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Cartwright Announces $125,500 Grant for NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania

Apr 25, 2018
Press Release

Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that NeighborWorks Northeastern PA (NWNEPA), a member of the NeighborWorks network, has received $125,500 in federal grant funds from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, dba NeighborWorks America. This funding will support its local affordable housing and community development activities. 

NWNEPA will utilize the funding to expand their programs and services, which include financial coaching, homebuyer education & training, property acquisition and redevelopment projects, initiatives that help seniors to age with dignity in their homes, and neighborhood revitalization work in West Scranton.

“This federal funding not only strengthens our neighborhoods, respects our seniors, and helps more families find affordable housing, but it creates jobs and stimulates our local economy,” said Rep. Cartwright, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “I continue to be a strong advocate for programs that invest in our communities and I commend the team at NWNEPA for their dedication and hard work helping local residents maintain the American Dream.

“Our goal is for our neighbors to love where they live.” said Jesse Ergott, NWNEPA’s President & CEO. “These flexible grant funds will help us to make the dream of homeownership a reality for more people, renovate and improve targeted properties, and assist our older neighbors with services that help them stay in their homes.” 

NeighborWorks America recently announced $65 million in grants to its network of more than 240 nonprofit organizations located around the country. NeighborWorks organizations will use the grants to develop and manage high-quality affordable housing, help consumers set and reach their goals through financial coaching, offer homeownership education and counseling, and revitalize and strengthen communities. 

"NeighborWorks America is committed to ensuring our investments are working in ways that improve people’s lives,” said Jeffrey Bryson, NeighborWorks America interim president and chief executive officer. 

In fiscal year 2017, the NeighborWorks network counseled 181,400 families and individuals on financial capacity, pre-purchase, post-purchase, or foreclosure issues; owned and managed 165,500 rental homes; and created more than 43,000 jobs.

For more information about NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania go to www.nwnepa.org.

For more information about NeighborWorks America go to www.NeighborWorks.org

About NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania (NWNEPA):

A nonprofit organization deeply ingrained in the community, NWNEPA has worked for more than 35 years to revitalize neighborhoods and create opportunities for individuals and families to improve their lives through quality housing and financial guidance.  NWNEPA has assisted over 1,000 homebuyers with the purchase of their home, worked to improve the financial stability of over 2,500 families through financial education and coaching, renovated over 500 properties, and deployed over $1.2 million worth of volunteer labor in our community.