Community Projects Submissions

Starting in the 117th Congress, the Appropriations Committee is allowing each Member of Congress to submit 10 community projects from their district for potential funding through the FY22 Appropriations Process. Rep. Ruiz received an extremely high volume of requests and is recommending the following 10 projects to the Committee for funding in FY22.

If funded these projects will bring critical federal funding to every corner CA-36 and will increase access to health care, provide clean water for underserved communities, protect the environment, facilitate economic development, and improve critical public infrastructure.

City of Banning

  • $1.25 million for the Wastewater Treatment and Groundwater Protection Project
  • 99 E Ramsey St, Banning, CA 92220
  • Certification of no financial interest
  • This project will fund a wastewater treatment facility equalization basin at the site of the current facility to protect the environment from overflow events caused by large surges in demand primarily driven by storm events. The region relies on water pumped from underground aquifers so this project will protect the groundwater from being contaminated during overflow events where wastewater seeps into the ground. This project is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it protects the public’s health and preserves access to clean, safe drinking water.

City of Beaumont

  • $1.5 million for the Pennsylvania Avenue Widening Project
  • 550 E. 6th Street, Beaumont, CA 92223
  • Certification of no financial interest
  • This project will fund the expansion and widening of Pennsylvania Avenue between 1st Street and 6th Street from its current two lanes to four lanes. The widening of Pennsylvania Avenue will provide increased mobility and access to residents of Beaumont and Banning, and employees of businesses in the area. The project will also ease traffic congestion on I-10 as vehicles will be able to enter and exit the freeway more efficiently. This project is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it will facilitate economic development, improve critical public infrastructure, and create safer means of transportation for residents of CA-36.

City of Blythe

  • $500,000 for the Water Reservoir Replacement Project
  • 235 N. Broadway, Blythe, CA 92225
  • Certification of no financial interest
  • This project will fund the replacement of an existing 500,000-gallon water reservoir servicing the Palo Verde College and surrounding neighborhood with a new, bolted steel water tank of similar capacity. This water tank is the sole source of fire protection and safe, clean and reliable drinking water for the College and nearby neighborhoods. The existing tank has been leaking for over a year and is in danger of failure, which would leave the community without water. This project is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it provides for critical public infrastructure and it secures clean water access for the residents of Blythe.

Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo

  • $1 million for the Blythe Health Center Renovation Project
  • 852 E. Danenberg Drive El Centro, CA 92243
  • Certification of no financial interest
  • This project will fund the expansion of the Blythe Health Center from 5,766 sq feet to 13,768 sq feet which will allow the center to accept roughly 6,000 additional patients per year, including the addition of behavioral health and dental services. This project is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it expands health care access in a low-income, rural community through an FQHC which provides health care services regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.

Coachella Valley Housing Coalition

  • $500,000 for the Community Center Renovation Project
  • 45701 Monroe Street, Suite G, Indio, CA 92201
  • Certification of no financial interest
  • This project will fund the rehabilitation and renovation of the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition’s Community Development and Service Center. This 17,000 square foot facility serves the low-income residents of the Coachella Valley by providing services including credit counseling; homebuyer education; self-help homeownership opportunities; after-school programs and scholarships for low-income youth; community gardens; and English and citizenship classes. The renovation will include new staircases, exterior shade structures, improved technology, lighting work, and ceiling improvements. This project is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it will ensure long-term access to the critical social services described above for low-income residents of the Coachella Valley.

Coachella Valley Water District

  • $2.7 million for the Avenue 66 Clean Water Project
  • 75-515 Hovley Lane E., Palm Desert, CA 92211
  • Certification of no financial interest
  • This project will fund the construction of 5,800 feet of a new water transmission line that will bring water access to a disadvantaged area that currently relies on unreliable independent water systems, mostly wells that need to remove naturally occurring arsenic from the water. This transmission system will allow for the consolidation of 13 rural community water systems that primarily serve mobile home parks that provide housing for farmworkers in the Eastern Coachella Valley. This project is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it expands clean water access to underserved, low-income, environmental justice communities.

Loma Linda University Health Center

  • $1 million for the Increasing Access to Health Care in the Coachella Valley Project
  • 24785 Stewart St. Loma Linda, CA 92354
  • Certification of no financial interest
  • This project will fund construction and furnishing of a new 8,000 sq foot FQHC in the Coachella Valley. According to HRSA, over 96,000 low-income individuals did not receive care through an FQHC in the Coachella Valley, including the growing number of individuals experiencing homelessness through the ongoing pandemic. The project is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it will provide convenient access to health care for populations throughout CA-36 regardless of the individual’s ability to pay.

Palo Verde Hospital District

  • $352,345 for the Integrated Community Health Program Project
  • 250 N. 1st Street, Blythe, CA 92225
  • Certification of no financial interest
  • This project will assist with the acquisition of a fully integrated mobile health unit with telehealth services. This mobile clinic will serve patients within 25 miles of Blythe. The region this project serves has high poverty rates and is a health provider shortage area for primary care, dental, and mental health care. This project is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it will bring health care services to rural, low-income communities that currently do not have access to any of the services that will be provided.

Salton Sea Authority

  • $300,000 for the Army Corps of Engineers for a Salton Sea Project
  • 82995 Hwy 111, Suite 200, Indio, CA 92201
  • Certification of no financial interest
  • This project will fund the first phase of the Investigation into the “Imperial Streams, Salton Sea, and Tributaries” Army Corps project which Dr. Ruiz secured in the Water Resources Development Act of 2020. This project will contribute to the habitat and ecosystem restoration at the Salton Sea, which is growing public health crisis in Southern California. This project is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because the Army Corps is uniquely situated to construct this critical infrastructure project to protect the public’s health.

Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians

  • $1 million for the Soboba Crossroads Project
  • 23906 Soboba Road, San Jacinto, CA 92583
  • Certification of no financial interest
  • This project will fund construction of public facilities required to facilitate construction of a 10-acre community shopping center in San Jacinto. The off-site public facilities include street widening and paving; traffic signal improvements; installation of water, sewer, gas, electric and communication utilities; handicap access improvements; and related work. This project is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it will bring an estimated 100 permanent jobs, enhanced local services, increased tax revenues, support for public services, and new opportunities for business growth.

All projects are posted on this webpage to comply with public disclosure requirements. The information posted includes:

  • the proposed recipient,
  • the address of the recipient,
  • the amount of the request,
  • and an explanation of the request, including purpose, and a justification for why it is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds.

If you have submitted a project and have additional questions, please contact CA36.CommunityProjects@mail.house.gov