Raskin Announces FY2024 Community Project Funding Requests for Key Priorities, Including Public Safety, Affordable Child Care and Environmental Initiatives

Raskin requests federal funding for mental health crisis intervention, road safety improvements, clean water infrastructure, affordable child care, electric vehicle charging and more

April 20, 2023

ROCKVILLE, MD – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) today announced his requests for over $26 million in federal funding for 15 proposed projects in Maryland’s Eighth District through the Fiscal Year 2024 Community Project Funding program.

“The fifteen community projects I have requested reflect the concerns and priorities that I hear about from my constituents every day,” said Rep. Raskin. “These worthy community projects would expand affordable child care for low-income families, bolster mental health crisis services, help law enforcement solve cases faster, expand workforce training for people with disabilities, improve our water quality, install electric vehicle chargers, improve local trails, accelerate our growth as a biotechnology hub, and make pedestrians, cyclists and drivers safer. In the months ahead I will continue to advocate for these timely and important investments in Montgomery County.”

Rep. Raskin’s requests include:

  1. $560,000 for bus stop safety improvements to further Montgomery County’s Vision Zero initiative and protect transit riders;
  2. $1,175,000 for the non-profit AHC Inc. to complete the build out of a child care center and a community center at the Randolph Road Community, which is a new affordable housing development;
  3. $3,279,500 for the non-profit Community Support Services, Inc. to do necessary renovations to a facility that, once completed, will provide supported employment and workforce training for people with autism and developmental disabilities;
  4. $700,000 to increase the size of the Montgomery County Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team Unit, which will improve community safety and offer an effective response to mental health crises;
  5. $1,300,000 for the Montgomery County Police Department to implement a crime lab information management system that will improve the efficiency and accuracy of forensic investigations—resulting in cases being resolved more quickly;
  6. $2,000,000 for the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research to acquire a 300kV Cryogenic Electron Microscope, which will accelerate therapeutic and vaccine development and will support Montgomery County’s continued growth as a biotechnology hub;
  7. $4,000,000 for Montgomery County to install electric vehicle (EV) chargers in two public parking garages in downtown Silver Spring; 
  8. $4,750,000 for Montgomery County to design safety improvements that will protect drivers and pedestrians traveling on a section of Goshen Road that has a history of car crashes, including pedestrian injuries;
  9. $650,000 to further conservation and restoration efforts by the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin;
  10. $1,800,000 for the Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission to restore a section of the Northwest Branch SVU3 Trail, which will significantly improve the trail’s usability for pedestrians and cyclists;
  11. $1,471,220 for the City of Rockville to purchase interoperable police radio communications equipment, which will ensure efficient and effective emergency response operations;
  12. $900,000 for storm drain improvements in the Potomac Woods neighborhood in the City of Rockville, which will reduce the risk of dangerous flooding;
  13. $592,500 to purchase necessary technology for the City of Rockville’s Emergency Operations Center, which will ensure that the city’s government can effectively direct and coordinate operations from a centralized facility during an emergency or disaster;
  14. $500,000 for the City of Rockville to rehabilitate two miles of sewer pipes, reducing the risk of wastewater overflows that threaten public health and safety; and
  15. $2,400,000 for the City of Rockville to replace 6,000 feet of water main pipes, ensuring the safety and reliability of our drinking water.

More information about each community project request is available here. The House Appropriations Committee will determine which of Rep. Raskin's requested projects, if any, will receive funding. For a project to receive funding, the funding must be included in the version of the appropriations bill that is passed by the House of Representatives and Senate and signed into law by the president.