Community Project Funding

Listed below are the Community Funding Projects that Congressman Cohen submitted to the House Appropriations Committee. The projects are listed in alphabetical order by intended recipient and do not indicate any order of priority.

  • Project Name: Memphis ReStart Initiative
  • Request Amount: $750,000
  • Intended Recipient: Black Business Association of Memphis
  • Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 480 Dr. M.L.K. Jr. Avenue, Memphis, TN 38126
  • Explanation of the request (must include purpose and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds): The funding would be used to support the multi-faceted small business development program that focuses on three areas: Talent, Acquisitions, and Talent Acquisitions in order to nurture Black enterprises toward economic equity as well as addressing the wealth gap. This includes leadership training for Black managers, entrepreneurs and business owners, and identifying opportunities for Black businesses to thrive.
  • PDF icon Signed Financial Disclosure Letter

 

  • Project Name: Cocaine and Alcohol Awareness Program, Incorporated (CAAP, Inc) Community Corrections Program
  • Request Amount: $670,500
  • Intended Recipient: Cocaine and Alcohol Awareness Program, Incorporated (CAAP, Inc)
  • Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 4041 Knight Arnold Rd, Memphis, TN 38118
  • Explanation of the request (must include purpose and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds): The funding would be used to support the community-based, residential, alternative to incarceration, corrections program that has a partnership with the Tennessee Department of Corrections.  CAAP, Inc.’s program supports non-violent offenders who suffer with a substance use and mental health disorder. The program’s goals include reducing overall recidivism and crime within the Memphis and Shelby County communities.
  • PDF iconSigned Financial Disclosure Letter

 

  • Project Name: Historic Melrose Redevelopment Project
  • Request Amount: $5,000,000
  • Intended Recipient: City of Memphis, Housing & Community Development
  • Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 590 Washington Avenue, TN 3810
  • Explanation of the request (must include purpose and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds): The funding would be used to invest in the redevelopment of the Historic Melrose High School and the Orange Mound Community, which was the first African-American neighborhood in the U.S. to be built by and for African-Americans.  The project will provide senior housing and will create a place for nonprofits to convene and offer numerous community services. It will also include a library and genealogy center, which will highlight the former school and neighborhood's rich history.
  • PDF iconSigned Financial Disclosure Letter

 

  • Project Name: Christian Brothers University Community Engagement Partnerships with Binghampton and Orange Mound Neighborhoods, Memphis, TN
  • Request Amount: $386,221.55
  • Intended Recipient: Christian Brothers University
  • Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 650 East Parkway South, Memphis, TN 38104
  • Explanation of the request (must include purpose and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds): The funding would be used to support community engagement efforts in Binghampton and Orange Mound neighborhoods through four targeted initiatives: (1) the Community Academic Internship Program; (2) the Community-Engaged Learning Program; and (3) the Servant Leadership Fellowship Program; (4) the Community Innovation Project Fund. These initiatives will continue to support these communities by providing workforce development, coordinated and experiential educational opportunities, as well as support for local nonprofit organizations.
  • PDF iconSigned Financial Disclosure Letter

 

  • Project Name: Supporting Whole-Person Primary Care and Other Services to Serve the Healthcare Needs of the Uninsured and Underserved
  • Request Amount: $355,224
  • Intended Recipient: Church Health
  • Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 1350 Concourse Avenue, Suite 142, Memphis, TN 38104
  • Explanation of the request (must include purpose and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds):  The funding would be used to obtain up-to-date technology in all aspects of operations and have the clinical equipment needed to support the multiple services provided to patients in need in Shelby County and to help Church Health share its data, knowledge and model with clinics across Tennessee and the entire U.S.
  • PDF iconSigned Financial Disclosure Letter

 

  • Project Name: Collins Chapel Connectional Hospital
  • Request Amount: $1,000,000
  • Intended Recipient: Collins Chapel Connectional Hospital in collaboration with Room In The Inn-Memphis
  • Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 409 Ayers Street, Memphis, TN 38105-3112
  • Explanation of the request (must include purpose and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds): The funding would be used to repurpose the former African-American hospital into a homeless shelter that will provide the first respite/recuperative care center in the Midsouth for homeless individuals who are medically fragile. 
  • PDF iconSigned Financial Disclosure Letter

 

  • Project Name: Sadie B’s Kitchen in Memphis, TN
  • Request Amount: $450,000
  • Intended Recipient: Hospitality Hub
  • Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 590 Washington Avenue, Memphis, TN 38105
  • Explanation of the request (must include purpose and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds): The funding would be used to build a commercial kitchen in the new shelter and operations Hub, as well as two supplemental food truck parking bays. The Hospitality Hub (the Hub) is the region’s central point of entry into the HUD Continuum of Care (CoC). Each year the Hospitality Hub welcomes 2500 newly homeless men, women and children as guests. 
  • PDF iconSigned Financial Disclosure Letter

 

  • Project Name: Memphis Home Repair Program
  • Request Amount: $1,000,000
  • Intended Recipient: Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Memphis
  • Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 2633 Inverary Cove, Memphis, TN 38119
  • Explanation of the request (must include purpose and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds): The funding would be used to provide grants for very low-income seniors.  LISC Memphis worked in partnership with the City to identify affordable housing preservation needs, barriers that homeowners face in accessing capital, and the resulting need for significant home repair assistance.
  • PDF iconSigned Financial Disclosure Letter

 

  • Project Name: Regional One Health Care Access and Quality Care Improvements
  • Request Amount: $1,000,000
  • Intended Recipient: Regional One Health
  • Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 877 Jefferson Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103
  • Explanation of the request (must include purpose and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds): The funding would be used to provide priority clinical enhancements that will enable front line health care workers the ability to diagnose and treat ill and critically injured patients more accurately and quickly.  As the only essential access health care system in Shelby County, and the oldest teaching hospital in the state of Tennessee, these improvements will continue to improve the quality of care for vulnerable Shelby County residents.
  • PDF iconSigned Financial Disclosure Letter

 

  • Project Name: Tom Lee Park, Memphis, TN
  • Request Amount: $3,000,000
  • Intended Recipient: Riverfront Development Inc. d/b/a/ Memphis River Parks Partnership
  • Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 22 N Front St., Ste 960, Memphis TN 38103
  • Explanation of the request (must include purpose and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds): The funding would be used to further develop and provide improvements for a larger river front park transformation, which will create an equitable, shared community space for all Memphians.
  • PDF iconSigned Financial Disclosure Letter