Casey, Fetterman, Scanlon Join Forces to Infuse $50 Million into Bartram Village Neighborhood Renewal
Washington, D.C. – Brace yourself, Philadelphia! Today marks a momentous occasion as U.S. Senators Bob Casey and John Fetterman, along with U.S. Representative Mary Gay Scanlon, deliver incredible news for the vibrant city. They have jointly announced a staggering $50 million grant for a neighborhood revitalization initiative that will completely transform Bartram Village in Southwest Philadelphia.
This grant is a game-changer, set to breathe new life into the heart of the community. The funds will be dedicated to rehabilitating and transforming the affordable housing at Bartram Village. The vision is clear – to create a neighborhood that exudes vibrancy, boasts seamless connectivity to essential services and public transportation, and, most importantly, is safe and welcoming for all Philadelphians.
Known as “Blossom at Bartram,” this revitalization plan has been meticulously crafted over two years of intensive engagement and collaborative efforts. City officials, neighborhood residents, local organizations, development partners, and community stakeholders have joined forces to shape this visionary project. It aims to pave the way for a reimagined Bartram Village – a thriving anchor in the community where residents can live, work, and play in a secure and vibrant environment.
The grant, generously provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grant Program, will be channeled through the Philadelphia Housing Authority. This signifies the federal government’s commitment to investing in communities and making a meaningful difference in the lives of residents.
Senator Casey passionately emphasized that housing is more than just a roof over one’s head; it is the very foundation of a neighborhood. The quality of housing influences everything from the success of local businesses to the potential for future economic growth and, most importantly, the sense of community that residents experience. With this significant funding, the vision for Bartram Village is poised to become a reality.
Senator Fetterman, a staunch advocate for housing as a human right, applauded this monumental investment. His dedication to ensuring every Pennsylvanian has access to safe and affordable housing shines through in this initiative.
For Representative Scanlon, this achievement is a triumph for housing access in PA-05. Her unwavering support for President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget, which included historic funding for Choice Neighborhoods Implementation (CNI) Grants, demonstrates her commitment to expanding access to affordable and stable housing for all Pennsylvanians.
In conclusion, the $50 million grant for Bartram Village heralds a new era of hope and transformation for the community. With the combined efforts of our esteemed leaders, Philadelphia is on the cusp of a brighter and more inclusive future. Bartram Village is set to blossom into a symbol of progress, unity, and opportunity for residents from all walks of life. Together, we can create a city where everyone can thrive and call home.