Schiff Secures Funds for Community Based Organizations in Pasadena that Help At-Risk Youth and the Homeless

Washington, DC – Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) today announced that the House Appropriations Committee passed a measure that includes funds for family services and after-school arts education activities for low-income children in Pasadena. The bill is expected to pass the House next week. 

“The Armory Center and Union Station provide essential services to our youth and to the homeless population in our community. I am pleased that the Congress can play an important partnership role in supporting these important initiatives,” Schiff said. “These resources will help improve the lives of children and families in our community by providing them new hope and opportunity.”

The funds were included in the Fiscal Year 2007 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill.  Included in the bill is $150,000 for the Union Station Foundation of Pasadena for its Family Center Program.  The funds will be aimed at benefiting school-aged children through after-school activities, tutoring, and medical care. The services provided by the Family Center Program are also directed toward offering homeless families the resources they need to transform their lives to become self-supporting.

Additionally, the Armory Center for the Arts of Pasadena will receive $50,000 for its Walk to Art program.  The Walk to Art program offers free after-school and weekend art workshops that reach over 4,000 low-income children and youth each year.  Walk to Art is taught by professional artists at libraries, parks, schools, community centers, and social service agencies, and it serves low-income neighborhoods in order to provide kids an opportunity they would otherwise not have to participate in arts activities.

Congressman Schiff has introduced a "Kids First" agenda of initiatives to improve education, safety, and health care for our children. He is the co-founder of the Democratic Study Group on National Security and a member of both the House Judiciary and International Relations committees.  He represents California’s 29th Congressional District, which includes the communities of Alhambra, Altadena, Burbank, East Pasadena, East San Gabriel, Glendale, Monterey Park, Pasadena, San Gabriel, South Pasadena and Temple City.