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Governor John Carney, Senators Chris Coons and Tom Carper and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester have announced more than $65 million in American Rescue Plan funds for Delaware community centers and nonprofits, including $4 million for construction of the new Kingswood Community Center building in Riverside.
Kingswood Community Center (KCC) serves one of the hardest hit communities in Delaware. Residents of Riverside, making up one of the most impoverished census tracts in the state, were disproportionately affected by the pandemic. The new KCC facility will strengthen and expand KCC’s ability to address the full range of social determinants of health. A reduction in educational disparities and increased availability of childcare will be accomplished through a larger, state-of-the-art Early Learning Academy made possible by the new KCC facility. Families will have access to the EMPOWER program, which will offer superior supportive services. The new KCC facility will support and enhance the success of new housing in Riverside – 693 new units of mixed-income housing that will be built over the next eight years. Included in the new housing will be 56 units of affordable senior housing, which will improve the quality of life for Riverside seniors. An investment in an expanded, better functioning Kingswood Community Center is an investment in the whole neighborhood, improving the lives of all, from cradle to cane.