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Every Child Matters

Every Child Matters, a virtual event in partnership with Love All Our Kids, will be held on February 27, 2021.

You can make a difference in the life of a foster child in Stanislaus County. Become a resource parent. To learn more, please join Every Child Matters, a virtual event on February 27, 2021 from 9 am to 11 am.

The event will feature a panel of former foster youth sharing their foster care experiences and stories of inspiration. Resource parents (formerly referred to as foster parents) are individuals, couples, or families who act as caregivers providing out-of-home care for children in foster care.

To learn more about the annual Every Child Matters event and how you can become a resource parent, please register by going to LoveAllOurKids.com/every-child-matters

In partnership with the Stanislaus County Community Services Agency, the event is sponsored by Love All Our Kids, a community organization that helps find resource parents for foster youth.

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Emergency Rental Assistance Program

A new local Emergency Rental Assistance Program will help households unable to pay rental and utility arrears accrued due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stanislaus County, the City of Modesto, and the Stanislaus Regional Housing Authority have partnered to implement a local Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) supported by funds from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the State of California. The ERAP will assist households unable to pay rental and utility arrears accrued due to the COVID-19 pandemic between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.

On December 21, 2020, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and $25 billion was allocated to the U.S. Treasury for an ERAP to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities. Funds were provided directly to States, U.S. Territories, local governments, and Indian tribes. The U.S. Treasury issued approximately $1.1 billion to California jurisdictions with a population of 200,000 or more and an additional $1.5 billion to the State of California.

Stanislaus County and the City of Modesto received a combined amount of approximately $16.4 million from the federal government for distribution to those who are eligible and can demonstrate a need and anticipate receiving a combined total of approximately $19.5 million from the State of California. In total, approximately $35.9 million will be made available to Eligible Households communitywide. The ERAP funding is restricted to Stanislaus County residents.

ERAP defines an Eligible Household is defined as a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meets the following criteria:

  • Has a household income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI), which is the unadjusted median income levels derived from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on an annual basis for each jurisdiction adjusted solely for household size:
  • Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19
  • Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability

  • *FY2020 Income Limit Categores

    During the first 60 days, funding will be focused on Eligible Households at or below 50% of Area Median Income (*AMI), or those households who have been unemployed the 90 days prior to application. After the first 60 days, resources will be focused on Eligible Households at or below 80% of AMI. Phase 1 of the ERAP will provide payment of 100% of rental and utility arrears owed by an Eligible Household. Once the $16.4 million in funds received directly from the federal government has been exhausted, Phase 2, the 19.5 million in State Funding, will be implemented and provide payment of 80% of rental and utility arrears owed by an Eligible Household.

    The ERAP will be facilitated locally through a collaborative effort among Stanislaus County, the City of Modesto, the Stanislaus Regional Housing Authority, United Way of Stanislaus County and four local credit unions: Self-Help Credit Union, Modesto First Federal Credit Union, Organized Labor Credit Union and Rolling F Credit Union. United Way’s 2-1-1 call center will assist the public in answering questions about the program and how to apply. Credit Unions and mobile outreach teams will serve as community intake locations and offer additional assistance to households and will assist with entry of information into the online portal, if needed.

    For program information or to apply, please visit: www.stanrentassist.com or call 1-877-211-7826 or call 2-1-1 and ask about the Stanislaus County Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

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    20210225-redistrict

    County Seeks Members for Redistricting

    The County is looking to establish an Ad Hoc Citizen Advisory Redistricting Commission to ensure that each County district is equal in population and communities are properly grouped together for Board elections.

    The U.S. Census Bureau is required to conduct an accurate count of the population every 10 years. This data is used to determine how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and in redistricting of state legislatures, county boards of supervisors, and city councils. In 2020, the Bureau conducted the decennial census, extending the deadline for responses through October 15, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Upon completion of the Census, Stanislaus County's self-response rate (those residents who responded without contact from the Bureau) was estimated to be 71.1% of residents. The Bureau had anticipated to report final U.S. populations data on or before December 31, 2020, but now anticipates an unknown date in early 2021; the County is expected to receive final data no later than July 31, 2021.

    Redistricting is the process by which Supervisorial District boundaries are drawn every 10 years to ensure each district has the same number of people. Pursuant to Elections Code, following each federal decennial census, and using the census as a basis, the board shall adjust the boundaries of any or all of the supervisorial districts of the county so that the supervisorial districts shall be substantially equal in population as required by the United States Constitution. The new boundaries of the Supervisorial Districts will be adopted by the Board this summer.

    The County is looking to establish an Ad Hoc Citizen Advisory Redistricting Commission to make recommendations regarding the new district map. This commission will assist the County to ensure that each County district is equal in population so that neighborhoods and communities are properly grouped together for purposes of electing a Board member. To qualify you must:

  • Be a County Resident
  • Be a registered voter
  • Not be an elected official or family member, staff member, or paid campaign staff of an elected official of Stanislaus

  • For more information please review the County's Redistricting website at http://www.stancounty.com/redistricting/. The deadline to apply is March 12.

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    Pet of The Week

    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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    20210302-soc

    State of the County Address

    Delivered by Chairman of the Board, Vito Chiesa: March 2, 2021

    On March 2, 2021, Chairman of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors, Vito Chiesa, delivered a State of the County address during the regularly scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting. Under a theme of resiliency, Supervisor Chiesa shared “the story of our community,” touching on a variety of County challenges and accomplishments over the past year. The presentation highlighted many incredible achievements made throughout a year navigating the COVID-19 public health crisis and commended the county for leading through a pandemic.

    Supervisor Chiesa inspired residents to grasp onto hope for a better future, see the remarkable in every day moments, and recognize how extraordinary things can come from ordinary people in the most challenging times.

    A video and transcript are available in English and Spanish below.

    State of the County Address

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    20210128-Tax

    Property Tax Postponement Program Deadline Feb. 10

    The California Property Tax Postponement Program allows eligible homeowners to postpone payment of taxes on a primary residence. The deadline to apply for the state program is February 10, 2021.

    The California Property Tax Postponement Program allows eligible homeowners to postpone payment of taxes on a primary residence if the taxpayer meets certain criteria. The deadline to apply for the state program is February 10, 2021.

    The County Treasurer-Tax Collector's Property Tax Division can provide basic information and point taxpayers to information.

    Property tax exemptions (for County residents) are managed through the Stanislaus County Assessor's Office. The exemption forms are located at: http://www.stancounty.com/assessor/Exemptions.shtm?id=exforms . Taxpayers should review the forms to see which, if any, apply to their situation. Taxpayers may contact the Assessor's office at (209) 525-6461, with questions about any of these forms.

    Property Tax Postponement (PTP) is a State of California program managed through the State Controller's office. This program pays the property tax owed while the senior owner still resides in it and collects from the proceeds when the property is eventually sold.

    To be eligible for PTP, the homeowner must:

    • Be at least age 62, or blind, or have a disability
    • Own and occupy the home as your primary place of residence
    • Have a total household income of $45,000 or less
    • Have at least 40 percent equity in the property
    • Meet any other requirements

    Repayment under the PTP Program becomes due when the homeowner:

    • Moves or sells the property
    • Transfers title
    • Defaults on a senior lien
    • Refinances
    • Dies
    • Obtains a reverse mortgage

    Taxpayers can find additional program information online at https://sco.ca.gov/ardtax_prop_tax_postponement.html or by contacting the State Controller's Office at (800) 952-5661.

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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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    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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