(Imperial, CA)— Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) applauds a $15 million Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC) grant award for the Worthington La Luna affordable housing project in the City of Imperial.
“I am grateful that we were able to bring home these additional state investments for the City of Imperial. This $15 million grant will support our crucial affordable housing, and farmworker housing needs, while creating a safer, healthier, and more sustainable community,” said Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia. “As California continues to accelerate our environmental goals, I remain committed to pursuing every possible avenue to obtain funding for our local priorities. Unlocking these opportunities is part of the overall vision we had for advancing these climate change policies to ensure that California focuses efforts on improving the public health of environmentally underserved areas like ours.”
The Worthington La Luna Family Apartments will provide net-zero energy affordable housing in the City of Imperial, including a portion dedicated to USDA Farmworker Housing. The neighborhood will connect to new bikeways and sidewalks. The project will invest in the Southern California Association of Governments’ Go Human campaign to increase bicycle and pedestrian safety and collaborate with CalVans to make hybrid vans available to the community.
Altogether, Assemblymember Garcia has secured $42.6 million in AHSC program grants for his district including other projects approved in 2019 for Coachella and Brawley. Administered by the Strategic Growth Council, the AHSC is one of California Climate Investments, an initiative funded by Cap-and-Trade revenues preserved in Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia’s AB 398 (2017). In addition to extending the Cap-and-Trade program, Garcia’s legislation also made critical modifications to ensure that disadvantaged, environmentally burdened communities are prioritized for grants.
More AHSC Grant, Round 5, information available from the Strategic Growth Council: https://sgc.ca.gov/programs/ahsc/resources/awards-applications.html