Madden and Schlossberg to introduce Tenant Eviction Mitigation legislation to help renters due to the COVID-19 pandemic

(Jun 15, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 15 – State Reps. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, and Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, plan on introducing legislation aimed at helping renters stay in their homes by establishing a Tenant Eviction Mitigation bill package . Both lawmakers said among the hardships Pennsylvanians are facing across the state due to COVID-19, is the fear of possibly losing their home. It’s one of the most prominent fears, and for this reason they will introduce a bill package to help renters. “We are on the brink of a housing crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic and we need to do everything we can to keep people in their homes,” Madden said. “Our constituents are undergoing record levels of unemployment and hourly work reductions, and they now have to face the grueling reality of paying rent. While we work to protect our essential workers and our most at-risk people, it is our responsibility to ensure they are safe in their homes.” “In the aftermath of the Great Recession, several counties in PA—including Lehigh County, took steps to create a mortgage mitigation program,” Schlossberg said. “Courts took steps to protect endangered homeowners and helped to keep people in their homes. This legislation takes a similar approach to protect tenants and also helps landlords work toward a process for securing past-due rents. These are terribly difficult times and the more we can do help landlords and tenants navigate Read more


Rep. Madden announces over $225K for charitable food pantries in district

(May 21, 2020)

MONROE, May 21 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, is diligently working to help keep food banks in the 115 th legislative district stocked during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Gov. Tom Wolf announced two food pantries in Madden’s district were awarded a total of $225,322 in Food Recovery Infrastructure Grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Madden announced the following grant awards: $188,396 – Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church $36,926 – Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry at East Stroudsburg’s United Methodist Church. “The demand for food assistance is rising at an extraordinary rate because of the COVID-19 crisis, and these grants will go a long way in helping families put food on the table at a time when they are struggling to make ends meet,” Madden said. “I am continuing to work at many food bank distribution pantries in my district, and we have already served hundreds of families who have food shortages.” Madden said the Wolf administration is providing the food recovery infrastructure grants to keep food banks stocked and to prevent farm losses. The program encourage partnerships between nonprofit organizations such as food banks and farms, processors and cooperatives that continue to experience challenges within the food supply chain as the result of COVID-19 emergency. Read more


Madden Discusses the Importance of Fair Redistricting

(May 07, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden sits down with Rep. Steve Samuelson to discuss the importance of redistricting reform in Pennsylvania and highlight legislation aimed at ending gerrymandering. Read more


Madden Discusses the Potential Impacts of Senate Bill 613

(Apr 16, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden discusses her opposition to Senate Bill 613, saying that we must follow the guidance of our medical experts and not rush to re-open businesses and our economy. Read more


Madden: Short term rentals banned in the Poconos during the Stay-At-Home order

(Apr 01, 2020)

MONROE, APRIL 1 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, and other regional lawmakers wrote a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf asking him to remove short-term rentals, such as Airbnb’s, from the list of essential businesses that may remain open during the COVID-19 outbreak. In response, Wolf has now deemed short-term rentals as non-essential businesses that must cease operating while the statewide Stay-at-Home order is in place. “Closing short-term rentals in my district is for the safety of everyone because the number of COVID-19 cases is exploding and I have a real concern about this,” Madden said. Madden said certain rental companies had been advertising to New York and New Jersey residents to come to the Poconos for a coronavirus-free environment. “They are coming here, they’re spreading more germs and they are taking more germs back with them,” Madden said. At today’s news briefing, Wolf said he’s ordering short-term rentals to close and thanked both Democratic and Republican state representatives and senators for alerting him to the public health and safety concerns. “There is nothing essential to short-term rentals in the Poconos, so I’m glad to see the governor is shutting them down,” she said. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, there are 278 positive COVID-19 cases in Monroe County and that number grows every day. In addition, Madden said because of the Read more


Fill out the 2020 census!

(Mar 30, 2020)

In Pennsylvania, everyone counts and April 1 is National Census Day! If you haven’t already, don't forget to fill out your census form. Our population count determines our voice in government and how much federal funding we’ll receive for education, health care, transportation and more. Whether you respond online, mail or by phone , participate and help shape PA’s future. Your responses are anonymous and protected by law. To learn more, visit #PAcounts #2020Census Read more


COVID-19 Helpful Resources

(Mar 26, 2020)

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting Pennsylvania, we wanted to provide you with the following resources and information to help you and your family in the days ahead. Please note that this webpage will be updated as needed with additional information and resources. State Services and Resources The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has created a COVID-19 guide to assist everyone. It includes information on social distancing, mental health resources, unemployment, food assistance, changes from PennDOT and resources for small business: For individuals : For families : For businesses : COVID Support for PA Businesses : The following provides information and and links to federal, state, local and private resources. **Self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers: Apply here for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits .** Information from the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry on the federal CARES Act: The following link provides you with Read more


Closure List Exemptions

(Mar 20, 2020)

The PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has established a new resource account where businesses and staff can submit questions on exemptions regarding the closure of physical locations for non-life-sustaining businesses in the Commonwealth. Businesses seeking exemptions from closure: Please contact . Other questions about closures can be directed to . For more COVID-19 business information, DCED has set up a web site that continually will be updated as information becomes available: . Read more


Rep. Madden announces changes to district office operations effective March 13

(Mar 12, 2020)

MONROE, March 12 – State Rep. Maureen Madden D-Monroe, is alerting residents that her district offices will close to the public and operations will be by phone, mail and email only starting Friday, March 13 to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 and for the safety of the public. Madden said constituents can email her at . “My office will be closed starting tomorrow and we will reassess the situation as warranted,” Madden said. “We have access to voicemail, and we will be responding to messages and email.” Madden’s phone numbers are: (570) 420-2850 in the Stroudsburg Office. (570) 894-7905 in the Tobyhanna Office. Residents are also advised to take precautions to protect themselves from COVID-19, such as the following: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (time to sing Happy Birthday song twice). Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow or use a tissue. Do not use your hands . Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available. Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes, door handles, stair rails and other frequently touched items. Avoid touching your hands to your face, eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Clean and disinfect surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or Read more


Rep. Madden: Most Holy Trinity Parish gets $74, 482 for safety and security

(Mar 11, 2020)

CRESCO, March 11 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, said the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church has been awarded a $74,482 safety and security grant to establish security enhancements in the facility. “Violence is becoming all too familiar to us and this funding is a great mechanism to help prevent cases of violence targeting faith-based institutions and other situations that could harm members of our community,” Madden said. The grants, administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, are for organizations that serve communities that fit into one of six hate crime categories as defined by the FBI: race/ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, and gender and gender identity. Madden said faith-based institutions and nonprofits could use the money for a variety of security planning, equipment and technology needs, including surveillance cameras, emergency communications equipment, electronic locksets, threat assessments and building upgrades. The Nonprofit Security Grant Program was established by Act 83 of 2019 and has made $5 million available to faith-based institutions and nonprofits that serve individuals, groups or institutions and have been deemed vulnerable to hate crimes across Pennsylvania. Read more


Rep. Madden brings $248,664 to her district for summer intern jobs

(Mar 09, 2020)

MONROE, March 9 - State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, said today that a $248,664 Workforce Development grant was awarded to the Pocono Counties Workforce Development Board to fund summer internship jobs. “Internships are a proven way to gain relevant knowledge, skills and experience while establishing important connections in the job field,” Madden said. “Young workers from my area will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience and get paid while they work.” The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development awarded more than $4.7 million to local workforce development boards for the State/Local Internship Program (SLIP) to provide nearly 1,500 summer internships across Pennsylvania. The 2020 SLIP will operate for an eight-week period between May 1 and Aug. 28. The program will offer wages at a minimum of $10.35 an hour for young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 years. For more information, those interested can visit . Read more


Rep. Madden gets $4K for Monroe County Historical Association

(Mar 04, 2020)

STROUDSBURG, March 5 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, today announced that the Monroe County Historical Association has been selected to receive $4,000 in grant funding from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. “I am very appreciative of this funding so the society can continue to preserve Monroe County’s history and to promote our community investments,” Madden said. Cultural and Historical Support Program grants provide general operating support to Pennsylvania museums and official county historical societies that are not directly supported by other state agency operating support programs. An eligible museum must have an annual operating budget exceeding $100,000 and at least one full-time professional staff person. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the official history agency of the commonwealth. Read more


Rep. Madden brings home $921K to three school districts in region

(Feb 26, 2020)

EAST STROUDSBURG, Feb. 26 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, said East Stroudsburg School District will receive $449,969, Pocono Mountain School District will get $426,240 and Stroudsburg School District will receive $45,000 in school safety and security grant funds for a total of $921,209. Madden brings home $921K to three school districts in region EAST STROUDSBURG, Feb. 26 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, said East Stroudsburg School District will receive $449,969, Pocono Mountain School District will get $426,240 and Stroudsburg School District will receive $45,000 in school safety and security grant funds for a total of $921,209. The school safety grant program was made available for school districts to address safety and security issues. "Our schools must be safe places to learn and where students can feel comfortable and supported, so these grants are designed to meet those needs and challenges within the school districts,” Madden said. Madden said Pocono Mountain school plans to hire a trauma informed project coordinator and behavioral and health sciences specialists. East Stroudsburg Area School plans to purchase security cameras, bus cameras, and conduct other professional development projects for school safety. The grants are made available from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to support community violence prevention/reduction in school districts. Read more


Rep. Madden's 2020 Winter Newsletter

(Feb 25, 2020)

Read Rep. Maureen Madden's 2020 winter newsletter Read more


February Monroe Matters

(Feb 25, 2020)

On this episode of Monroe Matters, Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden reacts to Gov. Tom Wolf's 2020-21 state budget proposal and discusses the role that this year's census and redistricting reform plays in bringing dollars and resources home to Monroe County. Read more


Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Nov 30, 2016)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Unclaimed property may include: Closed bank accounts; Uncashed checks, including paychecks; Lost stocks and bonds; Contents of safe deposit boxes; Proceeds from the demutualization of insurance companies; Expired gift cards/gift certificates. To find out if you have unclaimed property, search your name in the Unclaimed Property database at , call 1-800-222-2046, or contact my office . There is NO CHARGE to claim your unclaimed property. Read more