LOS ANGELES – Chair Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved the American Rescue Plan Fiscal Recovery Funds Spending Plan.
“First, I want to thank President Biden and his administration in their efforts to provide economic support and relief during an unprecedented time. And with the support of Congressional leadership, namely Speaker Nancy Pelosi, this funding has now been feasibly administered to localities like Los Angeles County.
To date, we received the first half, $975 million, and the second half will come no sooner than May 2022. While this is a welcome source of funding, the reality is that we will need to make continued investments in areas across the public sector to ensure that the communities that have been hardest hit by the pandemic can equitably recover. Some key highlights in the County’s spending plan that I advocated for include:
- $100 million to create permanent supportive and interim housing for people experiencing homelessness on County-owned properties.
- $20 million allocated to trauma prevention. Across the County, we have seen an increase in violence and this funding will go to the community organizations that know best how to stem that violence.
- $5 million in the healthy food kickstarter program, to provide grants and technical assistance to those looking to establish food outlets in communities that do not have healthy food options.
- $10 million for the grocery voucher program that was implemented using CARES Act funding and will ensure its continue this year.
- $9 million in home visitation programs and $2.7 million in the nurse family partnership, a home visitation program for parenting youth in foster care.
- $15 million for the highly successful Promotores/Community Health Worker program that has helped us reach multilingual and diverse communities during the pandemic.
- $2 million to support undocumented individuals at-risk of deportation.
- $5 million to support the Youth@Work Initiative.
- $1 million towards the Anti-Hate Initiative.
These Federal dollars will assist in the County’s immediate recovery efforts for residents of all ages who have been impacted by the pandemic. However, the pandemic has exacerbated deeply entrenched systemic inequities that will require long-term support as we work to reduce disparities and address greater social issues like housing, workforce opportunities, food insecurity and so much more. That is why I will continue to advocate for ongoing funding for these programs outlined and more to ensure the continuation of successful public programs that serve both the immediate and long-term needs of our residents.”
To view the full board letter, click here.
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Stephany Villaseñor, Communications Director, (213) 308-9017 or SVillasenor@bos.lacounty.gov