In 1955, Genevieve Blatt made Pennsylvania history, earning statewide election to the post of Secretary of Internal Affairs. Read more
My office has updated its Yeadon Borough mobile office hours! Read more
One of my favorite responsibilities in representing my neighbors in the 191 Legislative District is connecting you to state programs that will put money back in your pocket. This includes, but is not limited to, the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program and the more than $4 billion in unclaimed property being safeguarded by the Pennsylvania Treasury. The state Treasury estimates about one in 10 Pennsylvanians is owed a portion of the unclaimed property currently in their possession, with the average value of a claim ringing in at $1,500. But how do you know if YOU have unclaimed property? It’s quite simple. All you do is visit https://patreasury.gov/unclaimed-property/ to access the Treasury’s online search portal. From there you’ll be asked to provide some general information – like your first and last name and street address – before you can begin your search. If you cannot access it easily, feel free to call my legislative district office directly at 215-748-6712 for assistance. Every one of us must take a few minutes to check the online portal for unclaimed property. It will be worth your time. Who knows – a claim could be waiting for you! Another state-related program that will benefit some of you reading this is the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. The application window for 2022 rebates opened Jan. 19 and runs through June 30. This program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 and older, widows and widowers Read more
Neighbors – Tuesday’s inauguration of Governor Josh Shapiro and Lieutenant Governor Austin Davis did not disappoint! Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 18 – S tate Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced more than $1 million in violence prevention funding is being awarded to ACHIEVEability in West Philadelphia. McClinton said the funding – $1,010,014 – will go toward the organization’s 60 th Street Strong Coalition. “I’m extremely encouraged to see such a large amount of funding awarded to ACHIEVEability and its 60 th Street Strong Coalition,” McClinton said. “This coalition – and organization as a whole – literally saves lives. It takes our youngest neighbors, especially those most affected by gun violence and related trauma, off the streets and offers them an opportunity to receive paid employment training, skills and mentorship.” State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., offered similar remarks. ACHIEVEability and the 60 th Street Strong Coalition serve her legislative district, too. “This grant puts the city on a very good path,” Cephas said. “Increasing the number of youths served in West Philadelphia will help lower the risks associated with the gun violence that plagues our city. Paid employment training is absolutely necessary to win this fight against gun violence.” The legislators said the funding will help to expand the coalition’s anti-gun violence initiative by doubling the number of youth served by the program and Read more
State Rep. Joanna McClinton has a difficult time imagining how Martin Luther King Jr. would have responded to all the injustices the world still faces. Read more
YEADON, Jan. 10 – House Democratic Majority Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced $287,000 in public safety funding has been awarded to Yeadon Borough. McClinton said the funding will be used for traffic signal and pedestrian accommodation improvements at the intersection of MacDade Boulevard and Church Lane. “This is a heavily trafficked area,” McClinton said. “This funding will improve the flow of traffic and protect our neighbors walking to and from their destinations. I look forward to the completion of this project.” The project is one of 36 statewide that were approved for funding through PennDOT’s Automated Red-Light Enforcement program, which is funded by fines from red light violations at 36 intersections in Philadelphia. Municipalities across Pennsylvania submitted 151 applications for funding totaling $46 million in requests. More information about the program is available on the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s website . Read more
In the interest of community safety and the safety of SEPTA personnel, the highway-rail grade crossing where Union Avenue crosses SEPTA’s Media/Wawa Regional Rail Line in Lansdowne Borough will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic for approximately two months beginning on Monday, January 9, 2023 to allow for emergency repair work to be completed. Trains will continue to operate through the crossing at reduced speed and will still sound their horn while approaching and occupying the crossing. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 6 – Pennsylvania House Democratic Majority Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, today announced a $2.5 million grant for site-clearing and renovation initiatives at the Southwest Philadelphia Bio-Manufacturing Campus. McClinton said the funding, supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, was awarded to SW Bio Care LLC. “Philadelphia is becoming one of the leading biomanufacturing hubs in the country,” McClinton said. “Today’s funding is a clear representation of that, and I look forward to all the jobs and opportunities the biotech industry will bring to our city in the future.” McClinton said the funding will support clearing the campus of debris; remediating all environmental contamination; building out infrastructure for traffic, logistics and micro-mobility accessibility; creating spaces for manufacturing, warehousing, labs and offices; and enacting designated spaces for training, education and workforce upskilling. RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of the Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or Read more
Neighbors – it is hard to believe 2022 is coming to an end! We – our community – have so much to be grateful for this year, and I’m especially thankful you’ve allowed me to continue to represent YOU in Harrisburg. Read more
It is an exciting time in the west and southwest Philadelphia and, quite honestly, citywide. This year has been prosperous for our neighbors, and I’m delighted to say we’ve made a hard push to provide funding for our free, public spaces. As a state representative and lifelong resident of Southwest Philadelphia, I can attest to the importance of public spaces, their role in our community, and why it’s necessary we leave no stone unturned when it comes providing funding for their upkeep and revitalization. Public spaces are locations where our community bond is nurtured, memories are made, and our children learn and grow. Now, more than ever, is the time to provide direction for our young people and instill hope for their future. This is possible by dedicating resources to our public spaces and revitalizing outdated building and playgrounds. I’m happy to say we’ve already had a running start in this regard, and projects are already underway at locations in Cobbs Creek and Southwest Philly. To date, we’ve secured $4.5 million in funding for the Francis J. Myers Recreation Center located on Kingsessing Avenue. This funding is being used to make critical improvements like making the facility environmentally safe, improving its roof, exterior masonry, installing new windows and doors, updating the plumbing, mechanical systems, fire alarm and fire protection systems, Read more
My office is wishing everyone a very special Happy Holidays! Please be safe and enjoy some time with friends and family. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 22 – Pennsylvania House Democratic Majority Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, today announced a $2 million grant for the redevelopment of Bartram Village in southwest Philadelphia. McClinton said the funding, supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, was awarded to Pennrose PHL LLC, which will redevelop Bartram Village into high-quality, mixed-income housing. “Neighbors deserve affordable housing that is safe, thriving and accessible. These renovations will offer this without putting a financial strain on our working-class families,” McClinton said. “My office will continue to support funding of this nature in the future.” Renovations will include converting Bartram Village into mixed-income, high-quality housing that will include eight one-bedroom units; 31 two-bedroom units; 23 three-bedroom units, and two four-bedroom units. McClinton said the renovations also will include new community space, parks and additional recreational areas. RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of the Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax Read more
HARRISBURG, Dec. 21 – On Tuesday, House Democratic Majority Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, was a presenter at the ‘Celebrating Paul Robeson High School’ event in West Philadelphia. The event served as a milestone that recognized Paul Robeson High School’s transformation and accomplishments while under Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration. Paul Robeson High School Principal Richard Gordon also was presented a citation from the state House of Representatives for his accomplishments during this time. “The students at Paul Robeson High School are in good hands. The staff and administration at this school has shown time and again that they truly care about their students’ futures,” McClinton said. “In a time of the historic ‘learning loss’ that accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic, Principal Gordon and the staff here persevered and refused to let this raging pandemic jeopardize the educational opportunities that were key to students’ success.” “The students and staff at Paul Robeson High School have accomplished something remarkable, and it’s a testament to the fact that when we invest in our schools, we are investing in a brighter future for our kids and our commonwealth,” Wolf said. “The $3.7 billion increase in funding we’ve achieved over eight years is a life-changing investment for students across the commonwealth and their Read more
As the epidemic of gun violence continues to plague communities across the commonwealth, Senate Democratic Appropriations Committee Chair Vincent Hughes (D-Montgomery/Philadelphia) and House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton (D-Delaware/Philadelphia) on Thursday afternoon announced a historic investment to support law enforcement and gun violence investigation and prosecution efforts in Philadelphia. Read more
This week I attended a ground-breaking ceremony for the revitalization of the Cobbs Nature Playground and Environmental Center at Cobbs Creek Park. Read more
YEADON, Dec. 13 – Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus Majority Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced that William Penn School District was awarded $7 million to help pay for much-needed building renovations within the district. McClinton said the funding, awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, will support renovation efforts at the district’s Bell Avenue, Lansdowne and W.B. Evans elementary schools, as well as the Kerr Field athletic complex. “We expect the most from students – good grades, attendance and a strong academic standing. Students should expect the same from the facilities where they go to learn,” McClinton said. “This funding couldn’t have come at a better time and is a clear reminder of why it is so important that we continue to support and advocate for similar funding in the future.” McClinton said the funding will allow the three elementary schools to replace windows, add ADA-compliant ramps and elevators, and upgrade their HVAC and lighting systems. The remaining funding will go toward the project at Kerr Field, which includes the demolition of existing facilities, site work and stormwater management. This project also will allow for the installation of a new running track and markings; synthetic turf vase, drainage and carpet system; athletic field lighting; grandstands; parking lot; fencing; baseball and softball Read more
Mayor Jim Kenney, City Councilmember Jamie Gauthier (3rd District), State Representative Joanna McClinton (PA-191), Fairmount Park Conservancy, and community members today broke ground on a $3 million renovation project at Cobbs Nature Playground and Environmental Center in West Philadelphia. Read more
It's an honor to serve my neighbors in the 191st and my colleagues as Majority Leader for the 2023-24 legislative session! Read more
HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – To kick off the new legislative session, Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus Majority Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, is welcoming the largest class of incoming legislators to the House Democratic Caucus in more than 15 years. “In January, the House Democratic Caucus will proudly swear in the largest and most diverse class of freshmen legislators in over a decade,” said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “These public servants are already on the ground in their communities, talking to neighbors, and prepared to be their voices in Harrisburg next month. Without a doubt, they will strengthen our legislature with their diverse experience and perspectives.” House Democrats will welcome 26 new members from communities across the state; some from districts that have never before been represented by a Democrat. New members include: Anthony Bellmon (D-Phila.) : Bellmon served in Philadelphia Congressman Brendan F. Boyle’s office for eight years, solving housing, student loan and immigration issues. As senior adviser to the congressman, Anthony worked on Capitol Hill advancing policy issues to better the lives of children and working families. Lisa A. Borowski (D-Delaware) : Borowski formerly served as vice president of the Radnor Township School District’s school board, leading the way on crafting one of the Read more
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