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Representative Ann Kirkpatrick has submitted funding requests for important community projects in AZ02 to the House Appropriations Committee. 

Under guidelines issued by the Appropriations Committee, each Representative may request funding for up to 10 projects in their community for fiscal year 2022 – although only a handful may actually be funded. Projects are restricted to a limited number of federal funding streams, and only state and local governments and eligible non-profit entities are permitted to receive funding. Additional information on the reforms governing Community Project Funding is available here.

In compliance with House Rules and Committee requirements, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick has certified that she, her spouse, and her immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects she has requested. Click here to view certification letters.

The following requests are listed in alphabetical order by subcommittee:

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

 Cochise County Animal Shelter Project

  • Amount Requested – $1,500,000
  • Cochise County, Arizona – 1415 Melody Lane Bisbee, AZ 85603

This funding request will allow Cochise County, in coordination with the Humane Society of Southern Arizona and Friends of the Bisbee Animal Shelter, to design and remodel a vacant County building into a modern shelter facility. 

This project is a worthwhile use of taxpayer funds because in December 2018, Cochise County experienced a shortage of animal shelter services directly related to the closing of the Huachuca City Animal Shelter due to structural and electrical issues. This location was the primary service provider for animal impounds by Sheriff Office Animal Control and surrendered from County residents. Since early 2019, the County has relied on Intergovernmental Agreements with two other municipal run shelters that are 50 – 80 miles from the most populous, yet unincorporated area, of the County.  The future location of the Bisbee/County shelter is important because it allows for: lower mileage, cost-effective transport of animals, geographically accessible owner/animal reunions, and improvement to overall animal care through service enhancements. 

Energy and Water

City of Douglas Rose and Palm Garden Washes Flood Control Project

  • Amount Requested – $200,000
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, 915 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017

This funding would allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to determine if there is potential federal interest in a flood mitigation plan or project that would bring a significant amount of the population in Douglas out of the flood plain. In turn, this will lower and possibly eliminate flood insurance for many residents thus removing a barrier to home ownership. The Rose and Palm Garden washes consistently carry water and often flood into downtown Douglas. In a normal rain event during the monsoon season, this area of the City is often left with standing water approximately 1 to 3 feet deep for several days before it subsides. This has caused an increase in flood insurance premiums for a City of approximately 17,000 residents where the median family income is $33,000 and more than 30 percent live below the poverty line.

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

Saguaro National Park Rincon Valley Creek Protection

  • Amount Requested – $4,124,500
  • Saguaro National Park – 3693 South Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ 85730

The Rincon Valley Creek Protection project would add 552 acres across a number of properties along Rincon Creek and along the Saguaro Wilderness and the Coronado National Forest. Preserving the area around Rincon Creek is vital, as it is the only perennial waterway in Saguaro National Park and designated an Important Riparian Area in Pima County’s Conservation Plan. These parcels all fall within the Park boundary expansion approved by Congress in December 2020. This acquisition builds on a strong commitment by Pima County for open space and habitat protection. The County has protected nearly 230,000 acres of land, with over $175 million invested, over the past 20 years through its Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan.

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

Chiricahua Community Health Rural Healthcare Workforce Training Center

  • Amount Requested – $627,996
  • Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc. – 307 Arizona St. Bisbee, AZ 85603

This project will renovate a currently unusable portion of a historic building (already owned by Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc.) located in a blighted section of Bisbee, Arizona into a state-of-the-art workforce training center to prepare locally employed healthcare workers to address and solve rural healthcare challenges to the benefit of all communities and populations of Cochise County.

Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc. (CCHCI) provides primary care to the diverse communities and special populations of rural Cochise County, Arizona as the region’s only Federally Qualified Health Center. No patient is turned away based on ability to pay. CCHCI has grown dramatically in both size and complexity in recent years. Consequently, CCHCI no longer has an adequate space with the technology needed for the initial/ongoing training necessary to efficiently prepare our local workforce. The proposed state-of-the-art training center is a historic (1905) brick building located in a blighted commercial district in the town of Bisbee. CCHCI purchased this deteriorating building in 2017 and renovated 1200 square feet into a now thriving community pharmacy. The remaining 2300 square feet remain unusable. Architectural and engineering plans (including the paving of a small adjacent parking lot) are ‘shelf ready’. Technology and furniture plans are also already completed. This project is an excellent utilization of taxpayer funds because it 1) invests long term in workforce training for locally employed healthcare workers for the region’s largest safety-net provider, 2) will benefit all communities and populations of rural and medically underserved Cochise County regardless of ability to pay, and 3) will bring restoration, vitality and commerce to a blighted section of Bisbee, Arizona.

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

El Rio Health Radiology and Dental Suite Construction and Equipment

  • Amount Requested – $1,459,300
  • El Rio Santa Cruz Neighborhood Health Care, Inc. – Banner University Medical Center South, 2800 E Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ 85713

Provide $1,459,300 to El Rio Health for general Radiology, ultrasound services and mammography and Dental suites (8-operatories) at the Banner-University Medical Center South campus family medicine clinic where they will be providing care to 13,000 established patients beginning January 2022.

El Rio Health is a federally qualified health center (FQHC), is Joint Commission accredited, and has achieved Level 3 patient-centered medical home (PCMH) status from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. These accreditations recognize their community-based healthcare model reflective of their medical/health home concept utilizing an interdisciplinary team of healthcare providers and professionals. As a PCMH, El Rio consistently strives to meet all the health needs of all their patients, including addressing oral health and radiology needs, within fully integrated facilities. They will be leasing 26,000 sq. ft. of the Banner South campus family medicine clinic, currently located inside the Pima County Health Department Abrams Public Health Center and wish to add Radiology and Dental services as a part of their service delivery. 

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

Pima Community College Flexible Industry Training (FIT) Lab

  • Amount Requested – $1,000,000
  • Pima County Community College District, Pima Community College, Downtown Campus, 1255 North Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85709-3000 

This Community Project Request for $1 million will fund the equipment needed for Pima Community College’s new Center of Excellence in Applied Technology Flexible Industry Training (FIT) Lab, where PCC will partner together with business and industry to train and upskill employees with necessary 21st century skills.  This will allow PCC to purchase state-of-the-art equipment that is currently being used by businesses and industry, such as smart manufacturing equipment, robotic arms, and 3D scanners.

Pima Community College (PCC) is committed to providing world-class instruction, affordable, and accessible educational certificates and programs that lead to in-demand careers with family-sustaining wages. PCC creates the talent pipeline that is necessary to meet the regional local labor market needs and equipping learners with the cutting-edge skills necessary to gain employment shortly after completion. Reskilling and upskilling is a workforce development and talent pipeline requirement as technology advances different skills will be needed during Industry 4.0. The job creation and growth through the Center of Excellence in Applied Technology are in areas of automotive, advanced manufacturing, automated industrial technology, and computer-aided design. 

Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development 

City of Tucson Willard Apartments Improvement Project

  • Amount Requested – $800,000
  • City of Tucson, Housing and Community Development, 310 N Commerce Park Loop, Tucson, AZ 85745

The City of Tucson Willard Apartments Improvement Project consists of eight (8) units of affordable housing. The apartments need a complete remodel, including all new systems, restrooms, flooring, and up-grades to make the units accessible and safe. Tucson is facing a severe housing affordability crisis, and the Willard Apartments will bring 8 units back on line that are currently vacant, providing much-needed affordable housing for families.

Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development

Dunbar Pavilion/Dunbar School Rehabilitation

  • Amount Requested – $573,014
  • City of Tucson, Housing and Community Development, 310 N Commerce Park Loop, Tucson, AZ 85745

The City of Tucson is seeking to rehabilitate the Dunbar Pavilion and Dunbar School as part of the City’s Arts & Culture Revitalization Initiative.This repurposed school is on the National Register of Historic Places and holds social and cultural significance as the only segregated school in Tucson, built by Tucson Unified School District in an era of overt bigotry and discrimination as an educational facility for Tucson’s Black children in grades 1-8. 

The facility now operates as a space for artists, educators, entrepreneurs and cultural activists interested in elevating and centering the accomplishments of African Americans in Tucson and Southern Arizona. The full vision for the Dunbar School is to be a convening and incubator space- promoting entrepreneurship, education, health and wellness, civic engagement, and arts and culture. Funding for this project will help achieve this goal by going towards rehabilitating rooms that will be used as research and museum spaces, as well as an outdoor space that will be utilized for community events. 

Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development

Redesigning and Expanding Mother’s Hub at Circle Tree Ranch 

  • Amount Requested – $2,838,521
  • Amity Foundation Executive Office, 10500 E Tanque Verde Rd, Tucson, AZ 85749

Amity’s Circle Tree Ranch, located East of Tucson, currently has 10 units in its designated “Mothers’ Hub” for mothers with children. It currently serves 10 women and approximately 20 children at any given time. Services include: Gender-responsive and trauma-informed residential substance abuse treatment and recovery services for mothers to include case management for referrals and wrap around services.

Funding for this project will go towards redesigning the “Mother’s Hub” to expand the number of units that can serve vulnerable women and their children to 50 women and children at any given time, therefore allowing Amity to serve up to 200 women and their children per year.

Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development

YMCA Drowning Prevention Services Facility Improvements

  • Amount Requested – $600,000
  • YMCA of Southern Arizona, 60 West Alameda Street, Tucson, AZ 85701

Funding for this project will be used towards capital improvements of the drowning prevention services facility within the Lohse Family YMCA located in downtown Tucson, including pool surface replacement, drainage repairs, accessibility alterations (chair lift, handrails), pump and related equipment, exterior alterations, and labor and materials. The drowning prevention services facility provides critical life-saving swim programs to underserved communities including refugees and families living at or below poverty level.