Stimulating Santa Barbara

Via Google Maps, Rep. Lois Capps has provided a visual breakdown of what locations in her 23rd Congressional District have received money as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The map is equipped with markers and projected totals for each respective program and department. So far, the Congressional 23rd District-which comprises much of Santa Barbara County-is estimated to receive approximately $140 million. According to the map, the county will be allocated a total of $3.75 million toward programs including community development, public health, housing authority, parks, and education. Of that figure, $829,013 will go toward the county’s homelessness prevention fund, which will provide more amenities and food for those in need. As promised, education remains an area that the Recovery Act aims to provide major funding for-in total, the Santa Barbara School Districts will receive an estimated $1.2 million. Healthcare access is another area of focus by the recovery fund, which will give $209,509 to the county’s health department to increase care for more patients. The map shows that the City of Santa Barbara will also reap the benefits of the recovery package-a projected $4.6 million alone will be set aside to support transportation operations. To reduce the city’s total energy use and fossil fuel emissions, nearly $868,200 will be doled out to improve energy efficiency.

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