Community Project Funding Requests

In 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives implemented Community Project Funding (CPF), which provides Members of Congress more input in the funding decisions that directly impact their districts by allowing local community groups to request project funding. 

I am allowed to submit 10 general appropriations community project requests and 5 Transportation and Infrastructure Community Project Requests. Below are the lists of project requests I am submitting for FY2024 and that were submitted for FY2023. Thesefunding requests may or may not be approved by the relevant committee and then must proceed through the regular legislative process:

FY24 General Appropriations Community Project Funding Requests

Bensalem Township - Route 1 Corridor Revitalization Project

Proposed Recipient: Township of Bensalem

Address of Recipient: 2400 Byberry Road, Bensalem, PA 19020

Amount of Request: $4,000,000

Explanation of Request: This purpose of this project is to revitalize and redevelop the Route 1 Corridor in Bensalem Township, which spans from the Philadelphia border to Middletown Township and the Neshaminy Creek. This project aims to combat trends of decline along this through well-managed public-private partnerships in this targeted area. Funding will be used to support development and redevelopment activities associated with properties located in the Route 1 Corridor including site preparation, infrastructure improvements, transportation improvements, demolition of necessary buildings, new construction, and adaptive reuse of existing buildings. This revitalization aims to benefit residents in the region by creating an environment that is safe, economically prosperous, and community oriented.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County

Proposed Recipient: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County

Address of Recipient: 2875 York Road, Jamison, PA 18929

Amount of Request: $635,000

Explanation of Request: The purpose of this funding is to support renovation, modernization, and expansion of facilities, as well as the creation of a mentoring hub which seeks to enhance the impact of Big Brothers Big Sisters programs and strengthen our community. The renovation will include addressing infrastructure needs, such as fire safety and plumbing, and construct new meeting space that can accommodate larger groups. The aim of this project is to benefit at-risk children who are in need of positive role models and mentorship programs, as well as the community overall. 

Financial Disclosure Letter

Bristol Borough - Trenton Ave Streetscape and Sound Barrier Improvements

Proposed Recipient: Bristol Borough

Address of Recipient: 250 Pond Street, Bristol, PA 19007

Amount of Request: $1,717,000

Explanation of Request: The purpose of this project is to upgrade the existing trail and streetscape along Trenton Avenue within Bristol Borough. The asphalt trail will be brought into compliance with Americans with Disabilities (ADA) standards and the proposed project includes construction of a transparent sound barrier between the residential neighborhood and the 4-rail Amtrak railroad corridor. 

Financial Disclosure Letter

Bristol Township Senior Center

Proposed Recipient: Bristol Township

Address of Recipient: 2501 Bath Road, Bristol, PA 19007

Amount of Request: $4,000,000

Explanation of Request: The purpose of this project is to create a healthy environment for senior citizens to receive professional services and engage in activities specifically designed for seniors at this public facility. Since the coronavirus pandemic began there is a need for new infrastructure in this facility to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the pandemic. This includes adding more rooms to achieve social distancing and providing new outdoor gathering spaces to have more meeting options to gather and assemble.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Bucks County Crisis Stabilization Center

Proposed Recipient: Bucks County Correctional Facility

Address of Recipient: 55 E. Court Street, Doylestown, PA 18901

Amount of Request: $2,000,000

Explanation of Request: This project will address the mental health and substance use disorder crisis in Bucks County. The Crisis Stabilization Center will serve people of all ages experiencing a mental health, co-occurring or substance use crisis.  Once an individual arrives at the Stabilization Center, they will be treated holistically as their needs are triaged and evaluated.  Once stable, individuals will receive a warm hand-off to inpatient, forensic Residential Treatment, partial hospital or out-patient care, as well as recovery supports. The Stabilization Center will be prepared to initiate medication assisted treatment to anyone experiencing acute withdrawal symptoms from Opioids or alcohol. This Center will be well integrated across clinical disciplines with separate areas for adults and children, accommodations for waiting family members, and a comfortable room for those waiting for a longer-term placement. 

Financial Disclosure Letter

Family Service Association of Bucks County

Proposed Recipient: Family Service Association of Bucks County

Address of Recipient: 4 Cornerstone Drive, Langhorne, PA 19047

Amount of Request: $4,000,000

Explanation of Request: This project involves constructing a new, two-story building adjacent to the current Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter, in addition to renovating the existing Shelter. One story of the Shelter expansion would be dedicated to programming such as on-site mental health treatment, substance use treatment, Housing-First case management, and nursing and wellness. The project would also allow for the Shelter to double capacity, reducing waitlist barriers. 

Financial Disclosure Letter

Horsham Water and Sewer Authority

Proposed Recipient: Horsham Water & Sewer Authority (HWSA)

Address of Recipient: 617 Horsham Road, Horsham, PA 19044

Amount of Request: $4,000,000

Explanation of Request: This funding will support the Horsham Water & Sewer Authority Sanitary Sewer Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project to reduce spread of PFAS contaminated groundwater. The purpose of this project is to perform approximately 20 miles of CIPP lining of sewers and laterals within the system above what is done annually. HWSA would prioritize the sewers by age, proximity to the military bases and within low lying areas to ensure PFAS contaminated groundwater reduction.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Langhorne Manor Borough Stormwater Project

Proposed Recipient: Langhorne Manor Borough

Address of Recipient: 618 Hulmeville Avenue, Langhorne, PA 19047

Amount of Request: $707,286

Explanation of Request: The purpose of this project is to reduce the sediment that is being discharged into the Neshaminy and Mill creeks. This project entails developing infiltration trenches along two borough roads, this will allow reduction and be minimally disruptive to residents. 

Financial Disclosure Letter

Middletown Township Department of Public Works

Proposed Recipient: Middletown Township

Address of Recipient: 3 Municipal Way, Langhorne, PA 19047

Amount of Request: $4,000,000

Explanation of Request: The purpose of this project is to redevelop the buildings serving the Department of Public works. The project proposes demolishing the existing garage structure, replacing it with a modern 12-bay pole structure that will accommodate all vehicles and equipment. The new building will also house a sign shop for fabricating street signs and will include storage areas for small equipment and tools. A small addition is proposed for the existing office building to provide an expanded break room and locker room facilities for the public works staff as well as a multi-purpose room for training.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Modernizing Bucks County Public Safety Programs

Proposed Recipient: Bucks County Emergency Services

Address of Recipient: 55 E. Court Street, Doylestown, PA 18901

Amount of Request: $1,454,000

Explanation of Request: This project would ensure the modernization of Bucks County Emergency Services. It allows Bucks County Emergency Services to replace 5,100 portable radio batteries and chargers for every police, fire and emergency medical service representing 117 departments. A significant portion of the equipment is approaching the end of it's operational life. It also introduces body worn cameras to enhance officer-community relations and officer safety in their duties. This will extend the life of the radio equipment, lower the cost for the municipalities that rely on these agencies for critical life safety services, and provide more transparency in matters involving public safety. 

Financial Disclosure Letter

Perkasie Borough

Proposed Recipient: Perkasie Borough

Address of Recipient: 620 Chestnut Street, Perkasie, PA 18944

Amount of Request: $2,058,180

Explanation of Request: The purpose of this funding is to support the Park Avenue Stormwater and Pedestrian Improvements project. The aim of this project is to improve regional stormwater management along with the reconstruction of a portion of Park Avenue and the construction of a portion of the Liberty Bill Trail. The project proposes removing the “traditional” basin, regrading the area to reclaim it for potential informal recreational use by the community, installing a new underground stormwater basin, and also to eliminate the spillway that had repeatedly failed and had been the cause of erosion along the steep embankment and causing flooding, icing, and significant degradation of the roadway.

Financial Disclosure Letter

September 11th National Memorial Trail

Proposed Recipient: September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance

Address of Recipient: 5107 Jean Street, Verona, PA 15147

Amount of Request: $200,000

Explanation of Request: The purpose of this funding is to install signage on roads from the Flight 93 Memorial to Portland and from Washington Crossing to the Delaware border to complete a program of Pennsylvania Commonwealth-wide signage project. This investment includes purchase of materials, installation and completing approvals. The route goes through 25 counties, is the longest trail route in the Commonwealth and is 903 miles in length in the Commonwealth. The trail is the newest Federally legislated trail in the United States of America. 

Financial Disclosure Letter

Tullytown Borough - Old Tullytown Revitalization Project

Proposed Recipient: Tullytown Borough

Address of Recipient: 500 Main Street, Tullytown, PA 19007

Amount of Request: $1,200,000

Explanation of Request: This project will provide infrastructure needed to support the revitalization of Old Tullytown Borough, including streetscaping along Main Street and the rehabilitation of the main municipal parking lot providing access to the Borough ball fields, trails, park and playgrounds. Core components include parking lot reconstruction, street beautification upgrades including curb and sidewalk replacement, special lighting, trees, seating, intersection upgrades (including ADA compliance). Access to the Borough’s public amenities is crucial to efforts to increase economic activity and opportunities for the residents and business owners.  Attractive and inviting streetscapes that provide a safe built environment for pedestrians will help spur local economic activity in the Borough.

Financial Disclosure Letter

United Way - Healthy Eating and Living Partnership (HELP)

Proposed Recipient: United Way of Bucks County

Address of Recipient: 413 Hood Blvd, Fairless Hills, PA 19030

Amount of Request: $4,000,000

Explanation of Request: The purpose of this project is to develop a new and expanded physical site for the Healthy Eating and Living Partnership (HELP) Center to meet current and growing needs of the community. The new site at 5301 Bristol Emilie Rd, Levittown, PA 19057 will be over 18,500 square feet (130% larger than the current leased HELP Center). The HELP Center is a coordinated site, with partners from Bucks County Opportunity Council and St. Mary Medical Center providing services on-site alongside United Way. This project will allow the HELP Centner to grow existing services to serve more residents and improve current programs, spurring economic activity and growth.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Woods Services

Proposed Recipient: Woods Services, Inc.

Address of Recipient: 40 Martin Gross Drive, Langhorne, PA 19047

Amount of Request: $2,000,000

Explanation of Request: The purpose of this funding is to support developing affordable housing in Bucks County through the construction of a 4-story building for low-income community members. The project will support individuals with intellectual disability, autism or traumatic brain injury and other disabilities, and people at risk of homelessness. The development will be located on Woods’ property, in close proximity to Woods’ health services campus, which is comprised of the Medical Center at Woods, Penn Dental Medicine at Woods, the Center for Autism, and the Center for Behavioral Health at Woods. This project will address the need for affordable housing in Bucks County that is safe, located near schools, and near transportation and jobs.

Financial Disclosure Letter

FY23 General Appropriations Community Project Funding Requests

BCOC Economic Self-Sufficiency

Proposed Recipient: Bucks County Opportunity Council

Address of Recipient: 100 Doyle Street, Doylestown, PA 18901

Amount of Request: $1,000,000

Explanation of Request: The purpose of this Economic Self-Sufficiency community project is to help individuals and families who are living below the poverty line to achieve economic stability and no longer need government assistance. The project will promote financial self-sufficiency by connecting families with resources to thrive.  Each household will engage with a professional coach to help them establish SMART goals in areas of income, education, employment, housing, transportation, health care, mental health, substance use, parenting/social functioning, and food security. Through the ES program, households will not only increase income, but also increase social capital to support independence and community engagement.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Bucks County Criminal DNA Database

Proposed Recipient: Bucks County Sheriff's Office

Address of Recipient: 100 North Main Street, Doylestown, PA, 18901

Amount of Request: $750,000

Explanation of Request: This funding would go towards technology that allows a cheek swap to be run through a small, desktop-size, machine with results in as little as 90 minutes. This previously would take 12-18 months when submitting samples to the crime lab which is experiencing an overwhelming backlog. The new Sheriff of Bucks County would like to implement a county-wide Rapid DNA Program. The acquisition of two additional instruments will allow law enforcement to implement DNA testing throughout the county. Once this Program is established, those smaller police departments within Buck’s County, with limited resources, will be able to see the same results and success as larger police departments have.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Bucks County Department of Corrections Outmate Program

Proposed Recipient: Bucks County Department of Corrections

Address of Recipient: 1730 South Easton Road, Doylestown, PA 18901

Amount of Request: $900,000

Explanation of Request: The objective of the project is to reduce recidivism. The Bucks County Jail has seen an increase in repeat offenders.  Too many of these offenders are coming back to the jail for petty theft while on parole. Many of these offenders struggle with addiction. An outmate program will help these individuals be more successful once on parole, by allowing us to provide them with extended treatment specifically mental health and medical treatment as well as social services. Lehigh County, PA has implemented a similar program with much success. This program will reduce recidivism and help individuals transition back into society with greater success.  

Financial Disclosure Letter

Bucks Open Space Tree Assessment and Management

Proposed Recipient: Bucks County Park System

Address of Recipient: 55 East Court Street, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 18901

Amount of Request: $2,000,000

Explanation of Request: This project will consist of a thorough evaluation and assessment of the forest vegetation in the County parks and open space near trails and outdoor infrastructure.   The evaluation and assessment will enable the County to initiate a thorough tree management plan to remove hazard trees, improve public safety, and provide long term stability to our park infrastructure. This project will make a positive difference environmentally and economically as well.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Doylestown Health Heart and Vascular Suite Expansion

Proposed Recipient: Doylestown Health Foundation

Address of Recipient: 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901

Amount of Request: $1,000,000

Explanation of Request: This project would expand the heart and vascular suite at Doylestown Hospital. This state-of-the-art procedural suite currently includes a hybrid operating lab that opened in 2017 primarily for vascular surgery, and also encompasses the oldest cardiac catheterization laboratory still online at the hospital. To help meet a significant increase in patient volume and address the nation’s number one killer, heart disease, Doylestown Health’s transformational plans include building a new universal hybrid operating lab, while also renovating the oldest catheterization lab to be outfitted with the most advanced technology and equipment.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Grandview Hospital Expansion Project

Proposed Recipient: Grand View Hospital d/b/a Grand View Health

Address of Recipient: 700 Lawn Avenue, Sellersville, PA, 189560 

Amount of Request: $1,000,000

Explanation of Request: This project funding would support health facility construction of four patient-at-risk rooms in Grand View Health’s new emergency department for the provision of health and behavioral health services. The new infrastructure will improve safety for patients and staff at the hospital.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Horsham Miracle Field

Proposed Recipient: Miracle Field of Horsham, PA

Address of Recipient: P.O. Box 183, Horsham, Pennsylvania, 19044

Amount of Request: $500,000

Explanation of Request: This project would bring a state-of-the-art “Miracle League” Miracle Field to the heart of Montgomery County, PA. The Miracle League is a national nonprofit whose mission is to bring the joy of baseball/softball to individuals with mental and physical disabilities. With 240+ local association members across the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada, the Miracle League offers its members support in building custom fields specifically designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with disabilities, including those who use a wheelchair or walker and/or have prosthetic limbs. More specifically, this project will improve land at Deep Meadow Park in Horsham, PA to include an ADA compliant baseball field, and bathrooms that are ADA compliant and readily accessible from the Miracle Field.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Lower Bucks Hospital ICU Expansion Project

Proposed Recipient: Lower Bucks Hospital

Address of Recipient: 501 Bath Road, Bristol, PA, 19007

Amount of Request: $1,200,000

Explanation of Request: This project would increase the current Intensive Care Unit capacity from 10 to 22 beds at Lower Bucks Hospital. Lower Bucks serves a populated area that is in need of greater capacity due partly to COVID and complications from COVID that some patients suffer.

Financial Disclosure Letter

L.O.V.E. Is the Answer

Proposed Recipient: Bucks County District Attorney’s Office

Address of Recipient: 100 North Main Street, Doylestown, PA, 18901

Amount of Request: $545,000

Explanation of Request: This project would help improve community relations for law enforcement. Bucks County made history in early 2020 when the Bucks DA became the first to license the film, WALKING WHILE BLACK: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer. In less than a year, the DA’s office secured commitments from 30 of the 39 police chiefs in Bucks County to use the film to train officers, generated interest from a Bucks County high school to make viewing the film a graduation requirement, secured a commitment from the County Commissioner to use the film to train all 2,400 county employees on the L.O.V.E. Is The Answer principles, and garnered commitments from several other DA’s in Pennsylvania to use the film to improve police-community relations. This one-time funding request will enable the DA to go deeper and broader in their work, and position Bucks County as a national model for police-community relations.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Morrisville Municipal Authority

Proposed Recipient: The Municipal Authority of the Borough of Morrisville

Address of Recipient: 35 Union Street, Morrisville, Pennsylvania, 19067

Amount of Request: $2,700,000

Explanation of Request: The Morrisville Municipal Authority is in the process of completing planning and design of a new wastewater treatment facility (WWTF). The project will provide needed wastewater infrastructure to Morrisville which will in turn improve the economic outlook of the community. 

Financial Disclosure Letter

Morrisville School District Technology Program Project

Proposed Recipient: School District of Borough of Morrisville

Address of Recipient: 550 West Palmer Street, Morrisville, PA, 19067

Amount of Request: $850,000

Explanation of Request: The purpose of the School District of Borough of Morrisville’s Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology Innovation Program is to increase student achievement through the development and implementation of innovative instructional practices, curriculum revision, technology integration, the establishment of professional learning communities, and the growth of afterschool and summer support programming.  The Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology Innovation Program responds to the need of our school community for a full-scale evaluation, revision, and implementation of innovative curriculum, instructional strategies, and research-based technology integration to support student achievement through the closing of historic curricular and resource gaps and the implementation of professional learning communities. This investment in technology learning will lead to better students and a better workforce for the future.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Shenandoah Woods Improvement and Revitalization Project

Proposed Recipient: Redevelopment Authority of the County of Bucks

Address of Recipient: 216 Pond Street, Bristol, Pennsylvania, 19007

Amount of Request: $1,500,000

Explanation of Request: This project has been part of a decades-long effort to repurpose this former residential development that was abandoned by the Navy Department. The project site is adjacent to, and will become part of, the 243-acre Warminster Community Park. Facilities available at the Warminster Community Park include walking trails, nature areas, parking, playground, pavilion, picnic area, pond, restrooms and soccer fields. The project site is a vacant, blighted property and a designated Certified Redevelopment Area under the Pennsylvania Urban Redevelopment Law.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Startup Bucks

Proposed Recipient: Bucks County Industrial Development Authority

Address of Recipient: 11 Welden Drive, Suite 100, Doylestown, PA 18901

Amount of Request: $500,000

Explanation of Request: This project funding will go towards helping Bucks County entrepreneurs by providing them needed resources. Mentoring services and oversight resources are included to help with the administration of the Bucks Built Startup Fund. This project will help spur further economic development and help bring more startups to the Bucks County everyone.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Upper Bucks Rail Trail Improvement Project

Proposed Recipient: Appalachian Mountain Club

Address of Recipient: 100 Illick's Mill Road, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 18017

Amount of Request: $1,770,000

Explanation of Request: This project would help link the rail trails in Upper Bucks County. These trails are great for the environment and recreation and bring visitors from near and far to the area. These visitors will help boost economic development in the area.

Financial Disclosure Letter

YMCA of Morrisville Branch Revitalization

Proposed Recipient: YMCA of Bucks & Hunterdon Counties

Address of Recipient: 2500 Lower State Road, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 18901

Amount of Request: $2,000,000

Explanation of Request: The Morrisville Y is a safe community space that offers positive opportunities for families. In addition to helping to nurture children and prepare them for school and life, the Y also offers support for the adult caregivers of the young people in our care. In order to strengthen the Y’s programs, the branch is in desperate need of total renovations to all classrooms, windows, the roof, and asbestos removal. Renovations will allow the Y to improve the safety and quality of the facility, uplift the children and youth. The Morrisville YMCA has early care, school age and summer camp programs. 

Financial Disclosure Letter