Rep. Carbajal Highlights $2 Million Delivered for Affordable Housing Offered at the Anderson Hotel

Today, Congressman Salud Carbajal touted the $2 million he recently secured for the Anderson Hotel in a visit to the housing complex as part of his ‘Central Coast Community Project Victory Tour.’

The Anderson Hotel has provided affording housing to seniors and the disabled for more than four decades. The funds delivered by Carbajal’s advocacy will help the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo (HASLO) to purchase the Anderson Hotel from its private owner and allow the site to continue providing housing to tenants of their 68 apartment units.

“I have always used my role as Representative for SLO to fight for real results that can make a difference in the quality of life in our communities, and this funding is just one example of what I’ve delivered for San Luis Obispo,” said Rep. Carbajal. “The Anderson Hotel has been an affordable housing solution making a difference in the lives of families for decades, and I’m proud that the funding that I secured will help preserve this resource for years to come. I know that finding affordable housing is a key concern of families across the Central Coast, and I will continue to advocate for policies and funding that ensure everyone can afford to put a roof over their head.”

Congressman Carbajal was joined by San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Bruce Gibson, Housing Authority of the City of San Luis Obispo (HASLO) Executive Director Scott Smith, Portfolio Manager MaryBell Soto, and Director of Construction and Development Michael Burke.

Carbajal secured $2 million in direct funding for the Anderson Hotel in the 2022 federal budget that was signed into law last month, part of more than $17 million in community project funding delivered by Carbajal to the Central Coast this year.

“Over the past year, I fought to secure this $2 million for the Anderson Hotel to help preserve this vital affordable housing resource, and I was proud to see it signed into law last month. This is just part of the more than $17 million in community project funding that I secured for Central Coast projects in the 2022 federal budget,” said Rep. Carbajal. “With these funds, we’ll be able to make improvements to our public safety, create more affordable housing for families, and protect our water supply. These projects will go a long way toward improving quality of life on the Central Coast.”

The $2 million secured in the 2022 budget comes in addition to $2 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan, which Carbajal helped get signed into law last spring. Those funds were allocated and approved by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors in March. 

Additional Background:

In March, President Biden signed over $17 million in direct funding for nine Central Coast projects into law after more than a year of advocacy by Congressman Carbajal. Projects that were funded in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties were:

·       $5,600,000 for the County of San Luis Obispo Public Safety Communication System

·       $3,000,000 for the Goleta Valley Community Center

·       $2,500,000 for the Escalante Meadows Community Center in the City of Guadalupe

·       $2,000,000 for the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo’s Anderson Hotel

·       $1,700,000 for LeRoy Park in the City of Guadalupe

·       $1,300,000 for Seismic Upgrades to the Santa Barbara Veterans Memorial Building

·       $900,000 for the Lompoc Health Clinic

·       $375,000 for Cambria Community Services District Water Tanks

·       $112,340 for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Waste Water Treatment Plant

More information on the projects can be found here.

Congressman Carbajal has been a champion of housing solutions for Central Coast residents and families.

He is the author of the Naomi Schwartz Safe Parking Program Act and is a co-lead of the Housing For All Act, which aims to lower homeless populations in California through access to affordable housing units, rental assistance, safe parking programs, hotel and motel conversions, eviction protection grants, and more.

More information on the Housing For All Act can be found here.

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