LOS ANGELES — U.S. Senator Alex Padilla announced Friday that he has secured millions of dollars in federal funding for 12 infrastructure and housing projects and 14 education and employment projects across California in several Senate credit accounts, including many projects in Southern California.
The bills have been released by the Senate Appropriations Committee and will now be reconciled with their counterparts in the House before final approval.
“I am proud to support funding to address the affordable housing crisis and improve our state’s transportation infrastructure,” Padilla said. “Building modern transportation infrastructure and expanding transit links will grow our economy and improve the quality of life for millions of commuters. This funding will also support projects that connect people with innovative and support services to fight homelessness.”
Projects included in the Senate Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Bill include:
— $5 million for the North Hollywood to Pasadena Bus Rapid Transit Project. This project will contribute to an important regional connection between the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys by connecting key work and activity centers and providing an east-west transit service to the communities of North Hollywood, Burbank, Glendale, Eagle Rock and Pasadena better connect.
— $3 million for the North Corridor Merced Avenue Greenway project in the city of El Monte This project will extend the Merced Avenue Greenway to combat rising temperatures, increase pedestrian and bicyclist safety and improve local water quality. It will also help to better connect residents with jobs and recreational spaces.
— $2 million for the Vermont Transit Corridor Project in Los Angeles This project will improve north-south transit service along the Vermont Avenue corridor through improved connectivity to local and regional transit services, increased capacity and improved on-time performance. This project would also improve connections to subway lines B, C, D and E between Hollywood Boulevard and 120th Street.
– $1 million for the YWCA Harbor Area & South Bay’s Julia Morgan Center for Women and Children Escaping Domestic and Sexual Violence This funding will support the restoration and renovation of the historic Julia Morgan-designed YWCA in San Pedro, and the construction of a new two-story building for temporary housing for women and children escaping domestic and sexual violence, with program space for supportive legal services, labor development, human trafficking and health care, as well as comprehensive preschool and childcare services.
— $1 million for the Returning Citizens Housing Stability pilot project in Los Angeles. This funding supports the LA Economic and Workforce Development Department’s Returning Citizens Housing Stability pilot project, which aims to reduce recidivism by linking previously incarcerated individuals to stable housing and support services.
— $500,000 for the City of Los Angeles Community Outreach and Support Eviction System. This funding will support a citywide eviction system to track vital eviction data so that the Los Angeles Department of Housing can implement and adjust policies, identify the most vulnerable tenants, and better allocate resources to hard-to-reach people facing eviction. . prevent homelessness.
The education and employment projects include:
— $2 million for the San Gabriel Valley Workforce Development Program. This funding will support the implementation of a workforce development program to provide people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness a pathway to economic security by connecting them to stable careers.
— $2 million for Community Pavilion and Gardens in Discovery Cube LA. This funding will support Discovery Cube LA’s project to create a community pavilion and gardens to expand opportunities for STEM and environmental programming. The Community Pavilion and Gardens provide a flexible educational space for hosting exhibitions, guests and community events.
— $1.5 million for the LA Optimized Small Business Assistance Project. This funding will support a program that connects small business owners in Los Angeles with technical assistance, giving them the tools to modernize their business and expand their reach to attract potential customers.
— $1,323 million for the establishment of the Climate Change Education Center at West Los Angeles College. This funding will support the creation of the Climate Change Education Center at West Los Angeles College, which aims to help both the unemployed and the unemployed find jobs in the green economy.
— $1 million for the South LA Vision Lab. This funding will support the South LA Vision Lab, which will help bridge the digital divide in South Los Angeles. Programming in the Vision Lab will provide essential technical skills to guide young people into apprenticeships, giving them opportunities to earn a salary and gain work experience.
— $750,000 for the Los Angeles Community College District’s STEMM Academy for Girls, Women, and Underrepresented Students. This funding will help the Los Angeles Community College District strengthen the academic pipeline of historically underrepresented science, technology, engineering, math and medicine (STEMM) students and connect disrupted workers with short-term references in science, technology, engineering , mathematics, and medicine.
— $382,000 for Irvine Valley College’s entry and persistence through a basic needs support program. This funding will help provide coordinated basic needs support directly to Irvine Valley College students. The program aims to remove barriers to student success, such as food insecurity and homelessness.
The water and ecological projects include:
— $10 million for the San Gabriel Basin Restoration Fund. Congress established the San Gabriel Basin Restoration Fund to support local efforts to clean up contaminated groundwater in and around the San Gabriel Valley. This financing reimburses the costs associated with groundwater treatment and remediation.
— $500,000 for the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s Zero Emission Fuel Cell Line Haul Locomotive Project. This funding will support the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s project to replace one scheduled locomotive engine by installing a zero-emission propulsion system and charging infrastructure.