Home, Health, Food Service Programs Win Grants

HARRISBURG PA – Three non-profit agencies that annually provide housing and food assistance to thousands of western Montgomery County residents were awarded a total of more than $1.81 million Friday in Neighborhood Assistance Program Tax Credits approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, it announced.

Scheduled to receive direct financial help are Genesis Housing Corp. in Pottstown, approved for $75,000; and Family Services of Montgomery County with offices in Sanatoga, approved for $3,750.

Additionally, Philadelphia-based Philabundance, which distributes food through a network of 355 community agencies across five counties, was approved for $1,801,250. It will indirectly assist the food cupboards at:

  • Bethel Community Church of Pottstown,
  • the Pottstown Cluster Of Religious Communities,
  • the Salvation Army of Pottstown,
  • the Stock Up For Success Program on the Pottstown campus of Montgomery County Community College,
  • Open Door Ministry of Royersford,
  • The Daily Bread Pantry of Collegeville,
  • Open Link Inc. of Pennsburg, and
  • Shepherd’s Shelf in Harleysville.

The Genesis projects will focus on neighborhood revitalization, using partnerships to build a new affordable single-family home, exterior renovations for affordable rental units, homeowner rehab and facade improvements. All projects are designed to increase financial literacy and promote healthy communities, its application indicated.

Genesis has partnered with Pottstown Community Action, Habitat for Humanity, Mosaic Community Land Trust and Hobart’s Run to support revitalization efforts that improve safety, housing and commercial development, it added.

The Family Services’ project, Helping Elderly Adults Remain in Their Homes (HEARTH), assists low-income, elderly seniors age 60 or older who live in the county and are at risk of institutionalization. HEARTH has two major components: mental health counseling, and volunteer supportive services. It also includes telephone reassurance phone calls up to five times a week to isolated seniors for emotional support and well-being checks.

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