24 organizations that help enhance neighborhoods in the Erie region are getting a cut of $2 million in state tax credits.
“It’s a great feeling to know that there are other entities out there that are good corporate citizens,” said Frederick Williams, co-founder of Climate Changers. Climate Changers is a program that helps people get re-acclimated back into the society after being in rehab or prison.
Climate Changers is receiving $150,000 in tax credits and Williams says they will be using those credits to open up a women’s facility. “It’s needed here, it’s going to have 28 beds in it and it’s right around the corner here at 315 E. 9th street and we’re very, very excited from it,” said Williams.
Our West Bayfront is another organization that received these tax credits from the state. “We’re very excited obviously because it just helps us continue the momentum to improve the West Bayfront communities,” said Anna Frantz, director of Our West Bayfront.
Anna Frantz says it was a lengthy application process to get this type of funding. Our West Bayfront will be using the credits to improve properties in the community. “We use it to acquire properties and to rehabilitate them. We use the program to host community events that bring residents together and celebrate what we have here,” said Frantz.
Some of the other organizations that are receiving the tax credits are ServErie, Bayfront East Side Taskforce, SafeNet Erie and Community Shelter Services.