WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) announced that he secured nearly $4 million in federal funding for nine community projects across Maryland’s 8th District in last week’s House-passed appropriations package (H.R. 4052).
“I’m very excited that the House has voted to pass robust investments in Maryland’s Eighth District, bringing us one step closer to securing crucial federal funding for excellent community initiatives across Frederick, Carroll and Montgomery Counties,” said Rep. Raskin. “From the expansion of a Frederick County Crisis Stabilization Center to the restoration of a Montgomery County watershed to renovations for the Hill YMCA in Westminster, these projects will benefit the people of our district and greatly strengthen public health and safety. I extend my thanks to House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro, Interior Subcommittee Chair Chellie Pingree, Interior Subcommittee Chair David E. Price and Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee Chair Matt Cartwright for backing my community requests in each of the relevant appropriations bills. I am proud that we are seeing the government again become a strong instrument for the common good, the common man and the common woman.”
Funding secured by Rep. Raskin through the Interior Subcommittee includes:
$1,000,000 for Clean Water Montgomery to advance watershed restoration in Montgomery County, MD by promoting implementation projects which would improve tree canopy and water quality in local streams and waterways.
- This project would help improve water quality for the residents of Montgomery County by increasing tree canopy through reforestation, individual shade tree plantings and green infrastructure projects to manage, reduce, treat, or recapture stormwater through the County’s watershed grant program.
Funding secured by Rep. Raskin through the Labor, HHS, Education (LHHS) Subcommittee includes:
$80,000 to Community Bridges (CB) Girls Program to support their mission to empower girls from diverse backgrounds to become exceptional students, positive leaders, and healthy young women.
- This funding would ensure that CB can ease their transition to in-person programming and can continue wrap around services such as food deliveries.
$850,000 to establish a Frederick County, MD Crisis Stabilization Center (CSC).
- The proposed CSC would divert people who are in crisis and/or under the influence of a substance away from emergency departments and provide them with stronger links to community-based behavioral health care.
$250,000 to establish a Frederick County, MD Mobile Career Center.
- The proposed mobile career center would expand and extend Frederick County’s existing workforce services to those who are challenged with inadequate access to technology and/or transportation, offering computers, internet access, and a regular presence in areas of the county that are not able to engage in virtual services or have transportation barriers.
$250,000 to support The Greater Washington Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA) in their mission to empower survivors of domestic abuse and ensure safe communities through clinical, victim advocacy and direct legal services as well as educational programming for youth, parents, educators and other professionals.
- This funding would allow JCADA to serve more people by temporarily hiring additional staff to deal with the surge of clients experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault and coming forward to receive services during FY 2022. With this funding, JCADA could continue to provide hybrid in-person and remote services to survivors as well as provide temporary assistance to clients dealing with homelessness and food insecurity.
$250,000 to the Muslim Community Center Medical Clinic to support their mission to provide health care services to the uninsured and underinsured adult population in Maryland.
- This funding would allow the organization to meet increased spacing and service demands by expanding the current building structure and clinic space by adding mobile trailers.
$300,000 to fund the Downtown Silver Spring Place-Based Economic Revitalization and Workforce Development Initiative.
- The Downtown Silver Spring Place-based Economic Revitalization and Workforce Development Initiative would strengthen the economy for one of the district’s critical business centers, upgrade and enhance downtown Silver Spring’s sidewalks and streetscapes, partner with Montgomery College-Silver Spring on training and apprenticeship opportunities for careers in climate industries, and support craft food and beverage manufacturing.
$500,000 to update three pedestrian bridges along the Long Branch Stream Valley.
- The new bridges would incorporate modern ADA accessibility, drainage improvements, and CPTED enhancements for community safety and interconnection of neighborhood, ensuring that county residents have equitable access to parks, recreation, and other amenities.
$370,000 to fund safety and accessibility facility updates at the Hill YMCA in Westminster, MD.
- This funding would support accessibility and safety renovations to the Hill Y’s facilities, including updated locker rooms, safer pool decking and improved pool access for persons with disabilities.
Funding advanced by Rep. Raskin through the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Subcommittee includes:
$1,429,000 to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office to equip all officers with body-worn and in-car cameras.
- This project would promote public safety and enhance transparency by equipping every law enforcement deputy in the department with a body-worn camera and provide all patrol/community-related positions with an in-car cameras.
For more information about Rep. Raskin's Community Project Funding requests, click here.