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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Ted Lieu (33 District of California)

WASHINGTON –Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) announced that he secured over $1 million in federal funding for local housing and homelessness projects across Los Angeles County. The Fiscal Year 2024 appropriations bill was signed into law by President Biden on Saturday, March 9, 2024. These important projects will expand community access to affordable housing and supportive services to help reduce homelessness in LA County.  

“As the representative for coastal Los Angeles County, I know that the housing and homelessness crises are two of the most urgent issues facing our communities,”said Rep. Lieu.“While I am proud that we have made significant progress to increase access to affordable housing and end veteran homelessness, I know there is more work to be done. I am pleased to have secured funding for these incredible programs that implement community-based solutions to homelessness and help ensure our neighbors have access to safe and comfortable housing.” 

$850,000 for the Santa Monica Affordable Housing Rehab Project: This project will ensure the viability of low-income housing in the Pico Neighborhood community of Santa Monica by rehabilitating a residential building. Pico is one of the most economically and racially diverse neighborhoods in the community. This rehabilitation project will replace all the major building systems, such as roofing, plumbing, electrical, heating, ventilation, windows, cabinetry, and flooring. The project will also improve resident safety by removing lead and asbestos materials, as well as improving accessibility of public and private spaces for individuals with disabilities. This project will align with the City’s Climate Action Adaptation Plan and will decarbonize an existing building and create an all-electric, highly environmentally sustainable building that will promote wellness and wellbeing for the residents. The building will create a new, large community garden, as well as provide solar panels and electric cooking and heating. 

$469,100 for the Cloverfield Services Center Interim Housing Program Renovations: This project will fund renovations to two interim housing programs in Santa Monica run by the People Concern. The Cloverfield Services Center, which houses the programs, helps individuals who are traditionally hard-to-reach and sometimes apprehensive about receiving care gain access to: shelter, income assistance, workforce development services, and affordable housing placement services. More than 90 percent of the clients served at Cloverfield Services Center live with mental illness or co-occurring disorders and approximately 50 percent are struggling to overcome addiction to alcohol and drugs. The ultimate goal of this project is to better enable the Cloverfield Services Center to find permanent housing for our community’s most vulnerable individuals and help them maintain an independent and healthy lifestyle. 

This year, in Fiscal Year 2024, Rep. Lieu secured over $11 million in federal funding for 14 local projects across Los Angeles County. The projects aim to improve community infrastructure, protect the environment, address homelessness and more.