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Community Project Funding Requests

Congresswoman Nikema Williams has submitted funding requests for important community projects in GA-05 to the House Appropriations Committee.

Under guidelines issued by the Appropriations Committee, each Representative may request funding for up to 10 projects in their community for fiscal year 2022 – although only a handful may actually be funded. 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 is available here.

In compliance with House Rules and Committee requirements, Congresswoman Nikema Williams has certified that she, her spouse, and her immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects she has requested.

Please note:

  • Congresswoman Williams will NOT accept requests for projects outside of GA-05.
  • The recipient of the CPF must be a state, local or tribal governmental entity or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 
  • Requests made by for-profit entities are not permitted and will not be submitted for consideration.
  • You must be able to demonstrate that the request has community support.  This requirement is integral for a successful CPF request.  Examples of community support include but are not limited to support letters from local elected officials, press articles, state-intended use plan or community development plan, or a municipal resolution of support.
  • Funding must be for FY22 only.
  • A request submitted by Congresswoman Williams to the Committee does NOT guarantee the project will be funded.
  • Submit requests using this form: https://forms.gle/q7QbcSTo6gtJ715Z9

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Projects Requested:

Listed below are the projects Congresswoman Williams has submitted to the House Appropriations Committee.

Note: The projects are listed in alphabetical order by project name.

Project Name: City of East Point Water Treatment Plant 

Intended Recipient: City of East Point 

Recipient Address: 2757 East Point St, East Point, GA 30344 

Project Address: 2001 Headland Drive, East Point, Georgia 30344

Request Amount: $1,600,000.00

Project Description and Explanation: The funds would be used for renovations at the East Point Water Treatment Plant to help the facility come into regulatory compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act.  

Signed Disclosure Letter: click here

Project Name: Decatur Recreation Center Clean Energy Project

Intended Recipient: City of Decatur

Recipient Address: 509 N. McDonough Street, Decatur, GA 30030

Project Address: 231 Sycamore Street, Decatur, 30030

Request Amount: $750,000

Project Description and Explanation: The funds would be used for the installation of a roof-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) array and lithium-ion battery storage, which will offset a portion of the facility's electricity usage with onsite renewables and maintain critical functions during outages. The primary goals are to reduce the City's reliance on fossil fuels that pollute the air and water, reduce electricity costs, and improve operational resilience with battery storage.

Signed Disclosure Letter: click here

Project Name: Delivering and Evaluating Effective Mental Health and Wrap-Around Services for Young Families Experiencing Homelessness

Intended Recipient: Covenant House Georgia

Recipient Address: 1559 Johnson Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Project Address: 1559 Johnson Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Request Amount: $190,564.00

Project Description and Explanation: The funding would be used to allow Covenant House Georgia to deliver behavioral (mental) health and wrap-around services to young families in our Transitional Living Program by coordinating “in-home” style care. Doing so, we will help these young parents stabilize their mental health, which will allow them to maintain their employment, increase their educational achievements, strengthen their parenting, and increase their protective capacities overall. In partnership with Georgia State University researchers, the organization will evaluate the effectiveness of these interventions to determine the best tools and methods for engaging young families in these services to meet their unique needs.  

Signed Disclosure Letter: Click here

Project Name: Georgia State University School of Social Work Child Welfare Training Collaborative

Intended Recipient: Georgia State University School of Social Work Child Welfare Training Collaborative

Recipient Address: P.O. Box 3965, Atlanta, GA 30302

Project Address: 33 Gilmer Street SE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Request Amount: $200,000.00

Project Description and Explanation: The funding would be used to end system-induced trauma and provide support to traumatized children. The CWTC works to increase the capacity of diverse professionals to better understand and respond to the needs of children and families who have been exposed to trauma and build stronger collaborations among Georgia’s public child welfare system and other child and family-serving organizations in support of traumatized children. 

Signed Disclosure Letter: click here. 

Project Name: The Hosea Helps, Inc. Care Facility and Program Expansion Project

Intended Recipient: Hosea Helps, Inc

Recipient Address: 2545 Forrest Hills Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30315

Project Address: 2545 Forrest Hills Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30315

Request Amount: $2,200,000.00

Project Description and Explanation: The funds would be used to expand the Hosea Helps facility to allow the organization to extend human services for the underserved of Metro-Atlanta and extending into rural communities across the state of Georgia. Additional warehouse space and personnel are required to accommodate these impactful services. This expansion will facilitate the vital storage of in-kind donations from community and corporate supporters and allow the organization to increase their programs (developed to fight food insecurity and provide stabilization to families at risk of homelessness) and allow for the expansion of staffing. Hosea Helps has strategized to extend its reach: specifically, to targeted areas outside of Metro-Atlanta where accessibility to human services programs that meet the basic need of families are less readily available than in urban centers. 

Signed Disclosure Letter: click here. 

Project Name: Morehouse College - Black Male STEM Education Research Initiative

Intended Recipient: Morehouse College

Recipient Address: 830 Westview Dr., SW, Atlanta, GA 30314 

Project Address: 830 Westview Dr., SW, Atlanta, GA 30314 

Request Amount: $899,000.00

Project Description and Explanation: The Morehouse College STEM Careers Pipeline program will support STEM majors at Morehouse College. Participants (40) will receive $5,000 per semester for up to 8 semesters. Additionally, the program will include peer mentor scholars (10) will receive a $10,000 scholarship for their senior year. 

Signed Disclosure Letter: click here. 

Project Name: Prince Hall Masonic Lodge

Intended Recipient: Prince Hall Masonic Lodge of Georgia

Recipient Address: 7340 Old National Hwy. Riverdale, Georgia 30296

Project Address: 330 Auburn Ave. Atlanta, GA 30303

Request Amount: $200,000.00

Project Description and Explanation: 

The funds would be used to restore the building that was the original headquarters of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference office. Specifically, the funds will be used for restoration of the original headquarters and the following will have access to the space. 

  • The basement and first floor spaces previously occupied by Dr. King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference office will be occupied by National Park Service for programming as an educational, community and event space.  

  • The second-floor space is under consideration by the Atlanta Police Historical Foundation for the establishment of a museum and educational facility. 

  • Additional second floor tenant spaces will be available for lease to local businesses.  

  • The third-floor space will be preserved for Prince Hall Masons’ activities 

Signed Disclosure Letter: click here. 

Project Name: SpelREADS Literacy Program Expansion Project

Intended Recipient: Spelman College

Recipient Address: 350 Spelman Ln SW, Atlanta, GA 30314

Project Address: 350 Spelman Ln SW, Atlanta, GA 30314

Request Amount: $319,580.00

Project Description and Explanation: The funding would be used to provide support for SpelREADS, which is a literacy intervention for students in grades 1st through 8th. Spelman College students serve as reading tutors from various disciplines providing one-to-one support for struggling readers in the Atlanta Public School system. This funding will allow an additional 150 students to be served each year through the program. 

Signed Disclosure Letter: click here. 

Project Name:  The Stitch 

Intended Recipient: Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, Inc.

Recipient Address: 84 Walton Street NW, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30303

Project Address: 435 West Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308 (I75/85 between Ted Turner Drive and Peachtree St)

Request Amount: $1,160,000.00

Project Description and Explanation: 

The funding would be used to complete Phase 1 of the project. The Stitch is a cap over the section of the Interstate 75/85 (the Connector) in Atlanta’s Central Business District between Ted Turner Drive and Piedmont Avenue. The cap will be a 3/4-mile platform creating a 14-acre park and resurrected street network that will reconnect this divided area of Downtown and catalyze real estate investment around it. Once completed, the Stitch will do the following:  

  • Repurpose underutilized assets created by the construction of the interstate highway system. 

  • Leverage access to transit by fostering transit-oriented development at the Civic Center MARTA rail station and introducing an off-street bus facility. 

  • Create urban greenspace and new development pad sites both atop and adjacent to the platform. 

  • Develop a vibrant public realm with quality civic infrastructure and interconnected open spaces. 

Signed Disclosure Letter: click here. 

Project Name: Small Business Accelerator Program in the Atlanta Area

Intended Recipient: Urban League of Greater Atlanta, Inc.

Recipient Address: 230 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 2600, Atlanta, GA 30303

Project Address: 774 Jordan Lane, Building 4, Decatur, GA 30033

Request Amount: $150,000.00 

Project Description and Explanation: The funding will be used to support the Small Business Accelerator Program at the Urban League of Greater Atlanta (ULGA). The mission of the Entrepreneurship Center (TEC) is to support and promote the growth of new and existing small businesses, especially those that are women, Black, and minority owned.  This project will also focus on those businesses most negatively impacted by COVID.  The purpose of the program is to ensure participants can demonstrate increased value in their businesses as measured by the improvement of quantitative and qualitative metrics that signify growth. 

Signed Disclosure Letter: click here.