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Houlahan Announces 15 Requests for Community Project Funding

Rep. Houlahan has sent 15 projects to the Appropriations Committee for approval for the Fiscal Year 2024.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) announced the 15 Community Project Funding requests she submitted to the House Appropriations Committee for the Fiscal Year 2024. These funds will help local organizations improve safety, housing, and education initiatives, and provide additional benefits to the Sixth District of Pennsylvania.

“This funding is vital to our community, and I am proud to have secured millions of dollars in Community Project Funding for Berks and Chester Counties in previous years. I am excited to announce the 15 Community Projects I’ve submitted for the Fiscal Year 2024 budget that, if selected, will update community spaces, improve educational programs, and ensure our communities are protected,” said Houlahan. “Thank you to all our organizations who have submitted requests for incredible projects, I will do everything in my power to secure funding for these impactful projects and continue to help our community.”

Houlahan submitted the following requests for Community Project Funding, which may be included in the text of the Fiscal Year 2024 Appropriations bill later this year. Listed in alphabetical order, the projects are: 

  • Ann’s Heart Purchase of Campus Project
  • Albright College Innovation Corridor Life Science-Based Incubator Project 
  • Berwyn Fire Company EMS Station Infrastructure Project 
  • Borough of Kennett Square Wastewater Treatment Plant Project
  • City of Coatesville Ash Park Master Plan Implementation Phase 2 Project
  • East Fallowfield Township Police Department/Municipal Complex Construction Project
  • FarmerJawn and Friends Foundation Fund Barn Revitalization 
  • The Garage Community and Youth Center Rain Garden and Green Roof Project 
  • Helping Harvest Fresh Food Bank Community Kitchen and Workforce Training Center Renovation Project 
  • The LGBT Center of Greater Reading Transitional Housing Project 
  • Mohnton Borough Highbrook Stormwater Channel Stabilization Project
  • Oakbrook Homes Center for Early Education Neighborhood Services Center and Family Services Complex Project 
  • Phoenixville Police Department Law Enforcement 21st Century Policing Initiative Project 
  • Reading Area Community College Capital Improvements and Repairs - Workforce Development Project 
  • Southern Chester County Regional Police Department Body Worn Camera and Taser Project 

For more information on these projects, click here

“We are deeply honored that Representative Houlahan's office has chosen Ann's Heart as a potential recipient of Community Project Funding. Our vision to create a centralized nonprofit campus hub in Phoenixville will not only provide exceptional care and support to those in need, but also set a new standard for community-based nonprofit programs throughout Pennsylvania. With this funding, we aim to establish a model that provides high-quality care with dignity and respect, while also serving as a beacon of hope for individuals and families in need. We are eager to work with the House Appropriations committee to make this vision a reality and positively impact our community,” said Peter Urscheler, Mayor of Phoenixville.

“We are so appreciative in the possible investment of a Community Impact grant to our workforce development training programs at Reading Area Community College. RACC is the training ground for the skilled workers Berks County desperately needs. This grant will enrich the lives of our families, our local economy and the communities we serve. Representative Houlahan has long been a vocal advocate of Reading Area Community College, and we are so grateful for her continued support,” said Dr Susan Looney, President, Reading Area Community College.

“The LGBT Center of Greater Reading is thrilled to be among those chosen to have our 2023-2024 community funding project sent to the Appropriations Committee in DC. We stand in full support of these Appropriations and acknowledge the incredibly important role they play in providing necessary funding for local community projects. We respectfully ask the Committee to advance our project and afford us the opportunity to expand our services and programs,” said Michelle Dech, CEO of LGBT Center of Greater Reading.

"On behalf the Kennett Square Borough Council and residents of the Borough, we thank Congresswoman Houlahan for her support of the Borough’s Wastewater Treatment Plant project.  In addition to updating the Borough’s sewer plant; this project also serves as a catalyst for economic development. As a community, we are hopeful the Appropriations Committee will move this important project forward,” said Council President Doug Doerfler.

“I am so grateful for your support of Total Experience Learning (TExpL) and Albright College. Being considered for Federal Community Projects funding is extremely meaningful, and if approved, will have a significant impact on our plans to establish northeast Reading as the Innovation Corridor of Berks County. This funding will enable the phase 1 renovation of the Camp Building to get underway – a project which will include a life science-based incubator for tech business startup and expansion of our TExpL program. Thank you for your amazing and ongoing support,” said Albright College President Jacquelyn S. Fetrow.

“The Highbrook Stormwater Channel Stabilization project truly represents a community coming together.  Mohnton Borough, in which the project is located, is a member of the Wyomissing Creek Watershed Coalition (WCWC), an intergovernmental organization for all eight municipalities in the watershed to pool resources to reduce pollution in the Wyomissing Creek caused by erosion.  As the first project, the WCWC has chosen to mitigate erosion of the Highbrook channel in Mohnton Borough that is threatening an apartment building and its handicapped access, as well as creating sediment pollution in the Wyomissing Creek. Funding this project will provide an immediate benefit to the residents of Mohnton Borough and a long term benefit to the residents of seven other municipalities,” said Jeanne Johnston, Cumru Township Manager.

“The Berwyn Fire Company is humbled to be selected as a priority community project in the Pennsylvania 6th Congressional District by Rep. Houlahan and her non-partisan panel of community leaders. We have been creative as an organization to fund our fire/EMS infrastructure project by applying for state and federal grants, fundraising and obtaining critical municipal support from Tredyffrin and Easttown Townships. Our dedicated volunteers and staff look forward to working in a safe and modern facility to support our 24x7 operations for years to come,” said Eamon Brazunas, Assistant Chief of Berwyn Fire Company.

Houlahan is an Air Force veteran, an engineer, a serial entrepreneur, an educator, and a nonprofit leader. She represents Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District, which encompasses Chester County and southern Berks County. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. She is the recipient of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Abraham Lincoln Leadership for America Award which “recognizes members who demonstrate the bipartisan leadership and constructive governing necessary to move our country forward” and the Congressional Management Foundation’s 2022 Democracy Award for best Constituent Services in Congress.