Funding Requests for Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations

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Community Project Funding

For the first time in 10 years, Congress will be providing Member-directed federal funding to a select number of Community Projects through the Appropriations Process. Under the newly adopted process, each House member is allowed to submit 10 project requests on behalf of their Congressional District to the Appropriations Committee.

Below are the 10 projects selected by Congressman Adam Schiff from California’s 28th District:

The Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley

  • Address of receiving entity: 2244 N. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91504
  • Amount requested: $250,000
  • Explanation of request and why it is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds: This funding would be used for renovations and adaptations to the building the organization has bought for their new main clubhouse. This project will allow the Boys & Girls Club to continue to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens, regardless of their family’s socio-economic status. The new facility will allow them to triple their capacity and have dedicated program space for elementary, middle, and high school members. This facility is on the border of Glendale and will allow the Boys and Girls Club to continue to serve children from Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Tujunga, Sun Valley, North Hollywood, and Hollywood, CA. 
  • Financial Disclosure Letter

City of Burbank - Fire Department

  • Address of receiving entity: 311 East Orange Grove Avenue, Burbank, CA 91502
  • Amount requested: $225,000
  • Explanation of request and why it is an appropriate use of taxpayers funds: Burbank Fire Department is seeking funding to replace its water tender, which has exceeded its life span and is now in critical need of replacement. Currently, due to operability issues with the water tender, the apparatus cannot be assigned to regional fires and provides limited support to local fire needs. Water tenders are a low cost, effective tool to extinguish fires and allow fire agencies to serve and protect their communities. A new water tender will allow the Burbank Fire Department to provide enhanced fire suppression resources to regional urban and wildland firefighting needs in all the foothills communities.
  • Financial Disclosure Letter

Para Los Niños (PLN)

  • Address of receiving entity: 5000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
  • Amount requested: $350,000
  • Explanation of request and why it is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds: This funding would be used to provide mental health support in PLN’s early childhood education centers. Specifically, it would be used to hire two additional mental health counselors, purchase medical telehealth technology, and cover 8-10% of organizational overhead. The funding will increase PLN’s capacity to serve the needs of children and families in the 28th district, through evidence-based programs which will help keep the district’s youngest and most vulnerable constituents on track towards educational readiness and higher health, social-emotional, and cognitive outcomes. 
  • Financial Disclosure Letter

City of Glendale Verdugo Regional Crime Laboratory

  • Address of receiving entity: 131 N. Isabel Street, Glendale, CA 91206
  • Amount requested: $700,000
  • Explanation of request and why it is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds: This funding would be used to expand forensic testing at the City of Glendale’s Verdugo Regional Crime Laboratory. Funds will be directed towards acquiring resources aimed at decreasing case backlogs and turnaround times including but not limited to purchase of novel technologies to facilitate evidence processing. Specifically, funds will be used to purchase equipment, associated testing supplies, and to fulfill maintenance contracts for the Forensic Vacuum Metal Deposition, the Computer Forensics Unit, and the Forensic Biology Unit. As technology rapidly changes, it is incumbent upon laboratories to stay abreast of developments within the field of forensic science in order to be of service to the community. The increase in demand for DNA testing has required laboratory management to evaluate process improvements in order to decrease turnaround times and increase capacity, which will enhance the timeliness and accuracy of the justice system.
  • Financial Disclosure Letter

Los Angeles LGBT Center 

  • Address of receiving entity: 1118 North McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA 90038
  • Amount requested: $769,171
  • Explanation of request and why it is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds: Prior to the global pandemic of COVID-19, Los Angeles County had experienced a 98 percent increase in primary and secondary syphilis, an 81 percent increase in gonorrhea, and a 25 percent increase in chlamydia cases over the prior five years (California Department of Public Health, 2019). The Los Angeles LGBT Center (the Center) has been a critical provider in responding to this growing STD crisis. In 2019, the Center provided more than 40,000 STD visits and more than 300,000 STD tests, and the Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic provided treatment for more than 3,298 people living with HIV or AIDS. This funding would be used for new construction of the building for the Federally Qualified Health Center, which would provide expanded testing, treatment, and prevention services to address HIV and sexually transmitted diseases in Los Angeles County. Funding for the proposed renovations is crucial to protect public health by preventing further community spread. 
  • Financial Disclosure Letter

Covenant House California

  • Address of receiving entity: 1325 N. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027
  • Amount requested: $880,546
  • Explanation of request and why it is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds: These funds will provide construction and labor costs for 16 new beds, serving an estimated 64 youth annually, at CHC’s Safe Haven emergency housing program for youth between the ages of 18 and 24 experiencing homelessness. Youth homelessness leads to a myriad of fiscal implications to public funds, the highest of which are the costs of incarceration and chronic adult homelessness. CHC’s Los Angeles Safe Haven emergency housing program assists more than 80% of residents toward other, longer-term housing programs that include on-site transitional housing, off-site transitional housing, a robust rapid rehousing program, connections to permanent supportive housing, and assistance in obtaining Section 8 vouchers. Residents’ time in emergency housing is short, engaging, and fruitful, and it leads to more advanced programs that teach sustainability, employment skills, and personal administration that prevents returns to homelessness or adult chronic homelessness.  
  • Financial Disclosure Letter

Armenian American Museum and Cultural Center of California

  • Address of receiving entity: 116 North Artsakh Avenue, Suite 205, Glendale, CA 91206
  • Amount requested: $950,000
  • Explanation of request and why it is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds: The federal funds awarded to the Armenian American Museum will be allocated to the construction of this developing landmark center and costs associated with the development of the museum’s permanent exhibition and programming. The Armenian American Museum will provide patrons, residents, and visitors with a wide range of powerful, immersive, and thought-provoking exhibitions – from the permanent exhibition on the Armenian American experience to temporary exhibitions on diverse cultures and subject matters. These engaging public programs will lead to meaningful dialogues and discussions, connect people and communities, celebrate arts and culture, and inspire the next generation of leaders, as well as bring economic investment to the community and create both construction and museum-related jobs.
  • Financial Disclosure Letter

Los Angeles City College

  • Address of receiving entity: 855 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029
  • Amount requested: $962,417
  • Explanation of request and why it is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds: The funding for the Los Angeles City College Basic Needs project would be used to support 500 unique students enrolled in at least 6 units at LACC. In addition to providing direct resources such as food aid, housing assistance, health services, and essential expense assistance, the LACC Basic Needs project will use federal funds to provide textbooks, test fees, course supplies, transportation, success coaches, and tutoring for the program participants. Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) data indicates that nearly 65 percent of LACC students cannot consistently afford adequate food, and as many as 20 percent experience homelessness while enrolled at LACC. By assisting students with these associated costs, LACC’s Basic Needs program aims to remove barriers to college enrollment, persistence, and completion; thereby empowering students to complete their chosen educational programs and pursue a path out of poverty for themselves and their families. 
  • Financial Disclosure Letter

Thai Community Development Center

  • Address of receiving entity: 6376 Yucca Street, Suite B, Los Angeles, CA 90028
  • Amount requested: $1,000,000
  • Explanation of request and why it is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds: This funding would be used for the construction, grand opening, and startup costs for a small business incubator in East Hollywood. The Thai Town Marketplace is a public market that provides a low-cost entry point for low-income members of our community to start a business, including one-on-one counseling and education workshops, creates permanent jobs, and provides low-income individuals with the opportunity to become economically self-sufficient. The project will create more than 40 entrepreneurship, management, and service jobs for economically disadvantaged residents of East Hollywood and Los Angeles; incubate 18 food, retail, and artisan small business vendors; create over 20 temporary construction-related jobs, and sustain more than 14 growers and farmers at the bi-weekly farmers’ market that takes place on the plaza level of the Metro Redline Stop. The marketplace also consists of several critical community improvements, such as a central information kiosk for tourists in the East Hollywood area and streetscaping.
  • Financial Disclosure Letter

Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)

  • Address of receiving entity: 4650 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027
  • Amount requested: $1,587,077
  • Explanation of request and why it is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds: This funding would be used to purchase Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) equipment for CHLA’s Center for Personalized Medicine. WGS enables advanced diagnosis and personalized care for children with complex conditions such as autism and developmental disorders, as well as rapid diagnosis of rare genetic disorders in newborns. The new equipment will give CHLA the capability to perform routine WGS for clinical testing, as well as the capacity to process and analyze the significantly greater amounts of data generated by WGS. In addition to greatly improved diagnostic capability, the equipment would enable CHLA to perform significantly improved genetic testing for even more patients. CHLA is unique among top children's hospitals in that 75 percent of its patients are covered through the Medicaid program and that it provides more than $316.2 million in community benefits to children and families across Los Angeles. This project would allow the diverse range of patients at CHLA to have access to cutting-edge lifesaving technology.
  • Financial Disclosure Letter

City of Burbank - Fire Department

  • Address of receiving entity: 311 East Orange Grove Avenue, Burbank, CA 91502
  • Amount requested: $225,000
  • Explanation of request and why it is an appropriate use of taxpayers funds: Burbank Fire Department is seeking funding to replace its water tender, which has exceeded its life span and is now in critical need of replacement. Currently, due to operability issues with the water tender, the apparatus cannot be assigned to regional fires and provides limited support to local fire needs. Water tenders are a low cost, effective tool to extinguish fires and allow fire agencies to serve and protect their communities. A new water tender will allow the Burbank Fire Department to provide enhanced fire suppression resources to regional urban and wildland firefighting needs in all the foothills communities.
  • Financial Disclosure Letter