REP LIEU SECURES OVER $10 MILLION FOR LOCAL COMMUNITY PROJECTS IN APPROPRIATIONS BILL, INCLUDING $3 MILLION FOR PROJECTS IN THE SOUTH BAY

July 16, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) announced that he secured $3 million for three community funding projects in South Bay cities 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 allow Beach Cities Health District in Redondo Beach to build a dedicated health facility to provide access to mental health and other services to vulnerable and marginalized youth. It will also create a Workforce ReEntry Program at Southern California Regional Occupational Center to help 700 unemployed and displaced workers who are seeking to enter the workforce or change their career. Finally, the resources will fund infrastructure improvements at four homeless encampment sites in Torrance. 

“I’m pleased that three South Bay community funding projects I submitted to the Appropriations Committee have been included in the FY 2022 House appropriations bills. If signed into law, the funding will expand access to crucial mental health services; help unemployed and displaced workers; and make key improvements to homeless encampment sites in Torrance. All of these projects will expand opportunities for people in CA-33 to build a brighter future for themselves and their families. I will always fight for the needs of my constituents in Congress.”

South Bay 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: Youth Wellness Center

Recipient: Beach Cities Health District

Address: 514 N. Prospect Avenue Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Amount Requested: $1,000,000

Project Description and Explanation: Funds will allow Beach Cities Health District to build a dedicated health facility to expand the “allcove” Youth Wellness Center, creating a one-stop shop for young people to access mental health and other services in Los Angeles County. Services will be provided regardless of ability to pay, which will help close the accessibility and affordability gap and reduce the health and economic burdens of untreated mental health concerns. By focusing on prevention and early intervention, the allcove Youth Wellness Center will be able to help identify mental health disorders from the outset, modifying risk exposure and strengthening the coping mechanisms of young people to help them establish a purposeful path in life. The project focuses on vulnerable and marginalized youth and populations of youth with known disparities such as LGBTQIA, homeless, and indigenous youth.

 

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Labor, Health, Human Services, Education and Related Agencies / Department of Labor / Training and Employment Services (WIOA Programs)
Project Name: SoCal ROC Workforce ReEntry Program

Recipient: Southern California Regional Occupational Center

Address: 2300 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90501

Amount Requested: $1,000,000

Project Description and Explanation: The Workforce ReEntry Program will work with 700 unemployed and displaced workers who are seeking to enter the workforce or to be retrained to change their career. Students will receive quality training that enables them to start a career that provides for their basic needs. Many of these training programs include state or national industry certifications. Students will receive assistance with enrollment fees and all necessary materials to be successful in their program of choice and employment search support services to assist with securing employment in their career pathway. SoCal ROC will provide students with all of the books, uniforms, and materials for their courses, as well as cover transportation costs. Funding used to cover enrollment fees will also include the cost for all state and national exams. Students will also benefit from soft skills training that will prepare them to write effective resumes and present themselves well during job interviews. SoCal ROC will conduct job fairs to give students the opportunity to meet with prospective employers. Students will have access to a digital job board linked to the school’s website connecting them to prospective employers.

 

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development / Department of Housing and Urban Development / Economic Development Initiative (EDI)
Project Name: Torrance Homelessness Response – Encampment Infrastructure

Recipient: City of Torrance

Address: Prairie and Challenger, Torrance, CA 90503; Interstate 405 at Van Ness and 190th, Torrance, CA 90504; Interstate 405 at Crenshaw and 190th, Torrance, CA 90504; Interstate 405 at Western and 190th, Torrance, CA 90504; Wilson Park, Torrance, CA 90501; Del Amo and Western Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90501

Amount Requested: $1,000,000

Project Description and Explanation: The Torrance Homelessness Response project has three key components: 1) Strengthen the City’s infrastructure at encampment sites; 2) Retain Outreach Workers and Housing Navigators; and 3) Identify City sites for potential permanent supportive or transitional housing. This request will allow four encampments to receive crucial infrastructure improvements such as wrought iron fencing, hazardous waste removal, and landscaping.

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