20210108-rental

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Stanislaus County and the City of Modesto are pleased to announce that soon funding will be available to households in need through Emergency Rental Assistance.

Stanislaus County and the City of Modesto are pleased to announce that soon funding will be made available through an Emergency Rental Assistance program supported by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The Emergency Rental Assistance program makes available $25 billion to assist households unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are provided directly to States, U.S. Territories, local governments, and Indian tribes. Government agencies must use these funds to provide assistance to eligible households through rental assistance programs.

Stanislaus County and the City of Modesto will be receiving a combined amount of roughly $16,400,000 for distribution to those who are eligible and can demonstrate a need. The Emergency Rental Assistance program will be facilitated locally through a collaboration between the City and County to distribute funds to residents in households throughout Stanislaus County.

City Manager Joe Lopez stated, “Too many in our community are scared about the prospect of becoming unsheltered as a result of the pandemic, and we look forward to putting this new funding source directly into the hands of those in need as soon as possible.”

“Countless numbers of Stanislaus residents are hurting right now and fear the unknown,” added Stanislaus County Supervisor Terry Withrow. “The County has been and continues to be committed to doing everything we can to support individuals who are struggling as a result of COVID-19. This program will be a critical tool in our efforts toward helping people get back on their feet.”

A minimum of 90 percent of awarded funds must be used for direct financial assistance, including rent, utilities and home energy costs, as well as other expenses related to housing. Remaining funds are available for housing stability services, including case management and other services intended to keep households stably housed, and administrative costs.

Many of the specifics regarding a timeline of funding availability is unknown at this time. In the next few weeks, the federal government is expected to release detailed guidelines on the use of these funds, at which time information will be released to the community regarding application instructions and eligibility details.

For program information currently available, please see the following link: https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares/emergency-rental-assistance-program

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20201231-NonProfit

$2.4 Million to Local Nonprofits

Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors approved the distribution of $2,400,000 in nonprofit support for local creative arts, culture, and youth-serving organizations.

Considering the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has created for local arts, cultural, and youth-serving organizations, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors granted a total of $2.4 Million in CARES CRF (Coronavirus Relief Funds) to local agencies over the past two months.

On August 25, 2020, the Board of Supervisors approved the Nonprofit Support Grant Program to provide assistance for nonprofit organizations that provide services to youth, or community-centered arts and culture programs. This program was established to award grants, through a competitive process, to non-profit organizations based on the level of impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to the respective non-profit organization. On October 27, 2020, the Board approved an additional $400,000 in support to further assist local nonprofits by way of a second round of funding.

The public health requirements for safely operating these sorts of programs present numerous challenges to nonprofit financial models, which have negatively impacted the design, nature and scale of youth and arts/culture programs. Because of the vital role played by these nonprofits in our community, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors wanted to provide support specifically for local nonprofit organizations that were adversely affected this year by COVID-19 and struggling financially.

The intention of this funding is to stabilize and secure the ongoing operation of these nonprofit services that are critical to young people and/or contribute to the vibrancy of Stanislaus County.

The Nonprofit Support Grant program was facilitated with administrative assistance from the Stanislaus Community Foundation. The Community Foundation has been in existence since 2002 and is focused on improving the lives of the residents and the vibrancy of the unique and diverse communities throughout Stanislaus County.

"Stanislaus Community Foundation was pleased to partner with the County and expand support to local nonprofits," said Stanislaus Community Foundation President and CEO, Marian Kaanon. "We believe this funding will bridge the gap and get many of these organizations through to the other side, so that they can continue serving our region when we re-open."

The application evaluation process was administered by Stanislaus Community Foundation but vetted by an independent Selection Committee composed of a cross- section of community representatives who scored the applications and selected award recipients based on the criteria approved by the County.

A total of 61 nonprofits were awarded grant support.

38th District Agricultural Association*$160,000
Able Works$20,000
Assyrian American Association of Modesto$40,000
Bel Passi Baseball, Inc.$67,500
Boys & Girls clubs of Stanislaus County$45,000
Boys Scouts of America Greater Yosemite Council$7,500
Center for Human Services$32,000
Central California Art League Inc.$25,000
Central Valley 49ers Youth Football and Cheer Association$20,000
Central West Ballet$50,000
Children's Crisis Center of Stanislaus County Inc$20,000
City Ministry Networkl$20,000
Civil Air Patrol$1,500
Community Hospice Inc.$45,000
Creative Alternatives Inc.$32,250
Cricket's Hope, Inc.$49,000
Del Rio CC Foundation (First Tee of Central Valley)$25,000
EMC Health, Inc. / Jessica's House$7,500
Enrich and Employ Inc$23,250
Friends of Oakdale Heritage*$15,000
Friends of the Stanislaus County Fair Foundation A California$7,500
Gallo Center for the Arts, Inc.$432,000
Holy Apostolic Assyrian Church of the East Diocese of California$50,000
International Festival Committee$2,500
International Rescue Committee, Turlock$17,000
Invest in Me/Social Environmental Entrepreneurs$35,000
LearningQuest -- Stanislaus Literacy Centers$13,000
LightBox Theatre Company$25,000
Mi Familia Vota Education Fund$10,000
Modesto Band of Stanislaus County$42,000
Modesto Magic Basketball Assn$25,000
Modesto Soccer Foundation Inc.$9,500
Modesto Sound$10,000
Modesto Symphony Orchestra Association$49,000
Modesto Youth Soccer Association, Inc.$75,000
Modesto Youth Theatre dba Modesto Performing Arts$7,000
Opera Modesto, Inc.$87,000
Peer Recovery Art Projec$25,000
Prospect Theater Project$39,000
She Became, Inc$13,500
Society for disABILITIES$45,000
Sonshine Bible Clubs, Inc. DBA Westside Ministries$70,000
Special Olympics Northern California, Inc.$8,000
Stanislaus Asian American Community Resource (SAACR)$6,000
Stanislaus Chinese Association$3,200
Stanislaus Family Justice Center Foundation$38,000
Stanislaus Partners In Education$26,000
The Carnegie Arts Center Foundation, Turlock$45,000
The Juline Foundation for Children$55,000
The Salvation Army, Modesto Red Shield$49,000
The Shire Community Space$10,000
The Stanislaus County Police Activities League$7,500
The State Theatre of Modesto$96,000
The Women's Auxiliary "A Modesto Community Connection"$1,000
Turlock Community Theatre, Inc$120,000
Turlock Police Chaplaincy Inc$5,000
Turlock Youth Performing Arts Production Company$10,000
Valley Recovery Resources$50,000
West Side Theatre Foundation$10,000
Young Life$11,250
Youth for Christ Central Valley$47,000
Total$2,400,000
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Pet of the Week

Oakley is an adult female Pit Bull Terrier mix. She is a short little bully with a huge personality! She is happy to share her affection through comical vocalizations and expressions. She is very affectionate with people but would do best in a home without small pets or as a single dog in the home.

We have so many wonderful pets at the Adoption Center @ 3647 Cornucopia Way Modesto.  We're open Mon - Fri 9-5 and Saturday 8-5. Closed Sundays and Holidays. You can also look online at other Available Dogs and Available Cats. All of our adoptable pets are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and micro chipped.

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20201208-county

County Facilities Remain Open

County facilities and public lobbies will remain open in order to provide essential government services. However the public is encouraged to view department information online for access hours, sites, and modifications.

Stanislaus County has taken steps to implement measures at all County offices, consistent with State of California guidance, in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19. County facilities and public lobbies will remain open in order to provide essential government services.

While receiving essential government services at County offices, the public is encouraged to view department information online for access hours, sites, and modifications. Many public services are available by phone, online, or via email, allowing residents the option to limit visitation to public facilities.

Social distancing measures must be adhered to at all times within County facilities and face coverings are required.

County staff will continue to be available to serve Stanislaus residents during this challenging time until further notice. Additional information and services may be accessed online at www.stancounty.com (county services tab).

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20201202-Board

Mani Grewal Sworn into Board of Supervisors

In a small ceremony officiated by the Honorable Judge Sonny Sandhu, Manmeet "Mani" Grewal was sworn into the vacant District 4 seat left by Supervisor Tom Berryhill.

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors hosted a Swearing-In Ceremony for Manmeet "Mani" Grewal on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. The Oath of Office was administered in the Chambers located in the Basement of the City-County Administration Building at 1010 10th Street, Modesto, CA. The Honorable Judge Sonny Sandhu officiated the ceremony.

Governor Newsom appointed Grewal to Supervisor for the 4th District of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors on November 21, 2020 to fill the vacant seat left by Tom Berryhill who passed away peacefully at his home on August 29, 2020. Board of Supervisors Chairwoman, Kristin Olsen, welcomed family and staff. "He is a committed public servant, dedicated to working collaboratively with others to improve the quality for all Stanislaus County residents," said Olsen upon hearing of the appointment. "Mani is also a friend, and I'm so happy we get to serve as Board colleagues as I end my term and he begins his."

"I think the Governor made a very good appointment. I've known Mani for many years, and he understands local government and the importance of business and jobs. I am excited and look forward to working with him," Supervisor Vito Chiesa added. Grewal was born and raised in Modesto. After attending Modesto Junior College, he obtained an Associate Degree in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He also completed the Management Program at the University of Pacific Eberhardt School of Business. He and his wife, Jas, are raising their four children in Modesto. Grewal has been a member of the Modesto City Council since 2015. He has served as a member of the Modesto Planning Commission, Stanislaus Council of Governments Policy Board, California State University of Stanislaus Foundation Board, the Stanislaus County Interfaith Council, and the Memorial Hospital Foundation.

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20201201-Health

Community Health Assessment 2020

The Community Health Assessment provides a comprehensive profile of the health and well-being of our community. It lets us know how our community is doing, the strengths we have and the areas where we are challenged.

The 2020 Community Health Assessment is a product of Stanislaus County Health Services Agency – Public Health Division (HSA/PH), and the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) Steering Committee. The Stanislaus County Community Health Assessment (CHA) provides a comprehensive view of the health and well-being of Stanislaus County and answers the questions "How 'healthy' is the population of Stanislaus County? What are we doing well and what can we do better"

The CHA is the result of several years' work by HSA/PH and the MAPP Steering Committee. Starting in 2018, HSA/PH convened representatives from private and public agencies, local hospitals, health plans and community-based partners, to form the MAPP Steering Committee. The role of the MAPP Steering Committee included oversight of the process and development of the needs assessment to evaluate the status of health and health-related topics in Stanislaus County. The work began with the development of a shared community vision, "A thriving community where all people have the opportunity to be safe and healthy." This vision was developed by the MAPP Steering Committee to provide an overarching framework for the Assessment, but more importantly to make a collective statement of what an ideal future looks like for Stanislaus County.

Compiled in 2019 from data available at the time, the Assessment provides insight into a variety of topics, that can be used by anyone within the community that has an interest in the health and well-being of all who live in Stanislaus County. The CHA explores the themes of Health, Safety, and Thriving through chapters on Chronic Disease, Infectious Disease, Asthma and Air Quality, Access to Care, Mental Health, Substance Use, Injury Deaths, Violent Crime, Economic Insecurity, Education, Housing and Homelessness, and Transportation. County-wide data is explained with highlights of racial and ethnic, economic, geographic, and age disparities where available. These findings will also be used to inform the upcoming Community Health Improvement Plan, which sets goals and strategies for making a difference in the health of Stanislaus County residents.

The Assessment exemplifies the collective work that occurs within Stanislaus County across multiple agencies, local hospitals, health plans, residents, and other community-based partners. It utilizes secondary data gathered from existing sources including, but not limited to, the U.S. Census, health facilities, law enforcement, public records, state and local government agencies and computerized sources. The assessment pinpoints priority health concerns and calls us all to take action. Click here to see the full report.

If you would like to order a hard copy of this report, click here.

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20201103-rad

RAD Card Program Goes Countywide

This new COVID-relief program doubles spending dollars for downtown restaurants and retailers. It works in collaboration with the Downtown Modesto Partnership.

With Stanislaus County small businesses reeling from the effects of COVID-related restrictions, Stanislaus County officials are partnering with the Downtown Modesto Partnership for a 'win-win' program that puts more spending dollars in consumer wallets for purchases at downtown restaurants and retailers. The COVID-relief program doubles spending dollars for downtown businesses.

The RAD Card, or, "Relief Across Downtown" Card, is a digital gift card created by the Downtown Modesto Partnership this summer. It was originally focused on aiding downtown Modesto businesses but with the commitment of one million dollars from Stanislaus County CARES Act, the RAD Card program will now expand to downtowns in all cities and unincorporated communities countywide.

When a customer downloads the RAD Card app, their purchase amount of either $25, $50, $75 or $100 is automatically matched, doubling the funds in the customer's RAD Card account. The customer's app is then assigned a unique QR code that can be scanned by participating restaurants, retailers and personal care services when a transaction occurs.

This is a completely contact-free, mobile experience to be used from a smart phone. Providing a contactless process was an important feature when creating this program, due to the sensitivity of consumers during these times.

Josh Bridegroom, President/CEO of the Downtown Modesto Partnership, stated "Downtowns rely on human exchange, pedestrians on sidewalks and a strong sense of place, all things that were impacted by shelter-at-home orders and the metered reopening of the economy."

"The new countywide downtown gift card program will help demonstrate solidarity and further efforts to highlight downtowns as city centers, the only neighborhoods that belong to everyone in the city, no matter where they live," continued Bridegroom, "and given that many consumers pocketbooks have been adversely affected by the economic downturn, a great value has never been more important in enticing downtown patronage."

After County Board of Supervisors learned about the downtown Modesto RAD Card program and how it had sold out in less than three weeks, they voted unanimously to work with Downtown Modesto Partnership to quickly deploy aid through the platform countywide.

"This innovative solution to the economic woes felt in our central cities is an excellent use of CARES Act funds," said Raul Mendez, Assistant Executive Officer and project lead for the County. "We see this as a great opportunity to give county residents the incentive to spend in a way that will help businesses with their bottom line just in time for the holidays," Mendez went on to say.

The Downtown Modesto Partnership is a nonprofit 501c3 Community Benefits Organization whose mission is to create a vibrant community through activities and partnerships designed to improve the quantity and quality of experiences in downtown Modesto.

To visit the RAD Card website, go to www.theradcard.com

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20201016-housing

County Receives $22M for Shelter, Housing & Services

To get community feedback on how best to spend this funding in Stanislaus County, a special virtual meeting is scheduled for October 21 from 3 to 5 pm.

In the single largest allocation of homeless-related funding ever received in our community, the Stanislaus County Community System of Care (SCOC) has been allocated $22,767,898 to help individuals and families experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The importance of these funds is critical in allowing Stanislaus County to serve our community of individuals battling homelessness and to build upon the infrastructure of its continuum which guides those from homelessness to home,” stated Jason Conway, Chairperson for the Stanislaus Community System of Care.

The funding comes from the California Department of Housing and Community Development and its Emergency Solutions Grants Program. The source of the funding is the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stimulus (CARES) Act enacted March 27, 2020.

These funds will continue and expand the great work in Stanislaus County of establishing a true pathway for our homeless neighbors to gain independence and security as they move through life,” stated Brad Hawn, Chairperson for the Stanislaus Homeless Alliance.

Communities are encouraged to prioritize the advancement of racial equity at all levels of the homeless response system and to ensure all eligible persons receive equitable services, support, and are served with dignity, respect, and compassion regardless of circumstances, ability, or identity.

To get community feedback on how best to spend the funds in Stanislaus County, a special virtual meeting is scheduled for October 21 from 3 to 5 pm. The meeting will be held via ZOOM. Click here for the CSOC agenda website and meeting link instructions.

You can also join the meeting by phone at 1-669-900-3920. The meeting ID is 852 1626 3920. The Password is 102337

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20201109-Nonprofit

County Provides $2M in Nonprofit Grants

The grant program will award a total of $2 million in funding to nonprofit organizations based on the level of pandemic impact to the respective non-profit organization and the fit for funding criteria.

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors has approved $2 million in CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund grant awards for nonprofit organizations providing arts, cultural, and/or youth services and programs in Stanislaus County. The intention of this funding is to stabilize and secure the ongoing operation of these nonprofit services that are critical to young people and/or contribute to the vibrancy of Stanislaus County. Many nonprofit local arts, cultural, and youth-serving organizations have been critically impacted by COVID-19, and the resulting inability to operate or fundraise.

"Everyone has felt huge impacts of this public health crisis but many youth-serving and arts nonprofit organizations had to close their doors months ago and have had no way of operating since that time. We want to support as many as we can to make sure they are still around to serve our community when this is all over," said Kristin Olsen, Chairwoman of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors.

A total of 61 applications were received, requesting over $3.2 million. A greater number of applications received were from the youth services category ($1.9 million) versus the community-centered arts and culture category ($1.3 million). The County has awarded a total of $2 million to nonprofit organizations. Funding decisions were based on the level of pandemic impact to the respective non-profit organization and the fit for funding criteria.

A panel of independent evaluators analyzed each application. The grant administration and application evaluation process was administered by Stanislaus Community Foundation. An independent Selection Committee reviewed and scored all applications that were received. The volunteer Selection Committee was composed of a cross-section of community representatives.

For more information on grant awards, see report here: Report

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20200909-community

New Stanislaus County Nonprofit Grants

The grant program will award $1 million in funding to nonprofit organizations providing services to youth and $1 million to nonprofits offering community centered arts and culture.

COVID-19 pandemic has created a crisis for local arts, cultural, and youth-serving organizations. The public health requirements for safely operating these programs present numerous challenges to nonprofit financial models and affect the design, nature and scale of youth and arts/culture programs.

Considering these challenges and because of the vital role played by these nonprofits, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors approved $2 million in CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds specifically for county nonprofit organizations providing arts, cultural, and/or youth services and programs. The intention of this funding is to stabilize and secure the ongoing operation of these nonprofit services that are critical to young people and/or contribute to the vibrancy of Stanislaus County.

"It's more important now than ever for us to support the nonprofit youth services and creative arts programs in our community," said Kristin Olsen, Chairwoman of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors. "Everyone has felt huge impacts of this public health crisis but many youth-serving and arts nonprofit organizations had to close their doors nearly six months ago and have had no way of operating since that time. We want to support as many as we can to make sure they are still around to serve our community when this is all over."

The grant program will award $1 million in funding to nonprofit organizations providing services to youth and $1 million to nonprofits offering community centered arts and culture. Awards will be based on the level of impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to the respective non-profit organization. The grant application portal opens on Wednesday, September 9 and closes on Friday, September 25.

Stanislaus Community Foundation has been contracted to manage the application process on behalf of the County CEO’s Office. A volunteer Evaluation Committee composed of a cross-section of community representatives will score applications and select award recipients based on the criteria established by the County Board of Supervisors. For more information and to apply for this grant visit: www.StanislausCF.org.

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20200911-homeless

Homelessness in Stanislaus County

Point-in-Time Count information helps service providers, policy makers, funders and local government gain a better understanding of the population currently experiencing homelessness.

A total of 2,107 people including 207 children experienced homelessness in Stanislaus County according to new numbers from a Point-In-Time homeless count (PIT Count) conducted early this year. The count is up by 184 people from last year.

1,990 questionnaires were collected in the annual canvassing, an unduplicated count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in both sheltered and unsheltered populations. It surpasses the count in 2019 which reported 1,923 homeless people. The majority of homeless in this year’s count were found in the cities of Modesto and Turlock.

The survey data is reported to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and used to help determine the amount of funding available to the community to develop housing and supportive services for people moving from homelessness to independent living. The surveys were conducted on January 24, 2020 to help provide a snapshot of homelessness in a given community.

Point in Time Count volunteers came from the Stanislaus Community System of Care which included local governments, non-profits, and homeless service providers. A total of 310 volunteers fanned out across Stanislaus County visiting emergency shelters, transitional housing programs, parks, and the outdoors where the homeless live. Each volunteer asked survey questions of the homeless and provided comfort kits with toiletries and other items to those who agreed to respond.

The PIT Count is a tally of sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness on a single day in January. HUD requires that Continuums of Care conduct an annual count of people experiencing homelessness who are sheltered in emergency shelters, transitional housing, and Safe Havens on a single night and count the number of unsheltered people experiencing homelessness every other year.

A summary of findings is now available.

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