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April 9, 2024

Pressley Announces Over $13 Million for Community Projects in Massachusetts 7th

With This Funding, Pressley Has Delivered Over $35 Million in Community Project Funding For Her District Since FY2022

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) announced $13,009,444 in federal Community Project Funding for 15 total projects across the Massachusetts 7th Congressional District in Fiscal Year 2024 (FY2024). The projects, which Rep. Pressley has championed throughout the FY2024 appropriations process, would support affordable housing for LGBTQ+ seniors, childcare, economic development, accessible and resilient infrastructure, coastal flood mitigation, waterfront green space, life sciences, and more.

With this funding, Congresswoman Pressley has secured a total of approximately $35 million in federal community project funding for the Massachusetts 7th since FY2022.

“We fought hard to get these resources over the finish line and they are essential to our work of building a more just and equitable Massachusetts 7th,” said Rep. Pressley. “From affordable housing and childcare to climate resilience and accessible infrastructure, these federal dollars will help change and save the lives of folks in our district, and I am proud to partner with municipalities and grassroots organizations in the Massachusetts 7th to continue delivering resources our communities deserve.”

Rep. Pressley championed funding for these projects that will bring life-changing resources to her constituents. The 15 projects include:

  • $850,000 for The Pryde (LGBTQ Senior Housing, Inc.)
  • $1,000,000 for the Cambridge Community Center Resilience Hub (Cambridge Community Center, Inc.)
  • $1,000,000 for the Mill Creek Resilience Project (City of Chelsea)
  • $123,413 for the Island End River Flood Resilience Project (City of Everett)
  • $963,000 for the Nubian Square Life Sciences Community Laboratory (Northeastern University)
  • $959,752 for the Tri-Town Water Treatment Plant Project (Town of Randolph)
  • $500,000 for the Brooke House Village Center (2Life Communities)
  • $922,000 for Managing Trauma in Corrections (Roca, Inc.)
  • $1,000,000 for the Center for Family Well-being (Children’s Services of Roxbury)
  • $425,000 for Early Education and Child Care Capital Renovations (Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center)
  • $1,000,000 for the Franklin Field Modernization (Boston Housing Authority)
  • $850,000 for the Highland Avenue Streetscape Project (City of Somerville)
  • $1,666,279 for the Redesign and Renovation of Madison Park Technical Vocational High School (Boston Public Schools)
  • $250,000 for the Economic Mobility Hub at Rindge Commons (Just a Start, Inc.)
  • $1,500,000 for Renovations of the Young Parenting Living Program (St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children)

For a description of each project, click here.

“Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley’s office has been an invaluable partner in securing vital funding for Randolph’s water treatment plant through the FY24 Community Project Funding process, and we extend our deepest gratitude for her unwavering support and commitment to the well-being of our community,” said Randolph Town Manager Brian Howard. “This investment not only strengthens our ability to meet current water demands but also positions us to address future challenges and opportunities with resilience and foresight. Together with Congresswoman Pressley’s office, we are proud to pave the way for a brighter, healthier future for Randolph and its residents.”

“The $850,000 secured for Somerville’s Highland Ave Streetscape Project will not only revitalize one of our most traveled roads, but also enrich the lives of our residents, fostering connectivity, safety, and economic growth,” said Somerville Mayor Katjana Ballantyne. “I want to extend my deepest thanks to Rep. Pressley for her unwavering support in championing initiatives that empower Somerville to be a city that truly serves and uplifts its community. “

“Northeastern University is grateful to Congresswoman Pressley for championing this important Community Project Funding request which will bolster the Nubian Ascends development project in Nubian Square,” said Jack Cline, Vice President for Federal Relations at Northeastern University. “This project will bring vital workforce development, training, and research opportunities to underserved populations in Roxbury. Once again, Congresswoman Pressley has identified a unique community need and matched it up with federal resources that will strengthen economic development opportunities throughout Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District.”

“This major investment at Franklin Field will further the BHA’s efforts to improve resident comfort, advance healthy housing, and promote environmental justice,” said Kenzie Bok, Administrator and CEO of the Boston Housing Authority. “We thank Rep. Pressley and our whole federal delegation for securing this critical support for the Franklin Field community.”

“Today is historic. For the first time in our nation’s history, federal funding has been approved for LGBTQ elders and allies in the first LGBTQ-affirming affordable senior housing in Massachusetts, slated to open later this spring,” said Gretchen Van Ness, Executive Director of LGBTQ Senior Housing, Inc. “This Community Project Funding will help us keep our promise to our future residents, as well as to the Hyde Park community and the LGBTQ+ community of greater Boston, that The Pryde and our Community Center will be richly resourced, joyful, caring and welcoming places where our elders and the community will be embraced, supported and celebrated. In other words, where our elders will be home. Our community could have no better advocates than Congresswoman Pressley and Senators Warren and Markey. They understand the critical need for LGBTQ-affirming senior housing, programs and services and the importance of The Pryde to the Hyde Park community.”

“We are so proud of Congresswoman Pressley for her leadership on affordable housing and her support for the Brooke House,” said Amy Schectman, CEO of 2Life Communities. “2Life is grateful to have been invited into Mattapan to bring our signature aging in community model to older adults to facilitate full lives of connection and purpose.”

“BCNC is very grateful for Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley’s support of renovating and improving our child care center that serves Asian and new immigrant children and families,” said Ben Hires, CEO of Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center. “The Congresswoman has been a long-time supporter of places that not only educate, but also welcome and care for children and families. The HUD appropriation allows us to improve our facilities and continue providing children and their families with high-quality early education and care, and social and emotional support services. The child care center gives them the opportunity to gain language skills, education, and jobs to better support their families and become engaged members of their communities.”

“St. Mary’s Center is deeply grateful for Congresswoman Pressley’s support in securing $1,500,000 in federal funding to support a comprehensive capital renovation of the organization’s Young Parenting Living Program,” said Nora Wolf, Chief Development Officer of St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children. “This transformative project will enable St. Mary’s Center to create de-densified, dignified living spaces designed to meet the needs of those most vulnerable—young mothers and their children experiencing homelessness—that reflect the comprehensive, trauma-informed services St. Mary’s Center provides on their pathway towards stability and independence.”

“We are so grateful to Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley for her tireless advocacy for economic development in Greater Boston,” said Carl Nagy-Koechlin, Executive Director at Just A Start. “This $250,000 in funding will strengthen the Rindge Commons Economic Mobility Hub and position Just A Start to help residents access economic opportunity and build brighter futures.”

“We are thrilled and grateful to be receiving this funding to upgrade our electric service with a clean, resilient electrical system at the Cambridge Community Center,” said Darrin Korte, Executive Director of Cambridge Community Center. “These improvements will allow us to continue providing critical services and programs in our community, and will allow us to operate independent of the electrical grid in the event of a disruption. This has been an urgent need for several years now and this funding will allow us to address that need.”

“Our intervention model has proven to be very effective at helping the highest-risk young people heal their trauma and learn skills required to achieve long-term behavior change,” said Molly Baldwin, CEO and Founder of Roca, Inc. “That drives dramatically reduced rates of recidivism and helps young people choose a better, more productive path, while enhancing public safety and saving taxpayers money. We are enormously grateful for Congresswoman Pressley’s leadership in securing this funding to allow us to impact more young people through our reentry work and expand our Rewire4 training, which helps corrections staff better understand and support the individuals in their custody.”

“We are proud to be part of the Congresswoman’s deep commitment to this community,” said Sandra McCroom, President and CEO of Children’s Services of Roxbury. “From her time in City Council through her time in Congress, she has always been an unwavering partner. She ensures that Massachusetts continues to be a pace setter for the rest of the country. Children’s Services of Roxbury is so grateful for Congresswoman Pressley’s advocacy for funding that will help us realize our vision of revitalizing a building full of innovative programs and services that will help us change the life trajectory of the children and families we serve.”

In the Fiscal Year 2023 appropriations bill, Rep. Pressley secured nearly $14 million for 15 community projects across the district. In the Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations bill, she secured over $8 million for 10 community projects across the Massachusetts 7th, capping off years of advocacy by the Congresswoman and local leaders. Additional projects are anticipated in the second Fiscal Year 2024 government spending bill.