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South County Housing receives federal grant to renovate affordable family housing
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel, announced today that NeighborWorks America awarded South County Housing, a nonprofit community development corporation and member of the national NeighborWorks network, $215,500 in grants. The funds will be invested in Soledad to upgrade the Camphora site and provide affordable housing for farm workers and their families.
“This grant is essential to the renovation of the Camphora site to provide needed safety improvements and affordable housing for Soledad families,” said Rep. Farr. “South County Housing has done a tremendous job over the past 30 years building and managing affordable housing for communities throughout the Central Coast.”
South County Housing purchased the Camphora site in partnership with Monterey County for $1.5 million in 2010, in an effort to renovate the site. The site was originally built in the 1960s to provide housing for male farm workers. The grant will be used to renovate 44 Camphora units and build a new community center to provide recreation, storage, and a computer lab. The project will also connect Camphora with Soledad’s sewer service, replacing a failing septic system.
“NeighborWorks support has been a key part in our ability to successfully create affordable housing opportunities for residents throughout the district,” said Dennis Lalor, President of South County Housing. “We are grateful to NeighborWorks for this award, and thank Congressman Farr for his support of this very effective program.”
NeighborWorks America was founded by Congress in 1978 to provide grants to support local NeighborWorks member organizations like South County Housing, in their efforts to revitalize communities and promote and preserve affordable housing for residents in member communities. In 2013, NeighborWorks and its members assisted more than 300,000 families through the purchase, renovation, and management of units as well as creating 21,000 homeowners and other assistance.
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Travel and Tourism Caucus welcomes Chile into the Visa Waiver Program
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., and Rep. Sam Farr, D-Calif., co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus, released the following joint statement in response to today’s announcement that Chile was added to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):
“As co-chairs of the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus, we welcome the addition of Chile to the Visa Waiver Program. Travelers from countries closely allied to the United States increase economic growth and create more American jobs. Today’s announcement will facilitate more travel and commerce with another one of our South American neighbors.
“International visitors add nearly $130 billion a year to our economy. The majority of those visitors come from the 37 VWP countries. The addition of Chile to that list will make it easier for a new pool of potential visitors to travel to our country. An increase in international visitors will help create jobs in communities throughout the United States, from Florida’s Tampa Bay to California’s Monterey Bay and every region in between.
“Chile’s inclusion into VWP also enhances our national security because member countries must meet specific metrics before acceptance. Expansion of VWP allows for a more secure entry process and reduces the risk of visa overstays.
“Today’s announcement is great news for both Chile and the United States. It will help foster an even stronger relationship between our two countries. We are glad to see Chile included into VWP and look forward to expanding the program to include more friendly countries.”
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Statement on NOAA’s approval of California shark fin ban
House Caucus: Organic farmers win big in Farm Bill
House passes Farm Bill that includes new funding for Central Coast crops
- Specialty Crop Research Initiative - $800 million, including $25 million for citrus disease research
- Specialty Crop Block Grants - $290 million
- Farmers Market Promotion Program - $150 million
- Plant Pest & Disease Management - $236 million
- SNAP incentive payments - $100 million
- Organic Research and Extension Initiative - $100 million in mandatory funding
- Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program - $100 million in mandatory funding