LB Memorial Med Ctr/Miller Children's Hospital, St. Mary Med Ctr, Community Hospital & Alpert Jewish Community Center Among L.A. Area Non-Profits To Receive Homeland Security Assistance Funding
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(February 5, 2006) -- Long Beach Memorial Medical Center/Miller Children's Hospital, Community Hospital of Long Beach, St. Mary Medical Center and LB's Alpert Jewish Community Center will receive federal homeland security assistance funding budgeted by Congress and allocated by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Office of Homeland Security.
A list of successful applicants for the funding, provided to LBReport.com by the Governor's Office of Homeland Security, indicates LBMMC/Miller Children's will receive $99,800, Community Hospital of LB and St. Mary Medical Center will receive $100,000 each and the Alpert JCC will receive $91,500 as part of $3.75 million allocated to L.A. County non-profit entities under the Homeland Security Assistance Program for Non-Profit Organizations in a competitive grant process.
46 L.A. area non-profits were granted homeland security assistance funding. They includes several L.A. area hospitals as well as the University of Judaism, Simon Wiesenthal Center ($100,000) and Jewish Community Centers Ass'n of Greater L.A.
In October 2004, Congress voted (as part of the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security's FY 04-05 Appropriations bill) to allocate $25 million for use in "high-threat, high-density" urban areas for "assistance to organizations (as described under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax section 501(a) of such Code) as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security to be at high-risk of international terrorist attack." The legislation was signed into law by President Bush on Oct. 18, 2004.
CA's share of the money -- $5,121,336 -- was allocated by the Governor's Office of Homeland Security (OHS) to non-profit entities requesting "support of up to $100,000 for target hardening of their facility."
The publicly available applications state in pertinent part:
The United States Department of Homeland Security, Office of Domestic Preparedness, allocated this funding to, the urban areas through the state administrative agent based upon the criteria used to determine UASI funding allocations, which include credible threat, presence of critical infrastructure, vulnerability, population, population density, law enforcement investigative and enforcement activity, and the existence of formal mutual aid agreements.
For obvious reasons, the specifics of each grant are not disclosed but allowable costs (listed in the grant application) include security enhancements described in salient part as follows:
Funding for expenditures to protect nonprofit organization's facilities, located within the
urban areas, from terrorist-related attacks may only be allocated for target hardening,
which includes the acquisition and installation of security equipment, such as surveillance
cameras, in real property (including buildings and improvements) owned or leased by the
nonprofit organization, specifically in response to the risk of a terrorist incident....
On October 18, 2005 -- one year to the day from signing legislation into law that contained the first $25 million Congressional appropriation for non-profit entities -- President Bush signed the Dept. of Homeland Security's FY 05-06 Appropriations bill into law which includes another $25 million for non-profit entities nationwide.
The FY 05-06 legislation adds new language specifying that the federal agency's determination of where the funds should go "shall not be delegated to any Federal, State, or local government official." In addition, the legislation requires the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security to "certify to the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and the House of Representatives the threat to each designated tax exempt grantee at least 3 full business days in advance of the announcement of any grant award."
News that LB entities had received funding dispelled concern that non-profits in CA's fifth largest city (a homeland security concern on multiple grounds) might not be among L.A.-area awardees.
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