WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, President Biden signed the Fiscal Year 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act into law. Through the Community Project Funding Request process for the 117th Congress, which was included in this omnibus appropriations package, U.S. Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) secured funding for nine community projects in Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District.

“I am thrilled that community project funding for PA-01 that I have fought for was included in the bipartisan spending package signed into law this week. This critical funding will soon be delivered to address needs across Bucks and Montgomery Counties, including mental health and health services and community and public infrastructure revitalization. I look forward to working with community leaders to implement these community projects in a timely fashion,” said Rep. Fitzpatrick.

Rep. Fitzpatrick successfully secured $6.675 million in funding for nine community projects that will directly benefit First District constituents:

  • YMCA Fairless Hills Branch Revitalization Project: The project is a 45,000 square foot capital renovation of the facility. The revitalization is an important effort in improving the health, wellness, and livelihood of tens of thousands of vulnerable individuals residing in the lower region of Bucks County.

            Funding Secured: $3 million

            Funding Requested: $600,000

  • Newtown Rail Trail Extension Project: The Newtown Rail Trail will be an extension of the Pennypack Creek Trail and will use the right-of-way of Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s former Newtown Line. Once completed, there will be a 25-mile continuous off-road trail from Newtown to the Delaware River in Holmesburg.

            Funding Secured: $1 million

            Funding Requested: $500,000

  • Bristol Waterfront Park and Maple Beach Road Improvements Project: The project would improve safety, functionality, and access to the Bristol Waterfront Park and Maple Beach Road Bridge. The reconstruction of the Maple Beach Bridge over Otter Creek will allow visitors to fully enjoy the entire length of the Marsh, provide recreation opportunities in Maple Beach, and offer direct access to the Wastewater Treatment Plant for Borough employees. 

            Funding Secured: $500,000

            Funding Requested: $500,000

  • Forensic Diversion, Treatment, and Rehabilitation Facility (Bucks County Department of Mental Health and Developmental Programs): The proposed center will consist of a short-term observation unit, a restoration to competency unit, and a residential treatment facility. 

            Funding Secured: $500,000

            Funding Requested: $500,000

  • Woods Service Specialized Outpatient Mental Health Services for People with Intellectual Disability and Mental Health Conditions Program: Woods Services has designed a specialized mental health outpatient program, which will incorporate a mobile mental health unit that will provide in-home, crisis intervention, and ongoing training and support for families and caregivers.

            Funding Secured: $500,000

            Funding Requested: $500,000

  • Hepatitis B Foundation’s Center of Public Health Excellence: The project will allow the Hepatitis B Foundation to provide expert resources, training, and technical assistance on how to prevent, treat, and control hepatitis B to state and local health departments, social service organizations, and community health providers. 

            Funding Secured: $475,000

            Funding Requested: $475,000

  • St. Luke’s Hospital Quakertown Campus Behavioral Health Unit Renovation and Expansion: The proposed renovation includes expanding the current Behavioral Health Unit from 19 to 24 beds, with a potential for an additional eight beds dedicated to Severe Mental Illness.

            Funding Secured: $400,000

            Funding Requested: $400,000

  • Kin Wellness and Support CenterKin Wellness and Support Center will offer a wide range of services and programs free of charge to Bucks County cancer patients and their families and caregivers. The center will be a comforting place where patients can have their critical emotional, social, physical, and lifestyle needs met throughout their journey of cancer care, recovery, and beyond.

            Funding Secured: $200,000

            Funding Requested: $200,000

  • Doylestown Hospital Infant Protection Project: The Doylestown Hospital Infant Protection Project will provide infant protection equipment and software to the Village Improvement Association’s Maternity Center at Doylestown Hospital. 

            Funding Secured: $100,000

            Funding Requested: $100,000