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Sarbanes secures millions for community revitalization projects across Maryland’s 3rd congressional district

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WASHINGTON, D.C.Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) secured $7,225,000 in federal funding via three U.S. House of Representatives Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) appropriations vehicles, including the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHS) spending bill, the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) spending bill, and the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) spending bill.

“This new tranche of federal funding for Maryland’s Third Congressional District will help strengthen health care systems, public safety initiatives, job opportunities and community services for thousands of residents,” said Congressman Sarbanes, who secured funding for all ten of his Community Project Funding requests – including $620,000 for environmental projects. “I will always work closely with my colleagues in Congress to deliver vital federal resources that help improve the lives and livelihoods of Marylanders across our state.”

LHHS funding secured by Congressman Sarbanes includes:

  • $2,325,000 for the City of Baltimore to expand and enhance broadband internet connections to the city’s senior centers, provide devices to enable telehealth services for seniors and implement an effective telemedicine model at senior centers with the most need.
  • $750,000 for the Living Classrooms Foundation to help address the underlying causes of violence in Baltimore and support the organization’s Safe Streets initiative by increasing access to good-paying jobs through a growing network of job training and job placement opportunities.
  • $750,000 for Vehicles for Change to provide paid internships, certifications and job placement services to individuals with multiple barriers to employment, including many Marylanders who recently returned from prison and work as auto mechanics. The project will also offer cars to families to help them access employment opportunities.

  • $250,000 for the Muslim Community Center, Inc. to help expand its services to residents in Montgomery County and respond to the increased need for affordable health and dental care – including mental health, substance abuse, post-COVID illnesses and patient-centered, coordinated care for the uninsured and underinsured.
  • CJS funding secured by Congressman Sarbanes includes:

    • $2,000,000 for the City of Baltimore to support its 9-1-1 Diversion Pilot, a multi-agency public safety system to divert non-urgent or low-risk calls in the city to behavioral health and crisis professionals instead of the police.
    • $600,000 for LifeBridge Health to support the organization’s Center for Hope, a new comprehensive approach to help prevent violence in Baltimore through coordinated multi-disciplinary teams that work with community partners, government agencies and other experts.
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      THUD funding secured by Congressman Sarbanes includes:

      • $300,000 for the City of Annapolis to help protect the Annapolis City Dock by providing additional flood protection, storm water management and resiliency measures.
      • $250,000 for the Pikesville Armory Foundation to help transform a historic military campus into a public center for recreation, cultural arts, open space, community engagement and historic preservation, which will benefit residents in northwest Baltimore City and Baltimore County.
      • Earlier this year, Congressman Sarbanes accepted FY22 Community Project Funding requests to direct federal resources to nonprofit organizations and public entities, such as state and local governments. See here for more information.

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