Velazquez Secures Federal Funding for Local Projects in Final Government Funding Package

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Washington D.C.- – RealEstateRama – Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) announced that she has secured $16,025,453 in Community Project Funding for New York’s 7th District in the 2023 government funding bill. This funding responds directly to some of the most pressing needs across her District.

“The funding we passed today is critical to the success of our community – from educating our youth, and providing after-school care, to improving the local environment and meeting the healthcare needs of our residents,” said Congresswoman Velázquez. “I am proud to have secured over 16 million in federal funding in this bill that I know will meet long overdue community needs in New York’s 7th District. I look forward to seeing these funds being put to use to help grow and strengthen our neighborhoods.”

Congresswoman Velázquez secured funding for 15 projects that will directly benefit New York’s 7th District residents. These include:

  1. $750,000 for the Acquisition of a building in the Bushwick, Brooklyn neighborhood to create the Brooklyn Center for Social Justice, Entrepreneurship and the Arts (BCSEA),
  2. $1,800,453 for the Arab-American Family Support Center in collaboration with the Academy of Medical & Public Health Services, Brooklyn, NY for immigrant mental health initiative services, including equipment,
  3. $1,025,000 for the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy in collaboration with NYC H20 (Ridgewood/Highland Park), Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, and St. Ann’s Warehouse youth education and stewardship initiative programs,
  4. $750,000 for the Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC) Barrio Affordable Solar,
  5. $1,100,000 for the Grand Street Settlement 80 Pitt Street Community Center Renovation to make capital improvements within the Community Center,
  6. $300,000 for the Loisaida, New York, NY for an environmental and community science program to promote a climate workforce development & entrepreneurship,
  7. $800,000 for the Make the Road New York, Brooklyn, NY in collaboration with Bangladeshi American Community Development & Youth Services for adult literacy programs and services, including the purchase of equipment, to improve economic outcomes,
  8. $2,000,000 for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, New York, NY to renovate an existing kitchen and office spaces, bathrooms, patient room doors, and replacement of surveillance cameras at Woodhull Mental and Medical Center in North Brooklyn,
  9. $1,000,000 for the North Brooklyn Anti-Violence Initiative in collaboration with St. Nicks Alliance, Riseboro and The Wick/Los Sures which will help to prevent violence and improve the quality-of-life in North Brooklyn with innovative strategies,
  10. $750,000 for the NYCHA ADA Accessibility and Security Lighting Project at Borinquen Plaza and Red Hook East and West,
  11. $300,000 for the Good Old Lower East Side (Goles) Public Housing Leadership Academy to train emerging leaders in Lower East Side public housing,
  12. $750,000 for Evergreen Exchange in coordination with Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation for a business assistance program Resilient Recovery: Brooklyn’s Industrial Waterfront,
  13. $1,500,000 for the St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY nursing simulation lab for the education of future nurses in coordination with The Brooklyn Hospital Center,
  14. $1,200,000 for the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg Inc., Brooklyn, NY in collaboration with Henry Street Settlement will provide social services initiative connecting families to assistance to reduce poverty and improve economic independence,
  15. $2,000,000 for the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY for facilities and equipment to increase access to colorectal cancer screenings.

The twelve-bill government funding package will create good-paying American jobs, grow opportunity for the middle class and small businesses, and provide a lifeline for working families. Taken together, the funding for New York’s 7th District and the funding increases for critical government programs that will continue to reverse decades of disinvestment.

This bill now goes to President Biden’s desk for his signature. A detailed summary of the bill is available here

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