Wolf Administration Highlights Affordable Housing Investments When Visiting Former Holy Rosary School In Erie

$ 613,000 in state assistance expands affordable housing options for low-income families in need

Erie, Pennsylvania – Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin was joined today by Erie County Director Kathy Dahlkemper and Erie Mayor Joe Schember to discuss support for the Wolf administration at affordable housing initiatives as he visited the Mercy Center for Women’s former Holy Rosary School. . Made possible by tax credits of $ 613,125 from DCED’s Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP), the new facility will meet the urgent housing and recovery needs of low-income families when completed early. from 2022.

“The Commonwealth is proud to support the Mercy Center for Women as it expands its services,” Secretary Davin said. “It is vital for us at the state level to do all we can to invest in our communities and strengthen public-private partnerships, and the Neighborhood Assistance Program achieves both of these goals. This project is proof that when businesses and nonprofits come together with a common vision to improve their community, everyone wins.

The NAP winners were announced in November and the funding supported 220 community revitalization projects across Pennsylvania. NAP funding for the Mercy Center for Women is used to renovate and convert the former Holy Rosary School into apartments, thrift store, community hall, etc.

“We are grateful to the Neighborhood Assistance Program and our funding partners for supporting this transformation of a former school building into vital permanent housing in the community we serve,” said Jennie Hagerty, Executive Director of the Mercy Center for Women. “The NAP allows us to provide 13 furnished two-bedroom apartments as well as career services, a pantry, health and mental health services.”

Mercy Center for Women purchased the old school, which is adjacent to their existing transitional housing facility, in 2020. The total cost of purchasing, renovating and furnishing the facility is $ 2.50. millions of dollars.

“The investments made by the Commonwealth in Erie County through the Neighborhood Assistance Program are invaluable,” County Director Dahlkemper said. “This program creates a win-win situation for finance companies and residents of Erie County. The redevelopment of the Holy Rosary facility is an important project and a great example of how this program can be used.

“Our community is increasingly trying to take advantage of the opportunities offered by this great program. This is truly a victory for businesses, organizations seeking support and for our community as a whole, ”said Mayor Joe Schember. “I am proud of the companies that have come together to invest in such an interesting project. Your support will make all the difference in the world for the women and families who find their way here. Thank you all for helping to create opportunity, restore hope, and transform Erie.

NAP encourages private sector investment in nonprofit community projects by offering tax credits to businesses that donate capital to respond to neighborhood and community initiatives.

Through NAP in 2021, Mercy Center for Women received $ 613,125 in NAP tax credits, leveraging $ 817,500 for the project from financial contributors, including:

  • Accudyn products
  • American tinning and galvanizing
  • Calypso Companies
  • Erie Insurance
  • Caisse d’Epargne Marquette
  • Northwestern Savings Bank

“Participating in NAP allows Calypso to direct its own tax liability to make targeted and meaningful investments in community work,” said Laura Guncheon, vice president of the project management office, Calypso Enterprises. “It’s really special to be able to make a phone call that can change the trajectory of a project, an organization, and ultimately even a life.

The Mercy Center for Women provides safe and supportive transitional housing, education and counseling for homeless women with and without children. In addition, they provide links with social service agencies and volunteers to form a network of ongoing support, mentorship and education to residents and women in the community. Since 1994, Mercy Center for Women has served over 8,000 women and children in the community of Erie.

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Penny Ickes, [email protected]

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