Sewell secures $2.7 million for storm shelter

Published 6:26 pm Wednesday, April 10, 2024

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Funding responds directly to some of the most pressing needs in Alabama’s 7th District

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Selma, announced that she secured $13.1 million for 13 community projects in Alabama’s Seventh Congressional District in the Fiscal Year 2024 government funding package.

This includes $2.7 million for a new FEMA storm shelter in Demopolis. This is the largest funding allotment of the projects for the congressional district.

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The projects respond directly to some of the most pressing needs in Alabama’s Seventh District. President Biden signed the second and final Fiscal Year 2024 government funding package Saturday, March 23.

“Since day one, it has been my mission to bring more resources and better opportunities to the people of Alabama’s 7th Congressional District, and with this year’s government funding package, that is exactly what we are doing.” Sewell said. “This $13.1 million is the culmination of months of hard work, and we are thrilled that this funding is now on its way to our community. From healthcare to public safety to infrastructure, these projects respond directly to some of the most pressing needs of our district and will help reverse decades of disinvestment.”

The funding for other projects includes:

Jefferson County

  • $1 million to the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District to renovate the former Loveman Village Public Housing Community and expand its daycare facility to accommodate more children.
  • $1 million for the City of Homewood to improve water drainage by installing a stormwater culvert.
  • $850,000 for Miles College to make security upgrades and improve public safety resources on-campus and in the surrounding community.
  • $500,000 for infrastructure improvements at the Bessemer Airport including construction of a drone cage and testing facility to provide pilot training, product research and development, competitive activities, and recreation for the local community including underserved students.

Montgomery County

  • $500,000 to revitalize and connect communities in the City of Montgomery.

Dallas County

  • $1.67 million to the City of Selma for infrastructure revitalization projects within a 12-block area of downtown Selma.

Tuscaloosa County

  • $850,000 for the West Alabama Food Bank to increase distribution capabilities in Alabama’s western most counties and provide fresh food to seniors and children.

Hale County

  • $1 million for the Hale County Healthcare Authority for improvements to the Hale County Hospital to expand its capacity to provide exceptional health care to rural and underserved communities in the Black Belt.

Sumter County

  • $500,000 for the Black Belt Development and Conservation Resource Center in Livingston to spur rural innovation and entrepreneurship.

Pickens County

  • $637,195 for Pickens County to construct a new 911 emergency communications facility.

Choctaw County

  • $1 million toward a facility in the Town of Pennington that can serve as a community center, disaster recovery, emergency response, and resources center.

Wilcox County

  • $959,752 for Wilcox County to install water lines and ensure a safe and reliable source of potable water.