This story is a staff report from The Paper.

On Wednesday U.S. Representative Melanie Stansbury secured over $10.5 million in funding for Community Projects in New Mexico’s First Congressional District. The funding includes projects to combat crime and invest in public safety, economic development, education, and youth programs across New Mexico communities. 

These projects are included in a wider government spending package expected to pass the House of Representatives today, which will fund the federal government for the remainder of the 2022 Fiscal Year. 

“My top priority in Congress is to ensure that our communities have a seat at the table and that federal resources reach our communities across New Mexico,” said Stansbury. “This funding will help address crime and break cycles of violence, invest in public safety and our fire departments, economic development, healthcare and education, and programs and services for our young people. Coupled with investments in the budget in economic development and national security, housing, hunger, and working families, and clean energy and climate resilience.”

Stansbury championed funding for seven projects that will directly benefit Albuquerque and Moriarty residents. The projects include:

  • $5,250,000 to fund upgrades to the nearly 60-year-old Moriarty Fire Station
  • $1,000,000 to fund the City of Albuquerque’s first Trauma Recovery Center and services for Victims of Violent Crime
  • $1,032,800 for IPCC Indian Pueblo Opportunity Center
  • $750,000 for Daniel Webster Park for upgrades to serve young people with disabilities
  • $125,000 for New Mexico Black Leadership Council for youth development programs
  • $1,500,000 for University of New Mexico in Albuquerque for health research facilities and equipment
  • $850,000 for YDI (Youth Development International) in Albuquerque for student and family wraparound services

This legislation will then be voted on by the Senate and signed into law by President Biden. A detailed summary of the bill is available here.