|January 6, 2021 12:16 PM
|Representative Peter Schweyer
|All House members
|Covering Public Health Concerns through the Neighborhood Assistance Program
|The Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) was established to help serve distressed areas and support neighborhood conservation. The eligible projects allowed under NAP include affordable housing programs, crime prevention, neighborhood assistance, and more. Yet many public health concerns such as the opioid addition epidemic and lead poisoning, not to mention the COVID-19 pandemic, continue to affect the health of Pennsylvanians. Since one of the stated goals of NAP includes averting adverse impacts on the health of our communities, it only makes sense to include public health concerns under this program.
To provide more options for communities to allocate NAP dollars, my legislation would amend the definition of “neighborhood assistance” to include public health concerns, as well as include a definition of “public health concern.” This would help expand upon what projects would be considered eligible under NAP as a way to continue support for neighborhoods.
Please join me in co-sponsoring legislation that would provide greater flexibility for communities during moments of crisis.
Introduced as HB652