Employee training, flood control programs and community gardening will be among the initiatives supported by newly granted government tax credits for Sharpsburg, Etna and Millvale.
the Sharpsburg neighborhood organization (SNO) receives a tax credit of $ 160,000 from the Department of Community and Economic Development. It belongs to several groups that raised $ 1 million through the Neighborhood help programthat supports charitable and other projects in low-income areas.
The funding will go a long way to helping community wellness programs in Sharpsburg, Etna and Millvale, said Brittany Reno, executive director of SNO.
Reno is also the newly elected Mayor of Sharpsburg.
“This funding will support residents through local workforce development and civic leadership training, human service programs, advancement of the Etna Center for Community project, and more,” said Reno.
Other projects funded with DCED funds are:
â¢ Lawrenceville Lofts, Lawrenceville: $ 250,000 to develop a 40,000 square foot apartment building with units for low to middle income people.
Christina Howell of Bloomfield Development Corp. said she was grateful for the program as it will help the community as she is still feeling the negative economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Rick Schwartz of Bloomfield Garfield Corp. said the tax credits will cover about a third of the program’s operating budget.
“The funds will help maintain our affordable housing projects, keep our neighborhood work center open, and allow us to continue working with small business owners and other stakeholders in the Penn Avenue business district,” said Schwartz.
The tax credits will also help efforts to create a dedicated green zone in Garfield, he said.
The Sharpsburg Neighborhood Organization was founded in 2014 to develop programs and recruit volunteers for initiatives to improve the quality of life in the community.
The group has carried out projects including the launch of the Community Vision Plan, which is a guide to development for the next decade.
In 2019, the organization found a new home in a former upholstery shop on South Main Street that is now used as a meeting place and classroom for programs on rainwater management, first time home purchases, bike / pedestrian paths, green spaces, community gardening, and more.
Reno said the expected flow of funding is evidence of the longstanding collaboration between the three communities.
Reno’s group also received a grant last year.
“This funding will increase our collective work and impact in the Triboro Ecodistrict and give us the resources to improve our flood problems, train local workers interested in green careers, expand access to food and programs, and expand opportunities for people Expand community leadership in all three parishes, “she said.