Nyeland Acres, CA, September 27, 2021—From a competitive pool of applicants across the region, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) has awarded funding to Nyeland Promise to implement a traffic safety project. The funding is part of the Go Human Community Streets Mini-Grants Program, which focuses on building street-level community resiliency and increasing the safety of people most harmed by traffic injuries and fatalities, including without limitation Black, Indigenous and People of Color; people with disabilities; and frontline workers, particularly those walking and biking.
As part of the Mini-Grants Program, Nyeland Promise was among 31 diverse communities across Southern California to receive funding from the Southern California Association of Governments to implement community-driven traffic safety projects that meet the needs of people most harmed by traffic injuries and fatalities.
The Go Human Community Streets Mini-Grants Program supports organizations invested in safety and justice but who may not have transportation as their core focus, such as public health, disability justice, social service, parent groups, organizations that serve tribal nations, elders, rural communities.
The 2021 program also focuses on supporting leadership and capacity-building strategies. Safe Travels/Viajes Seguros program developed community intelligence and to reduce anxiety for walkers, bikers, and children when walking in and around the streets. Educational outreach was conducted in English and Spanish and included community signage, children presentations, and a larger presentation to the community. Nyeland Promise was motivated to apply for this grant because of the lack of infrastructure in the community that generally provides safety to pedestrians. The Mini-Grants Program centers resilient streets, a framework for using street space for community resiliency, recovery, and resource delivery that prioritizes disadvantaged communities and communities most harmed by traffic injuries and fatalities. This framework emphasizes community-driven cocreation, where community engagement is a key element in the project.
Mary Anne Rooney, co-founder of Nyeland Promise, states “Nyeland Promise is excited to join this program and is honored to have received this grant. We know this will provide information to our residents that will help keep them safe as they move about in the community on foot.”
Brenda Heredia, Outreach Coordinator, states “Our bilingual educational program reached children and parents in the community to help them develop an awareness of safety when walking in the community.”
The Southern California Association of Governments awarded Nyeland Promise a grant totaling $10,000 to implement their traffic safety project between June 14, 2021, and August 27, 2021.
SCAG’s Go Human campaign and the Community Streets Mini-Grants Program is supported with funding by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
See Youtube educational video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQI0tWPFvKQ&t=3s
About Nyeland Promise
Nyeland Promise was designed to transform Nyeland Acres into a community filled with hope and pride. Nyeland Acres is a Disadvantaged Unincorporated Community as defined by Senate Bill 244. Nyeland Promise is founded by, and led by residents of Nyeland Acres. For more information, visit www.NyelandPromise.com .
About the Southern California Association of Governments
SCAG is the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, representing six counties, 191 cities and nearly 19 million residents. SCAG undertakes a variety of planning and policy initiatives to plan for a livable and sustainable Southern California now and in the future. For more information about SCAG’s regional efforts, please visit www.scag.ca.gov.