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WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) announced that he helped secure $5.8 million for five community funding projects meant to help address homelessness in Los Angeles County in the Fiscal Year 2022 House Appropriations Bills. The inclusion of this funding in the Appropriations Committee draft bills is the essential first step in ultimately securing these resources for the community. 

If signed into law, the funding will be used to convert a parking structure in Santa Monica into affordable housing; improve infrastructure at four homeless encampment sites in Torrance; 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 or homelessness. In addition, it will help UCLA bring mobile healthcare to people living without housing, and fund renovations on the West Los Angeles VA Campus. 

“The homelessness crisis in America is a national disgrace. We must do more to support individuals and families experiencing homelessness. I’m pleased that these important local projects to help address homelessness in our region have been included in the FY 2022 House appropriations bills. If signed into law, this funding will go directly toward building housing and providing support for those experiencing homelessness in our district. I will continue to advocate for our district in Congress to ensure we receive the federal funding we need to tackle this persistent challenge.”

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

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: Santa Monica Parking Lot Affordable Housing Conversion

Recipient: City of Santa Monica

Address: 1318 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Amount Requested: $2,000,000

Project Description and Explanation: This project will convert a parking structure into affordable housing to provide permanent supportive housing for persons experiencing homelessness. This critical housing meets regional and national priorities and will provide housing for some of the neediest members of our community.

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.

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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