Cruz announces $100k supporting Proposed Heart of Kensington Project

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 19 – On Monday, state Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., announced $100,000 in tax credits approved through the Neighborhood Assistance Program to support Impact Services Corp. with their proposed Heart of Kensington Project.

“I can’t wait to see the progress we will be able to make with the money for this project,” Cruz said. “This project builds on our neighborhoods’ existing strengths, and the collaboration between residents creates stronger ties within the community. Each of these geographic zones bring their own sets of challenges, but if we can get the community and city agencies on the same page and working together, we will create the change we want to see. Enriching lives in the process.”

Impact Services Corp. will receive $100,000 to support the proposed Heart of Kensington Project encompassing five census tracts around the Heart of Kensington, at the intersection of Kensington and Allegheny Ave. The five geographic zones being focused on include Hope Park, Indiana Avenue Corridor, McPherson Square, Tioga-Harrowgate, and the K&A Commercial Corridor.

In order to provide a healthier and safer community for residents, an outreach strategy building on community resilience will build on health and safety, education, economic opportunity, housing, and a connected community. Some examples include community Narcan training, the Kensington CLEAN campaign, new investments and development of the K&A beautification project, housing counseling, after-school and summer activities, and the relaunch of MarketFest. The hope is to engage hundreds of residents and youth in the area through programs, workshops, and other services.

NAP provides tax credits to businesses that donate capital to support projects that address neighborhood and community problems – particularly in low-income areas that need it most. NAP can be used for projects in categories including affordable housing, community services, crime prevention, education, job training, charitable food, blight, special population issues, veteran’s initiatives, and long-term community revitalization.

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CONTACT: Daniel Bixler
House Democratic Communications Office
Phone: 717-787-7895 ext. 6221
Email:
dbixler@pahouse.net