South L.A. among communities awarded state grants for climate projects
The Los Angeles area will receive some $8.3 million for climate projects from the state in the coming fiscal year, according to a release from the California Energy Commission.
Los Angeles and Ventura counties led the way among California communities for receiving grants: The cities of Long Beach, Redondo Beach and Marina del Rey will each receive $1.5 million, and the county will receive $500,000 for low-income housing projects.
Los Angeles City Council members are expected to vote unanimously Tuesday on Resolution No. 1737, which would help fund low-income housing projects. The resolution includes a $5 million grant for the City Council’s Community Development Department to be allocated in the city’s 2019-2020 budget, as well as additional funding for community development at the Los Angeles County Civic Engagement Commission.
The resolution gives the California Energy Commission the power to “identify eligible projects, grant a loan to the eligible project, and fund the eligible project over a five-year period.”
The state’s Climate Action Registry, which tracks federal and state dollars for climate projects, identified Los Angeles as the largest recipient of the Climate Action Grants program. The city will receive $16.4 million for $13.9 million in grants. Ventura County received $2.7 million.
California’s Clean Energy Finance and Assistance Council announced Tuesday that L.A. County will receive $2.7 million to help low-income residents of its affordable housing projects.
The new funding will help low-income residents of low-income housing projects in Long Beach, Marina del Rey, Redondo Beach, and the City of Vernon get the help they need to heat and cool their homes and keep their properties from being damaged with the use of fossil fuels such as natural gas, propane and air conditioning.
The funding, which is in addition to $400,000 awarded under the California Low-Income Housing Assistance program, will be transferred by the California Energy Commission to the Los Angeles County Housing Authority to be used for these projects.
“We look forward to working with the California Energy Commission to implement this program that will assist our homeless families,” said Supervisor Hilda Solis, who represents Marina del Rey City Council District 6