Port of Los Angeles Awards Funding for Community Improvement Programs

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles Harbor Commission today awarded more than $209,000 to organizations for environmentally focused projects intended to benefit Wilmington and San Pedro.

“The grants awarded this year are going to an impressive group of organizations with a strong commitment to making an immediate and real impact on the health and sustainability of our port communities,'' Harbor Commission President Jaime Lee said. “We look forward to seeing the results of these programs in the months ahead.''

The four grant recipients approved through the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation were:

-- Los Angeles Walks, which received $75,000 to implement the Safe Streets Community Promotora Education Program in partnership with Best Start Wilmington to train people to serve as educators on safe street infrastructure, and to improve local air quality and create safer walkways;

-- Wilmington Community Clinic, which received $34,169 for personnel support for an asthma program;

-- South Bay Center for Counseling, which received $60,000 to convert a vacant lot into an urban community green space to allow residents to grow plants, have access to healthy produce and participate in healthy activities; and

-- Sharefest Community Development Inc., which received $40,000 to develop a youth engagement program for students at a local continuation high school. The program will introduce students to port-related issues and teach skills such as tree planting, landscaping and other activities.

The Harbor Community Benefit Foundation administers the Port Community Mitigation Trust Fund, established to address issues in Wilmington and San Pedro. Including today's grant awards, the port and HCBF have awarded more than $6.5 million in grants and contracts, port officials said.

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