Cruz: Nearly 1.5 million awarded for local projects

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 5 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., announced today that three local projects will receive a total of $1.48 million in state grants.

Esperanza Health Center was awarded two grants totaling $1 million. Half of the funds were awarded for Esperanza’s new medical care and wellness campus in Kensington, which will be comprised of a health center to expand access to behavioral health services, substance abuse therapies, primary medical care and dental treatment.

The remaining $500,000 was awarded to convert a former bank building at 861 E. Allegheny Ave. into a new community medical center. The site will expand Esperanza’s medical and dental care capacity by 33% over the existing site. 

Additionally, the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation received $480,000 for repairs and safety upgrades to the two library buildings. The renovations will include technology upgrades, an ADA-compliant ramp, and expanded security features.

“Renovations and repairs like these are crucial for protecting the safety and well-being of our community,” Cruz said. “I am thrilled to see this funding come to the 180th district to help create new jobs while enhancing medical and library services for residents.”

The grants were awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program. The program provides funding for regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects.