Sherman Announces nearly $9 Million in Funding for Valley Projects Approved by the House of Representatives
Congressman Brad Sherman announced that nearly $9 million in federal funds for projects in the San Fernando Valley have been included in legislation passed by the House of Representatives.
This week the House passed a package of funding bills, which included a dozen community projects requested by Congressman Sherman.
“These funds will address community needs across the Valley including improvements to our public parks funds for at risk youth, additional resources to address homelessness, and additional support to aid in our recovery from the COVID pandemic,” Sherman said. “I am pleased that the Appropriations Committee has chosen to advance these priorities in the House, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to finalize this important funding.”
The ten community projects approved this week are:
- Sepulveda Basin Community Room – City of Los Angeles
The funding would be used for a community room and ranger station with public restrooms and are part of a larger, 30-acre project that will include construction of four multi-purpose sports fields, lighting, irrigation, stadium/bleacher seating, concessions, paths, native landscaping, and active transportation connections to the Metro G (formerly Orange) Line and National Park Service trail system (designated along LA River) to accommodate expanded public recreational use on approximately 30 acres west of the existing Sepulveda Basin Sports Complex.
- Park Improvements to Warner Center – City of Los Angeles
The funding would be used for improvements to the Warner Center Park. Warner Center Park is a popular destination for San Fernando Valley recreators but much of the park receives little to no shade throughout the day, including the exercise area and the outdoor stage.
- Center For A Healthy Community, Winnetka Clinic – El Proyecto del Barrio
The funding would be used for the Center for a Healthy Community which serves both the Winnetka and Northridge community offering dental services and women's specialty care that is of highest need in our geographical areas.
- Community Computer & Technology Lab Restoration & Upgrade – New Directions for Youth
The funding would be used for upgrading and updating the Community Computer and Technology Lab by providing 25 new computers, accessories and workstations. New Directions for Youth provides a range of diverse services and programs to meet the complex needs of at-risk youth and their families.
- COVID Relief – Labor Community Services of Los Angeles
The funding would be used for providing food at food pantries and large-scale food distributions to families and individuals throughout the county and providing emergency rental/mortgage and utilities assistance to those who have immediate needs.
- Homeless Services Community Project – Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission
The funding would be used to complete a Homeless Services Community Project which will provide shelter and mental health services for unhoused individuals seeking supportive housing services. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority has reported 54,291unhoused individuals in Los Angeles in their 2020 Homeless Count, 2021 Homeless Count was cancelled due to COVID.
- Basic Essentials for Infants and Children - Baby2Baby On-the-Go
The funding would be used for expansion to reach 120,000 to 300,000 children living in poverty by removing the challenges that have prevented access to basic essentials for the most underserved and impoverished communities in the San Fernando Valley.
- Post-Pandemic Child Mental Health Care – CSUN – Strength United
The funding would be used for addressing the long-term mental health needs of children in our community arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has substantially increased the risk of potentially life-threatening situations for children, who have been forced into quarantine and isolation, exposing them to increased risk for maltreatment.
- Restoring Land to Reduce Fire Risk – Tree People
The funding would be used for restoring land to reduce fire risk at Aliso Canyon and O'Melveny Park. The northern end of the Aliso Canyon wash was impacted by the Sesnon Fire in 2008. Aliso Canyon and O'Melveny Park were both impacted by the Saddleridge Fire in October of 2019.
10. Business Technical Assistance Program – The Valley Economic Alliance
The funding would be used for offering critical business assistance services designed to retain jobs in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles County. The Business Technical Assistance Program offers valuable public benefit by increasing the resilience and growth of local small businesses that create jobs, generate tax revenues that fund public services, and fuel our local economy.