Gomez Slams New Republican Rule Banning Nonprofits from Most Federal Community Projects Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Rep. Jimmy Gomez (CA-34) released the following statement on new Republican guidelines for Fiscal Year 2025 appropriations legislation that bars nonprofit organizations from qualifying for most community project funding:

“This short-sighted decision to prohibit nonprofits from receiving federal funds through this important process is wrong and will make it harder for community partners to build more affordable housing, provide programs for children and families, secure health services, support LGBTQ+ people and more,” said Gomez. “Through these community funding projects, I’ve been able to bring over $47 million to Los Angeles so that local nonprofit organizations have the funds to make our neighborhoods better, but Congressional Republicans have changed the guidelines so that LGBTQ+ organizations and health providers are no longer able to serve marginalized communities. For now, I’ll do everything possible to work with eligible community partners in the application process and bring much needed tax dollars back to our community.”

The new Republican constraints to ensure “non-profits are no longer eligible for Community Project Funding in the Economic Development Initiative (EDI) account,” has been deemed a “seismic shift” by the ranking member of the Appropriations Committee. This rule change comes after Republicans showed outrage over similar measures being used to support the LGBTQ+ community and abortion rights earlier this year.

Rep. Gomez has secured over $47 million for 39 community projects in California’s 34th congressional district, including for several nonprofits that GOP rules now make ineligible for future funding:

·         Over $11 million for nine projects in FY22

·         Over $25 million for 15 projects in FY23

·         Over $11 million for 15 projects in FY24


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