Monday, August 23, 2010

Today Event: Congresswoman Chu Visits Public Housing Development that Received $7.4 Million in Stimulus funds




Los Angeles County Community Development Commission


Contact: Elisa Vásquez, (323) 890-7415,






Over $7.4 Million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Dollars

in Action at East Los Angeles Public Housing Site


August 23, 2010 – The Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles (HACoLA) hosted Congresswoman Judy Chu, 32nd District, today, at the County’s Nueva Maravilla public housing development (Nueva Maravilla).  Nueva Maravilla was acquired by the County in 1972 and is one of the CDC/HACoLA’s largest public housing properties, with 350 family units and 147 elderly units, and housing over 500 Los Angeles County residents.  The Congresswoman’s visit focused on American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding in action, and included a tour of the property and its ARRA projects.  Federal stimulus dollars from ARRA can be seen in action at Nueva Maravilla where over $7.4 million has been awarded for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) unit/site upgrades, as well as to reduce energy costs, generate resident and HACoLA energy savings, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions attributable to energy consumption.  Further, funding has been dedicated for the creation of additional parking and making site improvements to this thriving community. 

Sean Rogan, Executive Director of the HACoLA stated, “We are proud of our Nueva Maravilla public housing development and appreciate the Congresswoman taking time out during her busy August recess to see some of the County’s economic stimulus dollars in action.”

“The infrastructure improvements made possible by ARRA funding will enhance the living environment and quality of life of our residents at Nueva Maravilla,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina.  “The County is grateful federal dollars were allocated for public housing needs.”  

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed ARRA into law, authorizing approximately $4 billion in funding nationally for Public Housing Capital Fund programs; approximately $7.4 million of which was allocated to the HACoLA.  In addition to the over $1.5 million of this being dedicated to needed parking lot and ADA improvements at Nueva Maravilla; $5.9 million was also awarded to the development specifically for projects creating an energy efficient, green community.  Through ARRA funding, the HACoLA has been able to further improve its development infrastructure, maximize energy efficiency, and improve the quality of life for its residents.

For additional information on the HACoLA ARRA dollars in action, please contact Elisa Vásquez at (323) 890-7415.




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