A Pittsburgh-area corporation that has been pitching a plan to the state that would transition Polk State Center’s residents to “signature homes,” while providing jobs to the center’s employees, received an infusion of funding that would meet half the cost needed to build four such homes in Venango County.

According to a news release from state Rep. R. Lee James’ office, $2 million in funding has been authorized by lawmakers in the Capital Budget Project Itemization Act for Verland Community Living Arrangements, of Sewickley, which will receive the funding from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), specifically to help adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

LUKA KRNETA, news editor of The Derrick and The News-Herald, can be reached at (814) 677-8367 or at lukakrneta.thederrick@gmail.com.

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