Sánchez secures funding for 7 additional community projects

July 29, 2021
Press Release
Included in House Appropriations Committee’s Fiscal Year 2022 Funding Bill

WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives passed the Seven-Bill Minibus Fiscal Year 2022 funding bill, and Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez announced that she secured funding for seven additional community projects in the spending package.  

Passage of this spending bill in the House is just the next step in the funding process for these projects. Rep. Sánchez will continue to fight for this funding as the bill moves through negotiations with the Senate.

“It is an honor to represent our district in Congress, and I am proud to advocate for this much-needed funding,” said Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez. “Whether it’s improved internet access or cleaner water for our community, each and every one of these projects would make life better for Southern Californians. I’ll be fighting for these projects every day as they make their way through Congress.”

These projects, which are listed in alphabetical order, include:

  • $200,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Whittier. The funding would be used to make modifications that improve accessibility, safety, and equity at the Boys & Girls Club Whittier’s Main Clubhouse. The modifications would include a fully ADA-compliant elevator, accessible restrooms, ADA-van accessible parking, accessible pathways, and related equipment and labor. 
  • $322,000 for the City of Bellflower. The funding would be used to revitalize the City’s Constitution Park with new recreational amenities, including play and fitness equipment, and a sports court, within a current park that has experienced many issues and concerns over the years. The money would address the final phase in the plan to revitalize the park, adding recreational components and amenities back to the park for the neighborhood to enjoy.
  • $475,000 for the City of La Mirada. The funding would be used for accessibility and other physical improvements to the City’s Neff Park. The project would replace deteriorated asphalt walkways with concrete, place new concrete walkways to enhance accessibility to all areas, improve lighting throughout the park, and extend wood rail fencing around the perimeter of the park.
  • $2 million for the City of La Palma. The funding would be used to redesign arterial street medians in the City. Due to California's water restrictions, the City's medians have deteriorated and look rundown. The project would include the removal of existing landscaping/irrigation, hardscape removals and replacement, installation of a new drip irrigation system, planting of new trees along with new landscaping/hardscaping in 48 median islands.
  • $1.72 million for the City of Norwalk. The funding would be used to create free opt-in “Smart & Safe” Wi-Fi Zones within public parks and facilities. The project would help ensure that Norwalk students and residents have equitable access to necessary digital infrastructure.
  • $1.5 million for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. The funding would be used to construct 2.6 miles of protected bikeways and walkways along Rosemead Boulevard which divides the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area and is a major north-south route for vehicular traffic.
  • $500,000 for The Whole Child – Mental Health and Housing Services. The funding would be used toward construction of a 40-unit interim housing and 6,000 square foot supportive services center in Santa Fe Springs. Interim housing units would provide six to nine months of safe temporary housing, a crucial first step away from homelessness, and supportive services would be available to help families solve issues that caused their homelessness and to locate permanent housing. 

In addition to the above projects, Rep. Sánchez also secured $2.5 million PFAS Groundwater Treatment Project in Pico Rivera and $450,000 to improve and remodel the Whittier Public Library. A full list of the Community Projects Requests submitted by Rep. Sánchez to the Appropriations Committee can be found here.