Cruz and Burgos announce $200k supporting revitalization projects

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 19 – On Monday, state Rep. Angel Cruz and state Rep.-elect Danilo Burgos, both D-Phila., announced $200,000 in tax credits approved through the Neighborhood Assistance Program to support community revitalization projects for Nueva Esperanza, Inc. and Hispanic Association of Contractors and Enterprises, Inc.

“It’s always exciting to see money going back into the community,” Cruz said. “Thanks to these tax credits, HACE and Nueva Esperanza will be able to stand by their commitments to helping low-income communities with meaningful projects that promote economic and community development. I will continue my fight for meaningful investments for the future success of our neighborhoods.”

“We’re building on progress that’s already being made here,” Burgos said. “Some of these areas are at the epicenter of the opioid crisis and require urgent care. It’s going to take coordinated efforts between the City of Philadelphia, Conrail, and the community to continue the resident engagement, beautification, and stabilization of these projects and neighborhoods.”

HACE will receive $120,000 to continue implementation efforts of its Good Lands 2025 Neighborhood Plan in the Fairhill and St. Hugh neighborhoods of Philadelphia. This community was already struggling with poverty, unemployment, and crime, and has recently become a hot-spot for opioid abuse. In 2017, the land was cleared and fenced, but more work is to be done to reclaim the space for the residents of this neighborhood.

Nueva Esperanza is receiving $80,000 to use towards their six-year partnership with Santander Bank, seeking to provide economic and community development services in the low-income Hunting Park neighborhood of Philadelphia, focusing particularly on the revitalization of the area’s 5th Street commercial corridor.

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CONTACT: Daniel Bixler
House Democratic Communications Office
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Email:
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