Two projects get $3.1 million in state funding – Daily Local

ROYERSFORD — Two projects in Senate District 44 have received $3.1 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funding.

Resources for Human Development received a $2.5 million RACP grant to build a new facility to house the Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center (CHOC) homeless shelter in Montgomery County; and the Great Valley Community Organization received a $600,000 RACP grant for the Great Valley Community Center in East Whiteland Township, Chester County.

“State investments in social services, family resources and recreation in our communities are the best way to invest public dollars,” said Senator Katie Muth. “These two projects meet some of the varied needs of our communities.

Resources for Human Development will use the $2.5 million grant to build a much-needed new facility in Montgomery County that will feature more individualized living spaces as opposed to the large shared sleeping areas at their current Norristown location. CHOC is Montgomery County’s only 24/7 shelter for homeless single adults, serving approximately 50 people at a time, from all over the county, for an average of 60-90 days each. CHOC helps people transition into long-term housing and provides a range of services such as drug and alcohol counselling, connects people with outside community resources and helps them with small but important things like getting a driver’s license.

“Affordable housing, housing shortages and homelessness are real issues in all 67 counties of the Commonwealth and legislation that could address the PA housing crisis and the systemic issues causing insecurity Finance and Inequality remain stalled in committee, awaiting a vote by the majority parties in the House and Senate in Harrisburg,” Muth added. “We need more facilities like CHOC that provide housing and transitional services for many residents’ unmet needs and affordable housing so that all Pennsylvanians can live with dignity.”

The Great Valley Community Organization (GVCO) plans to use the $600,000 RACP grant to complete the first phase of its plan to establish a Great Valley Community Center in the Township of East Whiteland. When completed, the GVCO Community Center will have multiple courts, an outdoor field, a cafe, an elevated track and training area, as well as multi-purpose rooms for other programs, activities and community events. The initial phase funded by the RACP grant includes developing the necessary stormwater control measures; demolition and clearing of the construction platform; installation of a driveway, cart path and essential parking; and necessary grading, installation of utilities and landscaping.

“I am grateful that we have been able to provide this investment from the state to ensure that the GVCO center project can begin to move forward and that GVCO can continue to develop the excellent programs of recreation, sports, education and arts they offer to residents of all. ages,” Muth said.

The RACP is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Governor’s Budget Office for the acquisition and construction of regional projects to enhance economic, cultural, civic and community development. The program requires dollar-for-dollar matching of non-state project funding and all project-related expenses must be incurred and satisfied prior to state-approved reimbursements.

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