Hayes Secures $9.65 Million in Community Project Funding

July 15, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05) releases a statement on the inclusion of $9.65M to support 10 Community Project Funding (CPF) requests from CT05 in the upcoming FY2022 appropriations bills. Members were limited to no more than 10 Community Project Funding requests across all subcommittees and there was no guarantee that any requested projects would be funded, however, all 10 projects submitted to the House Committee on Appropriations by Congresswoman Hayes have been included.

“I am incredibly grateful to my staff and local leaders for working so closely, in a very short timeframe, to ensure we had strong applications and supporting documents for the committees to review. The CPF requests submitted for consideration span the Fifth District supporting a variety of communities and essential needs related to agriculture, community and police relations, public health services, transportation, and waterways. It was my goal to ensure all voices were included and even small towns and communities, who did not receive as much federal relief from the American Rescue Plan Act had the same chance to advocate for federal funding to support their local projects- and it is clear that my intent resonated with the committee. I look forward to the House vote on the appropriation bills and see this as a positive step toward community improvements in my district,” said Congresswoman Hayes.

Community Project Funding will support Fifth District improvements, including construction of a firehouse in Litchfield serving over 180,000 residents; an animal control facility in Torrington serving the Northwest Hills region; the New Britain and Wolcott Police Departments, environmental upgrades at the Fairfield Hills Campus in Newtown. The funding will also build a wastewater treatment facility in Cornwall; expand hospital telehealth support for Sharon Hospital; remediate and demolish a dangerous building in New Britain; sidewalk and road improvements in Avon; and pedestrian safety improvements in Southbury.

The Community Project Funding requested by Congresswoman Hayes and included in the FY2022 appropriation bills:

  • Avon: $424,000 for Avon sidewalk replacement      
  • Cornwall: $3,000,000 for Cornwall Wastewater Treatment Facility construction
  • Litchfield: $225,000 for Northfield Firehouse completion  
  • New Britain: $350,000 for the former Thomas Aquinas High School building remediation and demolition
  • New Britain: $15,000 for New Britain Police Department Midnight Basketball Program 
  • Newtown: $500,000 for environmental upgrades for waterflow at Fairfield Hills Campus
  • Sharon: $400,000 for Sharon Hospital telehealth improvements
  • Southbury: $444,946 for Southbury pedestrian safety improvements
  • Torrington: $1,100,000 for Northwest Hills Regional Animal Control Facility  construction       
  • Wolcott: $3,200,000 for Wolcott Police Department fixed network equipment (FNE) upgrade

For more detail on each request, view it here.

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Congresswoman Jahana Hayes sits on the Committees on Education & Labor and Agriculture and proudly represents Connecticut’s 5th District. She was a public school teacher in Connecticut for more than 15 years and was recognized in 2016 as the National Teacher of the Year.

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