Priority Projects

Allensworth Project Summaries

Project: [1CA] A2022 - Water System Support and Alternative Plan

Year Identified: 2022

Project Phase: Planning

Project Manager: ACSD

Est. Completion Yr.: Ongoing

Funding Status: Received [Partial]

Proj. Coordinator: ACSD

Category: Infrastructure

Fund ID: Future MSC

Project Description/Scope/Purpose:

This Project provides infrastructure support to the Water needs of Allensworth. Dual Support and Contingency plans are for (a) Solar Hydropanels to be installed per household to support clean drinking water needs and (b) an additional 500k gallon storage tank to be installed on the west side of Allensworth.

Project Evaluation and Analysis:

Water is essential to human life. Water tanks are critical to the storage and delivery of
safe, clean drinking water. Solar Hydropanels offer a Clean Drinking Water alternative
that is sustainable. Furthermore, according to the Interim Implementation Guidance for
the Federal Justice40 Initiative , “increased access to safe drinking water and sanitary
sewer services” [Development of Critical Clean Water Infrastructure] is an example of a
Covered Program benefit that postively impacts disadvantaged communities.
Additionally, per the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Rural Playbook , under Category
“Ensure Clean Drinking Water and Basic Sanitation in every home” [p.9, April 2022], this
is a qualified Project. Per the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool, Allensworth
is disadvantaged in four (4) categories, at or above 7 thresholds.

This Water Infrastructure Project also provides a direct benefit to Community residents
through Training and Workforce Development opportunities. Per the Interim
Implementation Guidance for the Federal Justice40 Initiative , “increased participation in
good job training programs that target participation from disadvantaged communities”
is an an example of a Covered Program benefit that positively impacts a DAC.

Funding Source(s):

State Water Resources Control Board

Project: B2022 - Allensworth Sewer Installation Project

Year Identified: 2022

Project Phase: Planning

Project Manager: ACSD

Est. Completion Yr.: Ongoing

Funding Status: Requested

Proj. Coordinator: ACSD

Category: Infrastructure

Fund ID: Future MSC

Project Description/Scope/Purpose:

This Project focuses on installing a sanitary sewer system allowing for safe wastewater collection capacity for the residents of Allensworth.

Project Evaluation and Analysis:

This Project is critical to supporting the basic needs of the Allensworth community
and integral to ensuring safety and enhancing the residents’ continued well-being and
overall public health. Based on the Interim Implentation Guidance for the Justice40
Initiative , “increased access to safe drinking water and sanitary sewer services”
[Development of Critical Clean Water Infrastructure] is an example of a Covered
Program benefit that postively impacts disadvantaged communities. Additionally, per
the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Rural Playbook , under Category “Ensure Clean
Drinking Water and Basic Sanitation in every home” [p.9, April 2022], this is a
qualified Project. Per the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool , referenced in
the Playbook, Allensworth is disadvantaged in four (4) categories, at or above 7
thresholds.

This Sewer Installation Project also provides a direct benefit to Community residents
through Training and Workforce Development opportunities. Per the Interim
Implementation Guidance for the Federal Justice40 Initiative , “increased
participation in good job training programs that target participation from
disadvantaged communities” is an an example of a Covered Program benefit that
positively impacts a DAC.

Funding Source(s):

State Water Resources Control Board

Project: [4CA] C2022 - Better Future Farms & Veteran and Family Housing

Year Identified: 2022

Project Phase: Planning

Project Manager: APA

Est. Completion Yr.: Ongoing

Funding Status: Requested [Partial]

Proj. Coordinator: APA

Category: Capital

Fund ID: Future MSC

Project Description/Scope/Purpose:

This Project focuses on increasing housing opportunities for Veterans and families,
to continue enhancing the Allensworth community in the original vision of Col.
Allen Allensworth. This project focuses on the construction aspect of these
housing units, with plans for 100 units @ 1000 SF each [with capacity to reach 300
units]. The Housing Unit lots would also include units of organic farmable land,
with the premise/vision of Home + Farm = Better Future.

Project Evaluation and Analysis:

Col. Allensworth had a vision for a self-reliant Black community in the Central
Valley of CA that could be the “Tuskegee of the West,” a center for economic and
agricultural innovation, and a place of refuge and prosperity where familes could
thrive. This Project would help that vision come to life, with focus on Veteran
families to honor Col. Allensworth’s own veteran status. Affordable and
Sustainable Housing is a Covered Program “category” listed within the Interim
Implementation Guidance for the Federal Justice40 Initiative , with associated
benefits such as availability and access to affordable green housing and improved
housing quality and safety and enhanced public health.

This Project also provides a direct benefit to Community residents through
Training and Workforce Development opportunities. Per the Interim
Implementation Guidance for the Federal Justice40 Initiative , “increased
participation in good job training programs that target participation from
disadvantaged communities” is an an example of a Covered Program benefit that
positively impacts a DAC.

Project: [5CA] D2022 - Center for Understanding Museum/Amphitheatre

Year Identified: 2022

Project Phase: Planning

Project Manager: APA

Est. Completion Yr.: Ongoing

Funding Status: Requested [Partial]

Proj. Coordinator: APA

Category: Infrastructure

Fund ID: Future MSC

Project Description/Scope/Purpose:

This Project envisions a 20,000 SF Center for Understanding part Museum, part
Amphitheatre that will tell the actual stories of BIPOC plight, past, present, and
vision for the future, located within the Col. Allensworth State Historic Park
(CASHP). Programming will be built into the Center for Understanding, allowing for
the venue to host lecture series, sponsor special events, and promote artists
through concerts, etc. The Center for Understanding will help to cultivate and
invigorate the community via culture.

Project Evaluation and Analysis:

Bringing resources to revitalize and significantly improve CASHP through the
construction of the Center for Understanding Museum/Amphitheatre supports the
Allensworth community in creating an economic engine for the region that can
expand tourism economy by attracting visitors from all over the state and nation to
learn the history of Allensworth and to witness that living history in the town itself.

This Center for Understanding Museum/Amphitheatre Project also provides a
direct benefit to Community residents through Training and Workforce
Development opportunities. Per the Interim Implementation Guidance for the
Federal Justice40 Initiative , “increased participation in good job training programs
that target participation from disadvantaged communities” is an an example of a
Covered Program benefit that positively impacts a DAC.

Project: E2022 - Access and Mobility Project -Sidewalks/Pedestrian Trails

Year Identified: 2022

Project Phase: Planning

Project Manager: APA

Est. Completion Yr.: Ongoing

Funding Status: Requested [Partial]

Proj. Coordinator: APA

Category: Infrastructure

Fund ID: Future MSC

Project Description/Scope/Purpose:

This project serves dual objectives: (a) Creating and coordinating the development of a
Regional Nature Trail, promoting eco-tourism within the Allensworth area, spanning 21-
miles to Atwell Island with interpretive Yokuts Native history exhibits and (b) allowing
for sidewalks and/or pedestrian trails to be built around Allensworth, enhancing
accessibility for Community residents and aesthetically improving the township. The
Regional Nature Trail allows for the Community to recognize the Wowol Yokut tribe,
their culture and standing within Allensworth history.

Moreover, sidewalks provide many benefits including safety, mobility and healthier
communities. Project Scope for the sidewalks/pedestrian trails would include access
and mobility from park to farm to park.

Project Evaluation and Analysis:

According to the National Association of City Transportation Officials, “sidewalks play a
vital role…as conduits for pedestrian movement and access, they enhance connectivity
and promote walking.” Safe, accessible and maintained sidewalks are a fundamental
and necessary investment and enhance general public health and maximize social
capital. Per the Interim Implementation Guidance for the Federal Justice40 Initiative ,
“increased bicycle and walking paths” [Clean Transportation Category] are a direct
benefit to disadvantaged communities. Additionally, this project “support[s] rural
communities via grants to states in perserving and improving….bike and pedestrian
infrastructure” per the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Rural Playbook Surface
Transportation Block Grant Program [p.8, April 2022].

This Project also provides a direct benefit to Community residents through Training and
Workforce Development opportunities. Per the Interim Implementation Guidance for
the Federal Justice40 Initiative , “increased participation in good job training programs
that target participation from disadvantaged communities” is an an example of a
Covered Program benefit that positively impacts a DAC.

Project: [2CA] F2022 - Health, Civic & Entrepreneurship Center

Year Identified: 2022

Project Phase: Planning

Project Manager: APA

Est. Completion Yr.: Ongoing

Funding Status: Requested [Partial]

Proj. Coordinator: APA

Category: Infrastructure

Fund ID: Future MSC

Project Description/Scope/Purpose:

This Project increases the community’s civic capacity to particpate and lead its revitalization
efforts. The construction of a new community Civic Center will provide the hub/heart for
both engagement and economic development that will be the engine for onging efforts.
Allocated within this Project build will be a Community Health Center “New Access Point” to
improve and stabilize the ability of Allensworth residents to receive qualified health services.

Project Evaluation and Analysis:

The Allensworth Health, Civic & Entrepreneurship Center will support the Founder’s vision of
creating a self-reliant community, establishing a solid foundation of civic pride and “know
how” to allow future generations to thrive. In line with the US Dept of Health and Human
Services (HHS) guidelines, the Allensworth community is medically underserved and has
demonstrated need. A federally qualified health center (FQHC) New Access Point will help in
meeting this Community and adjacent Community’s (Alpaugh, to the West) health needs.
Plans will consider the future growth of the Community.

Furthermore, the vunerability of Allensworth to the rising impacts of “Valley Fever,” known
as coccidioidomycosis or “cocci,” a fungal infection that is transmitted in dust is concerning.
Valley Fever infection rates have been increasing, rising 800% since 2000 per the Los Angeles
Times. There is no cure for Valley Fever, making mitigation and immediate treatment
essential. A Health Center available to Allensworth and neighboring Alpaugh full-time,
versus the current Mobile Health Unit (which shows monthly) would be extremely beneficial.
Per the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool, referenced in the Playbook,
Allensworth is disadvantaged in four (4) categories, at or above 7 thresholds.

This Project also provides a direct benefit to Community residents through Training and
Workforce Development opportunities. Per the Interim Implementation Guidance for the
Federal Justice40 Initiative, “increased participation in good job training programs that
target participation from disadvantaged communities” is an example of a Covered Program
benefit that positively impacts a DAC. Finally, this Project allows for partnership
opportunities with local post-secondary institutions, such as College of the Sequoias and
their respective Business and Healthcare Programs, to work with and support the
Community, through Training and Workforce Development.