20 organizations in Crawford, Erie, McKean & Warren Counties receiving revitalization funds

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HARRISBURG (WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) — On Tuesday, Governor Tom Wolf announced he has approved nearly $36 million to 220 community revitalization projects across the commonwealth, including 20 projects in Erie, Warren, McKean and Crawford Counties.

The funding through the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) supports nonprofits, businesses, and resident projects in distressed areas or low-income neighborhoods.

“Communities from every corner of Pennsylvania will benefit from this funding – the result of public-private partnerships and cooperation,” said Gov. Wolf. “We are pleased to continue supporting NAP applicants who are committed to advancing and improving communities by making thoughtful plans to address the issues impacting their neighborhoods. These projects make the state stronger as a whole and keep it the best place to live, work, and play.”

The program also provides for COVID-19 and social justice related assistance. A special emphasis was placed on projects addressing critical issues related to the pandemic, its aftermath and recovery, social justice, support for policy-changing movements and improving opportunities for marginalized populations.

State Representatives Bob Merski and Pat Harkins the funding will help the state invest in a broad range of projects.

“The best investments are the ones that generate greater opportunities for people,” Merski said. “By fueling projects to renew distressed areas, educate youth, address hunger insecurity and boost job training, these tax credits promise to expand the resources residents need to thrive.”

The approved funding will support:

  • 19 community investments in the central region.
  • 77 community investments in the southwest region.
  • 60 community investments in the southeast region.
  • 19 community investments in the northeast region.
  • 29 community investments in the northwest region.
  • 16 community investments in the Lehigh Valley region.

Harkins added this funding could help the entire commonwealth prosper.

“This tax credit funding will provide an infusion of lifeblood into our communities, which are still working to recover from the pandemic,” Harkins said, “From removing blight and revitalizing neighborhoods to improving literacy and increasing affordable housing, they are going to create new opportunities for residents and small businesses to build back and flourish.”

A list of local organizations receiving funding are available in the document below.

State Representative Ryan Bizzarro was pleased to see so many contributions to Erie County.

“More than $2 million is going to applicants who interact with my office regularly and are committed to making our community strong,” Bizzarro said. “I’m prepared to continue fighting for them so that they get the support that they need to continue serving our community and making Erie County what it is today.”

The program has five main components: The Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP), Special Program Priorities (SPP), the Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP), CFP and the Enterprise Zone Program (EZP). A description of each of these components is available HERE.

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