Sánchez delivers $11 million check to Lakewood as part of American Rescue Plan funding

July 7, 2021
Press Release

NORWALK – On Tuesday, Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA) delivered a check in the amount of $11,309,045 to the City of Lakewood, highlighting the funding the City received through the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund established by the American Rescue Plan.

The American Rescue Plan – passed by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden in March – delivered over $43 billion in relief to local and state governments in California. Monday’s event is part of Congresswoman Sánchez’s efforts to meet with city councils, school boards, colleges and universities, business owners, essential workers, and other community leaders across the 38th Congressional District to discuss relief funds and ongoing efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.




“This pandemic hit our communities hard,” said Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez. “As we mourn the loss of over 63,000 lives here in California alone, it is critical we deliver relief directly to working families, small businesses, and local governments. That is exactly what the American Rescue Plan did – it extended a lifeline to millions right here in Southern California and I was proud to support it. I am glad to be here in Lakewood to highlight over 11 million dollars the City received through this relief package.”

“The City of Lakewood and many Lakewood residents and businesses suffered economically during the COVID pandemic,” said Lakewood Mayor Jeff Wood. “This infusion of funds from the federal government is much appreciated. It means a lot to know that local economic pain in Lakewood and in communities around the nation is acknowledged and being addressed as much as possible.”

Lakewood Vice Mayor Steve Croft and Council Members Ariel Pe, Todd Rogers, and Vicki Stuckey were also present at Tuesday’s event.

The Lakewood City Council said they are carefully considering how the federal funds can best be used in Lakewood in a way that fits within the federal rules guiding the program.

Congresswoman Sánchez continued: “One of the most important aspects of the American Rescue Plan is that it delivered financial relief directly to workers, businesses, and local governments. From families struggling to get by to essential workers and first responders working around the clock – this package put money in the pockets of those who needed it most. By delivering this money directly to the City of Lakewood, the federal government is acknowledging the sacrifices made over the course of this pandemic and is providing this City with the tools needed to finally get us back on track.”

The American Rescue Plan is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill to speed up the country’s recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of this relief package, the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund provided billions of dollars directly to municipalities to support urgent COVID-19 response efforts, replace lost revenue to strengthen support for vital public services and help retain jobs, stabilize households and businesses, and address systemic public health and economic challenges that have contributed to the inequal impact of the pandemic.

On Tuesday, Sánchez also presented checks to the City of Norwalk and Cerritos College.


The critical relief for Californians included an estimated: