FY23 Community Project Funding

Representative Ritchie Torres submitted the following proposals for consideration of FY 23 Community Project Funding.

 

This year, the Appropriations Committee allowed each Member the opportunity to request 15 projects for consideration. After reviewing over 100 applications, Representative Torres selected projects that met Committee eligibility standards, including but not limited to, cost, timeline, and community support.

 

Inclusion on this list does not guarantee funding. The office will be in touch regarding next steps in the application process.

 

 

Project Name: Allied Health Workforce Training Programs

Request Amount: $150,000

Intended Recipient: Bronx Community College of the City University of New York

Address: 2155 University Avenue, Bronx, NY 10453

 

Purpose: The funding would be used for fully subsidized allied health trainings through our Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department for 100 residents of NY15. These funds will provide for Phlebotomy Technician, Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician, and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) trainings. Through these trainings, all students will be prepared to sit for the associated industry-recognized certifications, making them job-ready upon completion.

 

Financial Disclosure Letter 

 

 

Project Name: South Bronx Food Hub Expansion

Request Amount: $205,000

Intended Recipient: Catholic Charities Community Services

Address: 402 E. 152nd Street, Bronx, NY 10455

 

Purpose: The funding would be used for the renovation and modernization of the South Bronx Food Hub to expand capacity to accept an increased amount of donated food for re-distribution to local pantries and households in need.  Interior renovations will double the amount of usable space to accept and store food, and renovations to the facility’s parking lot will accommodate large box trucks and frequent deliveries, enhancing the overall program operations and services to vulnerable Bronx residents. 

 

Financial Disclosure Letter

 

 

Project Name: Security Surveillance Systems Upgrades

Request Amount: $600,000

Intended Recipient: Diego Beekman Mutual housing Association

Address: 694 E. 141st Street, Bronx, NY 10454

 

Purpose: The funding would be used for the modernization of fifteen-year-old security and surveillance system through camera, software, alarm, and intercom upgrades. Diego Beekman is a thirty-eight building scattered site affordable housing development consisting of 1,238 apartments in the Mott Haven neighborhood of NY15.

 

Financial Disclosure Letter

 

 

Project Name: Hostos Community College Support for Articulation Agreements

Request Amount: $1,000,000

Intended Recipient: Hostos Community College of the City University of New York

Address: 500 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451

 

Purpose: The funding would be used for dual/joint degree programs known as “articulation agreements” with four-year colleges and universities. This includes existing partnerships as well as new ones that will ensure students receive high-quality opportunities to continue their education and pursue advanced degrees in high-demand fields.

 

Financial Disclosure Letter

 

 

Project Name: Supporting Digital Equity for Low-Income College Students

Request Amount: $500,000

Intended Recipient: Lehman College of the City University of New York

Address: 250 Bedford Park Blvd West, Bronx, NY 10468

 

Purpose: The funding would be used for an office of digital equity. The requested funding request will support: Computer loaners for any student that needs a device to complete their studies, promoting student success and retention; Workshops and help desk support for students to reduce barriers to academic progress; Participation in a Bronx-wide digital equity coalition to increase broadband access and enhance digital skills among students, residents, and businesses.

 

Financial Disclosure Letter

 

 

Project Name: 200 Hospital Beds

Request Amount: $4,000,000

Intended Recipient: New York City Health and Hospitals – Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center

Address: 234 E. 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10451

 

Purpose: The funding would be used for replacing 200 hospital beds which are over ten years old and have reached End of Manufacturer support making them unfit for positive patient health outcomes.

 

Financial Disclosure Letter

 

 

Project Name: Expansion of Behavioral Health Clinics in Montefiore School Based Health Centers

Request Amount: $5,000,000

Intended Recipient: Montefiore Medical Center

Address: 111 E. 210th Street, Bronx, NY 10467

 

Purpose: The funding would be used for the creation of a first-year start-up to establish satellite behavioral health clinics in six schools across NY13 and NY15. To address the mental health needs, the proposed Article 31 School-Based Mental Health Clinics will offer comprehensive mental health treatment, including individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, psychiatric assessment, medication management, teacher consultation, outreach, community referral, and crisis intervention.

 

Financial Disclosure Letter

 

 

Project Name: Worker’s Operation Center

Request Amount: $1,000,000

Intended Recipient: New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)

Address: 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458

 

Purpose: The funding would be used for complete renovation and restoration of its outdated operations yard into a twenty-first century Worker’s Operation Center. Federal funding would help for the restoration of this capital project, serving the daily work needs of the Garden’s core workforce – the building service employees, engineers, carpenters, and administrative staff maintain NYBG as an open, accessible, and safe urban sanctuary for the over 1 million guests and their families that visit NYBG.

 

Financial Disclosure Letter

 

 

Project Name: NYCHA Jackson Houses Exterior Lighting Installation

Request Amount: $4,000,000

Intended Recipient: New York City housing Authority (NYCHA)

Address: 325 E 156th Street, Bronx, NY 10451

 

Purpose: The funding would be used for the installation of exterior security lighting for the NYCHA Jackson Houses development in NY15 to address resident safety and security concerns.

 

Financial Disclosure Letter

 

Project Name: STEM with Hydroponic Farming in the Classroom

Request Amount: $800,000

Intended Recipient: New York Sun Works

Address: 157 Columbus Avenue, Suite 432, New York, NY 10023

 

Purpose: The funding would be used for the creation of Hydroponic Farm-Classrooms in twenty K-12th grade public schools in NY15 and provide a comprehensive curriculum, aligned to NYC and NYS science standards, to teach science, sustainability, nutrition, and climate education through the lens of urban farming. The program will reach 6,000 students and their families and will grow thousands of pounds of nutritious vegetables. 

 

Financial Disclosure Letter

 

Project Name: Maternal Child and Health Clinic

Request Amount: $805,000

Intended Recipient: Union Community Health Center

Address: 260 E. 188th Street, Bronx, NY 10458

 

Purpose: The funding would be used for building a maternal child and health clinic with five pediatric exam rooms, one OB/GYN exam room, one pediatric dental chair, and one behavioral health consultation space, which will collectively set a new standard for integrated Maternal/Child Health services.

 

Financial Disclosure Letter

 

Project Name: Bronx Immigration Partnership

Request Amount: $1,000,000

Intended Recipient: UnLocal

Address: 45 W 29th Street, Suite 20, New York, NY 10001

 

Purpose: The funding would be used for the holistic legal services, social services, education and outreach to low-income individuals, children, youth, families, individuals with disabilities, and Indigenous communities living in NY15. This funding will provide clear and accurate information, vital legal representation, and essential guidance to help Bronx immigrants through processes, such as immigration court, USCIS, the Human Resources Administration, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, access to hospitals and healthcare, access to COVID-19 vaccines, testing, and benefits, changing DOE policies, and much more.

 

Financial Disclosure Letter

 

 

Project Name: Urban Health Plan Renovation and Upgrades Project

Request Amount: $1,000,000

Intended Recipient: Urban Health Plan

Address: 1065 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10459

 

Purpose: The funding would be used for renovations and upgrades to the St. Lawrence Community Health Center, located at 1764 Westchester Avenue, Bronx NY. The renovations will include the restructuring of the intake area and triage department to make the management of patients more patient friendly. Funds will also be used for upgrades to roofs, lighting, elevator and signage at three Urban Health plan sites. 

 

Financial Disclosure Letter

 

 

Project Name: STEM and Green Career Internships for Bronx College Students

Request Amount: $1,800,000

Intended Recipient:  Wildlife Conservation Society – Bronx Zoo

Address: 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10460

 

Purpose: The funding would be used for the development of a science and conservation internship center that connects Bronx college students with high-quality professional learning experiences at five wildlife parks. WCS will cultivate partnerships with Bronx-based post-secondary institutions to ensure their students have access to WCS internships and workforce development, and meaningful opportunities to deepen their connections to STEM and conservation. 

 

Financial Disclosure Letter

 

 

Project Name: Morrison Public Plaza and Open Market

Request Amount: $250,000

Intended Recipient: Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice

Address: 1384 Stratford Avenue, Bronx, NY 10472

 

Purpose: The funding would be used for the installation of a permanent kiosk and portable vendor stalls, in addition to programming costs of fully activating the Morrison Public Plaza and Open Market. Funding will transform the site into a bustling community gathering place that hosts events and festivals, offers a multitude of opportunities for vendors, and provides a variety of public programming, all in a strategic effort to strengthen the economic engine of the Bronx River-Soundview community.

 

Financial Disclosure Letter