Rep. Williams welcomes affordable housing initiatives in Coatesville

COATESVILLE, Nov. 18 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, commends both Gov. Tom Wolf and Habitat for Humanity of Chester County after Wolf announced late last week a $12,750 tax credit for the nonprofit organization for its work in Coatesville.

The announcement from Wolf was part of $26.5 million in funding “through the Neighborhood Assistance Program to promote community participation and collaborations among nonprofits, businesses and residents” in distressed or low-income areas.

For Habitat for Humanity in Coatesville, that means that the organization – currently the only nonprofit in Chester County serving low- and very low-income families – will soon complete a 46-home single family housing development.

“Adequate and affordable housing is a key issue for residents in the 74th Legislative District,” Williams said. “I welcome all projects that can help to address this inequity, and I thank Gov. Wolf for helping fund the Habitat for Humanity project that helps care for my constituents.”

According to the project details, low-income families in Coatesville are faced with high rental rates and limited opportunities for homeownership, which negatively affect the city’s growth and development.

However, through volunteer labor and financial and in-kind donations from private and public sources, Habitat for Humanity is soon completing its 46-home project, with one home soon finishing and the last three just starting construction.

These homes are estimated to raise homeownership rates and median property values while generating thousands of dollars in local tax revenues.

More information on the Neighborhood Assistance Program is available through this link.