Rep. Houlahan Submits 15 Community Project Funding Requests for Fiscal Year 2025

Grants

WEST CHESTER, PARepresentative Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) has submitted 15 Community Project Funding Grant requests to the House Appropriations Committee for the Fiscal Year 2025. These grants, if approved, aim to bring significant improvements to local communities in Berks and Chester Counties.

Houlahan emphasized the importance of these funds, stating that they are crucial for community enhancement. She highlighted past successes in securing millions of dollars in grants for the area, expressing her commitment to continuing these efforts. The selected projects cover a wide range of initiatives including updates to community spaces, educational program improvements, and enhanced protection measures.

Among the notable projects submitted by Houlahan are the Barclay Friends Memory Care Expansion and Renovation, which aims to provide better facilities for memory care patients, and the City of Reading 11th and Pike Recreation Center Expansion, aimed at creating more recreational opportunities for residents. Other key projects include the East Whiteland Township Route 30 Corridor Improvements Project and the Kennett Square Police Department Force De-Escalation Initiative. These projects are designed to improve infrastructure and public safety.

The variety of projects reflects a comprehensive approach to addressing community needs. For instance, the Reading Area Community College Schmidt Training and Technology Center Expansion for Workforce Development is intended to enhance job training programs, equipping residents with the skills needed for modern employment opportunities. Similarly, the New London Counseling Center Mental Health Facility Expansion seeks to provide broader mental health services to the community.

These initiatives represent more than just physical improvements. They have the potential to significantly impact the quality of life for residents. Improved community spaces can foster social cohesion, while enhanced educational programs can prepare the next generation for success. Public safety initiatives can reduce crime rates and create a safer environment for all.

Since the introduction of Community Project Funding Grants in 2021, Houlahan has ensured a transparent and fair selection process. She employs a nonpartisan board of community leaders to review and recommend applications, ensuring that the most impactful projects receive priority consideration.

With these submissions, Houlahan continues her work to secure vital resources for her district. The projects, if funded, promise to address significant local needs and contribute to the overall well-being of the community. For the full description of each project, visit Houlahan’s website here.

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