Ciresi announces $78,500 in tax credits for Pottstown area revitalization

HARRISBURG, Nov. 15 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, today announced that Neighborhood Assistance Program Tax Credits have been approved by the Department of Community and Economic Development for two projects in the 146th Legislative District.

Genesis Housing Corp. in Pottstown was approved for $75,000, Family Services of Montgomery County in Lower Pottsgrove Township was approved for $3,750.

“Between the housing needs of Pottstown and our senior citizen needs in Lower Pottsgrove, this is a big win for our communities,” Ciresi said. “This funding will help families in our community, alleviate blighted properties and help low-income seniors.

“The improvements also will help relieve the stress that these groups of people are under. With many of our seniors facing medical expenses, fixed incomes and even poverty, financial struggles create a perfect storm for depression and other mental health issues. These funds mean that we can have our seniors’ backs and put our community on the right track.”

This year’s GHC projects will focus on neighborhood revitalization using partnerships to build a new affordable single-family home, exterior renovations for affordable rental units, homeowner rehab and facade improvements. All projects are designed to increase financial literacy and promote healthy communities.

GHC has partnered with Pottstown Community Action, Habitat for Humanity, Mosaic Community Land Trust and Hobart’s Run to support revitalization efforts to improve safety, housing and commercial development.

Family Services’ project Helping Elderly Adults Remain in Their Homes (HEARTH) assists low-income, elderly seniors age 60 or older who live in Montgomery County and are at risk of institutionalization.

HEARTH has two major components: mental health counseling and volunteer supportive services. HEARTH also includes telephone reassurance phone calls up to five times a week to isolated seniors for emotional support and well-being checks.

Additional details are available by calling Ciresi’s district office at 484-200-8265.