Aliquippa redevelopment program selected to receive state support

Program will help reduce blight, provide training and support to youth

ALIQUIPPA, Nov. 15 – A major initiative to combat blight and poverty in Aliquippa has been selected to receive a $400,000 tax credit to continue revitalization and job training programs in the city, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today.

Part of an overall long term commitment by the commonwealth through the Neighborhood Assistance Program, the tax credit will allow the Aliquippa Economic Development Corp. to continue several programs, including the demolition or rehabilitation of 18 to 20 homes, provide weekly meals to an average of 500 families monthly, provide afterschool programs and job training to area students and acquire three blighted commercial buildings for demolition downtown.

“I’m glad to support development in Aliquippa. The tax credits help in rectifying issues we’ve been working to fix for quite some time,” Matzie said. “Namely, reducing blight, improving housing and encouraging small business development. Most importantly the credits will provide support and opportunities to young people in the city.”

In addition to the Aliquippa Economic Development program, a second tax credit Matzie supported was awarded to the Gateway Rehabilitation Center to help extend current programming for families whose loved ones are in addiction treatment, and create a dedicated family resource and education center to be used for family visitations, staff training and as a venue for community education.

The tax credit program, managed by the state Department of Community and Economic Development, provides the credits to businesses that donate capital to support projects that address neighborhood and community problems, including affordable housing, veterans initiatives, crime prevention education, job training and long-term community revitalization.