Cephas announces more than $1.8 million in grants for 192nd District

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 23 – Joined by community leaders; the Philadelphia Department of Commerce; the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; Sen. Vincent Hughes; Councilman Curtis Jones Jr.; and Felecia Parker-Cox, congressional aide to Congressman Dwight Evans; state Rep. Morgan Cephas announced more than $1.8 million in state and local grants that were awarded for various commercial corridor projects throughout the 192nd Legislative District.

“The funding for these projects is providing a multitude of community development and jobs along our commercial corridors,” Cephas said. “I’m proud to see these investments being made to the district and honored to have been a part of making them happen.”  

Wynnefield Overbrook Revitalization Corp. received a $20,000 Keystone Communities Program Grant that will be used to revitalize and make improvements along commercial corridor and community properties.

"My organization has been working with Representative Cephas over a number of years and because of her support, you can now see the significant improvements in our business corridors and the neighborhood," said Gerald Murphy, president of the Wynnefield Overbrook Revitalization Corp.

Overbrook West Neighbors was awarded a $200,000 Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency PHARE Fund grant for the West Philadelphia Handyman Project, which makes improvements to low-income senior housing.  

"Today, Overbrook West Neighbors CDC, contractors, and young people will begin making repairs to the homes of older adults and seniors who live in our communities via the West Philadelphia Handyperson Program," said Dr. Gregory Allen, president of Overbrook West Neighbors. "I applaud Representative Cephas and the rest of our supporters for putting our communities first and making this funding possible." 

Additional recipients are:

  • The Williams Group - $1.5 million RACP grant to rebuild an electrical supply business and build 60 new residential units at Cobb Creek Commons.
  • Parkside Saints/Tustin Recreation Field - $15,000 DCED Keystone Communities Program grant to upgrade football team equipment and repair and renovate field.
  • Pinn Memorial Baptist Church - $5,000 DCED Keystone Communities Program grant for exterior improvements, including an ADA disability ramp.
  • Haverford Avenue Business Association - $15,000 DCED Keystone Communities Program grant to revitalize façade and facility exterior.
  • Building on Opportunity for Sound Training and Lansdowne Avenue Business Association - $15,000 DCED Keystone Communities Program grant to revitalize façade and facility exterior.
  • Juveniles Active in Science and Technology Development, Lansdowne Avenue Business Association and 63rd Street Business Association - $75,000 Philadelphia Department of Commerce grant to create job opportunities for maintaining sidewalks and storefronts along commercial corridors.

“All these investments are what help to make communities thrive. While they vary in award amount and project type, they are all about making a difference and improving our neighborhoods and commercial coordinators,” Cephas said. “I look forward to continuing to advocate for funding for these organizations and many others in years to come.”