An Affordable Housing Initiative in Anderson Valley is just a local project that can receive federal funding as part of the community project funding process included in the Fiscal Year 2022 Funding Bills of the Appropriations Committee. House, Rep. Jared Huffman’s (D -San Rafael) office announced this week.
“In my role at Congress, it is an honor to work alongside local governments, community organizations and non-profit organizations as we strive to improve the lives of people in our district. The people here on the ground know the needs of our communities best, and the process of funding community projects has allowed them to make recommendations on what the federal budget should prioritize, ”Huffman said in a press release.
The statement also notes that, “Beginning this year, the United States House of Representatives authorized members of Congress to recommend specific projects in their communities for direct funding through federal appropriations. Fiscal year 2022 Appropriations Committee bills include the following bills submitted by Huffman:
Anderson Valley Affordable Housing Initiative, Mendocino County, $ 400,000: Funding would be used for the Anderson Valley Housing Association (AVHA) and the Anderson Valley Health Center (AVHC), which are teaming up to provide affordable housing in Anderson Valley. AVHA and AVHC have a long-standing commitment to the health and well-being of the valley’s underserved population, including those below 200% of the poverty line and seasonal agricultural workers. There is a significant shortage of affordable housing in this rural valley and AVHA has over 40 people on a waiting list for affordable housing.
Great Farallones Kelp Recovery Program, Sonoma / Mendocino, $ 500,000: Funding would be used to restore the male kelp forest along the Sonoma and Mendocino coasts in the Great Farallones National Marine Sanctuary through large-scale sea urchin removal, kelp planting and l community engagement. Since 2014, more than 90 percent of northern California’s kelp forests have disappeared; Restoring kelp forests would benefit marine life, coastal communities, and groups affected by kelp loss, including red abalone and red sea urchin fisheries and recreational businesses dependent on this marine habitat. This project will partner and compensate local divers to remove sea urchins from key sites already identified in the sanctuary, and work with research and community partners to restore the kelp.
Huffman notes that “these bills will be considered upstairs in the house in the coming months.”