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Jordan Downs Will Get $35 Million For Repairs

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says the L.A. Housing Authority will receive $35 million to improve and expand public housing units at Jordan Downs in Watts.

The funds are from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, run by Secretary Ben Carson.

Garcetti made the announcement in his nightly address, noting that the city asked for this funding long before coronavirus hit California, but "it really came at the exact right time for exactly the right place."

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The mayor also provided updates on testing, mask hoarding fines and Angeleno cards.

CORONAVIRUS TESTING UPDATES

  • At the end of today, over 100,000 L.A. County residents have been tested for coronavirus at public testing centers.
  • As announced yesterday, COVID-19 tests are now available for critical workers who are asymptomatic.
  • The city will offer free mobile testing at all skilled nursing facilities for residents and workers (more details on that will be announced tomorrow).
  • On Monday, LAFD opened a free walk-up testing site on Skid Row. So far nearly 500 homeless individuals have been tested there.

Some other takeaways from tonight's address:

  • Anyone hoarding face masks in L.A., in hopes of selling them at a profit, could now face a fine of up to $1,000 or receive jail time, according to the mayor.
  • Over the last two days, 1,136 Angeleno Cards have been given to individuals and families. Over 3,000 total cards are in the hands of Angelenos now, with a value of $1.1 million. The original plan was to distribute 10,000 of these cards; that's now been increased to 15,000. That increase has been funded through a $5 million gift from the State of Qatar.

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