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Census 2020 – Job Recruiting Fair

Senator Farnese will be hosting a Census 2020 Job Recruiting Fair on Thursday, February 20 at the Richmond Library located at 2987 Almond Street from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. For more information and questions call my office at 215-952-3121 or visit

Census Event

Children’s Village

In the workplace, there is perhaps no greater disparity between commitment to purpose and rate of pay than there is in the early childhood education profession. PA has been short funding subsidies for years and only the dedication of staff keeps the system from collapsing. Children’s Village is a model facility in the heart of the 1st Senate District, serving more than 400 children per day (that’s 16,000 meals a month) with an incredibly diverse, committed and underpaid staff.

On North 8th Street, Children’s Village sits in the shadow of the massive Federal Detention Center, a sobering reminder of why we need to rethink how taxpayer dollars are invested.

Children’s Village

Love is Love Day

On February 5, Sen. Steve Santarsiero introduced a unanimous consent resolution designating Love is Love Day in Pennsylvania. Shouldn't be controversial, right? But it got roadblocked by the majority and exiled to a committee for proper burial. It is a sad day in Pennsylvania when we have to debate whether Love is Love depends on who it is that you love. Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus did our own thing, a proclamation, no debate necessary. For a decade I have been introducing the PA Fairness Act, which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and the action in the Senate shows the need for it in every corner of PA. I will never stop fighting for the LGBTQ community of not only my district, but across Pennsylvania. You should feel safe no matter where you live.

Love is Love Joint Proclamation

SB565SB 565 – Bike Lane Bill

Hard work and public activism paid off on February 5 when the Senate Transportation Committee approved my Parking Protected Bike Lane Bill (SB 565) sending it to the full Senate for consideration. This progress was the result of a lot of partners and advocates along with some patience and compromise.  Thanks to Senator Kim Ward and Senator John Sabatina. Great support from the tireless folks at Bicycle Coalition o Greater Philadelphia who came to Harrisburg to lobby for the bill.

On to the next step – winning final passage in the Senate and let's win there.

Statement Regarding Governor Wolf’s Budget Address

In his budget address, Gov. Wolf stood up for two top priorities in my district.

Senator Larry Farnese Response to Governor Wolf’s 2020-21 Budget Address :: February 4, 2020

His $1 billion plan for ending the plague of toxic schools is a starting point that I am confident will lead to more discussion about the costly and ruinous effect that lead and asbestos have on our communities.

The governor is also putting the weight of his office behind passage of overdue anti-discrimination legislation.
Hope is not always easy to find in this building, but today I feel hopeful that, after more than a decade of trying, equality for LGBTQ+ citizens is finally receiving the attention it deserves. My legislation (SB614) will protect everyone regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression from discrimination in housing, employment, or accommodation. It is long past time for Pennsylvania to provide equal treatment to its citizens and end discrimination.

It is important that we all understand that the governor standing up for these priorities does not mean that we can stand down. There is a long tough fight ahead and we have to be prepared to fight as if our future depends on it, because it does.

For the full video on my comments, please visit my website.

Solitary Confinement and SB 832

Solitary confinement is cruel and ineffective. Senate Bill 832 would curtail the practice in PA prisons and continue the momentum in reforming our criminal justice system. I stood in the Capitol on February 3, with PA Council of Churches, the PA Prison Society and many colleagues to support passage of this legislation.

Senator Larry Farnese

PA Senate District 1 Ranked #1 for Redevelopment Investment

PA Senate District 1 is #1 in the state for attracting redevelopment investment, according to Pennlive/Patriot News.

This doesn't happen without Senator Vincent Hughes and Governor Tom Wolf and their hardworking staffs, as well as a committed and focused Philly delegation, led by Senator Tina Tartaglione.

From the article:

"The cost of construction can be higher in Philadelphia than other parts of the state but Farnese is more apt to credit his staff for his district’s success in getting grants. He said they have more than a combined century of experience in assisting organizations in applying for grants.

"He said the cultural, educational, medical, historical and other institutions in his district are important economic drivers for the city and the commonwealth as a whole.

“The governor recognizes that the arts and cultural institutions that are contained in this district and the development of those institutions turn into jobs," Farnese said. “They are high-paying, family-sustaining jobs that come back and produce tax revenue and they create and sustain a tax base that enables the city and quite frankly, the commonwealth to move forward.”

For the full article, click here.

Fund Our Facilities

On January 29, as 620 students returned to McClure, Gov. Tom Wolf announced a $1 billion plan to fix toxic schools. The proposal would make schools eligible for RACP funding and expand the program by $1 billion. The 1st Senate District has been very successful attracting RACP funding to the district and my experienced staff knows the terrain.

This announcement comes two weeks after the Philadelphia senate delegation wrote a letter to the governor asking for school health and safety to be a budget priority.

The next step is to get this idea through the legislature. We'll need all hands on deck. 

Fund Our Facilities Press Conference

We Need Librarians in Our Schools

On January 24, I stood with librarians, teachers, parents, and community members to support SB 752, Philadelphia schools have the worst librarian to student ratio in the nation. This is a fundamental issue of equality and we won't stand for our children to be treated as second class. Safe, healthy schools of equal opportunity is our fight.

Senator Farnese at Librarians Rally

Improvements on the Way for William Way

It was a pleasure to present William Way $1 Million in RACP grant funding for improvements to the building. These updates will help ensure that the LGBTQ+ community will benefit from the programs and services at William Way.

William Way Check Presentation

Museum of the American Revolution

This summer, Museum of the American Revolution will explore the history of women's voting rights in America. Did you know that women were allowed to vote in some pre-constitutional American colonies? What happened? A state grant will help fund this examination. Don't miss it.

Senator Farnese presents check to the Museum of the American Revolution

Meeting with Korean War Veterans from Philadelphia

On January 21, I met with Philly Korean War veterans to talk about veterans’ programs in PA and the ongoing preservation of the city’s Korean War Memorial which lists the names of 600 people from the region who lost in this too-often overlooked conflict.

Senator Farnese meets with the Korean War Veterans

Martin Luther King Day of Service

At Broad Street Ministry every day is a day of service. Volunteers serve 300 lunches a day to homeless people in the heart of Philly’s Arts District. More than 3000 people get their mail here. I had the pleasure of volunteering and giving back to our community.

Senator Farnese on Martin Luther King Day of Service

Grant Workshop

Senator Farnese will be hosting a Grants Workshop on Monday, March 9, 2020 at the Parkway Central Library Business and Resource Innovation Center located at 1901 Vine Street. Presentations will be by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development and the Free Library of Philadelphia: Nonprofit Services. Please RSVP by March 4 by sending an email to For more information please call my office at 215-952-3121.

Grant Workshop


Business in Our Sites Program
The application window for the Business in Our Sites Program (BOS) is now open. This program empowers communities to attract growing and expanding businesses by helping them build an inventory of ready sites. The guidelines and application can be found here. For more information and questions, please contact my office at 215-952-3121 or email

Act 13 Programs
The annual window for the 7 Act 13 programs is now open. These programs include the Abandoned Mine Drainage Abatement & Treatment Program (AMDATP), Baseline Water Quality Data Program (BWQDP), Flood Mitigation Program (FMP), Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program (GTRP), Orphan or Abandoned Well Plugging Program (OAWP), Sewage Facilities Program (SFP), and the Watershed Restoration Protection Program (WRPP). The guidelines and applications for each program can be found here. For more information and questions, please contact my office at 215-952-3121 or email

CFA’s Multimodal Transportation Program
On March 2, the application window will open for the CFA’s Multimodal Transportation Program. Funds from this program are used for the development, rehabilitation and/or enhancement of transportations assets to existing communities, streetscapes, lighting, sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, connectivity of transportation assets and transit-oriented development. The guidelines and application can be found here. For more information and questions please contact my office at 215-952-3121 or email

DCNR Community Parks and Conservation (C2P2) Application Period – Now Open

DCEDThe Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resource’s (DCNR) Community Recreation and Conservation (C2P2) Grant application period is now open until April 22, 2020.  Community Parks and Conservation grants are awarded to municipalities and authorized nonprofit organizations for community recreation, park and conservation projects. These include planning for comprehensive recreation, park open space and greenway plans; land conservation and stewardship plans; swimming pool and indoor recreation facility feasibility studies; master site development plans; land acquisition for active or passive parks and conservation purposes; and new development and rehabilitation of parks and recreation facilities.

For additional information on the grant program, visit

Please also feel free to contact my office at 215-952-3121 or by email at for more information and questions.

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) – Nonprofit Security Grant Program – Now Open

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) GrantsThe Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) has opened the application window for the new Non-Profit Security Grant Program.  This program was championed by Senators Costa, Dinniman, Schwank and the Senate Democratic Caucus in response to the Tree of Life shooting and the rise in hate crime incidents in the commonwealth.  It became law as part of Act 83 of 2019. The program will award grants to non-profit entities that principally serve individuals, groups or institutions that are included within a bias motivation category for a single bias hate crime incident identified by the FBI.  Those incident categories include: race/ethnicity/ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender and gender identity.
Eligible projects are:

  • Safety and security planning
  • Purchase of safety and security equipment
  • Purchase of security-related technology, which may include, but is not limited to:
    • Metal detectors
    • Protective lighting
    • Surveillance equipment
    • Special emergency communications equipment
    • Electronic locksets
    • Deadbolts
    • Trauma kits
    • Theft control devices
  • Safety and security training
  • Threat awareness and response training
  • Upgrades to existing structures that enhance safety and security
  • Vulnerability and threat assessments
  • Specialty-trained canines
  • Any other safety or security-related project that enhances safety or security of the non-profit organization

Matching funds are required for funding requests over $25,000.

A link to the application can be found here.

Please also feel free to contact my office at 215-952-3121 or by email at for more information and questions.

Grants for Farmers and Small Businesses to Save Money and Reduce Pollution

DEPGrant funding for energy efficiency and pollution prevention projects for small business owners and farmers are still available from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) through the Small Business Advantage Grant program.

Pennsylvania farmers and other small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible for the grants. Projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25 percent annually in energy consumption, or pollution related expenses.

Businesses can apply for 50 percent matching funds for equipment or materials, up to $7,000, when adopting energy-efficient or pollution prevention equipment or processes. Applications are considered on a first come, first served basis, and will be accepted until fiscal year 2019-20 funds are exhausted, or April 12, 2020, whichever occurs first.

The complete grant application package, which includes step-by-step instructions for completing the online application as well as all related forms, is available by visiting the DEP Small Business Ombudsman’s Office site.

Please also feel free to contact my office at 215-952-3121 or by email at for more information and questions.


PhilaDox users can now search documents by notary. This feature is also available in their new limited free public search option. This feature provides notaries with a tool to check whether their identities have been stolen. Please visit the PhilaDox website for more information.

Changes to SNAP Benefits – Starting April 1

Starting April 1, 2020 there will be a SNAP rule change made by the Trump administration. This will affect adults without minor children (ABAWDS). For more information and details please visit the Community Legal Services of Philadelphia website.

Changes to SNAP Benefits

SEPTA Update – SENIOR Key ID Cards

SEPTASEPTA has informed my office that it is providing a one (1) year extension of all SEPTA Key Senior ID Cards expiring in calendar year 2020.  Seniors with a card expiring in 2020 will be able to continue to ride SEPTA using their current card for 12 months beyond the printed date of expiration (for example, cards with a May 2020 expiration date will continue to be valid for travel through May 2021).

While no SEPTA Key Senior ID Cards will expire during calendar year 2020, card holders with a Senior ID Card expiring in 2020, who wish to renew their card in the coming year, can obtain same day card renewal at one of the below locations:

  • SEPTA Headquarters – 1234 Market St., Philadelphia Pa. 19107, or
  • SEPTA Accessible Travel Center – Room #109, Suburban Station, 15 N. 16th St, Philadelphia Pa. 19107

The changes noted above apply only to cards expiring in calendar year 2020 and do not affect new applications in any way.   Seniors can continue to apply for new SEPTA Key Senior ID Cards at SEPTA Headquarters and the Accessible Travel Center, and my staff will also continue to take photographs and process applications for new Senior ID Cards at my district office.  In the coming year, I will be working with SEPTA as they develop a process that will allow my office to handle card renewals in the future.

Please contact my office at 215-952-3121 or by email at with any questions.


The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now open through April 10, 2020. LIHEAP helps low-income families pay for their heating bills. You do not need to be on public assistance, and you do not have to have unpaid heating bills. To see if you qualify or for more information, feel free to contact my office at 215-952-3121, or visit the PA Department of Human Services website for more information.


FMNP Market Locator app PA Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Enjoying fresh, Pennsylvania produce is easier than you think. If you have checks for Pennsylvania’s Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program or have received PA Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks during a recent WIC visit, download the FMNP Market Locator app to find your closest participating market.

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Gift of Life Family House

Gift of Life Family House

Report Issues with Nuisance Bars

Upcoming Events

President’s Day Weekend in Philadelphia

Center City Restaurant WeekCome celebrate Presidents Day weekend in the heart of Philadelphia. Many of the region’s historical institutions and museums will be hosting programming and events throughout the weekend to teach guest about the role of the president and to honor those how have held the office. Some institutions and museums participating are the Independence National Historical Park Programming & Tours, the Museum of the American Revolution, the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and more. For a complete list of those participating and more details, visit here.

Free Kids' Dental Services

East Passyunk Restaurant Week: February 24- March 6

The 8th annual East Passyunk Restaurant Week will be held from February 24-March6, 2020. More than two dozen local award-winning restaurants will be participating with a price fixed lunch and/or dinner. Prices will vary from either $15, $25, or $35. For more information and a list of participating restaurants, click here.

East Passyunk Restaurant Week

Free Legal Clinic for Local Small Businesses

Free Legal Clinic for Local Small Businesses

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Offices of State Senator Larry Farnese | Contact Me
1802 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Phone: 215-952-3121
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