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ILG Helps Secure $35 Million in Grant Funding for BOOST Communities

July 15, 2020
Months of developing projects and partnerships have finally paid off for the cities of Ventura, San Diego, Arcata, and the Town of Mammoth Lakes. 
 
All four agencies received word that grant applications developed in partnership with the Institute for Local Government (ILG) through its BOOST Pilot Program will receive funding.
 
Money for Affordable Housing and Infrastructure in Rural Communities
 
The Town of Mammoth Lakes will be receiving $20 million to support broadband, snow storage and other critical infrastructure needs for its upcoming affordable housing project, known as “The Parcel”, a 25-acre vacant lot located in the center of town that will be the site of more than 400 affordable housing units. The Department of Housing and Community Development’s Infill Infrastructure Grant will be an important piece to the town’s multimillion dollar project.
 
“The Town of Mammoth Lakes would like to express our sincere appreciation for ILG’s staff who have collaborated with us on a number of initiatives through the BOOST program,” says Sandra Moberly, the Town’s Community Development Director. “With their enthusiastic help, the town submitted an Infill Infrastructure Grant Application, which resulted in an unprecedented award of over $20 million dollars. ILG staff was also instrumental in helping the town prepare and submit our most recent LEAP Grant application. We have truly enjoyed working with the friendly and knowledgeable staff at ILG and are looking forward to continued collaboration with them to enhance the Town of Mammoth Lakes’ social, environmental and economic sustainability.”
 
The City of Arcata also received an Infill Infrastructure grant for nearly $3 million to support infrastructure surrounding the Isackson Affordable Housing Project. The grant will fund enhancements to two city parks and critical upgrades to the city’s water system, which will help with firefighting capacity.
 
In addition, the City of Arcata will benefit from an $11.4 million grant Affordable Housing Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Grant awarded by the Strategic Growth Council. With support from ILG’s BOOST Pilot Program, Enterprise Community Partners and the California Coalition for Rural Housing, the City of Arcata collaborated with the Yurok Indian Housing Authority (YIHA) to secure the grant which will fund 36 units of affordable housing in addition to several bike lanes, safe and accessible walkways, a one-mile active transportation multi-use trail and a pedestrian bridge that will connect tribal members to surrounding neighborhoods and amenities. This is the first AHSC grant to be awarded to a Native American Tribe.
 
“This project represents the first time that Yurok citizens will have access to affordable housing in an
area where there is a university, a Native American health clinic, transportation and all of the other
quality-of-life improving amenities Arcata has to offer,” said YIHA’s Board of Commissioners Chairperson Richard “Dickie” Myers. “We are extremely excited about this partnership with the City of
Arcata.”
 
Working with Community Partners to Ensure Climate Resilience
 
The City of San Diego partnered with the Environmental Health Coalition which received a $200,000 Transformative Climate Communities Planning Grant. This funding will support a collaborative effort to conduct community engagement and planning for the Barrio Logan and Logan Heights neighborhoods. Engagement efforts will focus on affordable housing, urban greening and climate-resilience education through local cultural centers.
 
ILG also helped the City of Ventura secure nearly $200,000 from the Proposition 84 Wildfire Resiliency and Recovery Planning Grant Program to develop a Climate Action and Resilience Plan which will help ensure that the city is better equipped to prepare, respond and recover from wildfire, like the Thomas Fire that devastated the community in 2017. The proposal was informed by a local advocacy group, the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy. 
 
“These successful grant applications exemplify regional collaboration and engagement, which is exactly what the BOOST pilot program is designed for,” said Institute for Local Government CEO and Executive Director Erica L. Manuel. “Over the last 18 months we have been working closely with our BOOST cities to define their goals, build capacity, and foster collaboration. The last piece of the puzzle was to find funding sources to meet those goals. This grant funding does just that and will bring critically-needed resources to build more affordable, resilient and equitable communities throughout California.”
 
For more information about ILG’s BOOST Program, visit https://www.ca-ilg.org/boost-program.


 
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