The Alice Paul House in White Township will receive a $750,000 grant from the Department of Community & Economic Development, paving the way for the beginning of its major expansion project, according to Senator Don White and Representative-elect Jim Struzzi. The project was awarded $1.75 million in state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding in August.
“The Alice Paul House is the only domestic violence shelter serving Indiana County victims. It also provides services to adult and juvenile sexual assault victims. The current facility is in poor condition, overcrowded and lacks adequate security measures.
The Alice Paul House provides a critical service for Indiana County as it addresses some of the most challenging social issues of our time. This grant provides the final funding for this important project, complementing the previous investments by the state and private entities,” said Senator White. “This capstone funding will ensure this expansion project comes to fruition and will allow for construction to begin in early 2019.”
“As a father, as a husband, and in my new role as state representative-elect, I am sensitive to the devastating impacts of domestic violence. It is a crucial role of our community to offer a place for victims of abusive circumstances to be safe, feel secure, and receive the care that they need to heal, and it is imperative that government recognize and support these efforts in any way possible, including financially. Through these grant dollars that supplement those awarded earlier this year, the professionals at Alice Paul House will have access to a facility that meets the standard for the quality of care we know they provide.”
The expansion project will increase the size of the facility from 5,000 square-feet to 15,100 square-feet and the number of beds from 12 to 18, upgrade security, and improve energy efficiency. The growth includes the projected addition of 10 jobs.