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Ploughshares bags big grant

Submitted by on 1, September 30, 2009 – 5:45 amOne Comment

Looks like our man in Congress, Rep. Pete Stark, took a little time off from his efforts to expand health care access to help the folks at the Alameda Point Collaborative pick up a $625,000 federal grant.

The money will allow the Collaborative to greatly expand Ploughshares Nursery, by adding 25 jobs for collaborative residents for the next three years.

“The project will create new jobs, generate revenue for our organization, and fill a critical need for drought-tolerant plants and landscaping in the Bay Area,” Executive Director Doug Biggs was quoted as saying in a press release on Stark’s website. “APC is dedicated to using all of our resources to help families and adults break the cycle of homelessness, and this grant will help us tremendously.”

He said Stark’s office made him aware of the Community Economic Development grant, which comes from the Office of Community Services in the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Collaborative is out at Alameda Point, and Ploughshares is located at 2701 Main Street.

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