Appropriations and Transportation Member Requests

Congresswoman Meng is no longer accepting Fiscal Year 2022 “Community Funding Project” requests for submission to the U.S. House Appropriations Committee or the “Member Designated Project” requests for the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Appropriations Committee

Community Funding Project Requests

Congresswoman Grace Meng submitted the following 10 Community Funding Project requests to the U.S. House Appropriations Committee. Submission to the Committee does not guarantee a project will be funded. Information regarding which requests were selected for funding by the Committee will be announced as soon as it is available. Projects are listed alphabetically.

Project Name: Adult Education Services for Immigrants
Proposed Recipient: Make the Road NY 
Recipient Address: 92-10 Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Requested Amount: $400,000
Project Description: Community Project Funding will enable Make the Road NY (MRNY) to provide high quality education services for immigrant communities in Queens, including for Queens adults from NY’s Congressional District 6. This project will enable MRNY to conduct outreach and intake for 250+ new students who would benefit from high quality classes, receive skill level and needs assessment, and receive case management to other critical wraparound services offered by MRNY. This funding will also enable MRNY to expand civics course offerings at their community center in Queens, including adding two new civics courses per week to provide civics instructions for 195 students annually. It will also complete necessary funding to provide three English Language Acquisition courses per week that will reach 140 students annually. Through this project MRNY will also train and support 30+ volunteers who will provide additional one-on-one, and in-classroom, support to students to ensure their success. 
This funding will serve neighborhoods in NY-06 where poverty, unemployment, and low levels of formal education and English proficiency are key barriers to economic stability. Students will access better career opportunities and advance their language, literacy, and digital literacy skills to enable them to participate more fully in civic life.
This investment of taxpayer funds will create opportunities for economic advancement for immigrants in the district considered an epicenter of New York City's COVID-19 crisis, suffering on the front lines of the health and economic crisis. This program will direct taxpayer support to provide much needed services to a community with intense need for literacy services and workforce development.
Project Name: CUNY Queens College, WETLAB
Proposed Recipient: Queens College, The City of New York
Recipient Address: 65-30 Kissena Blvd. Flushing, NY 11367
Requested Amount: $1,850,000
Project Description: To establish a Wastewater Epidemiology Training Laboratory (WETLAB) at Queens College of the City University of New York to develop simple, cost-effective, and robust strategies for detecting the presence of dangerous pathogens in wastewater, including coronaviruses, noroviruses, and Cholera, while training students of diverse backgrounds to participate in high level research activities. The request is for health facilities capital equipment to support these projects
Project Name: Flushing Meadows Corona Park: A Hub for Climate Resilience
Project Recipient: Waterfront Alliance
Recipient Address: Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens 11354
Requested Amount: $530,322
Project Description: Flushing Meadows Corona Park serves as critical infrastructure, providing space for recreation, reflection, and refuge from urban heat. And yet, the park faces tremendous challenges due to climate change. Receiving much stormwater from surrounding neighborhoods, the park was ranked “most-flooded" by the Center for an Urban Future and faces permanent inundation in some areas by 2080 due to sea level rise. 
That is why the Flushing Meadows Corona Park: A Hub for Climate Resilience project will support the development of community-based resiliency projects to close the gap for a neighborhood that has not received sufficient resources to combat the risks faced from climate change. Community-based education and engagement around climate risks would provide a platform for addressing these issues locally through 1) an assessment and awareness-building effort focused on local climate risks, particularly to Flushing Meadows Corona Park as a valued community resource; 2) potential strategies to address these risks; and 3) power-building to advocate for resources to advance these strategies. This work could also serve as a pilot for more comprehensive resiliency planning that will allow for long-term and more permanent implementation of climate change resilience projects in historically disinvested neighborhoods. 
Thus, the project will raise public awareness about climate risks & better position it to receive city, state, & federal funding for resiliency projects. Final deliverables will include community climate-awareness sessions with a focus on Flushing Meadows Corona Park, & identification of potential resiliency projects.
Project Name: Nutrition and Emotional Wellness Programs 
Proposed Recipient: Selfhelp Community Services 
Recipient Address: 520 Eight Ave, New York, NY 10018
Requested Amount: $15,000
Project Description: Requesting to support a nutritionist and emotional wellness instructor to provide weekly classes to 1,034 residents across six senior affordable housing residences located in Flushing. COVID highlighted the importance of emotional wellness, especially among older adults who are more prone to social isolation. Through our program, we will enhance the nutritional education and emotional wellness programming for the older adults who reside in Selfhelp's affordable housing residences in the district.
Onsite access to educational and health programs help seniors manage their chronic health issues and live independently at home. According to recent research, older adults with access to Selfhelp's Active Services for Aging Model (SHASAM) were healthier than their neighbors who did not have access to SHASAM. Among our findings, residents in Selfhelp's housing had: 
  • The odds of a Selfhelp resident being hospitalized were approximately 68% lower than for the comparison group of older adults in the same zip codes as Selfhelp’s buildings.
  • The average Medicaid payment per person, per hospitalization, was $1,778 for Selfhelp residents, versus $5,715 for the comparison group. The average Medicaid payment per Selfhelp resident per ER visit, was $49, compared to $99 for the comparison group.
  • The odds of visiting the emergency room were 53% lower than the odds of a non-Selfhelp resident doing so.
An investment in SHASAM services is an investment in the health of the residents and an opportunity to keep them healthy at home
Project Name: NYC Health and Hospitals/Elmhurst Delivery Unit
Proposed Recipient: NYC Health and Hospitals/Elmhurst Hospital
Recipient Address: 79-01 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373
Requested Amount:  $3,000,000
Project Description: Elmhurst hospital requests $3 million towards the renovation of its Obstetrical Inpatient facilities in order to provide a more modern, safe, and comfortable family-centered environment, one which meets current privacy standards. There will be two basic enhancements to their Obstetric Suite: privacy and comfort. When giving birth, privacy leads to a quieter environment which promotes recovery; it provides for better infection control; it is better for bonding between moms/parents and their babies. Healthy breastfeeding is fostered in single rooms. A patient and family centered environment leads to increased patient satisfaction and better health outcomes. It is imperative to provide equitable maternal care to the working class and immigrant communities surrounding Elmhurst hospital.
Project Name: NYC Health and Hospitals/Elmhurst Transcranial Magnetic Therapy Suite
Proposed Recipient: NYC Health and Hospitals/Elmhurst  
Recipient Address: 79-01 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373
Requested Amount: $800,000
Project Description: H+H/Elmhurst is the busiest hospital in Queens and was the national epicenter of the first surge (Spring 2020) of COVID-19. H+H/Elmhurst is located in a crowded community with many health disparities.
This funding will allow the construction and equipping of a new Transcranial Magnetic Therapy Suite (TMS) on hospital unit D10, a Behavioral Health unit. TMS is an FDA-approved treatment for seriously depressed patients, used when other treatment modalities have failed. It is both less invasive and more successful in treating these patients than the alternative, Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT).
Depression has a high prevalence in our heavily immigrant, low income and mostly non-white patient base. The treatment-resistant patients who are prime candidates for TMS are also at a high risk of suicide. Due to health care disparities that exist for lower social economic groups, immigrants, and the undocumented, untreated depression is common in our clientele. Further, there often is a cultural stigmatization of depression in these groups. This treatment helps normalize the disease and its treatment. TMS is usually offered in clinics for well insured and wealthy out-of-pocket paying patients. Our patients would not normally have access to this treatment.
In summary, this funding will benefit public health in the community and strengthen the Behavioral Health practice in the largest public hospital in Queens, NY.
Project Name: NYC Health and Hospitals/Queens Hospital Outpatient Dialysis Center 
Proposed Recipient: NYC Health and Hospitals/Queens Hospital 
Recipient Address: 82-68 164th St., Jamaica, NY 11432
Requested Amount: $1,000,000  
Project Description: This project will renovate existing hospital space (retired swimming pool room) to build an Outpatient Dialysis Center. The Outpatient Dialysis Center would serve a significant medical need in the community given the high volume of patients with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) (Chronic Kidney Disease Level 4) (CKD4), who ultimately need access to chronic renal dialysis (offered by the center) and further support those patients in need of a kidney transplant. ESRD is a primary complication of diabetes, which is a significant healthcare concern in the community. Current estimates demonstrate that on an on-going bases, 120 active dialysis patients would be served by the center, drawn from a clinically qualified pool of 350 to 500 patients which are known to the facility and belonging to a hospital base of approximately 5,000 diabetes clinic patients.
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought to the forefront the disparities that exist for the patients served by Queens Hospital, which require us to continue to bridge this gap by creating better access to services so that patients can receive the right care, at the right place, at the right time, all of the time. In addition to providing significantly complicated medical interventions to an at-risk patient population, at a reduced cost based on economy of scale and preferential purchasing power, the creation of this center would provide cutting-edge clinical interventions with improved clinical outcomes. Also, this approach would further support improved outcomes with less risk for adverse events. The management of diabetes complications is complex and requires additional skills best offered by such a center of care. This proposal would allow Queens Hospital to close the gap in delivering services and address disparities in healthcare access, and provide quality, needed care to its patient population.
Project Name: Ohel Kissena Blvd Residence Rehabilitation Project
Proposed Recipient: Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services
Recipient Address: 71-40 Kissena Boulevard in Flushing, NY 11367
Requested Amount: $233,000
Project Description: Requesting $233,000 to upgrade and improve the bathroom and kitchen facilities at Ohel’s residence for the developmentally disabled (all of whom are constituents of NY-06).
The home is a NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) licensed residence which opened in 1978. It is home to ten men with severe developmental and intellectual disabilities. Many of the men also have a host of medical conditions that require extensive medical involvement. The residence provides 24/7 staff coverage, including direct care staff, nurse, psychologist, and other support staff to provide a full range of daily living skills training, medical care and support to the clients. 
A number of the clients have lived in the home for several decades. This project will allow the current residents to remain in the home and continue to “age in place." Ohel has been working in this field since 1969 with the goal of ensuring that people with disabilities live in dignity and respect, and are given the skills necessary to reach their full potential. There is currently a need to upgrade and modify the home’s bathroom and kitchen facilities. The bathrooms do not allow for the clients to easily perform basic self-care functions and as the resident ages, it will become more difficult for them to safely ambulate the bathroom facilities. The likely alternative, which Ohel tries to avoid, is transferring the clients to a nursing home facility which is not likely to be properly equipped or trained to meet the special needs of these clients.  
Due to extensive wear and tear, the residence’s two kitchens and kitchenette are in need of new cabinets and further modernization, as they are in a state of disrepair. These kitchens are a key part of Ohel’s skill building work, and the clients at the home spend a fair amount of time in the kitchen — helping with meal preparation and gaining independent living skills. The kitchens are a key component of Ohel’s services as this home. Upgrades to the kitchen facilities at this residence will allow Ohel to continue to continue providing vitally important life training skills to the home’s residents.
Project Name: Women’s Imaging Suite
Proposed Recipient: Flushing Hospital and Medical Center  
Recipient Address: 4500 Parson Blvd, Flushing, NY 11355
Requested Amount: $750,000
Project Description: The purpose of this project is to construct a new Women’s Imaging Suite at Flushing Hospital and Medical Center that offers women in our community an easily accessible, state-of-art facility with imaging equipment to help promote early cancer detection and other diagnostic services that are essential to the promotion and preservation of women’s healthcare in our community. The new suite will include imaging equipment such as 3D digital mammograms, computer-assisted detection, stereotactic core biopsies, bone density, and high-resolution ultrasound exams, provided all in a private setting.  Flushing Hospital and Medical Center has already secured funding to cover the cost of the equipment but is requesting $750,000 in federal funding to cover the costs related to constructing this new space.
Project Name: YMCA of Greater New York – Flushing & Ridgewood Branches
Proposed Recipient: YMCA of Greater New York Flushing and Ridgewood Branches
Recipient Address: 138-46 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11354 and 69-02 64th St, Queens, NY 11385
Requested Amount: $1,000,000
Project Description: This project will serve to enhance youth and community development programs at two YMCA locations, one in Flushing, and the other in Ridgewood. Over the course of the upcoming federal fiscal year, this funding will enable the Y to continue to provide time-tested youth development programs catered to school age youth, such as after school care, aquatics and water safety, youth sports, drop-in teen center and youth employment and career readiness programs. Additionally, YMCA programs and facilities serve as community economic development engines offering employment opportunities to local community members and providing childcare to working parents. Families that participate in youth programs have the benefit of a safe nurturing environment which enables the adults in the family to remain or to re-engage in the workforce.

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Member Designated Project Requests

Congresswoman Grace Meng submitted the following Member Designated Project requests to the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for inclusion in the federal surface transportation reauthorization bill. Submission to the Committee does not guarantee a project will be funded. Information regarding which requests were selected for funding by the Committee will be announced as soon as it is available. Projects are listed alphabetically.

Project Name: ADA Forest Hills Platform Extensions & Elevators
Project Sponsor: MTA- Long Island Railroad
Project Location: 71st Ave & Austin St, Queens, NY 11375
Amount Requested: $17,000,000
Project Summary: This project will address the repair needs at the Forest Hills LIRR Station, including the replacement of deteriorated platforms. The project will also provide full ADA access for the station. Accessibility improvements include new elevators and an extension of the platform length to 12 cars, along with other station improvements.
Project Name: Level 2 Electric Charging Network in NYCDOT Municipal Parking Facilities 
Project Sponsor: NYC Department of Transportation 
Project Location:
1. Flushing #2 Parking field 135-23 39th Avenue, Flushing, Queens 11354                                                    
2. Flushing #4 Parking field 134 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, Queens 11354
3. Bayside Parking field 214-32 41St Avenue, Bayside, Queens 11361 
Amount Requested: $734,400
Project Summary: This project will install electric vehicle charging stations in 3 municipal parking lots. The level 2 chargers provide about 7kW of power per hour. This would add about 25 miles of range to a typical sedan for each hour it is plugged in.
Project Name: NYCDOT Union Turnpike Median Restoration 
Project Sponsor: NYC Department of Transportation 
Project Location: Union Turnpike from Hollis Court Boulevard to 226th Street, Oakland Gardens, New York. 
Amount Requested: $2,355,200
Project Summary: This project will restore the center medians on Union Turnpike from Hollis Court Boulevard to 226th Street to a state of good repair. The current medians are in severe disrepair and need to be fully reconstructed. The project will also make accessibility and geometric improvements where needed.