Kenyatta announces $1.9 million in tax dollars for district

HARRISBURG, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., today announced just over $1.9 million in tax credits are being invested in his district for four community services organizations.

The state Neighborhood Assistance Program awarded funding for the following:

  • $11,000 to the Philadelphia Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha for gentrification prevention by utilizing its Financial Opportunity Center to offer income support, financial education and other housing counselling programs to Lower North Philadelphia residents faced with increasing gentrification in the area. To date, APM has leveraged over $200 million of private and public investments for its community plan for economic management and to eliminate community blight.
  • $37,500 to Playworks Philadelphia to provide over 2,299 children with every school day during the 2019-20 school year with up to 30-45 minutes of healthy play and physical activity while also teaching social emotional skills; host up nearly 30 students in their youth leadership program; and train 60 teachers and school staff to integrate social emotional learning skills into healthy play and physical activity exercises during the school day.
  • $56,250 to Project HOME-Philadelphia to address high level of health disparities among residents of Lower North Central Philadelphia residents. The organization plans on expanding its nursing capacity to three of its supportive housing residences and hire a registered nurse care manager that would provide at-home care that would help over 200 residents have access to health care and to increase positive health outcomes.
  • $1.8 million to Philabundance, which works to combat food insecurity by strategically distributing healthy food options among 500,000 people in the city and five-county area, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery. Philabundance also connects its clients to other services through partnerships with other community organizations that offer education, financial literacy and housing.  

“These tax credits support an array of projects that contribute to the revitalization of neighborhoods in North Philly and the entire city,” Kenyatta said. “I am proud to continue working with these local organizations to ensure residents are safe, healthy and economically empowered.”

The tax credit announced Monday is through the Neighborhood Assistance Program, or NAP, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. It’s intended to encourage businesses to invest in projects which improve distressed areas or support neighborhood conservation.