Community Project Funding Requests

Community Project Funding


This year, the House of Representatives will be accepting requests for Community Project Funding for Fiscal Year 2022. This will allow Members of Congress to direct federal funds towards projects and programs to address the most significant needs facing the communities they represent. Applicants for the Community Project Funding may be state, local, and tribal governments, publicly owned entities, or non-profit entities with a quasi-governmental purpose.

The deadline to submit Community Project Funding requests for FY22 has passed. 

 

Project Requests
Note: Projects are listed in alphabetical order by Appropriations Subcommittee.

 

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: LaborHHS/Health Resources and Services Administration

Project Name: Mental Health Provider Coverage

Recipient: Children’s Health System of Texas                    

Address: 1935 Medical District Dr, Dallas, TX 75235

Amount Requested: $1,000,000

Project Description and Explanation: The Children’s Health System of Texas (CHST) is requesting $860,000 to hire a pediatric psychiatrist and 6-8 licensed social workers to expand mental health services for patients in the emergency room, decrease time from arrival to the ED to evaluation and treatment, and to improve facilitation of transfer to a pediatric inpatient psychiatric facility. With an estimated 600,000 of the two million children across North Texas having mental health needs, including 175,000 children in Dallas County alone, CHST is working to address the prevalence of mental health needs and limited access to care in high-risk and underserved communities. The Dallas Fort Worth metroplex does not have an adequate number of inpatient pediatric psychiatric beds to meet the growing needs of the pediatric population, which has resulted in prolonged boarding in an already crowded emergency room, delay in treatment, and decreased ED throughput.  Children’s Health as a system served 4,093 in-patient mental health patients in 2019 and 4,094 patients in 2020, all of which would benefit from increased access to mental health professionals. This proposal is projected to cost approximately  $860,000 annually in salary costs, breaking down into $250,000 for a pediatric psychiatrist and to $640,000 for 6-8 licensed social workers ($80,000 per social worker). This project would be completed approximately one year after funding is received to hire and train one pediatric psychiatrist and 6 to 8 licensed social workers.

 

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: LaborHHS/Health Resources and Services Administration

Project Name: Pediatric Mental Health Innovation Center at Children s Health

Recipient: Children’s Health System of Texas                    

Address: 1935 Medical District Dr, Dallas, TX 75235

Amount Requested: $1,000,000

Project Description and Explanation: CHST’s new Pediatric Mental Health Innovation Center would serve children that have mild to moderate depression and anxiety and who currently are not being treated for their mental health needs, with the Center projecting to serve 50,000 children annually. Pediatric mental health issues are negatively affecting as many as 600,000 of the two million children across North Texas today including 175,000 children in Dallas County alone.  Funding for a new Pediatric Mental Health Innovation Center would be a timely and beneficial response to the growing pediatric mental health crisis occurring in Texas. The entire proposal is projected to cost $23,000,000 over 5 years, with related expenses of the Innovation Center expected to be covered by philanthropic donations and the fundraising efforts of Children’s Medical Center Foundation. Federal funding would support operations and the recruitment and retention of a Child Psychiatrist at $250k/year.

 

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: THUD/DOT/Local Transportation Priorities

Project Name: Dallas Area Rapid Transit Smart Bus Technology

Recipient: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Address: 1401 Pacific Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75202

Amount Requested: $833,000

Project Description and Explanation: The project is a Smart Bus technology initiative that will include a combination of next bus signage, security video cameras, and possibly solar power in the West Dallas/Oak Cliff area at the Burnell-Singleton Transit Center and Cockrell Hill Transit Center.  These locations are planned to be terminal points on the new redesigned bus network. The project will be combined with improving 25 percent of bus stops on each route by adding sidewalks, curb ramps, landing pads, other ADA improvements, and installing new or repairing trailblazing signage.  The trailblazing signage will replace existing signs that are faded, damaged, or missing with newer and updated informational materials.

 

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: THUD/HUD/Economic Development Initiatives

Project Name: City of Everman Youth Revitalization Programs

Recipient: City of Everman                    

Address: 212 Race St, Fort Worth Texas 76140

Amount Requested: $414,000

Project Description and Explanation: The City of Everman is requesting money for youth sports revitalization projects in the city. These programs include a day camp for youth ($25,000), park improvements and upgrades($275,000),  and youth sports field improvements ($114,000) and would enhance the quality of life of youth in Everman and the surrounding region as they come out of the pandemic and begin to become more involved in their communities again

 

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: THUD/HUD/Economic Development Initiatives

Project Name: Hensley Field Reuse and Redevelopment Plan

Recipient: City of Dallas                 

Address: 1500 Marilla Street, Texas 75201

Amount Requested: $5,000,000

Project Description and Explanation: The City of Dallas will use the requested funding to assess impacts and define and implement mitigation actions for proposed shoreline modifications included in the City-commissioned and City-funded Hensley Field Reuse and Redevelopment Plan. The requested funding will be used for assessment, development of a response action plan, and seed money for implementation.  Hensley Field, the former US Naval Air Station-Dallas, has evidence of environmental contamination that the US Navy has committed to clean up to residential standards. However, this commitment does not cover impacts of sediment disturbances in adjacent Mountain Creek Lake and Cottonwood Bay that may occur as a result of future shoreline modifications needed to enable redevelopment and reuse of this site to its full potential.

 

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: THUD/HUD/Economic Development Initiatives

Project Name: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) project

Recipient: United Way of Tarrant County                    

Address: 1500 N. Main, Ste. 200 Fort Worth, TX

Amount Requested: $100,000

Project Description and Explanation: Our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) project maintains sites throughout Tarrant County where families whose household income is $60,000 or less can get their tax returns prepared and filed by volunteers trained and certified by the IRS. For over 10 years, United Way has made sure families can access their refunds, often the largest single cash infusion into their budget in a single year, without any cost to them for the service. Last year, even with the challenge of the pandemic and the subsequent development, on the fly, of virtual rather than face-to-face service, our sites prepared and filed almost 7,000 returns and returned more than $12,000,000 in refund dollars to our community. We long to be able to expand this service so that a greater percentage of those eligible for and in need of this program can access it, and toward that end we are seeking resources to help make that possible.

 

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: LaborHHS/Health Resources and Services Administration

Project Name: Texas Veterans Network

Recipient: United Way of Tarrant County                    

Address: 1500 N. Main, Ste. 200 Fort Worth, TX

Amount Requested: $25,000

Project Description and Explanation: According to the United Census Bureau, as of 2019 there were nearly 110,000 veterans living in Tarrant County. This number does not include their spouses, their family members, or all the active duty military households in Tarrant County. United Way of Tarrant County’s Mission United program has been serving this population for many years, and last year transitioned its technology platform from Americaserves to Salesforce Partner Community through Combined Arms, a veterans organization that offers self-assessment tools through its website and app. The program is now called Texas Veterans Network. This transition, which began in September 2020 and completed last month in March, is allowing us to serve more veterans more efficiently. Combined Arms has a robust and mature community engagement effort that will greatly enhance awareness of our program throughout North Texas.

 

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: THUD/HUD/Economic Development Initiatives

Project Name: Transform 1012 N. Main St.    

Recipient:   The Welman Project                             

Address: 3950 W. Vickery Blvd Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Amount Requested: $3,000,000

Project Description and Explanation: Transform 1012 N. Main Street is a project to transform the former Ku Klux Klan Klavern No. 101 Auditorium in Fort Worth, TX, into The Fred Rouse Center and Museum for the Arts and Community Healing, named after a local resident who was lynched in Fort Worth in 1921. Transform 1012 N. Main Street is led by the pluri-cultural 1012 Leadership Coalition – a collective of seven local organizations who have worked together since September 2019. The Leadership Coalition member organizations represent and/or serve the communities targeted for violence and economic marginalization by the Klan in the 1920s as well as today—namely Black, Hispanic, Immigrant, Jewish and LGBTQQ2SPIAA+ populations. In this way, both the process and the project sit at the intersection of anti-racism work and inter- and intra-group healing, returning resources to the communities most impacted by the history of the Klan and the presence of this building.

 

 

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: THUD/HUD/Economic Development Initiatives

Project Name: Revitalization of Eastside YMCA

Recipient: YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth                    

Address: 1500 Sandy Ln, Fort Worth, TX 76112

Amount Requested: $2,430, 055

Project Description and Explanation: Revitalization of the Eastside YMCA - Currently Closed temporarily -

Create an environment that is inviting to increase and retain memberships as well as serve children 6 weeks through 18 years of age. To accomplish this, a total renovation of the Eastside would include a new lobby and member lounge/social area, multi-purpose rooms to increase group exercise classes and provide space for teen programming, new locker rooms and restrooms that ADA compliant and accessible, and renovate the outdoor swimming pool. Create a membership friendly facility, while making required ADA accessible improvements to the locker/restrooms. The project cost is $2,874,009. The total cost is only for renovations and does not include sustainability funding. Due to scholarships/financial aid, the current data for the Eastside YMCA is an average of $225,774 per year deficit.

 

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: THUD/DOT/FAA/Grants-in-Aid for Airports Community Projects

Project Name: New Snow and Ice Removal Equipment Storage Facility at DFW Airport

Recipient: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport                    

Address: 2400 Aviation Dr, DFW Airport, TX 75261

Amount Requested: $12,000,000

Project Description and Explanation: This project consists of a single story approximately 60,000 GSF, 120’ by 500’, vehicle storage facility and associated pavement required for snow and ice fleet vehicle maneuvering area on site. The snow and ice removal fleet allows DFW to maintain airport operations during snow and ice weather events as experienced in February of 2021.

 

 

Link to financial disclosure for Member-Designated Projects