Harkins, Merski: Nearly $3 million in tax credits awarded to boost investments in affordable housing, community revitalization, job training

ERIE, Nov. 9 – Tax credits totaling more than $2.8 million under the state Neighborhood Assistance Program will leverage investments in projects to improve life for Erie residents, state Reps. Pat Harkins and Bob Merski announced today.

The lawmakers, both D-Erie, said the funding will leverage investments in a broad range of projects.

“The best investments are the ones that generate greater opportunities for people," Merski said. “By fueling projects to renew distressed areas, educate youth, address hunger insecurity and boost job training, these tax credits promise to expand the resources residents need to thrive.”

Harkins said, “This tax credit funding will provide an infusion of lifeblood into our communities, which are still working to recover from the pandemic. From removing blight and revitalizing neighborhoods to improving literacy and increasing affordable housing, they are going to create new opportunities for residents and small businesses to build back and flourish.”

The lawmakers say the tax credits include:

  • Erie Playhouse – $26,125.
  • ServErie – $5,500.
  • SSJ Neighborhood Network – $27,500 and $200,000.
  • YMCA of Greater Erie – $12,375.
  • Erie County Historical Society – $5,500.
  • Erie Center for Arts and Technology – $55,000 and $132,500.
  • Gannon University -- $140,000.
  • Bayfront East Side Taskforce -- $280,000.
  • Erie DAWN – $180,000.
  • Erie Downtown Partnership – $120,000.
  • St. Martin Center Inc. – $176,250.
  • Climate Changers Inc. – $90,000.
  • Corry Community Development Corp. – $68,625.
  • Mercy Center for Women – $613,125.
  • Julia Hospice and Palliative Care – $20,063.
  • Crime Victim Center of Erie County – $168,750.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest PA – $534,001.

The NAP program is designed to encourage investment in distressed communities by providing tax credits to businesses that donate capital. The program can be used for projects such as affordable housing, education, charitable food, crime prevention and other long-term community revitalization. More about the tax credits is available here.