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County Block Grants fund sidewalk projects, homeless assistance programs

POSTED September 18, 2012 9:31 p.m.

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors heard an annual report Tuesday on how certain state and federal grants had been spent to improve the community and address homelessness.

The county, representing the unincorporated areas and Stanislaus County cities other than Modesto, Turlock, and Riverbank, received $2.8 million in Community Development Block Grants and $109,000 in Emergency Solution Grants last year.

Stanislaus County completed planning and design work to install sewers in the Airport and Parklawn Neighborhoods of the unincorporated county. Ceres saw the Downtown Infrastructure Project, with installation of curb, gutter, storm drain, and sidewalks in the downtown residential areas. Newman also saw downtown curb, gutter and sidewalk installations, while Hughson planned for such a project next year.

Oakdale is in the process of replacing a water main and sewer main along Davitt Street, while Patterson completed a similar project in its downtown. Waterford assessed which areas qualified as low-income areas, eligible for CDBG funding, and has planned for two infrastructure projects at C and Covey Streets, and along La Gallina Avenue next week.

A housing program, operated by local non-profit Project Sentinel, provides fair housing services to help local citizens overcome housing discrimination.

Computer literacy training was offered to 1,201 low-income residents, through partner business Computer Tutor.

Neighborhood Stabilization Program funding allowed the county to acquire 10 foreclosed homes, repair them, and resell them to first-time homebuyers with the aid of down payment assistance. CDBG-Recovery funds paid to retrofit 22 homes with weatherization and solar panels.

Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program funds have offered homeless prevention assistance to 436 individuals, from 122 households. A further 236 individuals, from 102 households, received rapid-rehousing assistance.

Twenty-three other non-profits received funding through the county to provide services, including Turlock’s We Care Emergency Cold Weather Shelter. We Care housed 138 individuals last year, including eight elderly persons and 51 people with disabilities.

Supervisors approved the report without comment.

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