Six-Year Program Will Focus on Hill District Revitalization
The Hill District NPP Program grew out of a series of community prioritizing exercises that the One Hill CBA Coalition conducted in the summer and fall of 2007 to identify critical needs in the Hill District and to prioritize programs to address those needs. The result was the "Blueprint for a Livable Hill". Each of the NPP funded projects is designed to address a specific set of critical needs identified as priorities by the community in the Blueprint process.
The initial groups to receive funds to carryout the Hill District-based projects are: ACORN, Center for Family Excellence, Central Outreach Resource and Referral Center, Find the Rivers, Freedom Unlimited, Hill District Federal Credit Union, House of the Crossroads and One Vision One Life. Ranging from financial literacy and community lending programs for property owners to a community GreenPrint and an academic excellence and enrichment program for Hill District students, the NPP funds will continue to address community needs in five strategic areas:
- Increase financial security of Hill District residents
- Neighborhood stabilization and vacancy prevention
- Increase the availability of public/recreational space
- Improve academic achievement and educational attainment for Hill District students
- Improve violence prevention and service delivery
Support for the NPP program was one of the negotiated outcomes of the Hill District Community Benefits Agreement between the Hill District community (led by One Hill CBA Coalition), the
Hill House Association serves as the Hill District NPP administrator and is responsible for working with partner organizations to achieve outcomes and provide fiscal oversight.
"We are very excited to announce this funding as a result of the Commonwealth's approval of our tax credit application," said
"We have been impressed with the sheer determination of everyone involved in bringing this NPP to life. We are proud to participate by investing in a neighborhood with a noble history and a promising future," said
Pennsylvania's Department of Community and Economic Development created the Neighborhood Partnership Program in 2005 by offering tax credits to corporations to encourage substantial, long-term contributions to development projects in distressed areas.
Hill House Association is a comprehensive community service provider and facilitator that meets the needs of Hill District residents and diverse constituents in the
SOURCE The Hill House Association