Local Community Project Funding Approved by House

July 29, 2021
Press Release

 

Washington, DC -- U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA-18) announced that the 10 Community Project Funding requests he submitted to the House Appropriations Committee were included in legislation approved by the House today. 

“These federal investments will help rebuild our region’s economy,” Congressman Doyle said after the bill’s passage. “These projects are going to help increase affordable housing, help small businesses, increase access to healthcare and other support services in neighborhoods like Clairton, the Upper Hill District, and the Northside. These projects focus on neighborhood redevelopment that will make Pittsburgh more equitable, more prosperous, and more responsive to Pittsburghers' needs. These requests represent smart, cost-effective investments that will benefit all of Pittsburgh.” 

Funding for these projects was included in H.R. 4502, the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Agriculture, Rural Development, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General Government, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2022.  This legislation was approved by the House on a vote of XXX to XXX.

The projects requested by Congressman Doyle for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District and included in H.R. 4502 totaled more than $12 million. 

“I’m grateful to the Committee for approving all of our projects,” noted Doyle. “I will continue working to ensure that Pittsburgh gets its fair share of federal tax dollars.”

Congressman Doyle worked with local leaders to identify projects that would be eligible for Community Project Funding and submitted these 10 requests in April in accordance with guidance issued by the House Appropriations Committee. 

Information about each of Congressman Doyle’s funding requests follows below.


PROJECT:  Cornerstone Care Health Center Construction

AMOUNT OF REQUEST:  $1,500,000

RECIPIENT:  Cornerstone Care, Inc.

This money will help facilitate construction for a new Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Clairton, Pennsylvania, providing medical, dental, and behavioral health care in a low-income, aging community and serving 31,000+ residents from Clairton, Elizabeth, Elrama  and Glassport. 

 

PROJECT:  POWER Campus Construction Project

AMOUNT OF REQUEST:  $1,500,000

RECIPIENT:  POWER (Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Recovery)

This funding will help create a comprehensive substance use disorder recovery campus that will provide all of its services to one location in Swissvale, Pennsylvania, including health care, child care, workforce development, as well as 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.

 

PROJECT:  Expanding a Manufacturing Skills Training Program into a Marginalized Community

AMOUNT OF REQUEST:  $500,000

RECIPIENT:  New Century Careers

This money will be used to help New Century Careers leverage a proven manufacturing skills training program and the expertise of the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering to train individuals in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Homewood and surrounding communities for jobs in the advanced manufacturing industry, which has struggled to find highly skilled workers with the skills they need to be successful.

PROJECT:  Avenues of Hope

AMOUNT OF REQUEST: $2,000,000

RECIPIENT:  City of Pittsburgh - Urban Redevelopment Authority

This funding will go towards site preparation, project financing, engineering and design work, infrastructure improvements and updates, new sidewalks, and updated lighting in the Centre Avenue Revitalization project in the Hill District, which will develop seven community-vetted mixed-use projects led by local and minority developers, including mixed-income residential units, commercial retail and office space, and green space for community use. 

 

PROJECT NAME:  Braddock Community Builders Rehab

AMOUNT OF REQUEST:  $1,000,000

RECIPIENT:  Greater Valley Community Services, Inc.

This money will help finance Braddock Community Builders’ rehabilitation of two historic buildings in Braddock, Pennsylvania to provide eight affordable housing units, at least four of which will be reserved for women who are victims of domestic abuse, and two of which will conform to Fair Housing Act guidelines for accessible or “adaptable” apartments to accommodate people with disabilities. 

 

 PROJECT NAME:  Flats on Forward

AMOUNT OF REQUEST:  $2,000,000

RECIPIENT:  ACTION-Housing

This funding will help finance the construction of a four-story mixed-use building that will create 10,000 square feet of commercial space and 43 affordable housing units at 5824 Forward Avenue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A quarter of the housing units will be reserved for people with disabilities. 

 

PROJECT NAME:  North Avenue Streetscape

AMOUNT OF REQUEST:  $2,000,000

RECIPIENT:  City of Pittsburgh

The money will be used to make transit and safety improvements to North Avenue, including modernization of traffic signals, improving sidewalks and street lighting, and better managing curbside spaces. 

 

PROJECT NAME:  Northside Common Ministries Rehabilitation

AMOUNT OF REQUEST:  $525,000

RECIPIENT:  Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania

The funding will be used to renovate a 130-year-old building at 1601 Brighton Road on Pittsburgh’s North Side, which is used by Northside Common Ministries (a program of Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania) to provide vital services to a vulnerable population in that community, including a food pantry and a men’s homeless shelter.

 

PROJECT NAME:  Pittsburgh Community Services Inc.

AMOUNT OF REQUEST:  $250,000

RECIPIENT:  Pittsburgh Community Services Inc.

This funding will enable PCSI to deliver intensive supportive services to low-income residents in the lower and middle Hill District community as part of a revitalization effort of this community currently underway, including case management, workforce development, job training, food access, housing/utility stabilization, transportation, and other services necessary to strengthen the community residents.

 

PROJECT NAME:  Workforce Development Centers

AMOUNT OF REQUEST:  $1,000,000

RECIPIENT:  New Sun Rising

This project will renovate two commercial buildings in Allentown/Beltzhoover to help underserved community members overcome barriers to employment, generate family-sustaining wealth, and address widespread problems in their community like blight and abandonment, lack of resources, and excessive unemployment. 

 

Click here for the text of H.R. 4502.