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  • 117th Congress in Review

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Community Project Funding Requests

Overview

Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro announced that the House Committee on Appropriations will be accepting Community Project Funding (CPF) requests from Members. This is in addition to the standard programmatic and language-based requests. Each Member is limited to no more than 10 Community Project Funding requests across all subcommittees for Fiscal Year 2022 and there is no guarantee that all requested projects will be funded. The FY2022 CPF process has a limited scope with combined earmarks capped at 1% of all discretionary spending and eligible accounts restricted to those listed in the table below. All project sponsors must comply with all relevant federal laws and regulations. A request submitted by Congresswoman Torres to the Committee does NOT guarantee the project will be funded.

More information on the process can be found on the House Appropriations Committee’s page.

 

Transparency

All requests submitted by Congresswoman Torres to the Appropriations Committee are posted below. Members will be required to certify that neither they nor their immediate family have a financial interest in the requests made.

 

Eligible Projects

Only state and local government entities, public institutions, and non-profit entities are eligible to submit and receive funding through CPF. Funding cannot be directed to for-profit entities and will not include waivers for State or local match requirements. While matching funds do not have to be in-hand prior to the request, requesting entities must have a plan to meet such requirements for the project to be viable. Additionally, each submission must be for FY2022 only and cannot include multi-year funding requests. The Committee will only consider projects with demonstrated community support in the form of: letters from local elected officials; press articles highlighting need; support from newspaper editorial boards; mentions on State intended use plans, community development plans, or other publicly available planning documents; resolutions passed by city councils or boards; etc.

 

Project Requests

In alphabetical order, below are the ten projects Congresswoman Torres has submitted to the House Appropriations Committee.

Project Title: Bronco STEA2M Innovation Hub
Proposed Recipient: California State Polytechnic University
Address: 3801 W. Temple Avenue, Pomona, CA 91768
Requested Amount: $1,995,000
Explanation of Request: The funding would be used to develop a entrepreneurial and social innovation hub to provide resources, support, and training opportunities to help entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small and family-owned businesses advance their goals and strengthen the local economy.  This project is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because it will help provide new resources, training, mentorship, and growth opportunities for local businesses, expand training for the local workforce, and improve the local economy.
Certification Letter

 

Project Title: Artbridge Outreach Program
Project Recipient: dA Center for the Arts
Address: 252 D South Main Street, Pomona, CA, 91766
Requested Amount: $120,000
Explanation of Request: The project would provide children ages 0-5, including children with special needs, with educational arts programming to help improve physical health and wellbeing, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills, communication skills and general knowledge.  This programming will help ensure children are prepared with the skills to enter kindergarten.  This project is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because it provides needed early childhood development for under-resourced and underserved children and special needs students in socially-disadvantaged communities.
Certification Letter

 

Project Title: Juvenile TEAM Program
Project Recipient: LOVE Program
Address: 263 W. Rialto Ave, Rialto CA 92376
Requested Amount: $378,350
Explanation of Request: The project would help reduce juvenile recidivism rates by helping providing culturally competent mental health services, substance use disorder treatment, and diversion programs for juveniles in the criminal justice system through a holistic approach that includes community-based supportive services, job skills training, case management, and civil legal services.  The project is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because it would help ensure that young people do not recidivate and have repeat interactions with our criminal justice system and would provide them with the resources and help needed to succeed and thrive in the future.
Certification Letter

 

Project Title: Saratoga Park
Proposed Recipient: City of Montclair
Address: 5111 Benito Street, Montclair, CA 91763
Requested Amount: $2,000,000
Explanation of Request: The requested funding would be used to update a heavily used community recreation facility and to provide needed infrastructure improvements to the baseball field and associated facilities at Saratoga Park in the City of Montclair.  The project will address existing ADA compliance needs, retrofit and refurbish the existing community recreation facility, and modernize and improve the existing baseball facilities.  This project is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because it will ensure more inclusive access to park facilities and help improve children’s health and well-being.
Certification Letter

 

Project Title: Affordable Housing- Pomona Artists’ Lofts
Proposed Recipient: National CORE
Address: 9421 Haven Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Requested Amount: $800,000
Explanation of Request: The request will assist with the development of 75 income-restricted apartments in downtown Pomona, located at 501 E. Mission Boulevard.  All 75 apartment homes will be restricted to low-income households earning between 30% to 60% of area median income (AMI) for Los Angeles County. This project is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars because affordable housing is a critical issue in the region, and development of more affordable housing options will ensure that more of my constituents are able to live in safe, stable housing conditions that will improve well-being and allow individuals and families to better make ends meet. The development of the housing itself will help create jobs and revitalize the surrounding community.
Certification Letter

 

Project Title: Street Improvements and Walking Trail/Steps Rehabilitation at Ganesha Park, Pomona CA
Proposed Recipient: City of Pomona
Address: 505 S Garvey Ave, Pomona, CA 91769
Requested Amount: $3,000,000
Explanation of Request: The requested funding would be used to rehabilitate and reconstruct an existing walking trail and concrete steps located in the area around Ganesha Park, and also make street improvements and repairs to create needed drainage improvements and protect overall street integrity.  The requested funding is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because it would help improve the safety of the existing infrastructure, and also improve the accessibility of recreational opportunities for the residents of Pomona.
Certification Letter

 

Project Title: Improve Community Health By Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure
Proposed Recipient: Pomona Community Health Center dba ParkTree Community Health Center
Address: 1450 East Holt Avenue Pomona, CA 91767
Requested Amount: $777,670
Explanation of Request: The request will help purchase and deploy a mobile health center to better provide needed medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare to adults and children in low-income and underserved communities in my district.  This project is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because it will improve the health and well-being of some of my most vulnerable constituents, and assist the same in re-enrolling in programs like the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid.
Certification Letter

 

Project Title: Police Radio Upgrade Project
Proposed Recipient: City of Pomona Police Department
Address: 490 West Mission Blvd. Pomona, CA 91766
Requested Amount: $3,404,143
Explanation of Request: The requested funding would be used to upgrade the Department’s portable and mobile radios to meet CA-DOJ or FBI security requirements and current interoperability standards. This project is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because it will allow allowing for enhanced level of service to the community, and assist in efficient communications with federal, state and local agencies in an emergency or disaster.
Certification Letter

 

Project Title: City of Rialto Emergency Operations Center
Proposed Recipient: City of Rialto
Address: 150 S. Palm Avenue, Rialto, CA 92376
Requested Amount: $950,000
Explanation of Request: The requested funding would be used for the construction of a new, centralized Emergency Operations Center for the City of Rialto to support multi-agency and/or multi-jurisdictional response and recovery efforts. This project is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because it will help ensure that emergency response is coordinated and efficient, and will minimize any conflict, confusion, or duplication of efforts during disaster response.
Certification Letter

 

Project Title: Bloomington Alleyway Pipeline Project
Proposed Recipient: West Valley Water District
Address: 855 W. Base Line Road, Rialto, CA 92376
Requested Amount: $2,000,000
Explanation of Request: The funding would be used to add new water pipelines in an aging community, install fire hydrants to address safety concerns, add new water meters for residents, and connect to existing waterlines within the existing street right-of-way and paved area.  This project is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because it will improve water infrastructure for a disadvantaged community in an unincorporated part of San Bernardino County, and address safety needs by installing additional fire hydrants in the area.
Certification Letter