Almost half-a-million dollars will go towards essential community programs that have served the community for decades, thanks to a motion spearheaded by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. Today, the Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisor Solis to allocate Capital Project Funds to both InnerCity Struggle and El Proyecto del Barrio.
“Our community-based organizations offer tremendous support, dedicated staff, and critical resources for our residents. These organizations have formed longstanding relationships with our communities as they have provided critical services for many years,” said Supervisor Solis. “Today’s motion strengthens their programming and infrastructure, providing the necessary support they deserve to continue to their good work in our communities.”
Supervisor Solis and the rest of the Board have approved $200,000 to upgrade El Proyecto del Barrio’s East Los Angeles Early Education Center for preschool children ages 3 and 4. Upgrades include new jungle gym equipment, play area equipment for special needs children, and education materials, among others.
“Our communities come first, and the support we are receiving today will help us improve our structural appearance and provide the best services possible,” said Corinne Sanchez, Executive Director of El Proyecto del Barrio.
In addition, the Board also approved $250,000 for InnerCity Struggle and general improvements to their new headquarters in Boyle Heights.
“We have been serving our Eastside communities since 1994 by engaging our youth and families through leadership promoting safe and healthy neighborhoods. InnerCity Struggle is thrilled to receive this much needed support from Supervisor Solis and we look forward to further serving our communities,” said Maria Brenes, Executive Director of InnerCity Struggle.
The Board also approved a recommendation by the Department of Regional Planning to accept a $41,000 grant from CA Strategic Growth Council’s Sustainable Communities Planning Grant & Incentives Program. The grant will support an environmental justice ground truthing project in the communities of East Los Angeles and Florence-Firestone as a component of the Los Angeles County Green Zones Program.
The Green Zone Program is a direct result of Supervisor Solis’ motion in December 2015 that instructed Regional Planning to initiate an Equitable Development Work Program. One of the tasks will be the production of “toxic hotspots map” that brings transparency and identifies contaminated sites in unincorporated communities. The ground truthing will include collaboration with Communities for a Better Environment and East Yards Communities to engage residents. This effort will serve as a model that can be applied to other unincorporated areas of the County.
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