By Nicole Jones
A grant-funded expansion of the nonprofit Pearland Neighborhood Center is expected to get under way early next year.
The $123,502 expansion project is being funded through a Community Development Block Grant, federal funds that come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The Pearland Neighborhood Center served more than 13,000 families last year, according to board President Sean Murphy.
“The expansion will help us build out the current building we have and service more families,” he said. “We currently use the space we have as a food bank for people who need food, diapers and other things. Most of these folks we do serve are in Pearland and north Brazoria County.”
The planned expansion will increase the city-owned facility’s size by about 1,500 square feet, with a detachted and dilapidated storage space to be demolished.
Founded in 1987, The PNC serves low income families, distributing food and necessities, schools supplies plus toys and bicycles during the holiday season to families and individuals in north Brazoria County. Programs also include rent and utility assistance, disaster relief, financial stability courses and GED scholarships.
The PNC is coordinating assistance for families during the holidays. Located at 2335 N. Texas Ave., the center currently is most in need of size 4,5 and 6 diapers, all sizes of pull-ups, hygiene items, laundry soap, toilet paper, wrapping paper, tape and bows, new blankets, socks and heaters.
For more information, call 281-485-1987.