Senator Yudichak and Representative Toohil Announce $50,000 in Keystone Communities Grant Program Funding for Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress

Jim Thorpe, August 2, 2021 – State Senator John Yudichak (I – Luzerne/Carbon), and State Representative Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) announced $50,000 in Keystone Communities Program (KCP) funding for the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress (DHAP). The funding will be used to help finance the DHAP Façade Rehabilitation Program.

Established in 2015, the DHAP Façade Program is an initiative that helps business and building owners located in downtown Hazleton renovate their facades. The owner must provide matching funds to the funds requested from the Façade Program. Up to $5,000 in grant funds can be used for renovation efforts or improved signage.

“I would like to thank Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin and his staff for their continued investment in downtown Hazleton,” said Yudichak. “The Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress has done an extraordinary job of revitalizing that area, which continues to show real signs of development. Today’s funding will only help downtown Hazleton continue to prosper.”

“With this grant, the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress will be able to continue its efforts to revitalize the business district, grow jobs, and culturally and economically integrate the community,” said Toohil. “I was pleased to work with Senator Yudichak in helping to secure the funding and look forward to the resulting improvements.”

The KCP is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors that jointly support local initiatives such as the growth and stability of neighborhoods and communities; social and economic diversity; and a strong and secure quality of life. The program allows communities to tailor the assistance to meet the needs of its specific revitalization effort.

“I would like to thank Senator Yudichak and Representative Toohil for their continued support and for helping us to acquire this funding. We’re always excited to receive funding and we’re always grateful,” said Krista Schneider, Executive Director, DHAP. “This funding is a nice way for us to continue our Façade Program efforts and to help business owners with renovations that will only improve the aesthetics of the downtown, which I think will help to bring in more development and interest to that area.”

More information about the downtown façade rehabilitation program can be found here: https://www.downtownhazleton.org/facades.html

 

Contact:

Brad Hurley (bhurley@pasen.gov)

Carly Simpson (csimpson@pasen.gov)