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Today, Representative Dean Phillips (MN-03) announced that the House of Representatives approved nearly $18 million for nine community projects directly serving Minnesota’s Third District. The funding is included in the government funding bill passed by the House, which would fund a significant portion of the federal government.

This is the first step in a year-long appropriations process. Earlier this year, Phillips secured critical investments from this process in 2021, including funding for Minnesota nonprofit Change the Outcome to support opioid crisis education.

VIDEO: How a chance meeting led to critical funding for opioid crisis education in Minnesota’s Third District

For the first time in over a decade, Congress funded Member-designated community projects through the Appropriations bills in 2021. As a result of that process, Phillips secured nearly $18 million for all 10 of his requested projects. Building on the success of those efforts, the bill passed by the House this week that also includes nearly $18 million for nine community projects directly serving Minnesota’s Third District.

These local investments would deliver critical funding to provide residents with access to high-quality, affordable housing, new clean energy transportation options, pedestrian and highway infrastructure, clean drinking water, environmental education for K-12 youth, and much more. These nine projects were submitted by Rep. Phillips after extensive consultation with local governments and nonprofit organizations in the Third District and were selected because they will make a broad and positive impact on the lives and livelihoods of district residents.

The community project funding passed by the House makes significant investments to:

  • Improve Access to Quality, Low-Income Housing
    • $4,000,000 – Revitalization and Transformation of Huntington Place, a Low-Income, Affordable Housing Community
    • $400,000 – Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity - Minnetonka Townhome Construction
  • Support Clean Energy and the Environment
    • $1,854,150 – SouthWest Transit Multi-City/County Clean Energy Demonstration Project
    • $750,000 – Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities Voyageur Environmental Center Renovation/Expansion
  • Provide Clean Drinking Water
    • $3,000,000 – City of Corcoran Water Supply Construction Project
    • $2,000,000 – City of Plymouth’s Zachary Water Treatment Plant Enhancements
  • Improve Highway and Pedestrian Infrastructure
    • $2,750,000 – Highway 610 Extension Project
    • $874,400 – Construction of a High Priority Off-Street Trail Along Zane Avenue Between 63rd Ave and Brooklyn Blv
    • $2,350,000 – Minnesota Valley State Trail - Lyndale to Nine Mile Creek Segment

Rep. Phillips submitted funding for six additional community projects to support law enforcement and public safety, expand access to domestic violence prevention education, and bolster health care access and education throughout the Third District. These projects are expected to be considered by the House in future legislation.

Complete details of the 15 community projects submitted by Rep. Phillips can be found on his website.