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Youngblood announces $200K grant to combat homelessness

Youngblood: Budget bill slashes vital services Pennsylvanians depend on

(Jun 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 26 – Following the passage of H.B. 790 -- the General Appropriations Bill -- state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., issued the following statement about her “no” vote: “House Republicans are relying on the weak argument that this budget is a compromise, but how can this be a compromise when many vital services have been underfunded, or even completely eliminated? With no attempt to expand use of the fair funding formula or properly fund needed building improvements for our schools, and no attempt at raising the minimum wage, which has been sitting at $7.25 an hour for more than a decade, and the complete elimination of the General Assistance Program that has served as a safety net for our most at-risk citizens, how is this a compromise? I voted against the 2019-20 state budget because it comes at the expense of working families and our children, particularly those in my district.” Read more


Youngblood: 'What are we waiting for? Now is the time to put Tubman on the $20 bill.'

(Jun 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 26 – Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood is calling on President Donald Trump, Congress, and the U.S. Treasury to stop stalling and act now to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. “More than four years ago, the American people were asked who they wanted to see on the $20 bill,” Youngblood said. “Overwhelmingly, they chose American heroine Harriet Tubman. What are we waiting for? Now is the time to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.” The current administration has delayed the process to put Tubman on the $20 currency, apparently for no good reason, according to Youngblood. Her H.R. 433 would urge U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, along with Trump and Congress to continue with the original plan to place Tubman on the redesigned $20 bill by 2020. In June 2015, then-U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew announced a redesign of the $10 bill, and called on the American people to nominate someone worthy of the honor of being placed on that currency. In an open letter Lew penned less than a year later , he credited a powerful response from more than one million Americans for his decision to direct the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to accelerate plans for the redesign of not just the $10 bill, but also the $5 and $20 bills. It was then that Lew announced Tubman would be placed on the $20 bill. He said final concepts for those redesigns would be unveiled in 2020, to coincide with the 100 th anniversary of the passage of the 19 th Read more


Human milk donor bank bill passes House

(Jun 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 4 – State Rep. Youngblood, D-Phila., announced that H.B. 1001 passed the House Monday. The bill would license and regulate donor human milk banks in Pennsylvania. “We understand that many mothers face obstacles in producing enough milk and donor milk can provide life-saving health benefits,” Youngblood said. “It’s important that we regulate these banks so that distribution is effective and milk supplies remain safe.” The bill would call on the Pennsylvania Department of Health to license milk banks if they comply with regulations, or if they are recognized by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America or another nationally recognized accrediting organization. This legislation would also create licensing fees and establish prohibited practices to preclude the direct or indirect sale of human milk by entities not licensed in Pennsylvania. “Too often, mothers rely on milk from online and unknown sources. The Food and Drug Administration warns about the dangers of this,” Youngblood added. “I’m hopeful that this bill will help more mothers access safe breastmilk in Pennsylvania.” The bill, which was introduced by Youngblood and Rep. Donna Oberlander, R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest, had bipartisan support in the House and passed in a nearly unanimous vote. Read more


Youngblood: Mural Arts project awarded $68,000 grant

(Feb 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Rosita Youngblood, D-Phila., announced today that a Mural Arts project at Wayne Junction has been awarded more than $68,000 in funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund. The $68,128 grant will be used to improve the safety and utilization of Wayne Junction, a multimodal hub, through the addition of public art. “I am happy to see this area get some attention and renovations,” Youngblood said. “This grant will help make Wayne Junction safer and more beautiful, and will hopefully encourage more residents to enjoy the space.” This project is one of 50 projects awarded grants from the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund. For more information about the program, visit www.penndot.gov and click on Multimodal Program under the “Projects & Programs” button. Read more


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


Youngblood sworn in for 13th term as state legislator

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., was sworn in today to serve her 13 th term as state representative for the 198 th District. Additionally, she will continue her service as the Democratic Caucus secretary for the third term, helping to implement strategy and direction for House Democrats for the upcoming session. “I am honored to represent the people of the 198 th District and to continue advocating for meaningful change,” Youngblood said. “I will continue to push for legislation that puts people first and gives them the tools they need to succeed, from access to affordable health care, to a quality education in our Philadelphia schools and a fair economy for our future. It's all part of the Plan4PA .” Youngblood has served as the representative for the 198 th Legislative District since 1994. In that time, she has sponsored and co-sponsored legislation on mass transit funding, domestic violence prevention, and public welfare and health services, among others. Last session, she was a leader in the effort to increase penalties and enforcement against “stop-and-go” nuisance alcohol-selling businesses that are a burden on many Philadelphia neighborhoods. She also played a critical role in diaper needs awareness, introducing a host of measures aimed at helping families afford the cost of diapers. Youngblood is one of 91 House Democrats starting the 2019-20 legislative session, including 29 Read more


Youngblood to host fall open house

(Nov 01, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 1 – State Rep. Rosita Youngblood, D-Phila., today announced she is hosting a fall open house for constituents of the 198th Legislative District . It will take place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at her district office, 310 W. Chelten Ave., 19144. Youngblood said she looks forward to seeing everyone and is excited for constituents to stop by and learn about state programs that may benefit them while discussing issues important to the community. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Youngblood’s office at 215-849-6426. 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 https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more


Legislative effort to raise awareness on diaper need in Pa.

(Sep 25, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 25 – Kicking off “Diaper Need Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania, state Reps. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., and Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, announced today their efforts to advocate and raise awareness about the growing “diaper gap” among many families living in communities across the state. “Nationwide, about one in three mothers will have trouble providing diapers for her children,” Youngblood said. “Families across our state are looking for relief and drives like this one can make a real difference. Access to a reliable supply of clean diapers is a necessity for the health and well-being of Pennsylvania's children and incontinent adults.” Hill-Evans said: “It’s heartbreaking to think that a child could remain in a soiled diaper so the limited supply of costly diapers can last longer. As legislators, we must continue to join community organizations with contributions of our time and donations, as well as using our full ability to bring awareness to this need.” Earlier in the day, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution introduced by Youngblood and Hill-Evans ( H.R. 1050 ) designating the week of Sept. 24-30 as “Diaper Need Awareness Week” in the Commonwealth. Youngblood and Hill-Evans have introduced a package of bills: H.B. 1766 , which would streamline the sales and use tax exemption for diapers and incontinence products; Read more


Youngblood announces state grant to build pocket park along Wayne Avenue

(Sep 18, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Rosita Youngblood, D-Phila., today announced that Germantown United Community Development Corp. will receive a $225,000 grant for the construction of a pocket park on the border of Germantown and Nicetown along Wayne Avenue. A pocket park is a small outdoor space usually only occupying a few house lots and often located in an urban area surrounded by commercial buildings or houses. The proposed park will be located in two vacant lots that have been donated to help facilitate the project, which totals $319,041. “At a time when urban development as at an all-time high, I am pleased to have an opportunity to help preserve green space within our community,” Youngblood said. “It is fundamental to assume our role in the transformation of unused areas and abandoned spaces, so we can meet the needs of everyone.” Youngblood said the funding was provided by the Commonwealth Financing Authority and will go toward the preparation of the lots, installation of pavers, hardscaping materials, sidewalks, landscaping and a trellis entrance to ensure privacy for neighboring houses. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. It is responsible for funding programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and Read more


Youngblood to co-host shredding event Sept. 29

(Sep 17, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Rosita Youngblood, D-Phila., will co-host a free paper-shredding event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2800 W. Cheltenham Ave. “This is an opportunity for the community to come and dispose of important documents safely,” Youngblood said. “Protecting your information by shredding is a safe measure to get rid of paperwork you no longer need.” Residents are encouraged to bring any documents that contain personal information, such as Social Security numbers, credit card statements and applications, medical records, banking statements, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance records and retirement or pension fund information. Papers must be loose. Binders or paper clips cannot be accepted. Documents will be shredded on site. More information is available by calling Youngblood’s office at 215-849-6426. The event is in partnership with state Sen. Art Haywood and state Reps. Chris Rabb, Isabella Fitzgerald and Stephen Kinsey. Read more


Youngblood to host back to school event Aug. 16

(Jul 31, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, July 31 – State Rep. Rosita Youngblood, D-Phila., will host her annual Back to School Event from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 at Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia, 1939 West Venango St., Philadelphia. The first 150 people who pre-register to attend and who have children who are students in grades K-8 and live in the 198 th Legislative District will receive free backpacks. There is a limit of three backpacks per household. “This is a great way to kick off the school year right – with a new backpack and school supplies,” Youngblood said. “We will also have educational, financial and health resources available so parents and children are prepared for the new school year.” Parents and guardians must pre-register by Aug. 13 by phone or email to receive backpacks and school supplies prior to the event. Residents who have inquiries about the event or who want to pre-register a child should call Youngblood’s office at (717) 787-7727 or email Ashley Roach at aroach@pahouse.net or Esther Reever at ereever@pahouse.net . Read more


Two House leaders introduce human milk donor bank bill

(Jun 28, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 28 – Two members of House leadership from different parties are working together on legislation to regulate and license donor human milk banks in Pennsylvania. Reps. Donna Oberlander, R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest, and Rosita Youngblood, D-Phila., the respective caucus secretaries for House Republicans and Democrats, have introduced the Keystone Mothers’ Milk Bank Act ( H.B. 2516 ). Youngblood said, "The regulation of donor milk banks and their operation is necessary to ensure the safety of this precious commodity and its effective distribution to children in need. We recognize that a mother’s own milk is the optimal nutrition for newborn infants and is a public health goal for the delivery of food to all infants. However, many mothers face unique obstacles to producing enough milk for their own babies. When a mother’s own milk is not available, donor human milk can provide a life-saving health benefit for high-risk infants as a supplement or bridge when it is determined to be medically necessary and physician-prescribed." Oberlander said, "Donor milk is life-saving medicine for infants with very low birth weights less than four pounds, preventing the onset of serious gastrointestinal problems that can require surgery and entail thousands of dollars in medical costs. Without donor milk, these health issues can continue throughout that child’s life. Donor milk is also medically prescribed for children with heart Read more


Youngblood seeks applicants for college scholarship for young women

(Jun 11, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, June 11 – State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., is seeking constituents interested in a $3,000 college scholarship for young women. As a member of the National Foundation for Women Legislators, Youngblood can nominate one or more young women to participate in NFWL's Annual Constitution Essay Scholarship Contest. The prize is a $3,000 college scholarship; an all-expense-paid trip to NFWL’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.; and an award that is presented at the event. To qualify, an applicant must be a: • Female U.S. citizen • High school junior (class of 2019) or senior (class of 2018) and • Planning to attend a college or university in the United States. Those interested should send an email to Youngblood's office by July 6 explaining why they should be nominated. Email can be sent to the office through the form at www.pahouse.com/youngblood/contact / Youngblood represents the 198th Legislative District in northwest Philadelphia. Constituents with questions about the program or any state-related issue can call her office at (215) 951-3394. ### Read more


Proposed increase could impact you

(Jun 08, 2018)

The Public Utility Commission has scheduled two public hearings regarding PECO Energy Company’s proposed rate increase. You can have an opportunity to voice your opinions and concerns about the proposed hike and the quality of the utility service. The public hearings will take place: 10 a.m. Thursday, June 14 at the Betsy Ross Conference Room, 801 Market St., 6th Floor, Philadelphia, 19107; 6 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at the Kingdom Life Christian Center, 6325 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, 19135. If you wish to speak at either of these hearings, there will be a sign-up sheet available at both events. Read more


Community Day

(May 30, 2018)

Community Day June 9 Read more


PHEAA Reminds Students of Approaching 2018-19 PA State Grant Application Deadline

(Apr 25, 2018)

The 2018-19 PA State Grant application filing deadline is Tuesday, May 1. This deadline applies to all renewal applicants and first-time applicants who plan to enroll in colleges, universities, or a college transfer program at 2-year public or private colleges (except community colleges and designated Pennsylvania Open Admission institutions). Additionally, unlike a student loan, a grant is gift aid which does not have to be repaid. To apply for a PA State Grant, applicants must first complete the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants can access this form online by clicking here or here . In addition to completing the FAFSA, first-time applicants must also submit a completed PA State Grant Form. First-time applicants who submit the FAFSA online will be automatically redirected to the SGF by following the onscreen prompts on the confirmation page. First-time applicants who have already submitted their FAFSA but have not completed the SGF will receive an email directing them to PHEAA’s secure Account Access site for completion. Both applications are free to submit. First-time applicants who plan to enroll in a community college, business, trade, or technical school, a hospital school of nursing, a designated Pennsylvania Open Admission institution, or a non-transferable 2-year degree program at a community, 2-year or 4-year college have until Aug. 1, 2018 to complete their PA State Grant application. Students and families are Read more


Youngblood announces up to $1.16 million in tax credits for housing development, community center

(Apr 16, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 16 – State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., today announced the approval of up to $1.16 million in tax credits to build 35 new low-income housing units and a community center. "I'm pleased the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority has approved these tax credits for the Nicole Hines Townhomes development on Wister and Rufe streets, including a community center. This is good news for meeting the housing needs in our communities," Youngblood said. The development is to be built in the 400 block of East Wister Street and at 5120 Rufe St. It will include 13 buildings plus the community center. The development will include 17 two-bedroom, 16 three-bedroom and 2 four-bedroom units. Seven of the units will be accessible, and 27 of the units will have a rental subsidy from the Philadelphia Housing Authority. ### Read more


Winter 2018 Newsletter

(Mar 13, 2018)

Winter 2018 newsletter Read more


PLBC scholarships available for students of color

(Mar 08, 2018)

Scholarships from the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus are now available for high school seniors and first-year college students who will be enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year Pennsylvania college or university. The deadline to submit an application is Monday, April 30. Students applying for the $1,000 scholarships must be a minority student, have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, reside in the legislative district of and be sponsored by a PLBC member, and demonstrate leadership qualities. A 500-word essay on the student’s academic plans and career goals also must be submitted. Only the first 250 applications submitted will be considered. To obtain an application and more details about the program, students can visit http://pahouse.com/PLBC/Scholarships . Read more