York community groups earn nearly $1.7 million in state tax credits
RSDC president Josh Hankey was honored with the Louis J. Appell Jr. Leadership Award during the annual 10,000 Friends awards ceremony
As 2017 comes to an end, six organizations that serve York County residents can breathe a little easier about their bottom lines.
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development doled out $17.9 million to 125 community investments across the state through its Neighborhood Assistance Program, with more than $1.6 million earmarked to support projects in York County.
The Crispus Attucks Association received $337,500, with the money to be spread across a number of projects.
By renovating its headquarters on South Duke Street in York City, the association will retain more than 600 jobs, according to the DCED.
The association plans to spend its six-figure tax credit to install energy-efficient upgrades in more than 130 low-income housing units; purchase a pickup truck to plow snow; and repair the roofs of the Greenway Tech Centre and Loretta Claiborne Building.
YWCA York will use a $187,500 state tax break to renovate the bathrooms, locker rooms, kitchen and gym floors at its facility on East Market Street in York City.
With an additional $50,050 tax credit, YWCA York will install interior air-conditioning units at each of its transitional housing apartments, allowing victims of domestic violence to keep their windows locked to prevent intruders, according to the DCED.
The organization will install eight streetlights to “address the safety and crime rates in Royal Square” in its fourth year of five receiving the tax credit.
Y Community Development Corp. will leverage its $150,000 tax credit to fully renovate two blighted properties along the first block of North Newberry Street and the 600 block of West Princess Street, according to the DCED.
That money will also be used to demolish an abandoned warehouse to create a “neighborhood urban park” project with 25 affordable housing units.
Charitable Food Program: A $100,000 tax credit will go to the York County Food Bank to support its efforts to provide more than 2 million pounds of food to its clients, according to the DCED.
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, which serves more than 6 million meals each year to residents in 27 counties, received a $653,115 tax credit through the state’s Charitable Food Program.
New Hope Ministries, which has offices in Dillsburg, Dover and Hanover, got a $200,000 tax credit through the same program. New Hope Ministries helps more than 17,000 people each year with its food pantries, rent and emergency assistance services, and youth programs.
"Our communities form the stable bedrock of Pennsylvania's economic success," Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement. "By encouraging businesses to make impactful investments in worthy projects across the commonwealth, the Neighborhood Assistance Program plays an invaluable role in improving the lives of Pennsylvania residents."