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Funding secured for Watts revitalization

Amber Williams | 2/1/2018, midnight

“We are proud to support the Watts Rising Collaborative’s visionary plans for the transformation of the Watts. Their proposal exemplifies the goals of the Transformative Climate Communities Program—a suite of community-driven projects that will improve health and economic opportunity for local residents, while also protecting our environment,” said Randall Winston, executive director of the Strategic Growth Council.

Since 2015, the City has received nearly $150 million in Cap-and-Trade funding, which supports projects ranging from housing and transportation to programs that help curb greenhouse gas emissions.   

“Even though the need is great in Watts, we have never had significant investment in our community,” said Perry Crouch, Watts Gang Task Force board member. “We are grateful that the California Strategic Growth Council saw the potential of Watts and made the decision to help us put these great projects into motion. We are finally getting a chance to make our community all that it can be after being overlooked for so long. Watts is worth it, and Watts is rising!”

Three L.A. community-based applications were considered for the TCC grant, including proposals from the communities of Pacoima, Watts, and South L.A. The Strategic Growth Council this afternoon also asked state officials to report back on a potential process to allocate an additional $10 million dollars to the Pacoima/Sun Valley project proposal.  The Mayor’s Office will continue working to ensure that Los Angeles receives its fair share of funding to invest in and uplift the City’s most vulnerable communities.