Community Project Funding Requests

Rep. Deutch has submitted funding requests for important community projects in FL-22 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. Deutch has certified that he, his spouse, and his immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects he has requested.

Projects Requested

Listed below are the projects Congressman Deutch has submitted to the House Appropriations Committee.

Note: The projects are listed in alphabetical order by project sponsor.

Project Sponsor: Broward County Public Schools (BCPS)
Project Name: Expansion & Enhancement of BCPS Peer Mentoring Programs         

Location: 600 SE Third Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33301

The funding would be used for expanding the successful BCPS peer mentoring programs, Mentoring Tomorrow’s Leaders (MTL) and Latinos in Action (LIA), to more than two dozen additional schools across the District, while also supporting the implementation of several new and innovative program.

This is a good use of taxpayer funds because enhancements at the more than four dozen schools where these programs are already in place. In addition to creating civic-minded citizens who care about the growth of their schools and communities, MTL and LIA offer an innovative approach to addressing the concerns raised by the pandemic. These critical programs promote success in education through building bonds between students based around shared experiences and backgrounds. Students essentially carry on a tradition of nurturing the educational development and success of their fellow students, many of whom share similar backgrounds and situations, while also encouraging them to meet and exceed their potential in high school, college and beyond. At a time when it is critical to respond to students’ academic, social, and emotional needs, these peer mentoring and student outreach programs would directly support those efforts and their success can serve as a model for other school districts in Florida and across the nation.

Requested Amount: $500,000

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Project Sponsor: Broward Sheriff’s Office
Project Name: Broward County Mental Health Diversion Project

Location: 2601 West Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

The funding would be used for a sustainable and comprehensive program to divert individuals with behavioral health, specifically mental health issues, from jail and the criminal justice system being jointly developed by Broward County State Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, the Circuit Court of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, the Broward Behavioral Health Coalition, the Broward Bar Association and others.

This is a good use of taxpayer funds because this mental health diversion project is key to BSO’s efforts to provide a real alternative to incarceration for the mentally ill and is part of a comprehensive and on-going action plan to reduce the jail population and to increase mental health programming and services to at risk individuals.   The community project funding will provide BSO the ability to more quickly staff the pretrial diversion needs of this innovative project.

Requested Amount: $562,385

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Project Sponsor: Cities of Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale, & Oakland Park
Project Name: Water Infrastructure Improvements Programs

Location: City of Oakland Park: 3650 NE 12 Ave, Oakland Park, FL 33334; City of Fort Lauderdale: 100 N Andrews Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301; and City of Wilton Manors: 2020 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33304

The funding would be used to upgrade, improve and make more efficient portions of their wastewater systems that provide connectivity between their respective systems to deal with sea level rise, rising temperatures and extreme weather.

This is a good use of taxpayer funds because frequent and intense weather events in South Florida have created a strain on aging underground facilities. In particular, the cities’ sanitary sewer systems can become inundated through Inflow and Infiltration (I&I) where surface water flows into sanitary manhole lids and groundwater infiltrates wastewater transmission lines through pipeline cracks and breaks. Inundated systems can overflow into roadways and storm drains, and ultimately to the Middle River. The project will create a more direct and efficient transmission of wastewater from the cities to the G.T. Lohmeyer Wastewater Treatment Plant and is a critical element of resiliency in preserving system integrity and protecting natural resources. This impacts recreational activities and quality of life, and can have a negative impact on wildlife habitat. The joint project will increase the resilience of the three cities’ wastewater infrastructure and reduce the likelihood of broken pipes and wastewater leakage into the Middle River.

Requested Amount: $900,000

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Project Sponsor: City of Boca Raton
Project Name: Sanborn Square Renovation Project        

Location: 201 West Palmetto Park Road Boca Raton, Florida 33432

The funding would be used for renovation of a downtown gathering square that serves as a free speech zone and open park space and is located across from the visitor’s center and historic town hall.

This is a good use of taxpayer funds because this project would benefit not only City residents, but many of the tourists and visitors to Boca Raton. Because the park has high visibility along Federal Highway in the heart of downtown, it is a convenient location to host special events, gatherings, and free speech demonstrations. Its proximity to local bus routes, a visitor’s center, the downtown library and the Brightline train station necessitate a redesigned, safe, secure space.  The historically significant  project is a critical element for the continuation of community gatherings in our free speech zone, for events, and for outdoor activities. The 40-year-old park is in need of safety and aesthetic renovations to meet the demand for security and safety requirements that are now necessary for public events and outdoor activities.

Requested Amount: $285,000

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Project Sponsor: City of Coral Springs
Project Name: Stormwater Drainage

Location: 9500 West Sample Road, Coral Springs, FL 33065

The funding would be used to provide more storage for stormwater run-off which re-establishes swale storage and conveyance in the neighborhood to eliminate standing water and provides flood mitigation for up to a 100-year three day storm event.

This is a good use of taxpayer funds because a stormwater system with more storage within the basins to alleviate potential flooding and allowing for more stormwater to percolate into the ground water will improve safety and health for the surrounding area and residents. This project will help prevent flooding during storms and hurricanes which are common to the South Florida area. During the past 5 years in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Gordon and numerous storms, the City has had to close 150 roads to traffic and provide assistance to residents in 15 neighborhoods, where the installation of these drainage improvements would obviate in the future.

Requested Amount: $400,000

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Project Sponsor: City of Deerfield Beach
Project Name: Security Technology Enhancements        

Location: 150 NE 2nd Avenue, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

The funding would be used to install a security measure known as a gunfire location, alert and analysis service to help fight our war on crime. Based on crime analysis, the City will be targeting a 4-square mile coverage area where there has been a significant spike in crime and shots fired incidents. Once a gunshot is detected, the solution calculates the position where the gun was fired and sends the data to a central server accessible by the Police Department.

This is a good use of taxpayer funds because with this project a dispatcher or commander in a control center will be equipped with the exact location, number of rounds fired, and number of shooters involved, and type of explosion.  With greater knowledge of the situation’s severity and scope, first responders arrive at the scene faster and are better prepared to protect their personal safety, attend to victims, and more efficiently manage the crime scene. The result is preemptive intelligence for better safety and appropriate dispatch of resources and improved preservation and collection of physical evidence.

Requested Amount: $595,000

Signed Disclosure Letter


Project Sponsor: City of Pompano Beach
Project Name: Dixie Highway Corridor Improvements

Location: 100 West Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060

The funding would be used to construct and install fencing and columns along the FEC railroad track on Dixie Highway from Atlantic Boulevard to Sample Road, approximately two miles between the cities of Pompano Beach and Deerfield Beach. The proposed project seeks to increase public safety by deterring activity that would result in dangerous encounters with oncoming trains.

This is a good use of taxpayer funds because Dixie Highway is an arterial road in Pompano Beach that is frequented by pedestrians. The railroad tracks, within City limits, are exposed and are within proximity to residential neighborhoods and area schools. Consequently, the City has seen a rise in pedestrian accidents and deaths from trains, including children. Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach, and many surrounding communities will benefit from the safety improvements stemming from this project.

Requested Amount: $600,000

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Project Sponsor: Covenant House Florida
Project Name: The Independent Living- Workforce Readiness Program

Location: 733 Breakers Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

The funding would be used to enhance the reach and breadth of the Independent Living- Workforce Readiness Program in Central and South Florida, by serving a minimum of 200 youth experiencing homelessness and grow partnerships with local businesses to provide internships, apprenticeships, and employment to our youth.

This is a good use of taxpayer funds because youth experiencing homelessness leave the streets and will recieve critical safety net services — food, shelter, critical aid, safety, counseling, education, and training. Homeless youth enter age-appropriate work-based learning opportunities (paid and unpaid positions), with local Employer Partners to help them transition to career opportunities or employment. This project with Covenant House Florida will strengthen linkages between the business community, nonprofits, schools and post-secondary institutions in Central and South Florida.

Requested Amount: $300,000

Signed Disclosure Letter


P
roject Sponsor: Rales Jewish Family Services
Project Name: Telemental Health Program to Improve Mental Well-Being

Location: 21300 Ruth & Baron Coleman Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33428

The funding would be used to provide Telemental Health services to residents of Palm Beach County via phone and virtual teleconference by licensed clinicians for residents across Palm Beach County to address mental illness and substance use with a goal of promoting emotional well-being to ensure self-sufficiency of individuals impacted by the socio-economic and emotional trauma impacts of the pandemic.

This is a good use of taxpayer funds because mental illness is the number one cause of workplace disability, accounting for 30% of disability claims and 70% of total disability costs. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among those aged 10-34. Mental Health of America ranked Florida 48th nationwide on access to mental health care. The study specifically noted that 633,000 Florida adults with mental illness and 116,000 youth with depression had unmet treatment needs. And despite these unmet needs, Florida’s per capita funding for behavioral health, as compared to the rest of the nation, ranks in the bottom. A partnership between the DHHS and JFS, utilizing taxpayer resources, will directly serve the community with necessary mental health services. The Telemental Health program will provide trauma-informed clinical care by licensed clinicians to improve client well-being and emotional stability.

Requested Amount: $385,848

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Project Sponsor: United Way of Broward County
Project Name: Broward County Suicide Prevention Coalition      

Location: 1300 S. Andrews Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316

The funding would be used to decrease the number of suicides in Broward County through the implementation of multiple prevention strategies among a population of focus targeting males ages 40 to 64 and youth ages 12 to 20 — both populations of focus are inclusive of veterans, LGBT+, and homeless individuals.

This is a good use of taxpayer funds because a limited number of suicide prevention programs exist in Broward County. Based on the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and the CDC Preventing Suicide Technical Package, other recommended initiatives would include reducing stigma and prejudice; a well-implemented public awareness campaign; responsible media and messaging; provider, health care practitioner, and gatekeeper training and screening; easier access to mental health care, and reduced access to lethal means.

Requested Amount: $646,762

Signed Disclosure Letter