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Dingell Announces Nearly $14 Million in Requested Funding for Michigan Community Projects in Spending Bills

All of Dingell’s Funding Requests Advance, Await Congressional Approval

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) announced the inclusion of nearly $14 million in federal funding for community projects across Michigan’s 12th District in the FY 2022 Appropriations legislation. If passed by Congress, the federal funding will go towards specific community project funding requests, ranging in issues from water infrastructure to child care, that Dingell submitted earlier this year as part of the FY 2022 appropriations request process.

“This federal funding is critical to improving the lives of hard-working Michiganders across the 12th District. These important programs will serve the diverse needs of our communities by helping improve access to health care through addressing long-standing infrastructure issues at Ecorse Creek, strengthening telemedicine, improving access to education and training, supporting community law enforcement, and broadening opportunities for young people,” said Rep. Dingell. “I’m thankful that each of these much-needed requests cleared the first hurdle and will be considered by the Appropriations Committee. I will continue to advocate for funding to ensure our infrastructure can withstand climate change, our children are cared for, our water is clean, and our communities are supported.”

These funding requests were included in the House Appropriations Subcommittees on:

·   Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies;

·   Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies;

·   Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies; and

·   Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.

Each request, which is included in the appropriations bills for each subcommittee, awaits a full committee markup by the Appropriations Committee and then will be considered before the full house.

A full list of Dingell’s community funding projects that are advancing are below:

  • $250,000 for Eastern Michigan University Prisoner Reentry Services to double the number of formerly incarcerated individuals in Washtenaw County who receive reentry services provided by Social Work students in partnership with local nonprofits.
  • $149,000 for Educate Youth Ypsilanti Police-Community Relations Training Program to facilitate a law enforcement and community relations training program targeted at the youth in Ypsilanti, connecting them with law enforcement and building mutual trust.
  • $3 million for the Washtenaw County-Eastern Washtenaw County YMCA Recreation Center to construct a new recreation building in Ypsilanti Township in eastern Washtenaw County. It will promote the health and wellbeing of eastern Washtenaw County residents, especially our young people, through healthy living programming, indoor and outdoor recreation activities, and youth development and social responsibility programming.
  • $1.5 million for Jewish Family Services to create the WISE Center for Washtenaw County seniors, which would support a network of expert behavioral mental health services, comprehensive geriatric services and educational programming, memory assessments, and a fully appointed kitchen and workspace to address the specialized dietary needs of older adults.
  • $3 million for the City of Ann Arbor- Safe, Healthy, and Net Zero Energy Affordable Supportive Housing to support the transition of ten affordable supportive housing sites under the authority of the Ann Arbor Housing Commission (AAHC), a public Housing Authority, to nearly net zero energy sites that ensure safe, healthy, and comfortable housing for residents in need.
  • $1 million for ACCESS to Education to facilitate out of school programming for K-9 students as well as targeted adult education services, with a focus on preparing parents and caregivers to better support their children’s academic and social-emotional well-being. The programming will be over 32 weeks and take place at ACCESS’ Youth and Family Center and in five schools across the 12th District in Allen Park and Dearborn. They will also have 6 weeks of summer programming.
  • $1.675 million for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers pre-construction of Ecorse Creek, a stormwater detention basin to be built in Dearborn Heights to reduce the severity of flood events in the communities of Romulus, Inkster, Westland, Dearborn Heights, Taylor, Allen Park, Melvindale, Lincoln Park and Ecorse.
  • $300,000 for The Collaborative Child Development Center at Eastern Michigan University to continue to offer high-quality, early childhood educational services to children ages 18 months through five years in eastern Washtenaw County, expand services to include infants and evening programs for children up to age 12, and provide support services for up to ten individuals to complete service hours at The Collaborative as part of their child care certification program. These funds will also increase childcare scholarships to low-income families.
  • $2 million for the Henry Ford College Technology Skills Development and Career Promise Program to develop student knowledge and skills in advanced manufacturing linked to industry 4.0 and other industry sectors forecasting high-growth and high-demand occupational outlooks.
  • $900,000 for the Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital (HFWH) to expand their virtual patient support functions and pilot an inpatient video monitoring system.
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