$23,965,000+ for Maryland Direct Investments in Local Community Organizations
For Immediate Release – ICYMI
December 23, 2022
Secures $23,965,000+ for Direct Investments in Local Community
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Kweisi
Mfume (MD-07) voted to secure more than $23,965,000 in Community Project
Funding for Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the final 2023
appropriations government funding package today. A listing of each project
is found below. The legislation now heads to the President's desk to be
signed into law.
Under rules established by the U.S. House of Representatives and its
Appropriations Committee, each House member may request funding for a
limited number of community projects for the fiscal year. For the last
year, Congressman Mfume successfully fought to ensure all his submitted
projects received momentous federal investment from the U.S. House and
worked with Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen to bolster their
support for the legislative initiatives in the U.S. Senate.
“My work throughout the past year on this substantial Community Project
Funding has been a critical priority for me because real dollars that will
go directly to organizations deserving of federal backing for the work they
do each and every day in our communities were at stake,” said Congressman Mfume.
“The high volume of competitive applications I received for the fiscal year
2022 funding made it difficult to narrow down all the applications my
Office received for 2023 funding. Rest assured that the organizations
receiving this game-changing funding through my efforts are ready to build
on the profound successes they have already demonstrated. I look forward to
seeing these organizations leverage the federal investments for the benefit
of our neighbors,” he concluded.
Congressman Mfume championed funding for all 15 projects he submitted this year.
The deserving organizations work tirelessly on the ground in Maryland’s 7th
Congressional District, and their work encompasses a range of services from
job training to housing assistance and veterans assistance. The projects
receiving the fiscal year 2023 round of funding follows.
Playhouse Capital Improvement Project $4,000,000
to support Arena Players Incorporated Capital Campaign which will
renovate the organization’s current three-story theatre and office
Blacks In Wax Museum, Inc. $2,008,580
for facility upgrades and capital renovations.
Center for Veterans Education and Training (MCVET) $3,000,000
to upgrade facilities.
Development, Inc. (EBDI) $2,300,000 to repair and
upgrade public roadways, update lighting and storm drainage, and
support the creation of a much-needed grocery store in an East
Baltimore food desert.
- Historic Upton Mansion $2,000,000 to renovate
the Historic Upton Mansion in West Baltimore which will house the AFRO
American Newspapers archive, and the Afro Charities community outreach
Baptist Church Five Star Program $2,300,000 to create a
vibrant multi-use community space, known as “The Star Community Family
Health System Capital Expansion Project for Integrated Behavioral
Health $1,000,000 to integrate
new behavioral health programming and to physically expand and
renovate the Park West Belvedere location of the Park West Health
Urban Families $750,000 to provide
Baltimore residents, many of whom are returning citizens, with job
readiness programming and support.
Maggie Quille Center $1,500,000
to the Druid Heights Community Development Corporation to assist with
the total renovation of the Druid Heights Maggie Quille Center and
increase the services and programs within the Druid Heights community.
Arts Project - Pennsylvania Avenue $750,000
to fund the construction of the Sanaa Center, a stand-alone building
with offices, art-making spaces, indoor and outdoor performance
spaces, and art incubation services.
Jackson Mitchell Legal Center $1,750,000
to restore Juanita Jackson Mitchell’s office and create the Juanita
Jackson Mitchell Legal Center, which will provide office space for
legal and social services to victims of domestic violence from the
Rebuild, Overcome, and Rise (ROAR) program.
Housing on East Baltimore Street $750,000 to the
Helping Up Mission to create affordable permanent housing for formerly
incarcerated individuals seeking to re-enter society as contributing
Baltimore Center Workforce Development $573,045 to support
the creation of a Baltimore Center for Workforce Development to
prepare adults for the job hiring process and provide life skills
training to support workers in their job search.
Healthy Homes Baltimore Initiative $750,000
to renovate 75 homes in Baltimore City to improve energy efficiency
and health outcomes.
Mighty Park $535,000
to transform 6 contiguous vacant lots into a vibrant community park in
the Gwynns Falls area of Southwest Baltimore.
full descriptions of these projects, please visit Congressman Mfume’s
congressional website here.
Funding – Additional Information
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.
information on the reforms governing Community Project Funding is
funding was included in the final 2023 appropriations government
funding package. A detailed summary of this package is available here.
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