Press Release

Schumer, Gillibrand Deliver $6 Million For Local Projects In The Bronx

Mar 14, 2024

Today, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that they have secured $6 million for critical local projects in the Bronx in the just-passed FY2024 funding bill. The senators personally secured funding for these projects as congressionally directed spending requests. 

“I’m proud to bring home these important federal investments to support Bronx residents and the community, said U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer. “These funds included in the federal budget bill will help expand mental health services at Fountain House’s Bronx Clubhouse, foster workforce development, and create new affordable housing options in the Bronx. I won’t stop fighting to deliver the resources needed to better our communities and support the organizations that help them flourish.”

“I am thrilled to bring home $6 million in federal funding to the Bronx. These federal dollars are proof of the federal government at work for NYC. This critical funding will invest in health and mental health services, affordable housing, education, youth apprenticeship programs, and infrastructure improvements,” said Senator Gillibrand. “I’m proud to have fought for these important projects, and I’ll continue to work tirelessly to make sure families, workers, and businesses in the Bronx have what they need to thrive.”

A full list of funded projects is below

$1,500,000 for the Bronx Community Foundation Community Workforce Innovation & Development Center:

Funding will support Phase 1 of a new Community Workforce Innovation & Development Center, which will advance innovation- and talent-focused education and community development, as well as propel job creation and inclusive economic growth for Bronx residents.

$1,000,000 for Fountain House’s Bronx Expansion:

Funding will be used to expand Fountain House’s Bronx Clubhouse, which will increase its capacity to provide its members with mental health services.

$1,000,000 for the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition for Belmont Affordable Housing:

Funding will support the creation of new affordable housing in the Bronx in partnership with the Bronx Community Land Trust in an initiative to ensure affordability in perpetuity and develop community governance over housing.

$1,000,000 for Kingsbridge Heights Community Center Renovations:

Funding will support renovation and roof replacement for the landmark community center.  

$500,000 for the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG):

Funding will publicize NYBG data that will aid scientists and city officials in urban planning, including informing climate change adaption measures. This will ensure that urban planning decisions are well informed and sustainable.  

$500,000 for the Word of Life Community Wellness Center:

Funding will support Word of Life’s purchase of a new community center building in order to accommodate growing demand. The expanded space will allow Word of Life to increase the scope of its services to the Bronx community, including food assistance, workforce development, and other key health and social programs.

$500,000 for CareerWise New York’s Bronx Apprenticeship Training Center:

Funds will be used to improve and expand CareerWise New York’s front-loaded training and curriculum to help youth apprentices in the Bronx succeed in tech, finance, and business fields.