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Federal funding will be used to support workforce training, education and health care programs

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is announcing the inclusion of community project funding for six projects around Altoona/Johnstown Pennsylvania in the Senate Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Appropriations bills. Senator Casey advocated for each of the projects to be included in the appropriations subcommittee bills. FY2022 marked the first time in a decade that Congress sent federal dollars directly to community projects across the Nation.

“I am proud to advance this vital funding for community projects that will invest in health care, education and workforce training in communities from Johnstown to State College,” said Senator Casey. “As the Senate advances these spending bills, I will fight to ensure the federal government invests in our Commonwealth.”

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee released the 12 subcommittee bills today. The bills will have to be passed in the Senate and then will enter a period of review with appropriations bills from the House of Representatives. Once both the Senate and House agree to legislative text, they will be sent to the President for his signature and enactment into law.

Recipient Funding Amount Project County
Hyndman Area Health Center  $852,000  This project will help the Hyndman Area Health Center to add clinical space, exam rooms, counseling rooms, reception areas, professional offices and bathrooms to their facility. The expanded physical capacity will facilitate and increase their ability to offer much needed medication-assisted treatment to address opioid use disorder in their rural, low-income community.  Bedford 
Johnstown Area Regional Industries  $250,000  This project will increase workforce capacity by providing training and employment opportunities for unemployed and underemployed disadvantaged residents of the Johnstown Public Housing units. The overall goal of the project is to increase workforce capacity to fill current and future job openings while offering residents an opportunity to transition out of poverty. Cambria
Women’s Help Center  $140,000  This project will be used for equipment and furniture at a newly established Community Help Center, which will serve as Cambria County’s only 24/7 low barrier shelter, meeting housing services and emergency shelter needs in the region.  Cambria 
Penn State University  $300,000  This funding will go towards educational programming at University Park focused on technology that enables production, manufacturing, and business operations as well as modern efficiencies, workforce development and entrepreneurial training for rural founders. Centre
CAPSEA, Inc.  $1,100,000  This project will establish a trauma-informed care facility to serve victims of sexual and domestic violence in Elk and Cameron Counties. This project would provide new resources, including emergency and transitional housing, to residents of the region. Elk and Cameron
The Learning Lamp, Inc.  $227,000  This project will support the renovation of a child care facility in Somerset Borough, PA, increasing child care quality and access, creating 27 new jobs and getting as many as 100 parents back to work.  Somerset