2021 Requests for Community Project Funding

The following projects were submitted by Congresswoman Schakowsky to the Appropriations Committee for funding.

Subcommittee: Labor-HHS

Project Name: Chicago Public Schools Arts Revitalization Project

AMOUNT OF REQUEST: $495,000

INTENDED RECIPIENT: Chicago Public Schools

The funding would be used for improvements at the following schools in the CPS system:

  • Senn High School, 5900 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60660
  • Sullivan High School, 6631 N Bosworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
  • Boone Elementary School, 6710 N Washtenaw Ave, Chicago, IL 60645
  • Swift Elementary School, 6710 N Washtenaw Ave, Chicago, IL 60645
  • Brenneman Elementary School, 4251 N Clarendon Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
  • Walt Disney Magnet School, 4140 N Marine Dr, Chicago, IL 60613

EXPLANATION OF REQUEST: Funding for capital improvement, supplies, and equipment for several Chicago Public Schools.  This arts revitalization initiative would create a refreshed arts space with modern technology and refreshed supplies.

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Subcommittee: Labor-HHS

Project Name: Community Schools Expansion Project

AMOUNT OF REQUEST: $370,000

INTENDED RECIPIENT: Skokie/Morton Grove School District 69, 5050 Madison Street, Skokie IL 60077

The schools benefitting from this request include:

  • Madison Elementary School, 5100 Madison St, Skokie, IL 60077
  • Lincoln Junior High School, 7839 Lincoln Ave, Skokie, IL 60077
  • Edison Elementary School, 8200 Gross Point Rd., Morton Grove, IL 60053

EXPLANATION OF REQUEST:  Funding for critical upgrades to community schools in District 69.  These include the establishment of a Healthy Fresh Market for food insecure families to have access to healthy foods, new or expanded community gardens, new pre-kindergarten playground equipment, a community resource management system, and more. 

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Subcommittee: Labor-HHS

Project Name: Rohingya Culture Center Homework Help Program

AMOUNT OF REQUEST: $41,700

INTENDED RECIPIENT: Rohingya Culture Center, 2740 W. Devon Ave, Chicago IL 60659. 

EXPLANATION OF REQUEST: Funding for the purchase of 80 laptops, 2 printers, secure storage, necessary IT support, and utilities for the creation of a homework help computer lab serving young people in the Rohingya community via the Rohingya Culture Center. 

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Subcommittee: Labor-HHS

Project Name: Syrian Community Network Refugee Youth Education Program

AMOUNT OF REQUEST: $90,000

INTENDED RECIPIENT: Syrian Community Network, 5439 Broadway Ave, Unit 1, Chicago, IL 60640.

EXPLANATION OF REQUEST: Funding to hire additional staff to maintain a hybrid service model for the coming year for the Youth Education Program.

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Subcommittee: Labor-HHS

Project Name: CREATE Teacher Residency

AMOUNT OF REQUEST: $600,000

INTENDED RECIPIENT: Evanston/Skokie School District 65, 1500 Mcdaniel Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

EXPLANATION OF REQUEST: Funding to place 20 resident teachers paired with a lead teacher in three training academy schools in District 65. These teachers are in classrooms four days a week while doing masters studies.

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Subcommittee: Labor-HHS

Project Name: School-Based Health Center

AMOUNT OF REQUEST: $258,000

INTENDED RECIPIENT: Glenbrook High School District 225, 3801 West Lake Avenue

Glenview, IL 60026

EXPLANATION OF REQUEST: Funding to operate a school-based health clinic for the 2021-22 school year.

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Subcommittee: Labor-HHS

Project Name: Dual Enrollment and Certificate Programs

AMOUNT OF REQUEST: $25,000

INTENDED RECIPIENT: Harry S. Truman Middle College, 1145 W Wilson Ave Chicago, IL, 60640

EXPLANATION OF REQUEST: Funding for grants for dual enrollment and vocational opportunities.

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Subcommittee: THUD

Project Name: New Life Interim Housing Renovation

AMOUNT OF REQUEST: $450,000

INTENDED RECIPIENT: Good News Partners, 1546 W Jonquil Terrace, Chicago, IL 60626.

EXPLANATION OF REQUEST: The funding would be used to help Good News Partners provide dignified housing and support services for women and families in the 9th Congressional District who are experiencing homelessness or are in immediate crisis. The funding request includes renovation of a kitchen area to serve as both a functional kitchen for the shelter and a training area, the addition of 8 showers and restrooms, climate control for the building, a computer room for programs with homework tutoring and job training and placement, and a playroom for young children.

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Subcommittee: THUD

Project Name: YWCA Evanston/North Shore Domestic Violence Shelter

AMOUNT OF REQUEST: $450,000

INTENDED RECIPIENT: Evanston, Illinois YWCA, 1215 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201

EXPLANATION OF REQUEST: The funding would be used to help fund construction of YWCA’s new Family Support Center for Survivors of Domestic Violence.  This new shelter will replace an outdated facility that served for many years as a lifeline that has for years served over 250 women facing domestic violence annually. 

The new support center will house a two-floor residential shelter, a third floor dedicated to the delivery of community-based domestic violence services, and a floor for al additional YWCA staff.  Improvements in the new structure include increased security, a private and enclosed play area for children, dedicated computer access for residents 24/7, 23 rooms (up from 11 in the original shelter) and an overall occupancy increase to 66 from 32.  YWCA has done amazing work in this field for many years, and this new shelter will help them serve individuals in need more effectively. 

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Subcommittee: DHS

Project Name: Stormwater Improvement Project

AMOUNT OF REQUEST: $640,000

INTENDED RECIPIENT: Village of Arlington Heights, Illinois, 33 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005

EXPLANATION OF REQUEST:  The funding would be used to address neighborhood flooding that has been a significant and recurring issue for the Race Avenue / Chicago Avenue residential neighborhood in Arlington Heights, Illinois.  The proposed project includes construction of stormwater detention facilities totaling over 15,000 cubic feet, installation of 300 feet of 36’’ storm sewer, plus ancillary sewer work and street pavement replacement. 

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