REP LIEU SECURES OVER $10 MILLION FOR LOCAL COMMUNITY PROJECTS IN APPROPRIATIONS BILL, INCLUDING OVER $4.8 MILLION FOR PROJECTS IN WEST LA

July 16, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) announced that he secured over $4.8 million for five community funding projects in West Los Angeles in the Fiscal Year 2022 House Appropriations Bills. The inclusion of this funding in the Appropriations Committee draft bills is the first step in the funding process.

If signed into law, the funding will enhance the delivery of virtual education at Cedars-Sinai; provide resources for the UCLA Mobile Healthcare Program; help renovate Arnold Avenue on the West Los Angeles VA Campus; create opportunities for urban cooling and pedestrian improvements in the City of LA; and create a pilot program at the LA City Mayor’s Office of City Homelessness Initiatives to improve crisis and incident response for people experiencing a mental health crisis and/or homelessness.

“Each of these community projects aims to make our community a better place – and I’m pleased to have secured funding for each of them in the FY 2022 House appropriations bills. If signed into law, these resources will make a meaningful difference in the lives of my constituents. I will continue to fight for our district to ensure that we get the federal funding we need to make our community stronger.”

West LA projects championed by Rep. Lieu in FY 2022 Appropriations Bills:

 

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Labor, Health, Human Services, Education and Related Agencies / Department of Health and Human Services / Health Resources and Services Administration
Project Name: Enhancing the Delivery of Virtual Education

Recipient: Cedars-Sinai

Address: 8700 Beverly Blvd, TSB 8711 Los Angeles, CA 90048

Amount Requested: $998,000

Project Description and Explanation: Cedars Sinai is a regional referral center for patients in areas such as cancer care, transplant, neurosurgery, orthopedics, and cardiology. This funding will allow Cedars Sinai to purchase simulation equipment upgrades to expand the Simulation Center at Cedars Sinai main campus. There is an increasing need to be able manage patients closer to their home both before and after treatment. This funding will allow Cedars Sinai to improve patient outcomes by providing advanced training to medical professionals who will be able to treat patients with complex medical issues closer to the patient’s home without the patient having to travel. There is a well-established correlation between patient outcomes and their proximity to their support network before and after treatment. Once properly validated Cedars Sinai will be able to bring the enormous breadth of the main campus’s expertise to other facilities.

 

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Commerce, Justice, Science / U.S. Department of Justice / State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance – Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (JAG)
Project Name: Crisis and Incident Response through Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE) Pilot Program

Recipient: City of Los Angeles, Mayor's Office of City Homelessness Initiatives

Address: 200 N Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Amount Requested: $1,500,000

Project Description and Explanation: The pilot’s target will be non-emergency calls to 911 involving a person experiencing a mental health crisis and/or homelessness. CIRCLE calls will come to the LAPD’s 911 system or the police non-emergency number. LAPD dispatchers will be trained to recognize non-violent situations with a behavioral health and/or homelessness component, and route those calls to CIRCLE. A team will respond, assess the situation, and provide immediate stabilization in cases of urgent medical need or psychological crisis. These response teams will be equipped with one outreach worker, a licensed behavioral health clinician, and a community ambassador. They will also provide assessment, information, referral, advocacy and, when warranted, transportation to the next step in treatment.

 

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development / Department of Housing and Urban Development / Economic Development Initiative (EDI)
Project Name: Cool Neighborhood Project – Fairfax District

Recipient: City of Los Angeles

Address: 200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Amount Requested: $1,000,000

Project Description and Explanation: The Neighborhood Cooling Project will include cool pavement coating, street trees in empty parkways, new tree wells, tree maintenance, access ramps, and sidewalk repair. This project provides opportunities for urban cooling, urban greening, pedestrian improvements and improved public health. 

 

 

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Labor, Health, Human Services, Education and Related Agencies / Department of Health and Human Services / Health Resources and Services Administration
Project Name: UCLA Mobile Healthcare Program

Recipient: Regents of the University of California

Address: 924 Westwood Blvd, Ste 300 Los Angeles, CA 90095

Amount Requested: $592,000

Project Description and Explanation: The UCLA Mobile Healthcare Program is designed to provide preventative care to the most vulnerable patients: unhoused veterans and others experiencing homelessness, the uninsured and the undocumented. UCLA will bring medical and behavioral health care to these vulnerable communities by partnering with agencies and organizations to treat patients in novel settings, like homeless encampments. There is significant need for mobile healthcare programs throughout Los Angeles County. This program would be a benefit to taxpayers by helping to meet this need. Treating patients before their conditions require a trip to the emergency room not only leads to better health outcomes, but it is also cost-effective for the Medicare and Medicaid programs because emergency department care is much more costly than providing care in almost any other care setting. 

 

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development / Department of Housing and Urban Development / Economic Development Initiative (EDI)
Project Name: Arnold Avenue Rehabilitation

Recipient: US Vets

Address: Arnold Ave, West Los Angeles VA (11301 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90073)

Amount Requested: $749,650

Project Description and Explanation:  This Economic Development Community Project will provide funding to renovate Arnold Ave on the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center Campus. When complete, the dilapidated road will be transformed into a pedestrian friendly space that supports wellness and community integration for the residents of Buildings 206, 207, and 300, which are in the process of being converted into permanent supportive housing for veterans experiencing  homelessness. This project is a part of a larger "transportation backbone" plan, that will improve the accessibility of the entire north campus pursuant to the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center Draft Master Plan.

 

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