Young announces over $53,000 in grants for senior community centers

PHILADELPHIA, May 15 – State Rep. Regina Young, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced that a combined $53,551 has been awarded to two local senior community centers in the 185th Legislative District by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.

The Marconi Center has been awarded $51,000 in a competitive grant for programs and services, such as improved nutrition services and entertainment programs. The competitive grant program allocates a total of $2 million to Senior Community Centers across the commonwealth for large scale projects to help ensure older adults are supported in familiar, local places with services to stay healthy and connected to their communities.

St. Edmond Senior Community Center has been awarded $2,551 in a non-competitive grant, allowing smaller projects to be addressed. The non-competitive grants are a new track of distributions spearheaded by Gov. Josh Shapiro in the 2023-24 state budget for the first time. A $1 million allotment provided in the state budget was distributed in $2,551 portions to 392 SCCs across the state for small projects.

“Our Senior Community Centers are really a home away from home for our experienced neighbors,” said Young. “I’m so glad to know that these two important centers will be able to continue and improve their programming, services and facilities to help our seniors stay connected to the community and feel at home.”

The two grants to the 185th District are part of nearly $350,000 awarded to over 20 SCCs in Philadelphia. The grant funding is appropriated by the General Assembly with proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery.