01.15.13

Rep. Schiff Announces Winners of the 2012 Los Angeles County Congressional CDBG Recognition of Excellence Awards

Burbank, CA – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced the winners of the 2012 Los Angeles County Congressional Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Recognition of Excellence Awards. The winners are The Kids’ Community Dental Clinic of Burbank, The Boys and Girls Club of both Pasadena, and the Boys and Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley. The winners were chosen in December of 2012. Schiff is recognizing programs and projects that resided in the former 29th Congressional District, which he represented at that time the awards were announced.

Each of the three awards provides vital services to low- and moderate-income residents in the communities of the former 29th Congressional District. The Kids’ Community Dental Clinic of Burbank, in addition to educating families about oral health and cavity prevention, provide over 7,000 patients with $1,000,000 of dental care annually. The Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena helps at-risk youth stay on path to bright futures through tutoring and mentoring. These services are provided to an average of 430 children daily. The Boys and Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley teaches teens to succeed academically, live a healthy life, and be good citizens. Over 300 children are served each month, resulting in higher reading and math scores and lower absences at school.

“These programs exemplify the great work that is made possible by federal CDBG dollars,” said Rep. Schiff. “The Kids’ Community Clinic and the Boys and Girls Clubs each provide essential services for low income children and families in our communities.”

Many low- and moderate-income residents in the former 29th District depend on social programs for health and dental care, education, and housing. In Schiff’s district, 24.5% of all individuals under the age of 18 live below the poverty line. These programs help move low-income residents out of poverty and toward self-sufficiency. The Los Angeles County Congressional CDBG Recognition of Excellence Award, which is in its pilot year, was started by a group of Los Angeles County CDBG administrators who wanted to showcase the work of local programs funded by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.