Congressman Panetta Announces More Than $5.9 Million in Federal Funding for Central Coast Community Development

September 9, 2020
Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced the distribution of $5,973,491 in federal government grants for federal housing programs in California’s 20th Congressional District to help respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  The funding for these grants comes from the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congressman Panetta supported on July 17, 2020, and through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).

“Many vulnerable communities on the Central Coast are suffering as a result of this bruising pandemic, on top of our local affordable housing crisis.  Fortunately, Congress stepped up, not only by formulating and passing the CARES Act, but also by ensuring that there are these types of housing grants available within that vital relief package,” said Congressman Panetta.  “As the U.S. Representative for our home, I’m proud to be a part of the federal efforts to fight COVID-19 throughout our country and provide funding for housing in cities throughout the Central Coast."

These funds can be used to support increased testing for and treatment of COVID-19, manufacturing of medical supplies, job training for health care workers, expansion of community health facilities, child care centers, food banks, senior services, emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness, and more.  Congressman Panetta has supported robust funding for HUD's CDBG program and will continue to support increased funding in future relief packages.

The counties, cities, and towns receiving CDBG funding include: 

Gilroy City: $422,085.00

Monterey: $395,110.00

Salinas: $1,209,375.00

Santa Cruz: $561,551.00

Seaside: $360,289.00

Watsonville: $506,260.00

Monterey County: $1,049,326.00

Santa Clara County: $1,469,522.00