State of California Awards Calexico and Heber Joe Serna, Jr. Farmworker Housing Grant Funding
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) is excited to announce that Imperial Valley has procured over $9 million of additional investments toward affordable housing. The California Department of Housing and Community Development has notified Garcia that projects in Calexico and Heber are among the latest to be awarded Joe Serna, Jr. Farmworker Housing Grant (FWHG) Program funding; the Calexico Remington project will receive $4,351,909, and the Heber Del Sol Family Apartments $4,894,682. The FWHG program provides grants or deferred-payment loans for the construction and rehabilitation of housing for agricultural workers and their families.
“Access to affordable housing remains a top priority for our region. After actively pursuing state funds to support local affordable housing projects, we are glad to see that our district is getting the attention and, importantly, the investments we deserve,” said Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia.
“Over the years and in collaboration with local partners, we have been able to make our region more competitive, and Imperial Valley has achieved success leveraging funding from various state housing programs. This additional $9 million will help improve the lives of local families and add to our overall back-to-back regional affordable housing achievements.”
Garcia added, “We are thrilled to get this news so soon after we celebrated the Tiny Home Village ribbon cutting for the first of its kind project to house homeless Imperial Valley College students, made possible with a $3 million Project Homekey grant.”
Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia remains committed to driving additional investments to the Imperial Valley region. In addition to the $3 million Project Homekey grant, examples of other recently secured state housing funds include $27 million from the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program for projects in the cities of Imperial and Brawley and over $11 million from the Joe Serna, Jr. Farmworker Housing Grant Program for three local projects in 2019.