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Rep. Chu Honors Local Governments and Organizations at 4th Annual Congressional Recognition of Excellence Awards

April 7, 2016
Press Release

PASADENA, CA – Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) hosted the Congressional Recognition of Excellence Award (CREA) Ceremony. CREA is a Los Angeles countywide program that showcases and recognizes the various ways the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program federal funding is used in various Los Angeles County communities. The ceremony honored 11 local programs and projects in cities throughout the 27th district that have focused on job creation, senior outreach, housing rehabilitation, disabled populations’ accessibility, street improvements, neighborhood recreational activities and single and lower-income families. In announcing the award winners, Rep. Chu released the following remarks:

“Even when I’m working in Washington, DC, the San Gabriel Valley is never far from my mind. That is why today’s award ceremony means so much to me – it’s an opportunity to highlight the success of some of the most important federal programs that are used to help the cities and people right here in our district. Programs like the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships are specifically designed to create opportunities, jobs, and housing, especially for low and very low-income individuals and families. They are used to keep businesses where they are and bring services where they’re needed. And because of the flexibility in what projects are supported, these are actually some of the only sources of federal funding available to our communities. Not only that, but every dollar for CDBG leverages an additional $3.65 in non-CDBG funding, while every dollar in HOME funding leverages an additional $4.20. In short, it’s government working exactly as it should, by empowering communities and making investments at home.

“Today’s ceremony was an opportunity to honor those communities who are putting these dollars to work for us. I’m so proud to represent an area that brings such creativity and energy to supporting our residents and creating new opportunities. And it is a privilege to get to highlight some of these successes. Each of these winning projects exemplified the goals of job growth, business retention, community engagement, or creating opportunities.”

The winners of Rep. Chu’s 4th annual Congressional Recognition of Excellence Awards are:


-         Location: City of Claremont

-         Project/Program: Job Creation and Business Incentive Loan Program

-         Project Dates: 07/01/14-06/30/15

-         Award Amount: $110,580 (CDBG and HOME combined funding)

This program provides forgivable loans to businesses in the City of Claremont for the purpose of providing for-profit new or expanding businesses funding in return for creating permanent full time jobs that will be made available for low-and moderate-income individuals. 


-         Location: Santa Anita YMCA, 501 S. Mountain, Monrovia, CA 91016

-         Project/Program: Neighborhood Recreation Program

-         Project Dates: 07/01/14-06/30/15

-         Award Amount: $33,172 (CDBG and HOME combined funding)

This project provides recreation, neighborhood pride, and citizenship programs to local youth from low-to-moderate-income households from the City of Monrovia. The recreation programs consisted of sports, arts and crafts, and passive games, self-esteem building activities, health and wellness programs, educational activities, supervised swimming and field trips. In addition to these recreation activities, various programs were presented on safety, character development, and citizenship topics.

San Marino

-         Location: City of San Marino Recreation Center, 2200 Huntington Dr., San Marino, CA

-         Project/Program: Senior Outreach Program

-         Project Dates: 07/01/14-06/30/15

-         Award Amount: $5,773 (CDBG and HOME combined funding)

This project, administered by San Marino Recreation Department, is designed to refer and enroll seniors (55 years and older) residing in the City of San Marino to recreational and community service programs. An important component of the program includes marketing various senior opportunities and services, as well as providing essential information on issues relative to seniors. Staff also provides referrals to other agencies providing supportive services (i.e., transportation, health, and social activities).

South Pasadena

-         Location: 1102 Oxley St., South Pasadena, CA 91030

-         Project/ Program: Senior Citizens Meal Program

-         Project Dates: 07/01/14-On-going

-         Award Amount: $18,222 (CDBG Funding)

The program offers hot meals to older adults of the community Monday through Friday for $2.25 per meal. The program is key to maintaining wellness for the adults and encourages the seniors to stay engaged, see friends, make new ones, or just to get out of their homes.


-         Location: 700 W. Main St., Alhambra, CA 91801

-         Project/Program: The Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles-Economic & Housing Development Division.

§  Single Family Home Improvement Program

-         Project Dates: 07/01/14-06/30/15

-         Award amount: $1,175,732 (1st District) $417,178 (5th District); (CDBG and HOME combined funding)

This program that falls under Los Angeles County Community Development Commission was designed to assist low income homeowners who require residential repairs (roofing, heating, plumbing, electrical, windows, exterior painting minor code violations and Lead and Asbestos abatement) that were considered immediate safety or health hazards. Repairs were limited to a loan amount of $15,000 at 0%. A total of 52 households throughout unincorporated Los Angeles County First and Fifth Supervisorial District were assisted through the program. 8 households in the City of Alhambra were served.

Sierra Madre

-         Location: Various Locations

-         Project/Program: ADA Accessibility Ramps

-         Project Dates: 07/01/13-09/30/14

-         Award amount: $45,380 (CDBG Funding)

The City of Sierra Madre’s project installed 22 ADA accessibility ramps. This activity removed current material barriers by installing curb cuts and improving the mobility and accessibility of the city’s elderly persons and severely disabled population. Curb cuts were installed in multiple locations in the city in an area approximately 3 square miles in the general vicinity: South of Carter Avenue; North of orange Grove Avenue; East of Michillinda Avenue; and West of Santa Anita Avenue

Temple City

-         Location: Temple City, various locations

-         Project/Program: Housing Rehabilitation Program

-         Project Dates: 07/01/14-06/30/15

-         Award amount: $155,639 (CDBG and HOME combined funding)

The program provides deferred payment loans for home improvements and/or the correction of CDBG eligible building and zoning code violations to eligible income qualified low-to moderate-income owner- occupied single family detached residential dwellings in Temple City. The type of work or repairs funded include: roof repair, interior plumbing, connection residential properties to sewer line, electrical, and other CDBG-eligible repairs necessary to correct code violations and to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing.


-         Location: Loma Alta Park, 3330 N Lincoln Avenue, Altadena, CA 91001

-         Project/Program: Loma Alta Park Tiny Tots program and Teen Club

-         Project Dates: 07/01/14-06/30/15

-         Award amount: $28,666 (CDBG and HOME combined funding)

The programs offered at Loma Alta Park are designed to meet the needs of predominantly low- to moderate-income families, from the targeted unincorporated areas of the Fifth Supervisorial District, by providing educational and recreational activities to children and youth.



-         Location: 789 N Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103

-         Project/Program: FVO Solutions, Inc. Employment Services for Persons with Development Disabilities

-         Project Dates: 07/01/14-06/30/16

-         Award amount: $50,000 (CDBG and HOME combined funding)

The primary purpose of this project is to enable low to moderate income Pasadena residents with developmental and other disabilities to secure and retain stable, long-term employment. FVO Solutions Inc. (FVOS) provides services through two vocational programs. Services provided include vocational counseling, case management, and on-the-job training that give clients opportunities to develop the skills and experience needed for community employment. Clients learn valuable job skills, build employment history and are compensated for their work. We also provide ongoing support, including counseling, job coaching, case management, situational assessments, vocational assessments and other services to help clients obtain/keep their jobs and achieve long-term success. 


-         Location: Pasadena Unified School District, 351 S Hudson Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91109

-         Project/Program: Healthy Start Family Services Project

-         Project Dates: 07/01/14-06/30/16

-         Award amount: $87,000 (CDBG and HOME combined funding)

The purpose of PUSD Healthy Start Family Centers is to serve the most vulnerable population of students and families in the northwest neighborhoods of Pasadena. The family centers strive to give students and families the tools needed to succeed academically. The family centers are located at Cleveland and Madison Elementary Schools and Rose City Continuation High School; students are predominantly from low-income and high risk families. Typical services provided at the family centers are family strengthening case management, parent education and support groups, health and nutrition education, and referrals to specialized medical care, child care, mental health counseling, housing assistance, and many other community services.

San Gabriel

-         Location: 425 S Mission Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91778

-         Project/ Program: Low-Moderate Income Area Street Improvements

-         Project Dates: 07/01/14-06/30/15

-         Amount awarded: $468,520 (CDBG Funding)

This project consists of street and ADA improvements in designated low and moderate-income residential areas. Specifically, the street improvement work included grinding of pavement, construction of pavement overlays and spot repairs. The work related to the removal of architectural barriers included demolition of concreate curbs, gutter, sidewalk, and installation of curb ramps. Painting of pavement markings, striping and minor adjustments of utilities were also included. CDBG Funds were also used for design, engineering, inspection, construction management, and labor compliance.