Mayor J. Richard Gray, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and Wells Fargo joined in an event today to celebrate a 2017 First Place CommunityWINS (Working/Investing in Neighborhood Stabilization) Grant Award for Small cities (Less than 75,000 population).
An award in the amount of $150,000 was presented to the Community Action Partnership (CAP) of Lancaster County for its work with the CAPital Workforce Program – is a construction training initiative focused on renovating distressed homes in primarily high-poverty neighborhoods in Lancaster City. CAP hires workers that have barriers to employment, such as a criminal background, and provides them with on-the-job training. The award is part of a nationwide CommunityWINS Program made possible by a grant from USCM and the Wells Fargo Foundation collaboration.
The 2017 CommunityWINS awards include monetary grants to city-based nonprofit organizations and recognize mayors for exemplary leadership in developing local programs that promote long-term economic prosperity and improve the quality of life for residents in three categories: neighborhood stabilization, economic development, and job creation. An independent panel of judges, selected by The U.S. Conference of Mayors, determined the six winning cities from a pool of 245 applicants in three population groups -- small, medium and large.
Grant funding through CommunityWINS will be used to alleviate lead paint hazards in home-based daycares in Lancaster City. It is anticipated that over the course of the year-long grant round, CAPital Workforce will make ten to twelve daycares lead safe; and, in the process, crew members will become skilled in building trades and will be qualified to secure living wage employment. There are now over 130 home-based daycares in the city. The primary source of lead in Lancaster is lead paint and lead contaminated dust that is found in buildings constructed prior to 1978. The vast majority, 82%, of the housing units in the city were built prior to 1960
Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors commented, “Our 2017 CommunityWINS Grant Program gives the Conference an opportunity to showcase positive change happening now in our cities to make a difference in the lives of residents. We are grateful to Wells Fargo and the Wells Fargo Foundation for their support of the CommunityWINS Program, which also highlights the talent and commitment of mayors and city governments.”
“Lancaster is becoming one of our Commonwealth’s most vibrant cities, and we’re proud to help support efforts that promote the long-term quality of life in this community,” said Laura Haffner, Wells Fargo’s Community Bank Region President. “The Lancaster project is the perfect fit for the US Conference of Mayors WINS Program—this grant will not only address a vital community need, it will provide job training that will provide community benefits for years to come.”
For more information on the 2015 CommunityWINS Grant Awards recipients go to www.usmayors.org/communitywins.