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Murray Secures Funding for Puget Sound Community and Environmental Initiatives

Jul 25 2002

Key Senate Committee Approves VA-HUD Appropriations Bill

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- Senator Murray announced today that she has secured $2.32 million in the fiscal year 2003 Veterans Administration, Department of Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill for community and environmental initiatives in the Puget Sound region.

"I am proud to have secured this important funding to help improve communities in the Puget Sound," said Murray. "Our region's economy is facing tough times and we must do all that we can to retain and attract new business and jobs. I know this funding will go a long way towards improving the quality of life and increasing economic prosperity for our region."

YWCA Opportunity Place, Seattle $500,000

The YWCA will use the funding to help build the YWCA Opportunity Place. When Opportunity Place is completed it will provide critical services to 3,000 chronically homeless women and employment services to 1,300 adults, helping them to move from welfare to work. Opportunity Place will include 145 studio and one-bedroom apartments for very low-income and homeless persons. The facility will employ approximately 40 very low-income people in the delivery of services to clients and an additional 30 people in retail activity as part of the project.

Building Better Futures Community Centers Campaign, Kent $250,000

Funding will help the Building Better Futures campaign meet its goal of building two new community centers in Kent. The centers will provide Head Start, primary health care, after-school recreation and homework support, job training, and placement services to immigrant or refugee and other low-income families. The community centers will directly serve three low-income housing complexes with more than 2,000 residents whose average income is 18 percent of adjusted median income.

Northwest Center for Livable Communities, University of Washington $250,000

The Center will use to the funding to create a new resource for Washington state communities as they manage a variety of challenges, including economic and community development, creating affordable housing, preventing sprawl, and enhancing the use of technology.

Squaxin Island Museum, Library and Research Center, Shelton $200,000

The Tribe will use the funding to purchase display cases and install an interactive learning section in its newly-completed museum. The new museum will be an outstanding economic and cultural resource for the Tribe.

Elks Club of Pierce and Thurston Counties, Toys for Disabled Youth Initiative $100,000

The Elks Club will work with four groups – low- and moderate-income families, pediatric occupational therapists, toy retailers and toy manufacturers – to produce toys that will help disabled children learn and develop skills and imagination. If successful, this one-year pilot program will be extended to a larger geographic area.

Friends of Youth's Griffin Home, Renton $250,000

Friends of Youth will use the funding to help renovate two aging homes, modernize on-site school classrooms, and add two professionally-staffed foster care homes to the Griffin Home site. Griffin Home is one of the few remaining residential treatment programs in the state for troubled and homeless boys aged 12-18.

Mason County PUD Waste Water System $770,000

This grant will allow Mason County Public Utility District to solve severe water pollution problems that have contaminated Finch Creek, periodically closed the state's Hoodsport fish hatchery, and led to bans on swimming and shellfish harvesting on nearby Hood Canal beaches. The requested funds will allow the PUD to decommission 40 failing septic tanks that drain into and contaminate Finch Creek and Hood Canal and to replace them with a wastewater collection system.


Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission $700,000

The Washington State Tribes and the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission Coordinated Water Quality Program, an EPA/Tribal partnership, has provided a forum for continuous and meaningful communication between tribes, state and federal agencies. It has generated successful state/federal partnerships to improve water quality and has helped fulfill the federal government's trust obligation to tribes.

Rural Development Council, Rural Community Assessment Program $100,000

The Washington State Rural Development Council will use the funding to help rural communities assess strengths and weaknesses, develop strategies to meet their economic, community, and human service goals, and link them to resources to build on and implement local plans.