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Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo Presents $115,000 Award to Healing Urban Barrios for Ongoing Wellness and Restorative Justice Programs

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Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo holds large symbolic check of $115,000 with Healing Urban Barrios

LOS ANGELES – Assemblywoman Carrillo (D-Los Angeles) met with Healing Urban Barrios (HUB) leaders and community members to announce a $115,000 state investment to support their mission and efforts of providing a holistic approach towards restorative justice, intervention/prevention, re-entry, and workforce skills training to individuals impacted by the justice system. 

“The process for justice-impacted individuals to transition back into the community is a critical step, but it's filled with difficulties and barriers. Young people returning often encounter obstacles like unstable home environments, difficulty staying in school, and a lack of essential skills required for employment. It's alarming that a significant number of youth within the juvenile justice system also struggle with mental health issues and lack access to support services, further affecting their successful reentry and ability to build a stable, positive future,”  said Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo (D - 52). “This funding budget allocation will support and enhance ongoing wellness programs in the City of Los Angeles, further emphasizing our belief that young adults deserve a second chance, an opportunity to rebuild their lives and contribute positively to society, and it is our responsibility to provide them the tools to do that.”

Healing Urban Barrios was established with the core principle that nobody in the community should be left behind. It believes that all individuals, regardless of their past, have the potential to make positive contributions to society. HUB is committed to ensuring that every member of the community has access to the support they need to thrive, particularly in the urban communities of Los Angeles. Through grassroots initiatives, its goal is to improve the quality of life for community members, especially those who have been previously arrested or involved in the criminal justice system. Consequently, HUB has a significant impact by saving lives, preserving families, and revitalizing communities.

“This funding is not just a financial boost but a lifeline, empowering us to provide support for those facing the daunting challenges of reintegration into the community. We're here to unlock the potential within each individual, ensuring that everyone, regardless of their past, can make positive contributions to society,” said Christina Navarro-Cabrera, Executive Director of Healing Urban Barrios. “This funding gives support to those with lived experience who are now in the communities as paraprofessionals, peacemakers, and ambassadors to change. Assemblywoman Carrillo's investment in our programs further echoes our commitment to community empowerment.” 


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Assemblywoman Carrillo was elected to serve in the State Assembly in December 2017. She represents the 52nd Assembly District, which includes East Los Angeles, the City of Los Angeles and South Glendale. She serves as the Chair of the Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration, in addition to the Assembly Committees on Appropriations, Health, Housing and Community Development, Utilities and Energy, Budget Subcommittee No. 6 on Budget Process, Oversight and Program Evaluation, and the Joint Committees on Legislative Budget, and Climate Change Policies. She also serves as the Chair of the Select Committee on Latina Inequities, Vice Chair of the Legislative Progressive Caucus, as a Commissioner for the California Film Commission and serves on the California Cultural and Historical Endowment Board.