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WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today announced that Mt. Vernon Manor Inc. will receive a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to facilitate the creation of a transformation plan for the Mantua neighborhood of Philadelphia.

“I applaud Mt. Vernon Manor Inc. for leading the effort to make the Mantua neighborhood of Philadelphia safer and more prosperous,” said Senator Casey. “This grant will help the neighborhood chart a course away from crime and poverty to the benefit of the entire Philadelphia community.”

Mt. Vernon Manor, Inc. is a non-profit organization that owns Mt. Vernon Apartments, a public housing development located in Mantua. Mt. Vernon Manor will partner with Diamond & Associates and Kitchen & Associates to assess the existing physical, socio-economic and educational assets of the neighborhood. They will then collaborate with residents of the neighborhood and local community groups to identify areas where improvements can be made. Drexel University and the local Head Start and Keystone Stars programs will also support the planning process.

This grant was awarded through HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants program, which supports organizations working to transform neighborhoods through a comprehensive approach of revitalization and investment.