City of Torrance logoU.S. House Representative Ted W. Lieu (D-CA) in partnership with the City of Torrance held a press conference Monday morning at City Hall. Torrance Mayor Patrick J. Furey along with other members of the City Council and City Clerk received a symbolic check of $1 million in federal funds to go towards Torrance’s Homelessness Response Project.

Congressman Lieu is a longtime advocate and champion for his hometown. As a former Torrance councilmember, State Assemblyman, State Senator and now as the 33rd Congressional district leader, he continues to support initiatives impacting Torrance and the South Bay communities. He has authored laws in areas of public safety, domestic violence, the environment, health care, veteran issues, transportation along with a bill to combat the nation’s growing homelessness crisis.

The $1 million will support the City’s Homeless Response Project. The money will strengthen infrastructure improvements such as wrought iron fencing, hazardous waste removal and landscaping at four homeless encampment sites. It will also support the City’s efforts to retain outreach workers and housing navigation staff to help connect people experiencing homelessness with housing resources and social services.

Torrance Deputy City Manager, Viet Hoang said, “The City is deeply appreciative of Congressman Lieu and his staff for this investment in the Torrance community. These funds balance the needs of all segments of the community. The funds are well-timed with the upcoming activation of the Torrance Temporary Housing program.  They will provide interim housing stability and support services as people experiencing homelessness work towards permanent housing.”

Torrance Mayor Furey also applauded Congressman Lieu for his continued support of local initiatives. The project is designed to make a direct impact improving the lives of many here in our community. To learn more about ongoing projects and improvements in the City of Torrance go to www.TorranceCA.Gov.