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Frankel Announces Millions in Funding for Local Projects

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Lois Frankel (FL-21), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, announced funding for nine local community projects included in the Federal Fiscal Year 2022 spending bill.

“I’m happy to report that several important local projects were included in this year’s budget, at my request,” said Rep. Frankel. “These programs range from improving local health systems, to empowering women and girls, helping our homeless neighbors, and investing in workforce development. These projects are going to make a positive difference for so many across the Palm Beach County community.” 

After a series of community meetings with input from many stakeholders, the following are the projects Rep. Frankel submitted to the Appropriations Committee for FY 2022 that are included in the spending bill:

Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA)

  • Location: Delray Beach, FL
  • $1,000,000
  • AVDA offers a comprehensive array of services for all victims of domestic violence.
  • Funding requested to expand their campus so they can provide further outreach and prevention programming to a broader part of the community and expand their assistance to domestic abuse survivors.

Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County

  • Location: Delray Beach, Wellington, and Northwood, FL
  • $525,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County is a non-profit youth development organization with 17 clubs in the area that provide programs and prepare children for college or a career after high school in safe, welcoming, positive environments.
  • Funding request to put the College and Work Readiness Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program in Boys and Girls Club Centers in Delray, Wellington, and Northwood. The program helps minority, low-income youth by preparing them to be an integral part of a skilled labor force throughout Palm Beach County. 

Caridad Center

  • Location: 8645 W. Boynton Beach Boulevard, Boynton Beach, FL
  • $1,150,000
  • Caridad Center is the largest free healthcare clinic in Florida, offering comprehensive medical, vision, and dental care for the uninsured and underserved children and families of Palm Beach County.
  • Funding request to provide for important infrastructure upgrades and the purchase of medical equipment. 

Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County

  • Location: 2300 High Ridge Road #115, Boynton Beach, FL
  • $125,000
  • The Early Learning Coalition works to build a community-wide commitment to ensure every child is ready to succeed in school and life through comprehensive, high-quality early learning environments. Their collaborative partnership with the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County allows for continuity of care and funding for families, resulting in more than 30,000 children served annually in Palm Beach County.
  • Funding request to support a parent-to-teacher workforce pipeline project to help parents looking to return to work and fill the staffing gap currently felt by early learning programs as a result of the pandemic’s impact on the child care industry. 

Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service

  • Location: 5841 Corporate Way, Suite 200, West Palm Beach, FL
  • $325,000
  • Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service is a not-for-profit organization, with a mission to serve the community by providing a wide range of needed social services to strengthen individuals and families of all denominations.
  • Funding request for a mixed-use space that will expand on all the services provided by Alpert JFS, including mental health services for adults and children, support groups, financial and career counseling, food insecurity services and food pantry, mentoring programs, services for seniors, Holocaust survivors, persons with disabilities, and more.

Pace Center for Girls

  • Location: 1640 South Congress Avenue, Palm Springs, FL
  • $500,000
  • The Pace Center for Girls provides at-risk girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training, and advocacy.
  • Funding request to provide educational tools and upgrades to the Pace Center. Proposed enhancements include upgraded classrooms, technologies, instructional tools, computer lab, counseling spaces, and common areas for girls. 

Recuperative Care Palm Beach County

  • Location: West Palm Beach, FL
  • $1,000,000
  • Palm Beach County will lead this effort and is supported by the Palm Beach County Housing and Homeless Alliance (Continuum of Care), that consists of a membership of over 80 nonprofit homeless providers, state and local governments, health care providers and advocates.
  • Funding request to help provide medical respite, acute, and post-acute recuperative care for people experiencing homelessness when they are not ill enough to remain in a hospital but too ill to recover on the streets. This service would dramatically decrease the cost of care for homeless patients (including those with HIV) and would improve health outcomes for Medicaid/Medicare patients.

Palm Beach State College Respiratory Care Clinical Laboratory

  • Location: 4200 Congress Avenue, Lake Worth, FL
  • $700,000
  • Palm Beach State College is a public college with multiple locations in Palm Beach County and nearly 49,000 students.
  • Funding requested to help expand the clinical laboratory to provide respiratory care students with better training opportunities through medical simulations to prepare them for the future workforce. Upon completion of the Associate in Science degree of Respiratory Care program, the graduates obtain their Registered Respiratory Therapists license.

The Lord’s Place

  • Location: 2802 North Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL
  • $998,900
  • The Lord’s Place is a non-sectarian, social impact organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness by providing innovative, compassionate and effective services to men, women, and children in our community. 
  • Funding requested to renovate elements of the Family Campus with apartments, community center, and a youth center that is called home by 120 (including 75 children) people at any given time. Since 1983, The Lord’s Place has assisted thousands of families experiencing homelessness and that challenge has only grown due to the impact of the pandemic. 

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration, where they are expected to pass it in the coming days. Once President Biden signs the bill, each organization listed above will work with the appropriate federal agency to receive funding for their project.