Lofgren Secures Community Project Funding Totaling $7.5+M for Santa Clara County in Appropriations Committee Bills

July 12, 2021
Press Release
Included Is Funding for Wildfire Research, Affordable Housing Support, Youth Mentorships, Employment Training, Health Records Modernization & Care Expansion for Underserved Californians, Park Restoration, & Green Energy Installations

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Appropriations Committee passed out of its respective Subcommittees Fiscal Year 2022 funding bills that included ten Lofgren-requested projects for California’s 19th Congressional District. If passed into law, the appropriations bills would provide the Santa Clara County projects a total infusion of $7,510,000 from the federal government.

“The Santa Clara County projects included in the Appropriations bills will make our community safer, more inclusive, more vibrant, and more resilient,” said Rep. Lofgren. “I thank all the South Bay nonprofits, schools, and institutions that provided requests for my consideration that could make a difference in the lives of working men and women. I will continue to fight for our district to ensure that we get the federal funding we need to make necessary community improvements.”

Santa Clara County Project Details

  • Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center (San Jose State University) –  $1,150,000
  • Mobile Crisis Assessment Team (San Jose Police Department) – $1,000,000
  • Opportunity Youth Partnership (San Jose Conservation Corps & Charter School) – $275,000
  • BACH Comprehensive EHR Conversion (Bay Area Community Health) – $1,000,000
  • Solar Panels and Energy Storage Initiative (Gardner Family Health Network, Incorporated) – $900,000
  • Community Clinic and Blossom Hill Health Center Relocation and Renovation (Planned Parenthood Mar Monte) – $2,000,000
  • eLABorate CET (Center for Employment Training) – $325,000
  • Guadalupe River Park Restoration (Guadalupe River Park Conservancy) – $360,000
  • Community Center at Quetzal Gardens (SOMOS MAYFAIR INC) – $500,000

Project Sponsor

Amount Included

Project Name

Project Description

San Jose State University

$1,150,000

Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center

SJSU created the Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center (WIRC) to conduct high-impact research so improved tools, workforce training and policies can be provided to communities and stakeholders in California and around the world. WIRC plans to develop four new facilities to build upon and strengthen current capability at SJSU: a National Wildfire Data and Computing Hub, a Remote Sensing Facility, a Fire Dynamics Laboratory, and a Community Wildfire Resilience Laboratory.

City of San Jose Police Department

$1,000,000

Mobile Crisis Assessment Team

The San Jose Police Department is working to transition the Mobile Crisis Assessment Team (MCAT) pilot program developed and implemented in collaboration with the County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services (BHS) into a full-time unit with dedicated officers to improve officer responses to incidents involving people with mental illness, minimize the victimization of persons in crisis, reduce recidivism among high risk individuals, and improve public safety through proper intervention. The program’s purpose is to enhance and increase responses and outcomes for individuals with mental illnesses, and ultimately to save lives. The grant funds will be used to provide specialized training, and essential vehicles, equipment, and supplies to support MCAT.

San Jose Conservation Corps & Charter School

$275,000

Opportunity Youth Partnership

This project moves a successful multi-agency pilot to a permanent program. Opportunity Youth Partnership (OYP) trains a cohort of young leaders from historically marginalized and underrepresented communities in 21st century professional, leadership, and advocacy skills. The program is built on relational and experiential learning. Young leaders are matched with adult allies that provide individual mentorship and placed in small teams into public system oversight structures such as child welfare, probation, and education, to participate and ensure their voices are represented in these systems. This project makes a direct investment in our underrepresented communities and improves our public systems by allowing for an inclusive process and equitable participation through real-time feedback loops to users.

Bay Area Community Health

$1,000,000

BACH Comprehensive EHR Conversion

Bay Area Community Health is working to convert its electronic health records (EHR) across all 15 clinic sites in Santa Clara County. Health information exchange allows providers and patients to appropriately access and securely share patient health information electronically, improving the speed, quality, safety, and cost of care. The move from E-Clinical Works (ECW) to EPIC will enable BACH’s care teams to provide improved patient care, build continuity between all 26 clinic locations, better track quality measures to reduce gaps in care, and improve population health management through better tracking of social determinants of health.

Gardner Family Health Network, Incorporated

$900,000

Gardner Health Services’ Solar Panels and Energy Storage Initiative

Gardner Health Services plans to install solar panels and energy storage systems at four health care facilities in California’s 19th Congressional District. The purpose of this project is to improve and ensure service reliability at Gardner’s medical and mental health care facilities. Climate change has had devastating impacts and consequences across California, creating an urgency to provide a more reliable energy source for critical infrastructure. Public safety power shutoff (PSPS) events and rolling blackouts have become the norm during wildfire season in the region and traditional sources of backup power such as diesel generators create vulnerabilities in the system.

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

$1,000,000

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Community Clinic Relocation and Renovation

The project would help pay for tenant improvement renovations and purchase of laboratory and medical equipment at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Community Clinic’s (MMCC) new, more expansive location on Tully Road in San Jose, California. To meet the health care needs of our communities, we must invest in critical infrastructure to ensure that people can receive the care they need, when they need it, regardless of their income, age, or zip code. Safety-net providers like Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, who predominately serve uninsured, under-insured, and Medi-Cal populations have seen an increased demand for care, even before the COVID-19 pandemic. In Fiscal Year 2020, Mar Monte Community Clinic cared for over 8,125 patients and continues to exceed expectations this fiscal year with extended evening hours until 8:00 PM, as well as Saturday and Sunday hours. The relocation and renovation of the MMCC health center will improve the overall patient experience and increase access to patient care by allowing MMCC to meet demand for reproductive health care and primary care services.

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

$1,000,000

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Blossom Hill Health Center Relocation and Renovation

The project would help pay for tenant improvement renovations, design and construction of a training facility, and purchase of laboratory and medical equipment at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s new, more expansive location in San Jose, California. To meet the health care needs of our communities, we must invest in critical infrastructure to ensure that people can receive the care they need, when they need it, regardless of their income, age, or zip code. Safety-net providers like Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, who predominately serve uninsured, under-insured, and Medi-Cal populations have seen an increased demand for care, even before the COVID-19 pandemic. From June 2019 - July 2020, the Blossom Hill Health Center cared for over 14,593 patients and continues to exceed expectations this fiscal year with extended evening and weekend hours. The upgraded and expansive facility will allow the Blossom Hill Health Center to accommodate a larger patient volume and increase laboratory capacity to provide reproductive health care and primary care services as part of their preventive care.

Center for Employment Training

$325,000

eLABorate CET

The Center for Employment Training (CET) has an urgent need to modernize its classrooms, labs, and shops, and to acquire state of the art, industry-specific equipment to allow for hybrid modalities and prepare students for in-demand, 21st century skills. In a purely grassroots effort, the community saved an abandoned building and turned it into CET’s training center, which is now classified as a historic building and a city landmark.  In that vein, CET continues to be an integral part of the community – by providing our underserved populations with workforce training in stable and emerging industries and our local businesses with the skilled employees they need. CET was once rated “the most effective” training program in the nation among those funded by the Economic Development Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Its comprehensive employment training has consistently been recognized for making a lasting economic difference in the lives of low-income individuals.

Guadalupe River Park Conservancy

$360,000

Guadalupe River Park Restoration

The Initiative will work to restore and enhance the Guadalupe River Park, the largest open space in downtown San Jose, and pilot a stewardship program to provide workforce opportunities in park maintenance for young adults and unhoused residents. The scope includes tree replanting, Historic Orchard and Heritage Rose Garden restoration, signage, and community coordination to leverage more volunteer expertise, public engagement, environmental education, and economic opportunities. San Jose’s annual City Auditor’s report showed that 90 percent of city resident respondents visited a park at least once a month or more last year.

SOMOS MAYFAIR INC

$500,000

SOMOS MAYFAIR INC Community Center at Quetzal Gardens

This project would provide for construction, equipment, and program services for a new Community Center on Quetzal Gardens Apartments' ground floor.  The larger base building construction will be completed by January 2022 and these funds would be used to make it a livable space with fixtures, furnishings, equipment, and operations to provide services and programs to residents who include extremely low-income families, at-risk youth, and the formerly homeless. The Center will create access to resources and foster deep community connections that provide formerly unhoused and disabled persons, and extremely low-income families the necessary support to live independent, stable, and healthy lives. Scoring extremely well for tax credits and Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities funding as a Transit Oriented Development, Quetzal Gardens is a critical project to helping the City meet its goal of ending homelessness and is the first affordable project to be developed in the City's first approved urban village, the Little Portugal Urban Village. It is also an environmentally sustainable building with plans to achieve at least a LEED Green Point Silver certification and is GreenTrip certified for its proximity and resident usage of public transportation.


The inclusion of this funding in the Appropriations Committee’s draft bills is the first step in the funding process and does not guarantee a project will receive the allocated amount. Lofgren requests that this funding stay in the bills as they move to the full Appropriations Committee, consideration on the House Floor, and negotiations with the Senate.

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