Federal funding secured for transportation, education and employment projects

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LOS ANGELES – Sen. Alex Padilla, D-California, 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 appropriations bills, including numerous projects in Southland.

The bills were released by the Senate Appropriations Committee and will now be reconciled with their House counterparts before final passage.

Projects included in the Senate Appropriation Bill for Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development include:

— $5 million for the bus rapid transit project from North Hollywood to Pasadena. This project will help provide a key regional connection between the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys by linking major employment and activity centers and providing east-west transit service to better connect communities in North Hollywood, Burbank, Glendale, Eagle Rock and Pasadena.

— $3 million for the Merced Avenue North Corridor Greenway Project in the City of El Monte This project will expand the Merced Avenue Greenway to combat rising temperatures, increase pedestrian and cyclist safety and improve local water quality. It will also help to better connect residents to employment opportunities 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 better punctuality. This project would also improve connections to the B, C, D, and E subway lines 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 transitional housing for women and children fleeing domestic and sexual violence, with program space for legal services, employment development, human trafficking and health care, as well as expanded preschool and childcare services.

— $1 million for the Returning Citizens Housing Stability Pilot Project in Los Angeles. This funding will support the Los Angeles Department of Labor and Economic Development’s Returning Resident Housing Stability Pilot Project, which aims to reduce recidivism by connecting formerly incarcerated individuals to stable housing and support services.

– $500,000 for the City of Los Angeles Eviction Filing System for Community Outreach and Support. This funding will support a citywide eviction ranking system to track vital eviction data, so 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 evictions in order to prevent homelessness.

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 with a path to economic security by connecting them to stable careers.

— $2 million for the community pavilion and gardens at 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 programs. The community pavilion and gardens will provide flexible educational space to accommodate exhibits, guests and community events.

— $1.5 million for the LA Optimized Small Business Assistance Project. This funding will support a program connecting small business owners in Los Angeles with technical assistance so they have the tools to modernize their business and expand their reach to attract potential customers.

— $1.323 million to establish the Center for Climate Change Education 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 unemployed and underemployed people 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. Vision Lab programming will provide essential technology skills to guide young people into learning so they have the opportunity to earn a living and gain work experience.

– $750,000 for the Los Angeles Community College District STEMM Academy for underrepresented girls, women and students. This funding will help the Los Angeles Community College District strengthen the academic pipeline of historically underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine (STEMM) fields and connect workers dislocated to short-term degrees in science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine.

— $382,000 for the Access and Persistence Through Basic Need Support program at Irvine Valley College. This funding will help provide coordinated basic needs support directly to Irvine Valley College students. The program aims to help remove barriers to student success, such as food insecurity and homelessness.

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