Mullins announces local grants totaling $2 million

HARRISBURG, Aug. 1 – The United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Wright Center for Community Health will benefit from grant awards totaling $2 million, according to state Rep. Kyle Mullins, D-Lackawanna.

The United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania was awarded $500,000 to renovate and transform a property in Scranton’s Elm Street area into an incubator slated to provide intensive business support and training for low-to moderate-income women.

The Wright Center for Community Health was awarded $1.5 million to open a 36,000 square foot facility in South Scranton that will serve as its Opioid Use Disorder Center of Excellence. Funds will equip the space for primary, dental and behavioral health services, along with the training of primary care physicians.

“These are highly competitive grants and I wish to extend my gratitude to state Senator John Blake for his shared advocacy for these projects,” Mullins said. “I must also thank Governor Tom Wolf for recognizing the importance of increasing access to essential healthcare services for our residents, and for fostering economic opportunity via the creation of a unique business incubator specifically for low-to moderate-income women interested in starting their own business. I am confident that these funds will have a direct and meaningful impact on the quality of life here in northeastern Pennsylvania.”

The grants were awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, which is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. Projects selected for funding will have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues or other measures of economic activity.