Lee: $3.5M in grants to help library, school, recovery support services

Major state grants announced just in time for holidays

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 23 – Two days before Christmas, state Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, said she was thrilled to announce today that three local projects have been awarded $3.5 million in state grants.

“This is some tremendously good news to receive during the holidays,” said Lee, who supported the grant applications. “Each of these projects is important to the local community, whether it’s education and empowerment or support for individuals and families. I want to thank everyone involved in this -- from staff to the volunteers and community members who support them.”

The grants announced Wednesday included:

  • Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery, $1.5 million to renovate a former Catholic elementary school in Swissvale to turn it into a multi-service POWER campus for women, their families and the community.
  • Braddock Carnegie Library Association, $1 million to support the 132-year-old library’s renovation project to improve accessibility, address masonry and other issues and renovate the library’s historic music hall for events.
  • Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, $1 million to improve and restore a number of buildings at the school’s Edgewood campus to ensure it can continue to serve deaf and hard-of-hearing students for years to come.