CONGRESSMAN JIM HIMES

Representing the 4th District of Connecticut

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Community Project Funding Disclosure

Congressman Himes has submitted funding requests for important community projects in Connecticut District 4 to the House Appropriations Committee.

Under guidelines issued by the Appropriations Committee, each Representative may request funding for up to 10 projects in their community for fiscal year 2022 – although only a handful may actually be funded. Projects are restricted to a limited number of federal funding streams, and only state and local governments and eligible non-profit entities are permitted to receive funding. Additional information on the reforms governing Community Project Funding is available here.

In compliance with House Rules and Committee requirements, Congressman Himes has certified that he, his spouse, and his immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects he has requested.

Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
Project Recipient:  Housatonic Community College
Recipient ​Location:  900 Lafayette Blvd, Bridgeport, CT 06604
Requested Amount:  $999,900
Project Summary: For expansion of the advanced manufacturing training program, including reconfiguring and updating equipment and machines, increased instructional staff capacity, scholarship assistance, and assisting students with purchasing supplies not covered by financial aid. This investment will help Housatonic Community College leverage its local partnerships and successful degree programs to ensure that students have successful careers, help employers fill open positions, and strengthen Connecticut's manufacturing pipeline. These goals are consistent with Governor Lamont's 2020 Workforce Council Workforce Strategic Plan, which identified Housatonic Community College as a critical ally in expanding and strengthening Connecticut’s manufacturing sector.
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Project Recipient: Town of Monroe 
Recipient ​Location:  7 Fan Hill Road, Monroe, CT 06468
Requested Amount:  $190,000
Project Summary: For STEM computer labs and acquisition of staff laptops. This project will would provide significant technological improvement and increased access to STEM education in the town.
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Transportation and Housing and Urban Development
Department of Transportation- Local Transportation Priorities
Project Recipient:  City of Norwalk
Recipient Location:  City Hall Drive, Norwalk, CT 06851
Requested Amount:  $1,400,000
Project Summary: For construction of approximately 3 miles of sidewalks alongside West Rocks Road and France Street. The project will result in improved safety and usability of West Rocks Road and France Street.
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Project Recipient:  City of Stamford
Recipient Location:  888 Washington Boulevard, Stamford, CT 06901
Requested Amount:  $2,000,000
Project Summary: For construction and rehabilitation of sidewalks in a number of locations within one mile of schools and one-quarter mile of public transit bus stops. The project will improve access to schools and transit facilities, will promote pedestrian activity and transit use, expand mobility options, reduce congestion on local roadways, and improve pedestrian safety, particularly for schoolchildren.
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Department of Transportation- Grants-in-Aid for Airports
Project Recipient: Igor I Sikorsky Memorial Airport (BDR)
Recipient Location: 1000 Great Meadow Rd, Stratford, CT 06497
Requested Amount:  $2,187,628
Project Summary: For improvements to the fencing at Sikorsky Airport, as well as additional environmental studies and design work for future phases of the airport redevelopment. The project will help increase the overall safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System by increasing site security at Sikorsky Airport, and future planning work will help drive economic growth in the region.
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Housing and Urban Development- Economic Development Initiatives
Project Recipient:  Charter Oak Communities (Housing Authority of the City of Stamford)
Project Location:  22 Clinton Ave, Stamford, CT 06902
Requested Amount:  $450,000
Project Summary: To complete the fourth and final stage of the Lawnhill Terrace housing complex, including roof replacements, siding mechanical system installations, flooring installations, electrical installations, kitchen cabinets and appliances installations, bathroom fixtures, site improvements, and repairs. The project would help complete the renovation of Lawnhill Terrace, which  serves low- and moderate-income persons and provides decent housing and suitable living environments. Additionally, the project is fully consistent with the City of Stamford’s 2020-2021 Community Development Plan.
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Project Recipient:  Center for Family Justice
Project Location:  753 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06604
Requested Amount: $865,000
Project Summary: For physical site improvements on a large home to be renovated into a domestic violence safe house, including accessibility alterations (for hearing impaired, visually impaired, and physically disabled persons), and related equipment, bedroom and bathroom renovations, installation of a commercial kitchen, a safe kennel for pets, computer lab, security upgrades, HVAC, sprinkler systems, recreation space for children, and energy efficient windows. This project will help the Center of Family Justice assist more victims of domestic and sexual violence, and provide victims and their children the greatest chance to build resilience and thrive in the local economy while being free from abuse. 
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Project Recipient:  East End NRZ Market & Cafe
Project Location: 1851 Stratford Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06607
Requested Amount: $1,000,000
Project Summary: For development of the Mt. Growmore Hydroponic Farm and Wellness Campus, including construction costs, personnel salaries, payments for services, labor costs, related equipment purchases, and additional costs. This project directly addresses the needs of women and families in the East End of Bridgeport, CT, a community already bearing the heavy burdens of pollution, disease, poverty and crime, and was disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Through phased construction to advance indoor urban agriculture and delivery of community-designed services, including maternal mental health, trauma recovery, and civic engagement, the Mt. Growmore Hydroponic Farming Greenhouse and Wellness Campus will offer critical resources for community resiliency and recovery.
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Interior and Environment

Environmental Protection Agency- State and Tribal Assistance Grants
Project Recipient:  Save the Sound
Recipient Location: 900 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06510
Project Location:  Merwin Meadows Park, 52 Lovers Ln, Wilton, CT 06897 (Project Coordinates: 41.199486,-73.434606)
Requested Amount:  $ 475,000
Project Summary: For removal of Dana Dam (aka Strong Pond Dam), a derelict 6-foot high and 90-foot long run-of-river dam located nine miles upstream from Long Island Sound at Merwin Meadows Park in Wilton, CT. The project will replace a stagnant man-made impoundment with 1,400 linear feet of free-flowing stream channel and over 1.5 acres of riparian buffer habitat, create a 14-mile stretch of uninterrupted riverine migratory corridor for diadromous fish, enhance water quality, and improve public safety and community resilience.
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