October 18, 2021

Van Hollen Announces over $23 Million in Direct Investments for Baltimore Region Projects Included in Key Committee Legislation

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the inclusion of over $23 million in direct federal funding for local projects across the Baltimore region within the Committee’s proposed annual funding legislation. The projects encompass a wide array of local and regional priorities, ranging from public safety to education to infrastructure to economic development to community health. Overall, Senator Van Hollen included over $62 million in federal dollars directly for Maryland within the Committee’s proposed legislation. A full list of the funds included by Senator Van Hollen in the legislation is available here. This legislation, released by the Committee as part of the annual Congressional Appropriations process, will proceed to consideration before the full Senate. 

“Securing federal investments for key local projects that support our communities is one of my top priorities. These initiatives will impact the everyday lives of countless Marylanders by creating new job opportunities, improving public safety, modernizing our infrastructure, supporting new education and training programs, and providing critical health care to our communities. I was proud to fight for these investments to support the Baltimore region, and I will keep working to get this funding over the finish line in Congress,” said Senator Van Hollen. 

The funding announced by Senator Van Hollen includes:

  • Over $4 million in funding for public safety initiatives, like the new Baltimore 9-1-1 Diversion Pilot Program, the Maryland Violence Prevention Coalition, the South Baltimore Peacemaking Project, the Stop the Bleed Program, LifeBridge Health’s  Center for Hope Violence Cessation Program, and the Living Classroom Foundation/Safe Streets’ Crisis Management and Workforce Development System
  • Over $6.9 million in funding for infrastructure projects, including funds for the sweeping renovation of Baltimore’s Penn Station, new locomotives to be used by MARC, and Russell and Monroe Street Ramp Bridge Replacements
  • Over $5.5 million in funding for economic development and workforce training initiatives, including funds for the Baltimore Development Corporation to support small businesses, the Mary Harvin Center Southern Bridge Workforce Center, Loyola University’s development of the York Road corridor, Vehicles for Change’s Auto Mechanic Training & Placement program, Humanim’s workforce programs including the statewide Direct Support Professional (DSP) Apprenticeship Program, and the Greater Baltimore Urban League’s Returning Citizens Workforce Development Program
  • Over $1 million in funding to support affordable housing, including the Green and Healthy Homes Initiatives’ Baltimore Healthy Housing to Advance Health and Racial Equity Project and Mission First Housing Development Corporation’s Patuxent Commons
  • Over $955,000 in funding to support our communities’ health care, including the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center’s New Outpatient Mental Health Clinic and Baltimore City’s Healthcare on the SPOT mobile treatment van
  • Over $1.8 million in funding for educational initiatives, including for the National Aquarium's Waterfront Campus, the Best Buddies in Maryland Inclusion Project for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Integrated Early Learning Center
  • Over $2.2 million in funding to support community development, historical, & cultural initiatives, including a Permanent Exhibition and Memorial on the History of Lynching in Maryland at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, the restoration of the P.S. 103 Thurgood Marshall Center, the revitalization of Pennsylvania Avenue Market, and the Greater Baltimore Urban League’s Saturday Leadership Program
  • $499,000 in funding for environmental conservation for the continuation of the long-term Baltimore Ecosystem Study

More information on these requests and a full list of the Senator’s funded requests for the region is available here. Please email Destinee_Easton@vanhollen.senate.gov for more details on specific projects, to request a quote on a specific project, or to speak with the Senator regarding this funding.