Abney: nearly $920,000 in state LSA grants awarded

PITTSBURGH, March 16 – State Rep. Aerion A. Abney, D-Allegheny, announced today that nearly $920,000 in state Local Share Account grants is being awarded to multiple local organizations.

“These grants are essential sustainment, infrastructure and, most importantly, personal investments in the people and communities I represent,” Abney said. “I’m incredibly thankful to Senator Wayne Fontana for his vital collaboration in securing these funds.”

Beneficiaries of the grants are:

  • Amachi Pittsburgh: $42,000 to purchase front and back door cameras with cloud-based monitoring, a keyless entry system, a video intercom system, and 14 locked storage cabinets. The Amachi office, located in the lower Hill District of Pittsburgh, offers programs and services to families impacted by parental incarceration.
  • Bethlehem Haven: $425,000 to renovate a women's shelter located at 1410 Fifth Ave. by reconfiguring the living spaces so each of the 26 women can have their own independent living space in a single occupancy unit.
  • City of Pittsburgh: $250,000 to install a solar energy system on the Fourth Division Maintenance Facility upon completion of a new building for the facility.
  • Pittsburgh Housing Development Corp.: $200,000 to demolish six homes in three of PHDC's target investment neighborhoods. The demolition process is termed deconstruction due to the methods used, which include recovering, reusing and recycling building materials such as lumber, bricks and architecturally significant elements.

LSA grants are made possible by the PA Race Horse Development and Gaming Act (Act 71 of 2004) and provide for the distribution of gaming revenues through the Commonwealth Financing Authority to support projects in the public interest within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.