(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) proudly commends recent state housing investment of over $38 million for Coachella Valley Housing Coalition projects in Indio and pledges continued focus on housing resources for the 2023 legislative session.
“Collaborating with regional partners and through strategic legislative reforms and advocacy, we have delivered millions in California housing and infrastructure resources. We applaud the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition’s longstanding history of affordable housing leadership and are excited that their recent $38 million state funding award came from programs our work has helped to expand,” said Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia.
“Everyone deserves a safe place to call home, and we must continue pursuing investments to address urgent housing disparities while preparing for the growth of our region. This year, we have plans to focus legislation on improving the accessibility of key housing programs, increasing our district’s eligibility for state investments, and ensuring that we prioritize resources for underserved populations such as our farmworkers, students, and tribal communities.”
During his tenure in the California State Assembly, Assemblymember Garcia has championed policy reforms and direct funding requests to increase access to housing and vital infrastructure resources. As a result, Garcia has attained a $15 million state budget allocation for the Coachella Valley’s Housing Catalyst Fund, $30 million to safely re-house residents from Oasis Mobile Home Park, and has successfully ushered hundreds of millions in state housing funds for projects throughout his district.
Most recently, the California Department of Housing and Community Development awarded the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition’s JFM Villas Family Apartments and JFM Villas Senior Apartments in Indio over $38 million to support housing for seniors and agricultural workers.
Coachella Valley Housing Coalition (CVHC) Executive Director, Pedro S. G. Rodriguez noted, “CVHC continues its 40-year tradition of providing high quality, stable, attractive affordable housing to low-income working people, their children, seniors and veterans in our community. Just like at our 41 other sites in Riverside County, our residents will have access to several programs to promote the health, educational achievement, and job-readiness of our residents. On-site computer access to official and educational sites assists students, their parents, and seniors to fully participate in the resources necessary to succeed in our community. We are grateful for the prompt and efficient funding these apartments were awarded from the State of California so we can build these much-needed apartments now. We also appreciate the support that we received from Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia to continue our mission of providing affordable housing to hard working families and individuals in the Coachella Valley, Imperial County and surrounding communities.”
Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) serves as the chairperson of the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy. He proudly represents California’s 36th Assembly District, which comprises of Imperial County and cities and communities in Riverside County and San Bernardino County.