Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Deputy Secretary of Community Affairs and Development Rick Vilello announced an $11,000 investment in Harrisburg during a recent tour of Wildheart Ministries, which will use a recently announced Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) award to help revitalize the Allison Hill area of Harrisburg.
The $11,000 NAP award will be used by Wildheart Ministries to assist with its “Love the Hill” project, which aims to remove an estimated 250,000 pounds of trash in a 23-block area, secure and install crime prevention measures at abandoned buildings, repair five residential porches, and more. Slated to begin in June 2024, the project will serve approximately 626 families in the Allison Hill district of Harrisburg.
“The Neighborhood Assistance Program is one of the important tools we use to strengthen communities across Pennsylvania. This award will help Wildheart Ministries clean up and revitalize Allison Hill, and make the area a better place to live, work and play for the citizens of Harrisburg,” said Deputy Secretary Vilello.
The award to Wildheart Ministries is being made through the Neighborhood Assistance Program category of the NAP, which targets distressed areas or support neighborhood conservation. Projects must fall under one of the following categories: affordable housing programs, community services, crime prevention, education, job training or neighborhood assistance. A tax credit of up to 55% can be awarded.
“We are eager to continue to prove the tangible difference investments like this can make within Allison Hill, and the ‘Love the Hill’ project has been such a key demonstration of those results. We look forward to improving the quality of life for all the residents of this incredible community by continuing to promote a safe, clean and beautiful neighborhood,” said Tannon Herman, Director of Wildheart Ministries.