8th Congressional District Community Project Funding Request Submissions for Fiscal Year 2022

For the 2022 Fiscal Year (FY), the House Committee on Appropriations is allowing Members to submit up to ten Community Project Funding (CPF) requests for their specific Congressional districts.

Below, in alphabetical order by project, are the MA-08 CPF submissions for the FY2022 appropriations cycle.

Civics Education for K-12 Students in Massachusetts

Amount Requested:  $1,000,000

Requested by the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

210 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA  02125

The requested funding would be used to provide a variety of in-person and virtual K-12 civics education programs designed to promote civic engagement and educate the next generation of citizens and leaders.  There has never been a more important time to encourage students, teachers and community members to understand how our democracy works. Because of the growing political polarization in our society and the accumulated impact of decades of diminished civics education nationwide, educators need resources to offer their students on this critical subject.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Community Fieldhouse and Outdoor Athletic and Recreational Facilities

Amount Requested:  $1,000,000

Requested by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester

1135 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA  02125

The requested funding would be used for planning, design and other pre-development expenses in support of a public/private initiative between Boston Public Schools, Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester and the Martin Richard Foundation to develop a fieldhouse and outdoor athletic and recreational facilities.  These facilities will provide area youth with access to early education and care, academic support, healthy lifestyle programming, and character and leadership development, as well as serve as a civic hub that connects a network for like-minded institutions and individuals to forge innovative approaches to youth development and family engagement.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Community Opportunity Center-Mary Ellen McCormack Housing Development

Amount Requested:  $1,750,000

Requested by the Boston Housing Authority

52 Chauncy Street, Boston, MA  02111

The requested funding would be used for pre-development of a new Community Opportunity Center located in the Mary Ellen McCormack public housing community in South Boston that will provide a range of programs benefiting residents and neighbors.  The new center will provide programs that will increase healthcare access for seniors, help battle the opioid crisis plaguing the community, provide early education and after-school programming, workforce training, workforce placement, and more.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Construction Renovations to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Services

Amount Requested:  $1,000,000

Requested by the Gavin Foundation, Inc.

675 East Fourth Street, South Boston, MA  02127

The requested funding would be used for construction and renovation of two separate residential programs and a Recovery Center to expand access to serve individuals who are battling addiction.  This project will address the growing rate of addiction, overdose and homelessness that has hit Massachusetts and greater New England hard, and has been exacerbated by Covid-19 pandemic.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Design & Permitting for the Joe Moakley Park Improvements Project

Amount Requested:  $1,800,000

Requested by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department

1010 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02118

The requested funding would be used for the design and permitting phase that, when complete, will allow the City of Boston to proceed with open space and resilience improvements at Joe Moakley Park in Boston.  Today, Moakley Park floods regularly—and sits at a critical breach point that threatens the long-term vitality of adjacent and upland neighborhoods including critical affordable housing assets and regionally-significant transportation assets.  In addition to preventing future flooding, this project can serve as a nationally replicable model for climate resilience, equity, community development, and citizen engagement. 

Financial Disclosure Letter

Design and Permitting for the Reconstruction of the North Jetty Berth in South Boston

Amount Requested:  $1,000,000

Requested by the Massachusetts Port Authority

1 Harborside Drive, East Boston, MA 02128

The requested funding would be used assist with the design and permitting of the North Jetty Berth Reconstruction Project.  The North Jetty has significantly deteriorated over the past 15-20 years, the western third of the pier has been deemed structurally unusable and the remaining portion has significant capacity restrictions resulting in limited use.  The reconstruction will improve safety, greatly enhance the competitiveness of the Port of Boston, and create new jobs.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Facility Modifications and Upgrades to the New England Center and Home for Veterans

Amount Requested:  $1,000,000

Requested by the Vietnam Veterans Workshop doing business as the New England Center and Home for Veterans

17 Court Street, Boston, MA  02108

The funding would be used to convert as many as 20 existing congregate (shared) living style, housing berths for veterans experiencing homelessness to more individual unit-style, housing.  The improved, individual unit-style housing allow the NECHV and the City of Boston to meet the challenges of providing safe living accommodations for veterans experiencing homelessness, particularly in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Old Colony YMCA for Early Education Curriculum and Teacher Training

Amount Requested:  $800,000

Requested by the Old Colony Young Men's Christian Association, Inc.

320 Main Street, Brockton, MA  02301

The requested funding would be used to support Early Education centers including curriculum development, teacher training, and certification supports, and staff recruitments.  It will also be used to enhance program offerings to include behavior support services to respond to the mental health needs of youth and families in the after-school sites.  These enhancements will provide ensure vital childcare, early education, and support to children and families served by the Old Colony YMCA.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Pump Station 9 Replacement

Amount Requested:  $2,000,000

Requested by the Town of Hull, MA

1111 Nantasket Avenue, Hull, MA 02045

The requested funding will be used for the Hull Pump Station 9 Project in the Pemberton section of Hull which will replace the current deteriorated station with a new station that meets all current codes, as well as addresses climate change/resiliency measures.  This project will support the long-term sustainability and reliability of the Town’s municipal wastewater system operations, which eliminates the potential degradation to the Commonwealth’s water resources, including Hull Bay and Massachusetts Bay.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Site and Program Verification and Concept Design for New UMass Boston Nursing and Health Science Building

Amount Requested:  $1,350,000

Requested by the University of Massachusetts Boston

100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA  02125

The requested funding would be used for the first two design and engineering phases of the University’s planned construction of a new Nursing and Health Sciences Building to house the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.  The new building will serve multiple nursing programs in Greater Boston.  The teaching, research and translational work that the new building will support will be vital for the formation of world-class nurses and health practitioners with the scientific and clinical background, as well as the cultural and linguistic preparation, needed to take on our nation’s health challenges.

Financial Disclosure Letter