A grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development and a tax credit partnership with MGMT Residential is helping to keep Ridge Avenue clean and safe this year.
In late 2020, the Roxborough Development Corporation received a grant of $55,000 through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development's Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP). This grant is supporting corridor cleaning and after-hour security details along Ridge Avenue.
We finally got the chance to gather (safely, of course) with State Senator Sharif Street, representatives from the office of Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., MGMT Residential, Ridge Holdings LLC and other stakeholders for a check presentation last week. The RDC's new Streetplus ambassadors joined us for the celebration.
NAP grants support investments in neighborhoods such as affordable housing, community services, crime prevention, education, job training, charitable food, blight, special population issues, veteran’s initiatives, and long-term community revitalization.
This year, the program also provided for COVID-19 and social justice related assistance in recognition of the unprecedented challenges these events posed for residents of the Commonwealth. Priority was given to projects addressing critical issues related to the pandemic.
To qualify for a NAP grant, nonprofits must establish a tax credit partnership with a local business. The business contributes towards the work outlined in the grant and receives a tax credit in return. MGMT Residential stepped up to be the RDC's tax credit partner for this grant.
"The NAP grant has enabled us to maintain high standards for public cleanliness and safety despite a City-ordered shutdown, extended business closures, and new ways of doing business such as take-out and curb-side service," said Jo Ann Desper, President of the RDC. "Thanks to each of you for your part in helping us qualify for this grant. A clean and safe corridor proved to be essential during the most demanding phases of the pandemic... and will set the stage for a strong recovery."
"A clean and safe corridor proved to be essential during the most demanding phases of the pandemic... and will set the stage for a strong recovery."