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Event to focus on special health needs

THOMPSONTOWN — A Special Kids Network gathering is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 30 at Journey Christian Church, 10110 William Penn Highway, Thompsontown.

Parents and caregivers of children and youth with special health care needs, youth, service providers, professionals and community stakeholders are invited to attend.

The event will include community conversation about emergency preparedness, life-saving skills, highway and traffic safety, first aid and safety patrol emergency medical services and special health care needs. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Grace Egun by Nov. 27 at (814) 270-5600 or

Juniata County Head Start to hold open house

MIFFLINTOWN –Juniata County Head Start/Early Head Start/PreK-Counts is holding an open house at its main office’s new location at 538 Industrial Drive, Mifflintown.

The open house is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Dec. 19.

For more information, call (717) 436-2405.

Housing development open house to be held

LEWISTOWN — An open house for Mann Edge II, the newly-completed senior housing development has been scheduled.

The public is invited to attend the open house and tour the facility from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at 100 E. Water St.

A dedication for the $8.2 million facility was held Oct. 11.

Mann Edge II, which is developed and managed by the SEDA-COG Housing Development Corporation, addresses several key needs such as affordable senior housing, redevelopment of a formerly unusable brownfield site, projected local tax revenue generation of $33,000 annually, and contributions to the central business district.

The 34-unit complex features a community room, a library equipped with computers, a three-season porch, an exercise room, and lounges. For a one-bedroom apartment, monthly rent is $495, and for a two-bedroom apartment, monthly rent is $632.

The complex is situated just west of the first phase of the project, Mann Edge Terrace, which was completed in late 2012. Mann Edge Terrace is a 31-unit apartment complex for senior citizens at the corner of Water and South Dorcas streets. The project’s first phase saw a jump from $2,400 to $31,000 in local tax revenue per year.

Mann Edge II has garnered significant community investment by numerous partners, including financial institutions.

Key investors are The Juniata Valley Bank and Kish Bank. Other financial commitments have been obtained from the Mifflin County commissioners, Lewistown Borough Council, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, the state Department of Community and Economic Development, the Mifflin County Industrial Development Corporation, and the SEDA-COG Housing Development Corporation. All were instrumental in the development’s funding.

The SEDA-COG Housing Development Corporation partnered with the Mifflin County Industrial Development Corporation first to redevelop the site for Mann Edge Terrace, and again for the second development.

Funding completion came as part of a statewide affordable housing initiative from $917,849 in PennHOMES funding and $665,849 in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits that will generate over $6.4 million in private investments. Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) was instrumental in obtaining the tax credits.

Tax credits leverage investment by the private sector to stimulate the construction of affordable rental housing throughout Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency administers

the tax credits.