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Fifty years after Congress passed the Economic Opportunity
Act, poverty remains a national, regional and local crisis. In Southern
California, more than 3 million people live in poverty, including one in every
four children. Regional leaders in education,
business and government gathered today at the 50 Years into the War on Poverty summit, hosted by SCAG
and the Southern California Leadership Council, to discuss collaborative ways of creating jobs and providing workforce training for the most vulnerable populations in the region.
View the press release here.
Population and Employment
On Oct. 2, the California Department of Housing and Community
Development (HCD) released a Notice of Funding Availability for the Infill
Infrastructure Grant (IIG) program. IIG grants provide for the gap funding of
infrastructure improvements that are an integral part of or are necessary to
facilitate the development of new infill housing for specific residential or
mixed use projects. A total of $40 million is available for the Fiscal Year 2014-15
funding round. Grant applications are due to HCD by Dec. 10. More information
about the IIG Program, along with Guidelines issued by HCD, can be found at
This month's issue of SCAG's Spotlight E-Newsletter highlights the adoption of the 2014 Southern California Active Transportation Program, which recommends that the California Transportation Commission fund 54 projects in the region that promote walking and biking. Plus, learn about the Compton Creek Natural Park, the draft Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities grant guidelines workshop and the fifth annual SCAG Economic Summit.
The Federal Transit Administration will host a webinar on its Pilot Program for
Transit-Oriented Development Planning Notice of Funding Availability on
Thursday, Oct. 9, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern time, at
The webinar will provide
an overview of the program, describe eligible applicants and projects, and
provide an opportunity for attendees to obtain answers to other questions. Note that audio and video will be provided through the link
above; there is no separate call-in number. The webinar will be recorded and
posted on the Pilot Program for TOD Planning NOFA webpage afterward for those that are unable to attend.
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