On Friday, October 9, Supervisor Knabe formally announced a contribution of $4.969 million to San Pedro’s Harbor Interfaith Services to be used for the construction of a new three story building dedicated to serving approximately 13,000 homeless and working poor people. The new building will include a food pantry, office space for case workers, indoor playground, nursery, after school program space, and other specialized facilities for homeless children. This financial commitment represents roughly half of the $10 million Harbor Interfaith will need to raise to complete construction of the new building. A fundraising campaign was launched at the organization’s annual. Harbor Interfaith Services serves the Harbor Area and South Bay communities of Los Angeles, including San Pedro, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, Lomita, Torrance, Wilmington and Long Beach.
There is tremendous need across the County for programs and facilities that are helping children, families, and seniors, said Supervisor Knabe. Programs like Harbor Interfaith are helping meet that need, so I am honored to commit funding that will be used to help expand these programs and ultimately expand how we help those members of our community who are most in need.
Supervisor Knabe’s commitment of $4.969 million in capital project funds for the Harbor Interfaith facility is part of a series of projects the Supervisor will be funding across the Fourth District this year, totaling nearly $45 million in construction projects that will lead to hundreds of jobs and many new community facilities for recreation, social services, and public safety. All told, the South Bay will benefit from $12.92 million in projects paid for from the Fourth District Capital Improvement funds. The additional projects will be built in Torrance, El Segundo, and Rancho Palos Verdes. Supervisor Knabe will announce all the projects and the funding levels during his annual State of the County address at the Long Beach Convention Center on November 4, 2009.
Details about the event can be found at: http://www.stateofthecounty.com