Rep. Castor Votes to Invest in Tampa Families and Lower Costs in Critical Appropriations Package - Community Projects Advance
Washington, July 20, 2022
Today, U.S. Representative Kathy Castor (FL14) voted to invest local economic drivers and to lower costs for Tampa area families with a package of six appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2023. This package will increase funding for affordable housing initiatives, create good-paying local jobs and support veterans.
“My top priorities for Tampa Bay area families are lowering costs, strengthening our schools and colleges, improving our infrastructure, and boosting veterans and military families. This package tackles the most urgent challenges facing our nation, including increasing the supply of affordable housing, combating the climate crisis and caring for our heroic veterans. With our neighbors in mind, the Democratic House took another strong step today in our fight to advance health, opportunity and security for all.
“Tampa residents are being pinched by the hot housing and rental market, and Democrats are pressing to ensure that our communities remain accessible and affordable for those who call Tampa home. With this goal in mind, we prioritized affordable housing in this package, including funds for rental assistance for over 2.3 million homes, expanded housing assistance for low-income families, more funding designated to build new affordable housing and improvements for existing communities.
“In direct response to some of Tampa’s most localized needs and projects, I’m proud to announce that seven of the community priority grants that I championed are included in this minibus. That means that we are one step closer to ensuring Floridians and visitors safely get where they need to go while using our growing public transit system, expanding local food assistance, and investing in skilled trades training to expand good-paying jobs and apprenticeships. The Tampa community is blessed with volunteers and organizations who are working to creatively and compassionately solve problems, and I am proud to partner with them to get these initiatives over the finish lines.
“It is my hope that the House and Senate can come together to send these critical funding bills to President Biden’s desk before October. Please know that I will continue our fight to create jobs, grow paychecks and bring down kitchen table costs.”
This government funding package will secure critical investments in a range of key priorities for Tampa Bay residents:
The seven community priority grants included in this package are listed below in alphabetical order*:
African American Arts and Cultural Center – Hillsborough County
Feeding Tampa Bay Solar/Wind Energy Efficiency Program – Feeding America Tampa Bay, Incorporated
HART Bus Stops Improvements Project – Hillsborough Transit Authority
Housing and Neighborhood Assessment Project – Hillsborough County
LatinTech Accelerator – Tampa Bay Wave, Inc.
Skills Center Collaborative – Skills Center, Inc.
Water Facilities Hydroelectric & Solar Project – the City of Tampa
*15 of Rep. Castor’s community priorities were included at the committee level. The remaining 8 approved by committee will soon be considered in legislation on the House floor.