Wolf Administration Tours State-Supported Food and Housing Access Projects in Kittanning

Kittanning, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin joined local leaders in touring two state-supported programs that increase access to food and affordable housing in Kittanning, Armstrong County.

“Seeing the physical construction of this critical work to support members of the Kittanning community is uplifting,” said Secretary Davin. “We are especially pleased at the involvement of volunteers and investments made by local businesses. These are the type of projects Governor Wolf hopes to inspire through the Neighborhood Assistance Program.”

Davin saw the benefits of the new 4,800 square-foot building constructed to house the Armstrong County Food Bank, as well as the impact made through home rehabilitations and repairs performed by Armstrong Habitat for Humanity. The programs are supported by the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP), which encourages businesses to make investments in community development projects.

After learning the space rented by the Armstrong County Community Action Agency had issues, including a lack of restrooms and presence of rodents, DCED partnered with UPMC to arrange for $250,000 in funding through the NAP to construct a new building to house the food bank. The food bank services 19 pantries across the county with the assistance of more than 200 volunteers.

Through the support of the NAP, DCED coordinated with Snyder Associated Companies, Inc., NexTier Bank, Northwest Bank, Thomas R. Harley Architects, and Bradigan’s Heating & Air Conditioning to make $274,000 in funding available to Armstrong Habitat for Humanity. Using the funds, Armstrong Habitat for Humanity acquired and rehabilitated three homes to be sold to low-income citizens and competed critical external home repairs for 25 income-eligible homeowners within the Wick City neighborhood of Kittanning.

For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to community development and revitalization, visit the DCED website, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Sarah DeSantis, 717.783.1132

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