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Solomon Working to Make Affordable Housing a Reality

(Mar 23, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon spoke out in a hearing of the House Urban Affairs Committee in support of legislation that would provide local municipalities with new paths to incentivize the creation and improvement of affordable housing units. Across PA, for every 100 people who need affordable housing only 42 will find it, meaning 58 will be empty handed. In nearby Delaware County, that number is only 22 out of 100 people that are able to find an affordable place to live, and out in rural Lancaster County that number drops to 19 out of 100. The bill passed unanimously out of the Committee. Read more


L&I Announces $2.6 Million Available To Prepare Students For Good Jobs In The Post-Pandemic Economy

(Mar 17, 2021)

"The schools-to-work program will create local career pathways in our communities throughout Pennsylvania," Rep. Jared Solomon said. "This law establishes a program that will provide incentives to schools and local businesses to collaborate in dynamic partnerships providing work-based learning opportunities, apprenticeships, and jobs for high school students during the school year, the summer and after graduation. In addition, the bill would encourage a dynamic relationship between schools and businesses to create curricula that bring real-life experiences into the classroom that prepare students for life after high school." Read more


Solomon helps secure and provide more than 200 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Northeast Philadelphia residents

(Mar 08, 2021)

In his ongoing effort to protect his communities from the coronavirus, state Rep. Jared Solomon today connected more than 200 eligible individuals in Northeast Philadelphia with the COVID-19 vaccine. “Since the beginning of this pandemic, my priority is and has always been to put the health and safety of the people I serve and their families first. Today’s event is just a reflection of that commitment,” said Solomon, D-Phila. “From frontline workers to our most vulnerable populations, like our seniors, the vaccine is a critical step in building real immunity to COVID-19, reopening the economy safely and moving us closer to the way life was before this health crisis.” Solomon said he teamed up with SunRay Drugs to secure 250 doses of the vaccine, which was then provided at Kinder Academy to people who qualify for Phase 1A or 1B of Philadelphia’s COVID-19 distribution plan, including seniors 75 or older. “I am fortunate to work with community partners like SunRay Drugs, who share my dedication to assist our neighbors through this crisis safely,” Solomon explained. “Moving forward, I will continue working with them along with other groups to provide the critical resources and information that residents and small businesses need now more than ever.” Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Solomon has teamed up with various organizations and local leaders to secure and distribute free Read more


Solomon introduces legislation to bring open primaries to Pa., stresses importance of democracy and government accountability

(Jan 29, 2021)

Philadelphia, Jan. 29 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., has introduced legislation to bring open primaries to Pennsylvania and strengthen citizen participation. The legislation, Solomon said, will encourage democratic engagement and remove barriers for all Pennsylvania voters to take part in the selection of candidates for public office. In 2018, over 1.2 million Pennsylvanians were not affiliated with either major party. This is an over 8% increase since 2014. Every year these numbers continue to grow. In fact, right now unaffiliated is the fastest growing political identification in the commonwealth. While these individuals all pay taxes and fund the commonwealth’s election system, they have no voice in the state’s primary system. Solomon strongly believes that needs to change. “My legislation would allow unaffiliated voters to vote in primary elections and therefore be full participants in the democratic process. A more open system encourages greater civic engagement, new ideas, and a healthier democracy,” Solomon said. “Thirty states provide voters with a greater stake in their primary election than we do in Pennsylvania. Let’s allow taxpayers - who pay into the system - to express their opinion on who should represent them at the local, state, and federal levels of government.” In their letter in support of open primaries , former heads of Pennsylvania Democratic and Republican parties – T.J. Read more


Harris names deputy whips for 2021-22 legislative session

(Jan 26, 2021)

The PA House Democratic whip, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., today announced that state Reps. Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny; Donna Bullock, D-Phila.; Danilo Burgos, D-Phila.; Morgan Cephas, D-Phila.; Patty Kim, D-Dauphin; Kyle Mullins, D-Lackawanna; Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh; Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery; Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington; and Jared Solomon, D-Phila., will serve as deputy whips for the 2021-22 legislative session. Read more


Thank you, Andrew!

(Jan 05, 2021)

202nd will miss you. Read more


Happy Thanksgiving!

(Nov 25, 2020)

Normally, each year on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving I work with friends, neighbors and partners to host a community Thanksgiving dinner at Calvary Christian Church at Large and the Boulevard. It's always one of my favorite nights of the year - the food - provided by my friend Said from Peace Islands PA - is delicious and the room buzzes with conversation and conviviality. I will be missing this annual ritual immensely this year. It has been a year of trials and tribulations. From the pandemic, to civil unrest, to a contentious election and more, our community and our spirit has been tested. But when I think of all the ways the people of my district have stepped up to meet the challenges we've faced, I realize how much I have to be thankful for. I think of my friends in Lawncrest who organized a weekly food giveaway to families facing food insecurity. I think of business owners like Matt from Nick's Roast Beef and Orlando from Tio Pepes who gave out free meals even though their own restaurants and staff faced ever shifting rules, regulations, and restrictions. I think of Val who offered to volunteer in my office to call people on their birthday to make sure no one felt alone. I think of the childcare workers and teachers, the senior home aides and SEPTA drivers, the doctors and nurses and so many more frontline workers who risked everything to serve others. When I sit down with my wife for a pared-down Thanksgiving tomorrow, while we will miss Read more


Solomon and Community Leaders team up to give out Thanksgiving Turkeys to local families

(Nov 23, 2020)

With the generosity of Peace Islands Institute Pennsylvania and local businessman Tommy Liu, we donated 300 turkeys this morning to families across our district. Northeast High School , Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association , William H. Ziegler Elementary School , and Calvary Chrisitan Church -- our vital community partners -- helped us get these turkeys into the hands of folks in need. Leaders Of Tomorrow , an inspiring group of our young people in the neighborhood, delivered turkeys directly to homes in the Northeast. Thank you to all involved for donating your time and your turkeys to ensure that every family is taken care of this holiday. I am grateful for the tireless efforts of all of our community leaders. Wishing everyone in the district a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Read more


New COVID-19 Guidance for Philly and Statewide Mitigation Efforts

(Nov 20, 2020)

We are all in this together, and we must work together to keep our community going. Read more


Solomon Welcomes new District Office team members

(Nov 12, 2020)

Please join me in giving a big Northeast Philly welcome to two new members of my district office team, Aileen Walsh and Ton Quach. Aileen is a lifelong Lawndale resident who volunteered as an intern with us during her time at Penn. A talented writer, Aileen will be helping with communications as well as constituent services. We met Ton in his role working for Penn Asian Senior Services (PASSi), where he still works, when he posted up at our office one day a week to help the Asian community apply for various state programs. Fluent in Cantonese and Vietnamese, Ton has lived in Castor Gardens for years with his family and is looking forward to serving his community in this new role. Welcome to the team, Aileen and Ton! Read more


Shredding event tomorrow, join us

(Nov 06, 2020)

I know this week has been one long journey for many of us. They say a clean house is a clean mind, so declutter your home of old papers and bank statements at our annual shredding event tomorrow. Read more


Drop off your ballot or vote in-person on November 3

(Nov 02, 2020)

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Read more


Newsletter: Mail-in ballot deadline is tomorrow!

(Oct 26, 2020)

If you are planning to cast your ballot by mail, request yours: votespa.com/MailBallot Also remember: your ballot must be postmarked by November 3. Otherwise, it will not be counted. Read more


Solomon leads massive neighborhood clean up effort

(Oct 25, 2020)

This Sunday, Oct. 25, I joined the International Weloveu Foundation United States for a big community cleanup. We were everywhere- abandoned lots, trash filled driveways, and residential sidewalks and streets. One 91-year old resident told one of the volunteers that our efforts made her feel good about her neighborhood and shared a picture of how the community looked in 1939. She felt positive about the community vibe back then and felt the same way today! Read more


Bringing police and young people of color together

(Oct 19, 2020)

Last Friday I supported a unique event from the Leaders Of Tomorow Crew youth organization, in partnership with the Philadelphia Police Department to foster an expanded dialogue between young people and the police in the wake of George Floyd's death. I continue to be inspired and impressed by these young people, who designed and ran this whole event. Not only did they make sure it was safely done in the climate of a pandemic, but they created a space where young people and police could connect as human beings, to have the tough, real conversations that have often been missing. And the police approached this with openness, thoughtfulness, and honesty to really make the connection true and indelible. The conversation will continue and grow, but it was a truly memorable night. Big thanks to Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association for hosting us on short notice out of the rain, to Commissioner Outlaw and DC Dales for their support, and all the officers and young people who made this happen. More work to do - let's keep at it together! Read more


10 Ways to Solve Philadelphia's Garbage Problem

(Oct 06, 2020)

The idea that we could put a man on the moon but we can’t clean up Philadelphia just doesn’t make sense. Of course we can do it. We just need the will and resolve to get it done. Check out this article in The Philadelphia Citizen about lessons from my day picking up trash in Northeast Philadelphia, and my partnership with #yafavtrashman. We have to listen to workers like Terrill Haigler who do the job day in and day out, citizens, stakeholders, and learn from other cities if we're going to become the cleanest city in America. Let's do it! Read more


Solomon pushes back on rushed, dangerous election select committee

(Oct 02, 2020)

On Wednesday, the PA House State Government Committee on which I sit debated a serious and unprecedented resolution, HR1032, that could have wide-ranging implications for our elections in PA. It would create a "select committee" with would have the power to interfere in our election. As you can see from my questioning of the Chairman, who is also the sole sponsor of the resolution, this resolution is rushed, poorly thought out, and hyper-partisan on an issue that has been and must be handled in a bipartisan manner. Frankly and unfortunately, he does not really know what is in his own resolution and relies on whispers in his ear to tell him what he should say. This is dangerous and disappointing when our Committee has, to this point, advanced important reforms in a bipartisan way during this Session. It is an exercise in pure political partisan power, plain and simple. And the people of our Commonwealth deserve better. You can read more about this resolution here: https://bit.ly/3cPg0jf Why are we rushing? Why didn’t the intent match the words? Why aren’t we using a current vehicle that we already have? Why is it happening in a purely partisan way? Read more in Talking Points Memo . Read more


New date for Rep. Solomon's shredding event

(Sep 24, 2020)

The upcoming shredding event—that was rescheduled for Sept. 26—has been postponed. The new date will be Saturday, Nov. 7. Read more


Solomon touts unprecedented early voting sites in Philadelphia

(Sep 18, 2020)

Important 2020 Election Update: early voting sites are coming to Philadelphia for the first time! In our area, it will be at J. Hampton Moore Elementary School. This unprecedented step is made possible by Act 77 of 2019 in the PA Legislature, for which I was a huge proponent of and advocate. Assuming the full election board gives the green light, starting September 29th these 16 sites, in addition to Moore, will be open 7 days a week, 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays and Sundays. You'll be able to request, fill out, and submit ballots including mail-in ballots on the spot. The more people who use these sites will prevent backlogs in the mail, and long lines on Election Day! > Read more . Read more


New 2nd Police District is finally open

(Sep 14, 2020)

I am so proud that at last the 2nd Police District headquarters is now in the 2nd Police District, with a new facility just up from Cottman and Castor! This is something I have been pushing for since the day I started serving as your state rep. and worked tirelessly with Philadelphia Police leadership, the Department of Public Property and others to make happen. It is something the officers of the 2nd wanted desperately after years being crammed into a leaky building with their colleagues from the 15th on Levick and Harbinson. Now it is located centrally and conveniently to the people the 2nd serves. Not only do we hope this will decrease response times from residents and businesses-- a common complaint I hear in my office--but that it will mark a new day in the relationship between the police and the people. Commissioner Outlaw spoke to me recently about wanting "community policing" to be a philosophy embodied by all those in uniform, and her team has been working with me and the Leaders Of Tomorow Crew to host events that continue a dialogue between young people of color and police (watch this space for an announcement soon). Read more