Congresswoman Nikema Williams Secures House Passage of Nearly $7.7 Million for Community Projects in Government Funding Package

Mar 09, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) secured House passage of 10 Community Project Funding Requests totaling $7,676,000. The projects passed as part of H.R. 2471, government funding legislation. 

Congresswoman Williams said: 

“From reconnecting neighborhoods, to building the essential infrastructure of the future, to preserving our civil rights legacy, and so much more, these Community Project Funding Requests will benefit people throughout Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District. I will never waver in securing resources for my constituents but securing these funds is only the first step of the process. I look forward to working with our community partners to implement these projects so we can continue serving the people of the Fifth Congressional District.” 

The Community Project Funding Requests are: 

  • $2,200,000 for the Hosea Helps, Inc. Care Facility and Program Expansion Project
  • $1,600,000 for City of East Point Water Treatment Plant renovations
  • $1,160,000 for Central Atlanta Progress to complete Phase 1 of The Stitch: a Downtown Connector highway capping project 
  • $900,000 for the Morehouse College Black Male STEM Education Research Initiative
  • $750,000 for the City of Decatur Recreation Center Clean Energy Project
  • $325,000 for the Spelman College SpelREADS student literacy initiative
  • $200,000 for Prince Hall Masonic Lodge preservation 
  • $200,000 for the Georgia State University School of Social Work Child Welfare Training Collaborative 
  • $191,000 Covenant House Georgia, Inc., GA, for mental health services for families
  • $150,000 for the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Small Business Accelerator Program in the Atlanta Area

More information about the Community Project Funding Requests can be found here.

Congresswoman Williams also led the push for and secured passage of strong funding for the following programs:

  • $8.5 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a $582 million increase over its funding level in the previous fiscal year.
  • Strong funding for agencies that conduct medical research into endometriosis, including a $92 million increase for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. 
  • Strong funding for museums of African American history and culture, including:
    • A $29 million increase for the Smithsonian Institution to support the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
    • A $2 million increase for grants to local museums of African American history and culture.
  • Full funding of $13.5 million for the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Act. 
  • $99 million for YouthBuild – a program that provides education and hands-on training to low-income youth across the country – which is an increase of $2.5 million over its funding level in the previous fiscal year.

The twelve-bill government funding package will help middle class families with the cost of living, create American jobs, support the vulnerable, and work to help small businesses that are key to our economic future. 

The Senate must now approve this legislation in order for it to be signed into law by President Joe Biden. A detailed summary of the bill is available here

Congresswoman Nikema Williams proudly serves Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District. Congresswoman Williams serves on the exclusive Financial Services Committee where she is Vice Chair of the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the Select Committee for the Modernization of Congress. She is Freshman Class President and Co-Chairs the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus. Congresswoman Williams builds on the Fifth District’s legacy as the cradle of the civil rights movement as a champion of voting rights, closing the racial wealth gap, and ensuring the promise of America for all–regardless of their ZIP code or bank account.


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