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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Community Project Funding Selections

Community Project Funding Selections

Rep. Brenda Lawrence has submitted funding requests for important community projects in the 14th Congressional District of Michigan 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, Rep. Lawrence has certified that she, her spouse, and her immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects she has requested.

Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

Ceasefire Detroit

Amount Requested: $714,378

Intended Recipient: Detroit Police Department, located at 1301 Third St, Detroit, MI 48226

Explanation of Request: The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it would expand the successful Ceasefire Detroit model from gang or group-related members to individuals arrested on gun charges with multiple risk factors. The program began in the Detroit Police Department’s 5th and 9th Precincts in 2015, and as of 2021, is City-wide. Ceasefire Detroit is the cornerstone of Detroit’s layered approach to violence reduction, founded on the data-driven recognition that gang and group members made up less than 5% of Detroit’s population, but were driving more than half of the violence in the City. The program is a focused deterrence model that brings the community, law enforcement, outreach, and services to provide individuals with a choice: they can either stop driving violence in their community or receive help and support in their community from the Ceasefire outreach team or they will face the consequences of their actions through the enforcement team. In large part due to the success of Ceasefire Detroit, gang- and group-related violence is no longer a leading driver of violence in the City; instead, most shootings start with a simple argument or dispute. To address this concern, the City of Detroit plans to expand the scope of the Ceasefire Detroit outreach and services team and resources to individuals arrested for gun-related charges who have multiple high-risk factors. Ceasefire’s success is attributed to its balanced approach to violence reduction, which coordinates both law enforcement and social services.

MEMBER’S SIGNED CERTIFICATION LETTER STATING THERE IS NO FINANCIAL INTEREST IN THE PROJECT

 

Financial Services and General Government

Centrepolis Accelerator

Amount Requested: $200,000

Intended Recipient: Centrepolis Accelerator, located at 21415 Civic Center Drive, Building #18, Suite 100, Southfield, Michigan 48076

Explanation of Request: The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because the Centrepolis Accelerator, a joint venture between the City of Southfield and Lawrence Technological University, provides unparalleled expertise to small businesses seeking to develop their products by supporting their design, engineering, prototyping, testing, and manufacturing needs. The proposed project would add a new conference room adjacent to the existing location to allow the Centrepolis Accelerator to service requests for assistance from small businesses and individuals, which have increased over 1,300% since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This new space will enable the Centrepolis Accelerator to accommodate this growing population of hardware innovators. Centrepolis Accelerator has been utilizing its new state-of-the-art 6,300 square foot facility to support prototyping for many physical product ventures, including a significant number led by underserved entrepreneurs and entities located in the neighboring communities.

MEMBER’S SIGNED CERTIFICATION LETTER STATING THERE IS NO FINANCIAL INTEREST IN THE PROJECT

 

Financial Services and General Government

Detroit Means Business

Amount Requested: $200,000

Intended Recipient: Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, located at 500 Griswold St., Ste. 2200 Detroit, MI 48226

Explanation of Request: The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because Detroit Means Business, under the leadership of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, is uniquely positioned to develop comprehensive strategy, tactics, and programming while exponentially increasing the impact of the existing small business support ecosystem to create the equitable, best-in-class environment that Detroit needs to thrive. Detroit Means Business is the City’s one-stop hub to help small businesses stabilize, grow, and thrive. In the City of Detroit, there are more than 61,000 registered businesses in the Small Business ecosystem, and approximately 50,000 of these businesses are owned by people of color. Unfortunately, the existing business support ecosystem serves fewer than 3,000 businesses annually. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed significant gaps in Detroit’s small and micro-business support ecosystem. Businesses need immediate relief, but they also need to establish long-term solutions and stronger systems to ensure that businesses will thrive not just during the pandemic, but for years to come.

MEMBER’S SIGNED CERTIFICATION LETTER STATING THERE IS NO FINANCIAL INTEREST IN THE PROJECT

 

Labor, Health and Human Services, and Related Agencies

Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital Cardiac Catheterization Technology Improvements

Amount Requested: $1,146,715

Intended Recipient: Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, located at 6777 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield, Michigan 48322

Explanation of Request: The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because the purchase of the Siemens Icono System, a type of x-ray equipment to improve image quality, lower radiation doses, and expand the types of procedures that can be conducted, would significantly expand the hospital cardiology team’s ability to perform new and complex procedures to help the patients it serves. Heart disease, including coronary artery disease, heart attacks, and other cardiovascular conditions, is the leading cause of death in the United States, contributing to approximately 655,000 deaths per year. Heart disease is also the leading cause of death in Michigan, claiming more than 25,000 lives in 2019. More than 65 percent of Michigan’s population is overweight or obese, and nearly 20 percent are smokers, both of which are large risk factors for cardiovascular conditions. In addition to impacting older adults, heart disease affects certain racial groups at disproportionate rates. Approximately 60 percent of African American adults ages 20 and older have cardiovascular disease. In Michigan, there is a higher rate of cardiovascular deaths among African Americans compared to other racial groups. More than one third of Wayne County residents and nearly 14 percent of Oakland County residents are African American, underscoring the need for cardiovascular care in Southeast Michigan.

MEMBER’S SIGNED CERTIFICATION LETTER STATING THERE IS NO FINANCIAL INTEREST IN THE PROJECT

 

Labor, Health and Human Services, and Related Agencies

Holocaust Memorial Center Education Programs

Amount Requested: $542,000

Intended Recipient: Holocaust Memorial Center, located at 28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48323

Explanation of Request: The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because, as Michigan’s only Holocaust museum, and one of the largest such museums in the United States, the Holocaust Memorial Center (HMC) is the region’s leading Holocaust learning center and a statewide force for groundbreaking education about tolerance, diversity, and justice. Holocaust education provides a pathway for people to confront issues involving loyalty, peer pressure, scapegoating, conformity and belonging. In particular, this project would focus on expanding learning opportunities for students across the state of Michigan. First, it would allow the HMC to strengthen its teacher-training program to include more private, parochial, and home schools, as well as teachers of English Language Arts, English language learners, students with disabilities and training of pre-service teachers completing their college coursework. Second, it would expand HMC’s virtual museum experience by hiring educators and supervisors to collaborate with school districts across the state to learn about the Holocaust in a virtual setting. Finally, it would provide fund a subsidy that covers transportation costs and entrance fees for Title 1/31a schools throughout the state of Michigan.

MEMBER’S SIGNED CERTIFICATION LETTER STATING THERE IS NO FINANCIAL INTEREST IN THE PROJECT

 

Labor, Health and Human Services, and Related Agencies

McLaren Oakland Hospital Machine Purchase

Amount Requested: $400,000

Intended Recipient: McLaren Oakland Hospital, located at 50 North Perry Street, Pontiac, Michigan, 48342

Explanation of Request: The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because the purchase of a state-of-the-art 3D Echo-cardiogram machine would provide better diagnosis of the hospital’s patients, leading to better treatment planning, coordination of care, and better outcomes for the patients McLaren Oakland Hospital, Pontiac serves. Cardiac issues are the number one cause of death in the U.S., and they are more prevalent in populations of color. In its pursuit to provide excellence of care to all patients, the purchase of the equipment would begin the path towards reducing inequities in patient populations in Pontiac and the surrounding communities that this hospital services. All measures used to decrease the large margin of inequity of care—even those seemingly smaller in aggregate—will start creating better health outcomes in marginalized populations. The hospital’s Medicaid rate is 20.1%, which is significantly higher than most of the hospitals in the surrounding areas. As a result, the operational margins are very small and it is difficult to upgrade all of the equipment necessary to provide equitable care.

MEMBER’S SIGNED CERTIFICATION LETTER STATING THERE IS NO FINANCIAL INTEREST IN THE PROJECT

 

Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

Oak Park Body Worn/In Car Camera

Amount Requested: $559,598

Intended Recipient: City of Oak Park’s Department of Public Safety, located at 13800 Oak Park Boulevard, Oak Park, Michigan 48237

Explanation of Request: The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because the City’s body-worn camera/in-car video project will improve agency accountability, improve community perceptions through transparency, and enhance officer safety. Aside from the benefit of supporting the City’s goal of providing high quality public safety services through departmental transparency, this project will also assist the City in its goal of fostering an engaged, informed community through meaningful, positive resident engagement, by improving relationships between the public safety department and the public. These systems have been shown to lower incidents of citizen complaints, bring to light questionable policing tactics by officers, and serve as training tools to improve the quality of services to communities. When the citizens of a community view the efforts of their local law enforcement agencies towards transparency, it improves the trust and relationships between the two.   

MEMBER’S SIGNED CERTIFICATION LETTER STATING THERE IS NO FINANCIAL INTEREST IN THE PROJECT

 

Interior, and Environment, and Related Agencies

Pontiac Water System Improvement

Amount Requested: $800,000

Intended Recipient: Oakland County Water Resources Commission, located at One Public Works Drive, Building 95W, Waterford, MI, 48328

Explanation of Request: The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because the award of grant monies to the Oakland County Water Resources Commission will help the City of Pontiac water system maintain compliance with the Lead & Copper Rule while keeping water system costs down. This project is targeted for the area of Pontiac with the highest concentration of lead service lines because the removal of these lines is a health benefit to water customers. The project will replace an old water main that is at the end of its useful life. This water main will result in fewer boil water notices for these customers, better customer pressure, and better fire flows. Aside from the health benefits of replacing the lead service lines, approximately 37% of households in Pontiac have water/sewer bills above EPA’s affordability guideline, 45% of homes are considered in poverty based on Health and Human Services poverty guidelines, and approximately 72-81% of households are considered to be low income by the Oakland County Home Improvement Program.

MEMBER’S SIGNED CERTIFICATION LETTER STATING THERE IS NO FINANCIAL INTEREST IN THE PROJECT

 

Interior, and Environment, and Related Agencies

Royal Oak Township Water System Improvement

Amount Requested: $800,000

Intended Recipient: Oakland County Water Resources Commission, located at One Public Works Drive, Building 95W, Waterford, MI, 48328

Explanation of Request: The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because the award of grant monies to the Oakland County Water Resources Commission will help Royal Oak Township update their water system, which is in desperate need of improvement. The approximate eleven miles of water main are at the end of their useful life. There are many main breaks that disrupt water service, they are undersized, and there is low customer water pressure. Within the system, there are lead service lines and the system is currently in exceedance of the lead action level. Water system improvements will provide a public health benefit, improved water quality, and improved reliability. The water system serves a disadvantaged population of approximately 2,400 people with a median household income of $24,451. Approximately 57% of households in the Township have water/sewer bills above EPA’s affordability guideline. 

MEMBER’S SIGNED CERTIFICATION LETTER STATING THERE IS NO FINANCIAL INTEREST IN THE PROJECT

 

Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies

Veterans Park and Hamtramck Stadium Restroom Renovation Project

Amount Requested: $653,989

Intended Recipient: 3401 Evaline Street, Hamtramck, Michigan 48212

Explanation of Request: The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because the Veterans Park and Hamtramck Stadium Restroom Renovation project is justified by the need for a public restroom facility by way of multiple City Plans, immense community support, and the need to honor a nationwide historically significant place. The three brick buildings featured on the site are part of the historic Hamtramck Stadium, the home field for the Detroit Stars in the 1930s, and one of only five remaining Negro League ballparks still in existence in the United States. Restrooms are required to fully activate the site as a community resource, and even as a tourist destination. Even though Veterans Park is an active green space in the community, it does not have a public restroom or drinking fountain. Existing recreational activities include: soccer, volleyball, and baseball games, youth sports leagues, summer camps, Hamtramck Public Schools physical education classes, skateboarding, and play dates for mothers and children. Understanding the need for a public restroom at this active park, the City started providing temporary facilities. This proposal aims to address a more sustainable and lasting solution.

MEMBER’S SIGNED CERTIFICATION LETTER STATING THERE IS NO FINANCIAL INTEREST IN THE PROJECT