Wolf Administration Celebrates Groundbreaking of State-Funded Alice Paul House in Indiana

Indiana, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin joined local officials and community leaders in breaking ground on the Alice Paul House (APH) in Indiana County.

“This project is the result of collaboration among governments, nonprofits and the private sector to make Indiana County a better place to live. We’re proud to take part on this important day,” said Secretary Davin. “This administration is committed to protecting victims by providing resources and support so they can break the cycle of violence. We commend Alice Paul House for the extraordinary work they’ve done for more than 35 years.”

APH is Indiana County’s only domestic violence shelter. The new 16,000-square-foot facility will allow the organization to provide a safer environment and to serve all of its domestic violence victims regardless of sex, disability or sexual orientation on site. The project will double the office space, number of rooms and beds available in the domestic violence area and increase the number of beds available for homeless victims. The project is being supported by the Wolf Administration through the Neighborhood Assistance Program, the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, and the Community Development Block Grant.

“Today’s groundbreaking ceremony marks both the beginning and end of a goal held firmly by Alice Paul House for many years,” said Audia Boyles, Executive Director of APH. “I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Wolf Administration, the county commissioners, UPMC and other partners for their commitment to this well overdue project. Without their support, APH would not have been able to continue offering services while working to get a new facility up and running.”

The new building will be owned by Alice Paul House and constructed on land donated by the Indiana County commissioners. It will be 100 percent compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and will feature major security measures such as closed-circuit monitoring, intrusion detection systems, bulletproof glass, among others.

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Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132

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