PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), a senior appropriator on the House Appropriations Committee, announces more than $1.6 million in grants to four diverse Philadelphia organizations and institutions for early childhood services, mentoring ex-offenders, drug abuse education and a new anti-dropout initiative.
"These grants are prime examples of Philadelphia taxpayers' dollars are at work," Congressman Fattah said. "The federal government continues to return public resources to important programs such as these all across our community." The grants:
- $1,028,534 to the Maternity Care Coalition, 2000 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for its Early Head Start Program, which serves mothers and very young children from pregnancy to age three. Maternity Care Coalition, best known for its MOMobile, will maintain and expand its Early Head Start programs at several sites in Philadelphia and Montgomery County.
- $300,000 to People For People Inc., 800 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, from the U.S. Department of Justice for adult offender mentoring under the Second Chance Act. People For People operates numerous self-help, counseling and community assistance programs for underserved Philadelphians.
- $266,927 to the Franklin Institute from the HHS National Institute on Drug Abuse for "Neuroscience in Your World: A Partnership for Neuroscience Education."
- $100,000 to WHYY Radio from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for its selection as a hub station for CPB's new "American Graduate" initiative through which public broadcasting stations will work with community stakeholders to address the high school drop-out crisis at the local level.
SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah