More than $43 million in federal funding for Central Valley projects announced Tuesday includes $1 million to support the city of Fresno’s tiny homes project.
Earlier this year, the Fresno City Council council approved funding for Mayor Jerry Dyer’s plan to build 24 tiny homes in a joint project with Fresno City College.
“This funding will support local governments and community organizations that work to directly benefit our neighborhoods.” — U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla, D-California
The tiny homes will be for people in homeless shelters looking to transition to long-term affordable housing. The project will use vacant pads in mobile home parks.
U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla announced funding for 22 projects in all.
“I am proud to have secured funding for projects in the Central Valley to address homelessness and the housing crisis, upgrade water infrastructure, and improve public transit options,” Padilla said in a news release. “This funding will support local governments and community organizations that work to directly benefit our neighborhoods. As California and the Central Valley face a historic drought, I am continuing to fight for federal investment to protect and improve our clean water supply.”
The grants also included $4 million for street and sidewalk improvements in Calwa.
In addition, the Hanford Veterans and Seniors Center will receive $561,000 for renovations. The upgrades include making the center safer and improving access.
A Look at the Other Projects
Here is a description of the other funded projects:
• $7 million for the Stanislaus Council of Governments’ SR 132 West Project Phase 2
This funding will pay for the right-of-way for a project to improve transportation and goods movement in the Central Valley.
• $6.1 million for San Joaquin Valley Drought Relief for Wildfire Refugees
This will fund shovel-ready water supply projects for California’s wildlife refuges. This relief funding will help to create new water supply and create resiliency at California wildlife refuges and the last remaining 5% of wetlands in the Central Valley.
• $5 million for the Kings County Area Public Transit Agency’s Regional Multi-Modal Transit Center
This funding will help construct a new Regional Multi-Modal Transit Center in downtown Hanford.
• $3.45 million for Stanislaus County’s Crows Landing Water Wells Project
This project will replace the nitrate treatment equipment at Well 295 to deliver safe drinking water to the residents of Grayson, a disadvantaged community on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley.
• $2.5 million for West Kern Community College District/Taft College’s Healthcare Vocational Center
West Kern Community College District/Taft College serves a rural hospital-less community with limited to no health care education opportunities in an area with urgent health care professional shortages. Funding will support the construction of a Vocational Center to address the severe shortage of healthcare professionals in the Central Valley.
• $2.1 million for the Hanford Intercity Rail Station Community Safety and Accessibility Enhancement Project
This funding will help improve the safety, accessibility, and user condition of the Hanford Intercity Rail Station. The station connects travelers from the Central Valley to San Luis Obispo County, as well as to the many rural communities in between that are served by Amtrak’s San Joaquin trains and Thruway buses.
• $2 million to Modesto Junior College for Regional Fire Science Training Programs
This funding will help purchase training equipment for the Modesto Junior College Regional Fire Training Center. The Regional Fire Training Center is an accredited regional training program with the California State Fire Marshal Office and offers entry- and advanced-level emergency responder training.
• $1.75 million for the city of Modesto’s Grayson Well and Tank Replacement
This funding will support the replacement of nitrate treatment equipment to improve the safety of drinking water for residents of the Grayson community.
• $1.5 million for the city of Tulare’s Emergency Homeless Shelter Construction
This funding will support the construction of an emergency homeless shelter.
• $1.5 million to build a new water well in Dinuba
This funding will support the building of a new water well to provide safe, clean, and reliable drinking water.
• $1.15 million for a new water well in Woodville in Tulare County
This funding will support the drilling and equipping of a new water well that improves the stability and safety of the water supply, which has been compromised by the drought.
• $1 million for Modesto’s Mental Health Crisis Response System
This funding will help launch a comprehensive Mental Health Crisis Response System pilot program to better address emergency service calls involving individuals experiencing mental health crises.
• $1 million for Streets Repaving in Tranquility
This funding will support reconstructing roads, constructing and repairing sidewalks, and adding bike lanes in Tranquility.
• $750,000 for the San Joaquin Valley Water Collaborative Action Program
This funding will support the San Joaquin Valley Water Collaborative Action Program, which works to ensure a sustainable and resilient water supply for the San Joaquin Valley by securing safe, reliable, and affordable access to water for drinking; sustainable and productive farms and ranches; healthy communities; and thriving terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems.
• $500,000 for a water delivery system in Tulare
This funding will support the construction of a system to deliver water to the northern sector of the city, ensuring equitable access to clean water for tens of thousands of residents.
• $200,000 for drinking water kiosks in Tulare County
This funding will help provide access to safe clean drinking water for Tulare County residents through strategically placed drinking water kiosks.
• $200,000 for Redbank and Fancher Creeks
This funding will support a US Army Corps of Engineers study to evaluate the feasibility of the reoperation of Big Dry Creek Reservoir in Clovis.
• $150,000 for a solar array to power a water well in Allensworth
This funding will support the installation of solar arrays to power Allensworth’s water well, reducing energy costs and improving water affordability.
• $125,000 for senior care in Stanislaus and Merced counties
This funding will help create and pilot a long-term care program, with wraparound medical and non-medical services, to support socially isolated seniors and family caregivers in Stanislaus and Merced counties.