Readshaw announces Neighborhood Assistance Program’s investment in four community projects

HARRISBURG, Dec. 27 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, said he is excited to announce that four community investment projects located within his district will receive financial assistance following Gov. Tom Wolf’s approval of $17.9 million in funding through the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Neighborhood Assistance Program.

The Brashear Association, located in Pittsburgh, will receive $228,000. The funds will prevent nearly 15,000 foreclosures, the creation and retention of over 30 jobs and allow up to 4,000 residents to receive food subsidies as part of a self-sufficiency program.

“This association will utilize these funds to best serve county residents and ensure the progression of Allegheny County,” Readshaw said.

Economic Development South in Mount Oliver, was awarded $280,000. The agency estimates the funds will impact over 11,000 residents, and include the rehabilitation of two homes and the removal of two blighted buildings, streetscape improvements and additional projects.

Mount Washington Community Development Corp. in Pittsburgh, will receive $80,000. The acquired funds will go towards the rehabilitation and redevelopment of three properties located within targeted areas for affordable homeownership; the hiring and training of at-risk adults who will work on rehab and restoration projects in Emerald View Park; job placement assistance for up to 12 at-risk adults who will work one-on-one with an employment specialist for a minimum of 20 weeks; the clearing of one illegal dumpsite; and much more.

“This corporation, which always has the beautification and restoration of Allegheny County in mind, will do wonders with these funds. They will not only work towards the restoration of our district, but also the assistance of getting some of our residents back in the workforce,” Readshaw said.

Additionally, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, which serves a number of counties, including Allegheny, will receive $515,000 in funding. The food bank plans to use the funds to increase its total amount of donated or purchased food and products to accommodate the growing demand for its services and increase the number of eligible people served in the southwestern portion of the state.

“Everyone should have access to healthier food options,” Readshaw said. “We’re hoping these funds will provide the food bank with the necessary means to reach as many citizens with our community who lack the resources to eat and live a healthier lifestyle.”

The NAP provides tax credits to enable businesses and community organizations to invest in projects that serve distressed areas or support conservation efforts.