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READOUT: Deputy Secretary Adeyemo Visits Communities Impacted by American Rescue Plan Funding Ahead of Act’s Second Anniversary

California Families Received more than $4 billion in Emergency Rental Assistance

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo visited communities across the Los Angeles area to see the impact of federal funding on pandemic recovery and long-term growth ahead of the second anniversary of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act. Signed into law in March 2021, the ARP has helped communities in southern California and across the country avert a deep and sustained economic downturn while laying a strong foundation for future growth.

Deputy Secretary Adeyemo first joined the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce for a roundtable with business leaders and discussed ways the federal government can work together with the private sector and local leaders to maximize the impact of federal relief funding.
Deputy Secretary Adeyemo then visited Ralph M. Parsons Preschool, a Los Angeles public preschool which received ARP funds through the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds program to reopen its facility during the pandemic. The SLFRF program provides state and local governments with $350 billion in flexible funding to respond to the pandemic and make long-term investments in their communities to build a stronger, more resilient and more equitable economy.
Lastly, Deputy Secretary Adeyemo toured Tierra del Sol, a multi-family low-income housing development located in the Canoga Park area of Los Angeles. The Emergency Rental Assistance program, funded in part by the American Rescue Plan, has provided a critical lifeline to renters, preventing a devastating wave of evictions while helping to build a nationwide rental assistance infrastructure. As of September 30, 2022, ERA programs have made over 9.7 million payments to households at risk of eviction totaling more than $30 billion, more than $4 billion of which has gone to California families. In addition to ERA resources, over $14 billion in SLFRF resources have been committed to nearly 1,800 projects to meet housing needs, over $4.5 billion of which have been committed to affordable housing development and preservation.

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Rock Legend Gene Simmons Steals the Show at Mending Kids’ Imagine Gala, Donates $250K, and Offers Up Signed Axe Guitar

Gene Simmons donates a quarter million dollars to Mending Kids, offers up his guitar, and more at Imagine Gala: The Gift of the Future

Rock Legend Gene Simmons Steals the Show at Mending Kids’ Imagine Gala, Donates 0K, and Offers Up Signed Axe Guitar
Gene Simmons

Signature Axe Guitar

Mending Kids' annual Imagine Gala: The Gift of the Future was a night to remember as 250 guests came together to celebrate the organization's upcoming milestone of mending its 5,000th child. The fundraiser took place on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at the Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue, with the who's who of Malibu in attendance, including Jonathan Banks from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, Lizze Broadway, Brandon Jenner, Linda Thompson, Cindy Ambuehl, Don Diamont, and titan realtor Chris Cortazzo, who received the Love Award in recognition of his dedication to Mending Kids' mission.

The highlight of the night was rock legend Gene Simmons' impromptu speech and generous donation of a quarter of a million dollars to Mending Kids. He also offered up a signed version of his signature Axe Guitar at the live auction, selling for $75,000, and added on front-row seats with VIP backstage passes to a KISS concert and a personal dog walk to the winning bidder.

"Mending Kids is doing incredible work, and I'm proud to support them … I encourage everyone to get involved," said Simmons.

Making a special appearance at the Imagine Gala was Elise, a 5-year-old scoliosis patient from Cameroon. Mending Kids is happy to report that, earlier today, she received successful surgery, performed by Dr. Robert Cho, Chief of Staff of Shriners Children's Southern California, and Dr. Robert Bernstein, Chief of Staff of Shriners Portland. Dr. Cho and Shriners Children's Southern California were honored at the Gala with the Mend Award, for their long standing partnership with Mending Kids.

Mending Kids has been providing life-changing surgical care to children in need for 18 years. The organization's dedication to helping children from all over the world is unparalleled, and Mending Kids thanks everyone who made this year's Imagine Gala a huge success.

For more information about Mending Kids and how to get involved, please visit

Contact Information:
Arielle Leviste
Program & Outreach Specialist
[email protected]

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