Abney announces $500,000 in state grants for several community projects

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 20 – State Rep. Aerion A. Abney, D-Allegheny, announced today that $500,000 in state grants is being awarded to multiple community improvement projects.

“The funds will provide housing and other essential services to many neighbors and their families,” Abney said. “Moreover, these projects are integral to maintaining the safety and quality of the neighborhoods I’m proud to represent.”

Today’s grants include:

  • Hazelwood Initiative Inc.: $25,000 for a feasibility study for an anchor building located in the Hazelwood neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
  • Perry Hilltop Citizens Council Inc.: $132,900 for the renovation of a three-story, mixed-use structure at 2115 Perrysville Ave. in Pittsburgh.
  • Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh: $197,225 for the Aging in Place Home Modification Program.
  • Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh: $150,000 for the Homeowner Accessibility Program of Independence, which provides grants for accessibility modifications to low-income city homeowners with permanent disabilities and landlords who do not reside on the property but have tenants with permanent disabilities.

The grants are made possible by the Keystone Communities Program, whose aim is to allocate finances to foster cooperation between the public and private sectors in their shared goal of community growth and preservation.