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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Donald Norcross (D-NJ-01) released the following statement upon passing the Funding for the People Act (H.R. 2471), an omnibus package of 12 fiscal years 2022 appropriations bills and supplemental funding that includes $4.325 million for 10 community projects in New Jersey’s 1st Congressional District. 6a00d8341bf7d953ef0278804dd720200d-200pi

“South Jersey voters sent me to Congress to fight for working families, and I am very proud today to announce over $4.3 million in federal investments that will do exactly that. These community projects run the gamut between helping to reduce food insecurity to monitoring illegal dumping. What these varied projects have in common is simple: they will improve the health and quality of life for South Jersey families,” said Congressman Donald Norcross.

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“Providing a continuum of care to address the needs of our clients is central to our core mission and to their ability to lead self-fulfilled, independent lives when they leave us. The funds secured by Congressman Donald Norcross bring telehealth to our shelters allows us to strengthen that continuum and increase the well-being of our state’s most vulnerable residents. This program ensures that there are no barriers to effective, quality healthcare regardless of a person’s circumstances,” said Daniel L. Lombardo, president and CEO of Volunteers of America Delaware Valley.

“I am incredibly grateful to Congressman Donald Norcross for always fighting for critical funding which will help to improve the quality of life in Camden. Illegal dumping is an ongoing battle in our city. The City’s Department of Public Works, our residents, our businesses, and our stakeholders must deal with the damaging effects daily. In many cases, this dumping is coming from individuals who live outside of Camden. They are illegally dumping trash, construction materials, hazardous waste, or other harmful items which not only cause blight in neighborhoods but also compromise the health and safety of the entire community. The cameras will give Camden another tool in the apprehension and prosecution of violators,” said Camden City Mayor Vic Carstarphen.

“Acenda is so proud to once again partner with Congressman Norcross in helping to ensure the health and wellness of the communities we serve. This funding is an important additional step in bringing healing to individuals and families who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic and who deserve barrier-free access to necessary care and supports,” said Dr. Anthony DiFabio, chief executive officer of Acenda Integrated Health.

“The workforce training program we have developed with our partners will have a far-reaching impact on the industry well beyond South Jersey. We will provide job pathways in partnership with Rowan College of South Jersey from pre-apprenticeship technicians to degreed engineers and scientists in related trades and science and technology fields. No one is offering this breadth of education in support of wind energy. Thanks to Congressman Norcross’ support, New Jersey will become the leader in wind energy jobs and training,” said Ali A. Houshmand, president of Rowan University.

“This grant will greatly expand the ability for hundreds of seniors throughout the district to age-in-place with dignity. Post-pandemic these services will allow those who remain physically isolated to gain training and support to better access, via technology, appointments with medical professionals and social workers along with friends and family members,” said David Snyder, chief advancement and community relations office for the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey.

“We are thrilled to have Congressman Donald Norcross as a partner on our work around lived equality in Camden, NJ. LGBTQ people, particularly LGBTQ people of color, are statistically more likely to experience what we call adverse childhood experiences, like being exposed to violence, poverty, and substance abuse. To address these disparities, Garden State Equality and community partners are working in Camden County on a healing-centered community model focused on empowering those most impacted by trauma to be leaders in their own community healing. We are thankful for Congressman Norcross for seeing the importance of this work and working with us to help ensure all those in Camden County have a shot at experiencing lived equality,” said Christian Fuscarino, executive director of Garden State Equality.

“Congressman Norcross went to the mats for us to protect Camden's oldest property and to revitalize tourism along the County's planned Cooper River Trail. We are forever grateful for his fight to preserve history in South Jersey so we can tell the story of our critical role during the American Revolution,” said Chris Perks, president of the Camden County Historical Society.

“Receiving this $500,000 grant is a game-changer when it comes to our mission here at the Joint Health Sciences Center, which is to advance the education of health care professionals, workforce development, and medical research. The employment demand over the next 10 years is forecasted to be centered around health care, which provides us with a unique opportunity to educate and train the next generation of nurses, doctors, and medical professionals right here in Camden City. We plan to use this funding to purchase a super-resolution microscope and simulation equipment, both of which are instrumental to our medical research and will aid in preparing medical and nursing students for their careers in the health care field. We are so grateful to Congressman Donald Norcross for seeing the value of the work we do here at the Joint Health Sciences Center and choosing to invest in the future of health care,” said Dana Redd, chief executive officer of the Rowan University Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors.

“We thank Congressman Norcross and the New Jersey delegation for fighting for this funding that will allow Cooper’s trauma experts and their military counterparts to train and have the field hospital equipment to save lives in emergency situations,” said Kevin O’Dowd, co-CEO of Cooper University Health Care.

 

Community Funding Recipients and Project Descriptions:

  • Volunteers of America Delaware Valley ($500,000)
  • Camden County Police Department ($500,000)
  • Acenda Integrated Health ($300,000)
  • Center for Family Services ($600,000)
  • Rowan University ($500,000)
  • Jewish Federation of South Jersey ($250,000)
  • Garden State Equality ($175,000)
  • Camden County Historical Society ($500,000)
  • Cooper University Health Care ($500,000)
  • Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors ($500,000)

 

Background

Under guidelines issued by the Appropriations Committee, each U.S. Representative may request funding for up to 10 projects in their community for the fiscal year 2022 – requested funding is not guaranteed. 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 (CPF) is available here.

 

In compliance with House Rules and Committee requirements, Congressman Norcross has certified that he, his spouse, and his immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects he has requested.

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