$4M for Affordable Housing, Support in S.B.
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced a total of $4,000,000 in federal funding he secured to support sustainable affordable housing and supportive services in San Bernardino. Aguilar secured $1,000,000 for the Sustainable Communities Catalyst Project—a program designed to create and preserve affordable housing while revitalizing local neighborhoods. This funding will help transform vacant lots into energy efficient homes for low-to-moderate income families.
He also secured $3,000,000 to support the creation of a resource center at the Arrowhead Grove housing community. This multi-faceted health campus will provide easy access to supportive services to any San Bernardino resident.
“Now more than ever, we need to make it clear to our community that addressing our growing homelessness crisis is our number one priority,” said Rep. Pete Aguilar. “Securing housing is one part of tackling this crisis. This funding will help precure and preserve affordable housing, while ensuring residents are able to access legal services, financial literary training, immigration services, childcare and other supportive services.”
“As part of a broader strategy to help revitalize neighborhoods throughout the City of San Bernardino, this Community Project Funding award will help revitalize vacant lots, creating transformational opportunities for affordable homeownership,” stated Clemente Mojica, NPHS CEO. “On behalf of the many families that will benefit from this investment, we thank Congressman Pete Aguilar for directing these much-needed resources to the City of San Bernardino.”
“We are thankful to Congressman Aguilar for his unwavering continued support of our community and of the Housing Authority’s mission,” said Maria Razo, Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino. “Together, we envision a community in which all individuals have access to resources and opportunities that empower them and enrich their lives. The development of the Arrowhead Grove Community Resource Center is a big step towards that vision and will bring meaningful resources and opportunities to the heart of the City of San Bernardino. We could not do this work without the support of leaders like Congressman Aguilar. Thanks to the Congressman’s efforts, he was able to secure $3 million in Community Project Funding to help fund the development of the Community Resource Center, demonstrating his continued commitment to the residents of San Bernardino. We are proud to work alongside the Congressman and so many community partners to make our vision a reality.”
On April 26th, San Bernardino County announced homelessness in the area increased by 26% in the last year. Additionally, almost 40% of county residents experiencing homelessness became homeless for the first time in the last year.