CBS19: Government spending bill includes funding for local projects


Several area projects are getting some federal funding thanks to the fiscal year 2024 government funding bill signed this past weekend by President Joe Biden.

Last week, Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger announced funding for projects in GreeneMadison and Culpeper counties. All of these were part of the spending bill that was signed.

Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner were also able to secure funding for area projects.

In total, they included $147 million in funding for Virginia-specific projects.

“It’s about time. I was proud to support the passage of this legislation, which will give our federal agencies the funding they need to serve the American people and respond to the novel needs of the current fiscal year. I’m particularly thrilled that we were able to secure funding for over 100 individual projects in communities throughout the Commonwealth,” said Warner. “These projects will make a world of a difference at the community level, tackling specific needs like making our neighborhoods more resilient to climate change, improving the quality of drinking water, addressing homelessness, strengthening local transportation systems, supporting domestic violence victims, and investing in young Virginians, among many others.”

One such project is a child care center to be opened by Millennium Group in Nelson County.

The senators say they secured $575,000 for this and to support the Community Health Workers Training Program in Nelson.

Warner and Kaine also got $835,000 for Resolution Virginia to pilot police-referred mediation at community mediation centers in Charlottesville, Fairfax, Warrenton, Amherst and Harrisonburg.

Additionally, Buckingham County and several neighboring jurisdictions will see a revival of domestic violence and sexual assault services through $949,000 for STEPS, Inc. 

STEPS will be opening a center offering these services in Farmville.

And the last area project to receive funding is the Piedmont Housing Alliance, which is getting $650,000 to build a permanent location for the Charlottesville Financial Opportunity Center and Housing Hub.

People will be able to use this facility to get financial coaching and support, get help navigating housing options and resources, or get one-on-one assistance to prevent evictions.

The funding legislation includes money to support nutrition programs, access to healthy food, drug trafficking and substance use disorder issues, access to health care for seniors, and much more.

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