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Help Name Our App!

Stanislaus County needs the community’s help choosing the best name for the new Stanislaus County government outreach mobile app, available soon in app stores.

Stanislaus County is asking the community to help choose the name for our new Stanislaus County government outreach mobile app. Stanislaus County has used the GoGov Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Application platform since 2006.

The app allows residents to submit service requests, ask questions and report issues that need to be addressed in the county. The development team is preparing a new and improved mobile app that facilitates easier interaction between residents and the County.

App benefits include a frequently asked questions page for residents to search and locate information, an easy to find Stanislaus County custom app available in the iPhone App Store and Google Play Store, and a simple to use platform that enables Stanislaus County residents to seek assistance with a variety of topics that pertain to the services offered by the County.

Help us by voting for a name for our new app! Just select one of the three options provide and click "Submit!”

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County Hosts Summit on Homelessness

On Saturday, May 22, a virtual meeting will be held present the feedback collected since January. It will be used to develop shared goals and community strategies regarding homelessness.

Since January, community feedback has been collected to develop a regional homeless strategic plan for Stanislaus County. Interviews, focus groups, and surveys have been conducted across a variety of sectors and locations. All the feedback gathered will be presented to the public at a Community Summit and will be used to develop shared goals and strategies to serve the entire community moving forward. The Community Summit is open to anyone in Stanislaus County and will be held virtually on Saturday, May 22 from 10AM to 12PM. Individuals who would like to attend online meeting can register at https://homebaseccc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwpc-CvqjsvGtFZ2WWDFzuUfA-emcUWCaTv

The survey will be live through May 4th. Stanislaus County's Community Services Agency has sought residents' help through participation in a short survey on homeless needs & services. Feedback gathered will be used to develop a regional homeless strategic plan. The survey will remain accessible only until May 4th and can be found here: http://surveymonkey.com/r/stanislaus-community-survey>

Any questions or concerns about this project can be directed to stanislaushomelessplan@homebaseccc.org

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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 Monday & Tuesday 10am - 6pm, Wednesday 1pm -6pm, Thursday & Friday 10am - 5pm, and Saturday 12pm - 5pm. 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.

Recent News

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Libraries Now Open for Book Checkout

Stanislaus County Libraries are open for browsing and checkout of materials with limited capacity. Masks and social distancing are required.

Most Stanislaus County Libraries are open for browsing and checkout of materials. Capacities are limited, in keeping with the State of California's current guidance for opening. Masks and social distancing are required. In order to maintain capacity limits, libraries are not equipped for group or extended visits at this time.

"We are so happy to welcome the public back into our buildings," said Sarah Dentan, Stanislaus County Library Director. "And we are looking forward to expanding in person offerings as we are able." Computers are available for use and free WiFi is available at all open locations, with WiFi access extended to the parking lot at the Modesto Library.

Libraries in Modesto and Salida are again accepting passport applications by appointment. To reserve a time, please visit www.stanislauslibrary.org/about_passports.shtm

Libraries in Denair and Keyes continue to offer no-contact pick-up of materials only. The Turlock Library remains closed for expansion and renovation

For a complete list of locations and hours, visit www.stanislauslibrary.org/about_hours.shtm

Library programs such as Story Time and book discussions will continue to be offered in a virtual format at this time

For more information, please see the library website, www.stanislauslibrary.org or call your library branch.

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20210317-agcom

Board Appoints Ag Commissioner

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors appointed Kamaljit K. Bagri to the position of County Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer of Weights and Measures. The role of Agricultural Commissioner is critically important to our region.

On March 16, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors appointed Kamaljit K. Bagri to the position of County Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer of Weights and Measures for a four-year term. Milton O'Haire, the County's current Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer of Weights and Measures, will retire from County service this month. Food and Agriculture Code regulations require the Board of Supervisors to appoint new Commissioners serving in the capacity of the Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer of Weights and Measures. The California Department of Food and Agriculture provides a Board of Supervisors with a list of persons who are licensed and eligible for the position. Kamal Bagri was identified as the top candidate through a recent selection process and will serve as the first female agricultural commissioner Stanislaus County has appointed. Bagri will begin employment with Stanislaus County on March 29, 2021.

Currently serving as the San Joaquin County Assistant Agricultural Commissioner, Ms. Bagri holds more than 20 years of experience in this field, including prior work in Stanislaus County and Merced County (where she began her career in 1999 as a seasonal trapper, later promoting to Biologist in 2001). In March 2015 she began as San Joaquin County's Assistant Ag Commissioner. She is a graduate of Guru Nanak Dev University where she received dual bachelor's degrees in education and science.

The role of Agricultural Commissioner is critically important to our region. California is the only U.S. state with an Agricultural Commissioner system overseeing agriculture related regulatory processes. Stanislaus County has a $3.5 billion annual crop value. The Agricultural Commissioner serves the local industry in a myriad of ways; pest detection and abatements, permitting, inspections, export services and employee safety to name a few. As Sealers of Weights & Measures, the oversight assures equity in the marketplace.

Bagri looks forward to serving the Stanislaus region. "As the Ag Commissioner of a county which ranks 5th in agricultural sales throughout California," she said, "I will strive to guide the County in supporting the ag industry locally." The Stanislaus County Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer of Weights and Measures oversees a staff of forty and an annual budget of approximately $5.7 million.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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