Sherman Announces Funds Secured for San Fernando Valley
Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) announced the approval of almost $2 million in federal funds to help improve Valley roads and enhance facilities that provide services for seniors, veterans and youth. Sherman secured funding for projects ranging from an additional lane for the 101 Ventura Freeway Van Nuys Boulevard off-ramp, to expansion of the North Valley YMCA, to digital equipment for High Tech High in Van Nuys that were included in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which passed Congress on Saturday.
œI am pleased that I was able to secure funds that will help ease Valley traffic congestion and provide community services for residents, said Sherman.
The bill includes the funding for the following Valley projects:
One million dollars will be provided for the construction of the additional lane to the northbound 101 Ventura Freeway at Van Nuys Blvd off-ramp. The Valley is ranked as one of the most heavily congested areas in the country, and the 101/405 Interchange was recently named the most congested bottleneck in the country.
The Northeast Valley Health Center (NEVHC) will receive $70,000 to undergo extensive renovations and acquire equipment at a Park Primary Health Center in Canoga Park. NEVHC currently operates ten licensed clinics throughout the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys, and provides health care services to families who are medically underserved, regardless of their ability to pay.
El Proyecto del Barrio has been allocated $180,000 to develop a medical wing for HIV patients on the second floor of its Winnetka clinic. For ten years, El Proyecto del Barrio has provided medical care for HIV clients in the San Fernando Valley.
High Tech High, on the campus of Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, will receive $390,000 to purchase video equipment, computers, digital peripherals, software and furniture for students in the classroom. High Tech High connects high school students and teachers to resources in the œreal world of advanced technology that reaches far beyond the capabilities of traditional schools.
The North Valley YMCA in Porter Ranch will receive $75,000 to add 40 more parking spaces, a warm water therapy pool, a two-floor expansion for a youth room, and several multi-purpose exercise rooms to meet increased demand.
The Omnibus Appropriations Bill is expected to be approved by the Senate and will be sent to the President for his signature.