Community Project Funding Request Disclosure

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Community Project Funding Request Disclosure

 

As your elected representative, I have the privilege of making annual requests of the House Committee on Appropriations on behalf of my constituents that represent the priorities of Missouri’s fifth district.  For Fiscal Year 2022, the House Committee on Appropriations has included Member-designated Community Project Funding, along with language and programmatic requests in the federal appropriations bills. 

My office received over 40 community project funding requests for FY22. Some projects submitted did not meet eligibility criteria laid out by the subcommittees. For example:

  • Only state and local governments and verified 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible to receive funding.
  • Community Project Funding is only available for one-year funding (FY2022) and cannot include multi-year funding.
  • Per the Appropriations Committee, only projects with demonstrated community support will be considered. Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Letters of support from elected community leaders (e.g., mayors or other officials);
    • Press articles highlighting the need for the requests Community Project Funding;
    • Projects listed on State intended use plans, community development plans, or other publicly available planning documents; or
    • Resolutions passed by city councils or boards.
  • Several Federal programs eligible for Community Project Funding requests require a State or local match for projects either by statute or according to longstanding policy. The Appropriations Committee will not waive these matching requirements for Community Project Funding request. Note: This does not mean that matching funds must be in-hand prior to requesting a project, but that local officials must have a plan to meet such requirements in order for the project to be viable.
  • The FY2022 process is limited in scope with only a few appropriations accounts included for Community Project Funding requests. 

In order to prioritize accountability and transparency in this process, each member is posting the projects they submitted to the Committee on Appropriations. Below are the 10 projects that I submitted to the committee to consider. At a later date, the committee will publicly release a list of the projects that are ultimately funded. Submission of a project to the committee is not a guarantee that the project will receive funding.   

PROJECTS REQUESTED:

The projects are listed in alphabetical order within the subcommittees.

 

Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies

 

Project: Aim4Peace Hospital-based Violence Intervention Program

Amount: $250,000

Recipient: Kansas City, Missouri Health Department

Address: 2400 Troost Ave., Kansas City MO 64130

Description: The funding is designated for the Aim4Peace Hospital-based Violence Intervention Program. Since 2008, the Aim4Peace Program has partnered with Truman Medical Center to serve victims of violence and their families. The program’s service within Research Hospital began in 2018. Aim4Peace Hospital Responders reduce violence-related injury re-admissions by providing antiviolence coaching and counseling to recovering victims of violent assault. Hospital Responders work to resolve conflicts immediately after a violent injury occurs, during the moments when grieving family members are often planning to retaliate with further violence. Due to declines in local and federal funding opportunities, the City of KCMO is in danger of losing the Aim4Peace Hospital-based Violence Intervention Program during a time when violent injuries are increasing. This funding will help ensure the program continues to serve residents of Kansas City and prevent future violence. 

This is a valuable use of taxpayer money. In 2020, 176 individuals were killed, with hundreds of individuals suffering from nonfatal, yet devastating injuries. In 2021, the City of KCMO is on pace to exceed 2020’s rate of violence. The Aim4Peace Hospital responders intervene during sensitive, difficult, and dangerous crises in which few individuals or groups have the capacity to do so. This funding will allow the program to build capacity in order to reach 95% of violent trauma survivors at the two hospitals within one hour of an incident report. Funding will also allow the program to broaden their assessment and survivor support services so that survivors receive help – housing, substance abuse, or mental health services - from partnering agencies as needed.

Member Certification Disclosure letter

 

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

 

Project: City of Slater Well Protection

Amount: $147,000

Recipient: City of Slater, Missouri

Address: 232 Main Street, Slater, MO 65349

Description: The City of Slater is proposing the development of new well field protection measures to assure businesses and residents of northeast Saline County with an uninterrupted supply of portable water during periods of seasonal flooding. Over the years the well field has been at risk of flooding, and currently the access road is too narrow to safely pull in and back out of. The funding will allow the city to upgrade and renovate the existing access road to the City's water supply wells by widening the average width of 12 feet to 15 feet to provide access to all three wells (6,7,8). Well #8 will also be upgraded to include a 45 kw propane generator with security fence and LP tank to maintain electrical service during potential outages. At the end of the raised access road and near well #8, a 40 foot by 30 foot turn around pad is planned. The project also includes an emergency backup generator so a portable unit will not have to be brought in and set on top of the levee, thus blocking other access to the rest of the well field. Beneficiaries include the City of Slater, Gilliam, Arrow Rock and Saline County Public Water Supply District #2. Also benefiting will Orearville School, Hardemen School, Slater Schools, Arrow Rock State Park, along with the estimated 400 of whom commute into Slater to work.

Member Certification Disclosure letter

 

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

Project: Center for Recovery Health

Amount: $2,500,000

Recipient: Truman Medical Center Incorporated

Address: 2301 Holmes Street, Kansas City, MO 64108

Description: Truman Medical Centers (TMC) will create a state-of-the-art substance use treatment center in the heart of Kansas City’s UMKC Health Sciences District. Within Missouri, Jackson County ranks 5th and Kansas City ranks 7th in total number of drug overdose deaths. Individuals with substance use disorders are almost seven times more likely to commit a crime, and almost five times more likely to be incarcerated. This often leads to cycles of recidivism and poverty that destroy families and communities. TMC’s current location was not designed to serve as an outpatient clinic. Waiting rooms, offices, and group rooms are undersized, and one addiction psychiatrist and one nurse practitioner cover 900 patients, many of whom have a high need acuity. TMC will renovate an existing facility to accommodate a fully integrated substance use disorder practice. The Center for Recovery Health will provide new and existing patients with direct care such as psychiatric services and Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT), as well as case management and peer recovery interventions to address psychosocial determinants of health. This facility will allow TMC to double its provider team, ensuring rapid access to high-quality care for a, particularly vulnerable population. Further, it will provide the opportunity to implement new and emergent treatment modalities. Investment in this infrastructure project will help to improve the equitable delivery of high-quality care and sends a message of hope and respect to individuals living with substance use disorders.

Member Certification Disclosure letter

 

Project: Integrated Safety Net Partners in Missouri

Amount: $2,000,000

Recipient: Health Care Coalition (HCC) of Rural Missouri 

Address: 825 S Business HWY 13; Lexington MO 64067

Description: The Health Care Coalition (HCC) of Lafayette County, dba Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri is a Missouri-based rural health network and Federally Qualified Health Center located in West Central, Missouri, and is the umbrella organization for the Live Well Community Health Centers located in Waverly, Concordia, Buckner, Lexington, and Carrollton, Missouri. HCC is committed to improving the health status of underserved populations in its service area. This funding will help further HCC’s services at two key locations. First, HCC will rehab and expand its warehouse in Lexington, Missouri to improve resources to low-income families. This renovation would create a Resource Hub by adding approximately 1,000 square feet to their current 7500 square foot space to meet increased demand.  The Hub connects current patients and others in the community with health, social services, and wellness programs and resources and helps provide items for those in need such as bedding and other hygiene items.  The second part of the project will be to renovate a property in Buckner, Missouri to expand services in Buckner and the wider Eastern Jackson County area. This area has a high prevalence of low-income housing and is in dire need of additional safety net services.  This renovation will increase usable space to allow HCC to expand staff and relocate approximately 20 children and youth mental health and substance abuse staff. The facility will also be able to provide oral health services.  

Member Certification Disclosure letter

 

Project: Missouri Valley College Health Professions Building

Amount: $2,000,000

Recipient: Missouri Valley College

Address: 500 East College, Marshall, Missouri 65340

Description: Missouri Valley College will build a new 17,000 square foot Health Professions Building to house the Nursing Program and ultimately other health care profession programs. The College has outgrown its current space and must expand to address the nursing shortage and provide trained, ready to serve nursing staff, particularly needed within Missouri’s rural communities. The new Missouri Valley College Health Professions Building will graduate critically needed nurses to meet state and rural workforce shortages. This is a valuable use of taxpayer money. The pandemic has highlighted the importance of MO’s health care workers. Jobs for registered nurses will grow by 19% between 2012 and 2022, compared to the 11% growth average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In Missouri, nurse occupations have vacancy rates of over 7% and more than one-third of the state’s RNs are age 55 or older and nearly half are over 55 years of age in some rural counties. This funding will help reduce a nursing shortage in the state and invest in the local and state economy.

Member Certification Disclosure letter

 

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies

 

Project: The Brunswick

Amount: $1,000,000

Recipient: City of Marshall, Missouri

Address: 214 North Lafayette, Marshall, MO 65340.

Description: The funding is designated for demolition and abatement of the former Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall, Missouri, so the property can be transformed into 56 safe, affordable housing units for families. Long vacant, the Fitzgibbon Hospital is an asbestos-laced building that has been a hinderance to the community for years. The Brunswick will be focused on families who are at-risk of homelessness and in need of affordable housing. The Brunswick will offer tenant services such as education supplies and resources, nutrition and health, financial education and family stability, job readiness and professional development, community social events, and an annual assessment of need. The community of Marshall has a need for affordable and market rate housing, which is called out in the City of Marshall's comprehensive plan.

Member Certification Disclosure Letter

 

Project: MLK Park Pedestrian Bridge at Brush Creek

Amount: $2,800,000

Recipient: Department of Parks and Recreation, City of Kansas City, Missouri

Address: 4600 E. 63rd Street Tfwy., Kansas City, MO 64130

Description: The MLK Park Pedestrian Bridge at Brush Creek will connect communities, schools, and affordable housing along the north and south banks of Brush Creek. The pedestrian bridge will connect to trails along the creek and connect to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, which has had recent investment by the 15th & Mahomies Foundation. This one-of-a-kind play site will be a regional destination for families in Kansas City’s urban core. Construction of the pedestrian bridge will be a “Connector to the Community”, increasing neighborhood access to the park by giving families in adjacent low-income housing development on the north side of Brush Creek a safe avenue to reach the park. The bridge is one part of a multi-pronged plan to revitalize the park, improve the trails around Brush Creek, make green infrastructure and other improvements to areas adjacent to the creek, and create a cultural corridor with wayfinding signage and civil rights historical markers to tell the history of local civil rights heroes of Kansas City.

Member Certification Disclosure Letter

 

Project: Mattie Rhodes Cultural Center

Amount: $1,259,000

Recipient: Mattie Rhodes Center

Address: 148 N. Topping Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64123

Description: Now in its second century of community service in Kansas City’s Westside community, Mattie Rhodes Center serves more than 15,000 individuals annually. The new Mattie Rhodes Cultural Center will answer the demand for a multi-purpose space that meets the needs of a growing and evolving Westside community. The 4,400 sq. ft. public facility will be more accessible to those in need, operate more sustainably and celebrate the cultural contributions of Kansas City’s growing Hispanic population. The center will allow the organization to bring its social services and community arts programming into a single space and will offer enhanced education, therapy and arts programming to low-income families, while providing a safe and welcoming space for the community. This new public facility will offer the neighborhood’s low-income families a continuum of care in strategic areas: youth services, educational resources, early childhood development, increased space and exhibition access, inter-agency collaboration. The Cultural Center will help to preserve and celebrate the Hispanic culture and community amid the tremendous growth and development of the surrounding neighborhood.

Member Certification Disclosure Letter

 

Project: Raytown Chamber Building Improvements and Accessibility

Amount: $200,000

Recipient: Raytown Chamber of Commerce Building Foundation

Address: 5909 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown, MO 64133

Description: Funding will be utilized to renovate the 33-year old building, which houses the Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism offices, and add necessary ADA accessibility at the entrance and interior. The building sits at the soon-to-be trailhead of the Rock Island Trail and interior and exterior upgrades will help improve services, resources, and visibility for those walkers and bicyclists who are utilizing the trail, as well as other visitors to the community.  Once the Rock Island Trail connects to the Katy Trail, there will be over 300 miles of contiguous non-motorized recreational trail east-west across the state of Missouri.

Member Certification Disclosure Letter

 

Project: Regional Affordable Housing Initiative

Amount: $3,000,000

Recipient: Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Address: 600 Broadway, Ste. 280, Kansas City, MO 64105

Description: A collaborative effort between LISC, Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), Oikos Development Corporation, and other area non-profit housing providers, this funding will help provide affordable housing production in low-income neighborhoods, as well as homeownership education, down payment assistance, and minor home repair. In addition, the partnership will address system-level changes to ensure a more equitable housing ecosystem by creating an online platform to increase knowledge sharing, convene providers and stakeholders, and identify resources for historically disinvested communities. The initial target region will be the Historic Northeast neighborhood in Kansas City, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the metro area. The average annual income in the neighborhood is less than $35,000, with significant pockets where individuals are making less than $10,000 per year. A shortage of nearly 50,000 affordable housing units across the Kansas City region has been identified, with nearly 1 in 3 families in the metro considered housing-cost burdened. This comprehensive, collaborative effort will benefit low- and moderate-income families by allowing for the immediate production of additional affordable housing units, while building the foundation needed for long-term systemic success.

Member Certification Disclosure Letter