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Nearly $1.25 million in tax credits approved through the Neighborhood Assistance Program will benefit six community redevelopment projects in the 24th Legislative District, state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, announced today.


“These tax credits are going to projects that will transform struggling, blighted areas into vital, productive places and address issues such as food insecurity,” Gainey said. “They’re giving our area’s hardworking families back the opportunities they deserve – opportunities that have been lost due to urban blight, inadequate housing, empty storefronts and food insecurity.”


Gainey said the entities and amounts are as follows —


·         $400,000 to Wilkinsburg Community Development Corp. to support economic revitalization of Wilkinsburg by, among other things, repurposing vacant lots in the business district.


·         $360,000 to Operation Better Block to clear blighted properties, rehab housing units and perform streetscaping, among other projects.


·         $187,500 to Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh to rehabilitate properties and further stabilize the community.


·         $160,000 to Bloomfield-Garfield Corp. to support improvements to a four-block stretch of the Penn Ave. corridor, construct and renovate area housing, and create jobs.


·         $82,500 to 412 Food Rescue Inc., to support development of a kitchen space and conversion of surplus food into SNAP-eligible low-cost products that encourage healthy eating.


·         $55,000 to East End Cooperative Ministry for transitioning a work therapy program into a pre-apprenticeship/apprentice program in the textile industry.


The tax credits are part of a package of $18 million in credits approved through NAP to support 136 community revitalization projects across the commonwealth. A full list of projects that will be supported by the tax credits in southwest Pennsylvania is available here.

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