FY 22 COMMUNITY PROJECTS REQUESTED

For fiscal year 2022 (FY22) Rep. Raskin submitted the 10 community project funding (CPF) requests to the House Appropriations Committee, consistent with the Committee’s guidance. NOTE: The projects are listed alphabetically by Subcommittee.

Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Subcommittee:

Project Name: Body-Worn Cameras, In-Car Cameras, for Carroll County Sheriff’s Office
Amount Requested: $1,429,003
Intended Recipient: Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, 100 N Court St, Westminster, MD 21157
Project Description: This project would promote public safety and enhance transparency by supporting the purchase of body-worn cameras and in-car cameras to provide video of all law enforcement encounters with the public. This funding would equip every law enforcement deputy in the department with a body-worn camera and provide all patrol/community-related positions with an in-car camera.

Signed Disclosure Letter

Interior Subcommittee: 

Project Name: Clean Water Montgomery - Watershed Enhancement Project
Amount Requested: $1,000,000
Intended Recipient: Montgomery County, MD Government, 2425 Reedie Drive, 4th floor, Wheaton, MD 20902
Project Description: The Clean Water Montgomery–Watershed Enhancement project aims to advance watershed restoration in Montgomery County, MD by promoting implementation projects which will improve tree canopy and water quality in local streams and waterways. Half of the funds will be spent directly on reforestation and individual shade tree plantings, while the remaining 50-percent will be spent on new green infrastructure projects. The project will help improve water quality for the residents of Montgomery County by increasing tree canopy through reforestation, individual shade tree plantings and green infrastructure such as rain gardens and porous pavement to help mitigate stormwater pollution. Plantings will be targeted in areas where existing canopy is insufficient, the 12-digit watershed is rated fair to poor for water quality, and the amount of impervious surface is high. This typically aligns with priority areas for environmental justice. Green infrastructure projects will be funded through a competitive grant process and be targeted in similar areas where impervious surface is high, the 12-digit watershed is rated fair to poor for water quality in priority areas of the County identified as being underserved. This project will 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.

Signed Disclosure Letter

Labor, HHS, Education (LHHS) Subcommittee:

Project Name: Community Bridges (CB) Girls Program
Amount Requested: $80,000
Intended Recipient: Community Bridges, Inc., 8757 Georgia Avenue, Ste. 540 Silver Spring, MD 20910 
Project Description: Community Bridges empowers girls from diverse backgrounds to become exceptional students, positive leaders, and healthy young women. CB addresses the developmental needs of immigrant and minority girls and their families living at or below the federal poverty level in Montgomery County, Maryland. Community Bridges offers an array of programs for girls and families, including after-school and out-of-school time, mentoring, and college and career programming. Support from the Community Project will allow Community Bridges to support the needs of under-resourced girls/young women in Montgomery County, MD many of whom currently live at or below the federal poverty level. For girls that are minorities and/or low-income living below the federal poverty level has challenges that are often exacerbated by gender-specific challenges and the challenges of bridging ethnic/ immigrant cultures with the American school experience. With these community demographics comes a need for services that employ a culturally responsive and inter-generational approach focused on the needs of the girls and families in our communities. The CB Girls program encourages girls to realize their potential, embrace their cultural identity and become leaders. In addition, COVID-19 has underscored the need for programs like CB Girls who provide academic support through tutoring, homework club, academic and cognitive testing, extensive college and career prep and access to food resources. Community Bridges has been conducting its programming virtually during the pandemic and supporting girls at a more than 21 schools in Montgomery County. This funding will ensure that CB can continue to work with these girls as they transition to in-person programming and continue wrap around services such as access to food through bi-weekly deliveries. This project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it provides positive youth development programming to empower and shape the future women leaders in our community.

Signed Disclosure Letter

Project Name: Frederick County, MD Crisis Stabilization Center (CSC)
Amount Requested: $846,303
Intended Recipient: Frederick County Government, 12 East Church Street Frederick, MD 21701
Project Description: The Frederick County CSC will be a 24/7 program that is responsive to local needs, grounded in a public health framework, and integrated into the behavioral health crisis care system in Frederick County. It will 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. This project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it will provide a viable alternative to costly hospital and emergency services, and work to integrate individuals into the community-based behavioral health crisis care system in Frederick County.

Signed Disclosure Letter

Project Name: Frederick County, MD Mobile Career Center
Amount Requested:
 $250,000
Intended Recipient: Frederick County Government, 12 East Church Street Frederick, MD 21701
Project Description: Frederick County will expand and extend the County’s existing workforce services to those who are challenged with inadequate access to technology and/or transportation under this project. The Mobile Career Center will offer 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. Working with community nonprofits, it will also enhance services that are offered to residents in more rural communities. Unemployment and underemployment continue to be a challenge for many county residents. This project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it will provide direct support to individuals seeking employment, including: re-employment assistance, career guidance, career planning, job training, and access to a variety of other resources and services that support successful employment.

Signed Disclosure Letter

Project Name: The Greater Washington Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA)
Amount Requested: $297,500
Intended Recipient: The Greater Washington Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse, PO Box 2266, Rockville, MD 20847
Project Description: JCADA works to end power-based violence through empowering survivors and ensuring safe communities through clinical, victim advocacy and direct legal services as well as educational programming for youth, parents, educators and other professionals. The organization provides services to all residents of the Greater Washington community, without regard to race, national origin, ability, background, faith, gender or sexual orientation. During the COVID-19 pandemic, JCADA has seen a substantial increase in demand for its services. 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. This project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because provides critical resources and support to domestic violence survivors and their families. This funding will allow JCADA to help survivors through small housing and food grants and it will enable therapists and victim advocates to serve more clients during a period of increased need.

Signed Disclosure Letter

Project Name: Muslim Community Center Medical Clinic 
Amount Requested: $495,000
Intended Recipient: Muslim Community Center, Inc., 15200 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20905
Project Description: The Muslim Community Center (MCC) Medical Clinic provides compassionate and quality health care services to the uninsured and underinsured adult population in Maryland, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or national origin. It serves patients under the Affordable Care Act, uninsured, underinsured, Medicaid and Medicare patients living in Maryland’s 8th District. The number of patients served has grown significantly over the last 18 years, and MCC now faces a problem of insufficient space in which much-needed services can be provided and more patients can be served. In order to meet this increased demand for affordable health care and specialty services in the community, the Clinic needs to expand the current building structure and intends to expand current clinic space by adding mobile trailers.

Signed Disclosure Letter

Transportation, Housing, Urban Development (THUD) Subcommittee:

Project Name: Downtown Silver Spring Place-Based Economic Revitalization and Workforce Development Initiative 
Amount Requested: $300,000
Intended Recipient: Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, 101 Monroe Street, 4th Floor, Rockville, MD 20850 
Project Description: The Downtown Silver Spring Place-based Economic Revitalization and Workforce Development will strengthen the economy for one of the district’s critical business centers, downtown Silver Spring, which has been significantly impacted by the pandemic and economic downturn, and is currently enduring high office vacancy rates (of nearly 20 percent), decreased visitors and foot traffic, and increases in nuisance crimes. The project will upgrade and enhance downtown Silver Spring’s sidewalks and streetscapes. The project will position downtown Silver Spring to create a new economic identity as a climate industry corridor, which has the potential to have a significant and long-term impact on the area’s economic recovery and growth. The project will partner with Montgomery College-Silver Spring on training and apprenticeship opportunities for careers in climate industries. The project will also support one of downtown Silver Spring’s and Montgomery County’s growth industries: craft food and beverage manufacturing. The project is the signature community economic development initiative of the recently formed Montgomery County Commerce Cabinet, which was established by Executive Order on June 9, 2020 and brings together 14 county agencies that have a role in supporting a growing, sustainable, and inclusive local economy.

Signed Disclosure Letter

Project Name: Longbranch Stream Valley Park Pedestrian Bridge Replacements & ADA Improvements 
Amount Requested: $500,000
Intended Recipient: Montgomery County, MD Government, 2425 Reedie Drive, 11th Floor, Wheaton, MD 20902 
Project Description: 
This project will update three existing pedestrian bridges along the Long Branch Stream Valley, located in one of Montgomery County’s Equity Focus Areas (EFA). The new bridges will incorporate modern ADA accessibility, drainage improvements, and CPTED enhancements for community safety and interconnection of neighborhoods. This project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it will enhance public safety and help better connect diverse communities that were developed separately in the 1950s and 1960s with little regard for connectivity, accessibility, or environmental impact. The project will help ensure that county residents have equitable access to parks, recreation, and other amenities. 

Signed Disclosure Letter

Project Name: The Hill Y in Westminster, MD – Safety and Accessibility Facility Updates
Amount Requested: 
$370,000
Intended Recipient: 
The Hill Y in Westminster, 1719 Sykesville Rd, Westminster, MD 21157
Project Description: The Hill Y in Westminster is a vital community asset that serves more than 7,000 people in Carroll County, MD. This project will support accessibility and safety renovations to the Hill Y’s facilities and locker rooms, including the addition of private dressing areas for special needs members/participants. This project will improve handicap pool access and replace the existing unsafe tile pool deck surface with a more functional material that meets current safety standards.  The Hill Y provides critical health and wellness services, offers school enrichment and academic programs, and supports the health and wellbeing of children, families, and seniors throughout Carroll County. Updated locker rooms, safer pool decking and improved pool access for persons with disabilities will allow the Y to better serve members of the community who require additional support services or accommodations for the Y’s water exercise opportunities, camps, and other programs. These improvements would be beneficial to all members of the community, including infants, seniors, and school-age children participating daily in Y academic programs. 

Signed Disclosure Letter