– Children with autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and related behavioral health challenges, along with Media Borough are the beneficiaries of two just-awarded grants totaling $1.5 million, said Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware), who helped secured the funding. The grants were awarded from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).
“These are worthy initiatives deserving of state support,” said Quinn. “It is gratifying to support projects that will have a tangible effect on the life of our community.”
Elwyn, located in Middletown Township, will receive $1 million for the renovation of its Hilltop Building, a 17,000-square-foot facility. Exterior and interior improvements will be made at the facility in which children ages 8-21 with autism spectrum disorder receive short-term psychosocial rehabilitation.
“The pandemic has placed additional strain on an already stressed pediatric mental health care providers,” said Quinn. “This grant will allow Elwyn to treat more children in need of this specialized care.”
“Elwyn is grateful for this grant from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program and Rep. Quinn’s advocacy on behalf of our application,” said Charles McLister, Elwyn president and CEO. “The renovations it will help fund will allow us to better serve children with autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and related behavioral health challenges.”
Elwyn is the longest-running human services nonprofit of its kind in the nation.
Media Borough will receive a $500,000 grant to help fund the planned Plum Street Park. Now a paved, underused public space, the three-block area will be transformed into an inviting park in the middle of Media, the Delaware County seat.
“A fully-developed, dense town, Media has little open public space,” said Quinn. “Plum Street Park will enliven and beautify the downtown area, strengthening the community and helping to invigorate the local economy.”
RACP is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity.
“I’m pleased the administration recognized the value of these projects to Delaware County and the Commonwealth,” said Quinn.