease $1600.00 District Office Utilities $208.39 Office Supplies: $5.39 Cleaning Services: $779.40 Postage $21.22 Lodging $142.00 Milesage $88.80 TOTAL $2845.20 Read more

 

March 2022

(Apr 14, 2022)

MARCH 2022 District Office Lease $1600.00 District Office Utilities $196.01 Office Supplies $5.39 Postage $22.69 Bulk Mail $2346.50 Mileage $44.40 ______________________________ TOTAL $4214.99 Read more

 

Now open for applications: Substance use disorder awareness, fire and emergency medical services, overdose programmatic collaboration funding opportunities

(Mar 22, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Intermediate Punishment Treatment Programs (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Counties. Use : To support restrictive conditions that are imposed as part of a county probation sentence, needed drug and alcohol-related services, and mental health treatment and supportive services for eligible individuals. Funds : Varies by county. Application Deadline : April 25, 2022 More Information : Click on https://egrants.pccd.pa.gov/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs/Life Unites Us: Life Unites Us Community Award Grant Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Non-profit organizations. Use : To promote knowledge about substance use disorder (SUD) and reduce the stigma associated with addiction by sharing stories from individuals and family members living in recovery and broadcasting a message of hope throughout the state. Funds : Awards range between $5,000 and $15,000. Application Deadline : April 13, 2022 More Information : Click on https://lifeunitesus.com/grant . Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner: Fire and Emergency Medical Services Loan Program (Funding Source: Fire and Emergency Medical Services Loan Fund) Read more

 

Your Connection to State Government

(Mar 21, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon is putting his communities first. He's working to make it easier for those in Lower Northeast Philadelphia to access the state services they are already paying for. Call his district office on Castor Ave. at 215-342-6340 to find out how his office can help with SEPTA Senior IDs, Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms, utility assistance, unemployment compensation, and more. Read more