Transcripts of full meetings of the council.

Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President and colleagues, over the last week, I have been aggressively working throughout my councilmanic district on the issue of youth gun violence. Today in the City of Philadelphia we have more murders than we have days. And as a result of me working with some community organizations, at their request I created the Neighborhood Task Force on Youth Gun Violence in which we will be working in partnership with community organizations throughout the 2nd Councilmanic District as well as in partnership with the Philadelphia Police Department and the District Attorney's Office to look at a comprehensive overall action plan as we move forward and, more importantly, from the community aspect, supporting one another and challenging us to think outside the box on how we address this very, very complex issue. But I never get tired in addressing this issue, because at the end of the day when I'm sitting in my home and I turn on the news and I hear about the loss of life, either through someone being robbed or someone being murdered over something as simple as, quote/unquote, "disrespect" on Instagram and/or Facebook, it always resonates as to why I do the work that I do.

And so I will continue to remain diligent and as an advocate in addressing this issue. But I also want to bring another issue that we will be working on is continuing to make sure the constituents in my district are aware of the Longtime Owner Occupant Program, the program we passed known as LOOP. In February we will be rolling out two outreach initiatives specifically to make sure that everyone who is available -- everyone who is eligible to participate in the LOOP program takes advantage of it.

We know in late February, individuals will be receiving their tax bills, and we want to make sure that as a result of AVI, individuals do not lose their home. We want to make sure as a result of AVI, individuals who want to stay in their home have the tools necessary, specifically long-term residents, and also take advantage of the tax payment plan that we passed through City Council as well.

And so I just wanted to highlight those two initiatives. Again, early February we'll be having outreach initiatives around the LOOP program. We will continue hosting the community collaborative meetings regarding our Neighborhood Task Force on Youth Gun Violence.

Thank you, Mr. President, and welcome back, everyone.

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