Community Project Funding Requests for Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations

Community Project Funding Requests for Fiscal Year 2022

 

Representative Doyle has submitted funding requests for important community projects in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District to the House Appropriations Committee.

Under guidelines issued by the Appropriations Committee, each Representative may request funding for up to 10 projects in their community for fiscal year 2022 – although only a handful may actually be funded. Projects are restricted to a limited number of federal funding streams, and only state and local governments and eligible non-profit entities are permitted to receive funding. Additional information on the reforms governing Community Project Funding is available here.

In compliance with House Rules and Committee requirements, Representative Doyle has certified that he, his spouse, and his immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects he has requested.
 

PROJECT NAME:  Avenues of Hope
AMOUNT OF REQUEST: $2,000,000
INTENDED RECIPIENT:  

City of Pittsburgh - Urban Redevelopment Authority
412 Boulevard of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
SIGNED FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE LETTER
EXPLANATION OF REQUEST:  
This project will assist in phase 1 of the Centre Avenue Revitalization in the Hill District neighborhood, which will use 70 publicly-owned parcels to develop seven community-vetted mixed-use projects led by local and minority developers. This portfolio of projects will include mixed-income residential units, commercial retail and office space, and green space for community use. Specifically, funding will go towards site preparation, project financing, engineering and design work, infrastructure improvements and updates, new sidewalks, and updated lighting. Development of these projects is intended to align with the implementation of the Greater Hill District Master Plan, put in place to revitalize the community based on the needs and interests of its residents and stakeholders. This project will not only help Revitalize Centre Avenue as the neighborhood’s primary retail, institutional, and cultural node, as well as a strong residential neighborhood, but it will also help redress the historical disinvestment in the Hill District. The Hill District is the historic and cultural center of Pittsburgh’s African American community, nestled between the employment centers of Downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland, and for far too long it has been under-invested in. This project will be a catalyst for re-establishing the neighborhood's economic and cultural vitality - and will serve as a model of equitable development as the city works to replicate this process in key, historically black centers of culture and commerce throughout Pittsburgh.


PROJECT NAME:  Braddock Community Builders Rehab
AMOUNT OF REQUEST:  $1,000,000
INTENDED RECIPIENT, INCLUDING FULL STREET ADDRESS: 
Greater Valley Community Services, Inc.
300 Holland Avenue
Braddock, PA 15104
SIGNED FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE LETTER
EXPLANATION OF REQUEST:  
Braddock Community Builders plans to rehabilitate two historic buildings in Braddock, Pennsylvania to provide eight (8) affordable housing units and will reserve at least four (4) of the eight (8) affordable apartments for women who are victims of domestic abuse. Two of the eight units will be of the Type B variety, which means they will conform to Fair Housing Act (FHA) guidelines for accessible or “adaptable” apartments to accommodate people with disabilities. 


PROJECT NAME:  Cornerstone Care Health Center Construction
AMOUNT OF REQUEST:  $1,500,000
INTENDED RECIPIENT, INCLUDING FULL STREET ADDRESS:  
Cornerstone Care, Inc.
7 Glassworks Road
Greensboro, PA 15338
SIGNED FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE LETTER
EXPLANATION OF REQUEST:  This money will help facilitate construction for a new Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Clairton, Pennsylvania. The new health center will be a 30,000 sq. ft. three-story building at the intersection of St. Clair Avenue and Miller Avenue. Half of the new facility will house a medical, dental, and behavioral health center focused on overcoming local health disparities. It will employ new healthcare professionals in Clairton, and lease the remaining parts of the newly-constructed building to other employers offering complementary services. Cornerstone Care’s new full-service Community Health Center will increase access to care in a low-income, aging community and serve 31,000+ residents from Clairton, Elizabeth, Elrama  and Glassport. There is a need to increase health care access to low-income people in the area; that population has an FQHC penetration rate of only 6%.


PROJECT NAME:  Expanding a Manufacturing Skills Training Program into a Marginalized Community
AMOUNT OF REQUEST:  $500,000
INTENDED RECIPIENT, INCLUDING FULL STREET ADDRESS:  
New Century Careers
305 E. Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
SIGNED FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE LETTER 
EXPLANATION OF REQUEST:  This project would bolster the advanced manufacturing workforce and provide opportunities for individuals living in and around the historically underserved community of Homewood. Since the M2K program is tuition-free, and the 4-year apprenticeship is typically funded by the employer, participants have the opportunity to gain access to an in-demand career where they can earn family sustaining wages while avoiding the burden of debt. By partnering together, New Century Careers and the University of Pittsburgh will leverage a proven manufacturing skills training program, and the vast expertise of the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering (SSoE) to train individuals in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Homewood, and surrounding communities, which have historically been underserved and underrepresented in the advanced manufacturing industry even as companies in the region have struggled to find highly skilled workers with the skills they need to be successful. Specifically, the project will allow New Century Careers (NCC), along with University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, to create an advanced manufacturing training center located in the Manufacturing Assistance Center (MAC) and offer tuition-free access to the first level of NCC s pre-apprenticeship program, MANUFACTURING 2000 (M2K). The M2K pre-apprenticeship offers a pathway to career advancement, including direct entry to a registered apprenticeship program with the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) Pittsburgh Chapter. During this training, pre-apprentices will be able to earn at least two industry-recognized credentials through the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). They will also learn applied mathematics, use hand tools and inspection devices, and complete 50 online modules through Tooling U-SME, the online education portal of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). The pre-apprentices will complete the final two levels of M2K at NCC s South Side facility, where they will experience additional hands-on training, earn additional NIMS credentials, and receive professional development and job placement assistance, all at no cost to participants. The partnership will also teach additional advanced manufacturing technologies, including 3D printing, robotics, and CAD/CAM programming to various audiences in the region, including youth, adults, and educators at the MAC. Upon completion of M2K, apprentices can skip the first full year of related instruction and classroom training and begin their program as a Year 2 apprentice. This designation will shorten the time of the apprenticeship and result in obtaining a higher wage sooner.


PROJECT NAME:  Flats on Forward
AMOUNT OF REQUEST:  $2,000,000
INTENDED RECIPIENT, INCLUDING FULL STREET ADDRESS:  
Action Housing
611 William Penn Pl #800 
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
SIGNED FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE LETTER 
EXPLANATION OF REQUEST:  This project is the construction of a four-story mixed-use building that will create 43 affordable housing units and 10,000 SF of commercial space at 5824 Forward Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 in Squirrel Hill, one of Pittsburgh’s strongest housing markets and amenity-rich neighborhoods. The 43 affordable housing units will serve as homes for households making 60% of AMI or below, 25% of which will be reserved for people with disabilities. This project creates a number of affordable housing units in one of the strongest housing markets in Pittsburgh and is in proximity to many amenities that will give new residents opportunities they would not have otherwise been able to access. This is especially important as Pittsburgh has a shortage of over 17,000 affordable housing units, so these apartments are a much-needed addition to the city’s housing stock. The creation of affordable office space will bring new workers to the area, enhancing economic activity and bringing a community-oriented commercial tenant to this business district. Lastly, this project will revitalize a large blighted site that is currently a vacant lot and an abandoned vacant theater. Developing these lots has been a community priority for many years in order to to revitalize this gateway to Squirrel Hill.


PROJECT NAME:  North Avenue Streetscape
AMOUNT OF REQUEST:  $2,000,000
INTENDED RECIPIENT, INCLUDING FULL STREET ADDRESS:  
City of Pittsburgh
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
SIGNED FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE LETTER
EXPLANATION OF REQUEST:  The project will make improvements to North Avenue by building curb extensions to narrow pedestrian crossing distance, modernizing traffic signals at all five intersections adding pedestrian indicators and audibles, improving sidewalks and street lighting and better managing curbside spaces to support business, employment, and park and educational institution demands. This project is necessary and a good use of taxpayer funds as North Avenue is the principal local arterial connecting multiple neighborhoods of Pittsburgh’s diverse North Side community. Extending between two highways (Route 28 on the west to Route 279 on the east) the street links together historic Allegheny Commons Park, a neighborhood business district, public primary schools, a major health care center, and several cultural institutions. Despite its current and historic significance and the vital connectivity role it plays, the street is dangerous and dilapidated. Outdated traffic signals and wide streets make pedestrian crossings difficult. Sidewalks are missing on one side of the street. Street lighting is poor. Transit riders lack quality passenger amenities for waiting. People on bicycles vie for space with motorists leading to high traffic stress for all. The proposed improvements are vital to strengthening the emerging business district, improving transit service, enhancing safety for all street users, and improving local quality of life across the diverse neighborhoods.


PROJECT NAME:  Northside Common Ministries Rehabilitation
AMOUNT OF REQUEST:  $525,000
INTENDED RECIPIENT, INCLUDING FULL STREET ADDRESS:  
Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania
118 52nd Street
Pittsburgh, PA  15201
SIGNED FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE LETTER
EXPLANATION OF REQUEST:  Northside Common Ministries (a program of Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania) operates a facility located at 1601 Brighton Road on Pittsburgh’s North Side. The nearly 130-year-old building is in dire need of renovations to continue the vital programs that are operated out of the facility, which include a food pantry and a men’s homeless shelter. Funding will also allow Goodwill and Northside Common Ministries to continue to provide vital services to a vulnerable population in the Northside area communities for decades to come.


PROJECT NAME:  Pittsburgh Community Services Inc.
AMOUNT OF REQUEST:  $250,000
INTENDED RECIPIENT, INCLUDING FULL STREET ADDRESS:  

Pittsburgh Community Services Inc.
249 N. Craig St. 
Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
SIGNED FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE LETTER
EXPLANATION OF REQUEST:  Pittsburgh Community Services, Inc. (PCSI) was established in 1983 as the designated Community Action Agency (CAA) for the City of Pittsburgh. PCSI and the network of 1,000 CAAs nationwide were initiated under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to help fight America's War on Poverty. As a CAA, PCSI provides services to approximately 7,500 individuals annually whose income is 200% of the 2020 federal poverty guidelines or less. Mandated by federal, state, and local government, PCSI strives to mitigate the effects of poverty by identifying resources and providing services to residents and individuals who are at risk. PCSI has been asked to deliver intensive supportive services to low-income residents in the lower and middle Hill District community, specifically, due to historic neglect and as part of a revitalization effort of this community currently underway. This primarily low-income black community has been hard-hit by the Covid pandemic and requires intensive, multi-faceted support in its recovery, and it is plagued with deep unemployment, pervasive poverty, lack of direct services, neglect, and few opportunities for advancement. PCSI is responsible for all 90 neighborhoods in the City of Pittsburgh and annual resources are not designed for specific, intensive action without more supportive resources leveraged. This request looks to leverage existing resources to provide dedicated capacity for this project. Services provided include case management, workforce development, job training, food access, housing/utility stabilization, transportation, and other services necessary to strengthen the community residents.
 

PROJECT NAME:  POWER Campus Construction Project
AMOUNT OF REQUEST:  $1,500,000
INTENDED RECIPIENT, INCLUDING FULL STREET ADDRESS:  
POWER (Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Recovery)
907 West St., Second Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
SIGNED FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE LETTER
EXPLANATION OF REQUEST:  Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Recovery (POWER) is moving forward with an ambitious project to create a comprehensive substance use disorder recovery campus that will bring all of its services to one location. The project involves renovating a 45,000 sq ft three-story building located in Swissvale, Pennsylvania, next to POWER’s Halfway House. When the POWER Campus opens, the first floor will be occupied by partners that will provide health care, child care, workforce development, and a host of other services that will be available to clients and the community, helping to bring a wealth of quality programming to Swissvale. By bringing these services together in one location, this project will eliminate barriers that interfere with access to care. POWER’s programs include central intake services with screenings and comprehensive drug and alcohol assessments, detox to safely manage withdrawal symptoms, in-patient rehabilitation treatment, halfway house treatment, and intensive and regular outpatient treatment. In addition to licensed treatment, POWER offers peer recovery support through a mentoring program. This campus will allow POWER to provide a full continuum of substance abuse treatment for women in a safe, comprehensive environment.
 

PROJECT NAME:  Workforce Development Centers
AMOUNT OF REQUEST:  $1,000,000
INTENDED RECIPIENT, INCLUDING FULL STREET ADDRESS:  
New Sun Rising
PO Box 58005
112 Sherman St
Pittsburgh, PA 15209
SIGNED FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE LETTER
EXPLANATION OF REQUEST:  This project will renovate two commercial buildings in Allentown/Beltzhoover. Once completed, they will become the headquarters of South Hilltop Men's Group and Work Hard Pittsburgh. Both properties have already been acquired and are under ownership of these organizations.  This funding will support the planning and construction of a combined 6,000 sq ft of flex and dedicated office space, 6,000 sq ft of light industrial space, 2,000 sq ft of classroom training space, and efficient systems upgrades such as HVAC. Through these planning and construction activities, these completed facilities will become economic drivers for a 21st century economy in Allentown, Beltzhoover, and the neighboring South Hilltop communities. New Sun Rising works closely with partners at Work Hard Pittsburgh and South Hilltop Men’s Group to help underserved community members overcome barriers and generate family sustaining wealth. Work Hard Pittsburgh’s workforce development programs like Academy Pittsburgh have generated over $18 million in salaries for people living in the region through purposeful training and job placement. Over $9 million of those salaries have gone to veterans, women, Black people, Latinos, refugees, and the formerly incarcerated. The South Hilltop Men’s Group is a Beltzhoover-based, black-led nonprofit providing training in the trades to residents with employment barriers such as addiction and incarceration. In turn, their participants address widespread problems in their community like blight and abandonment, lack of resources, and excessive unemployment. South Hilltop Men’s Group provides wrap-around services which help low-income people to improve their personal conditions, strengthen peer supportive relationships, and earn a living wage while learning a trade preserving and developing physical assets with low income communities.