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HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS WITH PAST-DUE PROPERTY TAXES

Are you behind on your property tax payments due to COVID-19? Help is available for eligible Stanislaus County homeowners.

The California Mortgage Relief Program is expanding to provide tax payment assistance to help you get caught up. The program uses federal Homeowner Assistance Funds to help homeowners with past-due property tax payments.

The program is free. The funds do not need to be repaid and there is no cost to apply.

"This will be a big help to homeowners who are delinquent on property taxes due to COVID-19," stated Donna Riley, Stanislaus County Treasurer-Tax Collector. "Eligible homeowners could receive up to $20,000 to cover past due property tax payments."

Riley added that there are more than 2,800 homeowners currently behind in their property taxes in Stanislaus County. To receive funding, applicants must meet specific criteria related to financial hardship caused by the pandemic.

To find out if you qualify for the program, please go to CaMortgageRelief.org. You can also call 1-888-840-2594.

The California Mortgage Relief Program is part of the state's Housing is Key initiative.

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Summer Reading Challenge at Stanislaus County Libraries

The Stanislaus County Library invites everyone of all ages to join the Summer Reading Challenge, "Read Beyond the Beaten Path," May 17- Aug. 2.

Children and teens participate by keeping track of each day they read or are read to for at least 30 minutes. Adults are asked to track each book they read and can choose to also write brief reviews of the books they read this summer.

Summer Reading Challenge participants will use the Beanstack app to log their reading and submit reviews. Virtual tickets are awarded along the way. Participants can then enter the tickets they've earned into specific prize drawings. A range of prizes are available, including early learning activities for babies and toddlers, LEGO® Bricks, iPads, a telescope, gift cards, themed baskets, and more.

"What's most important is that we keep kids interested in reading and learning," said Michele Machado, Children's Librarian and Coordinator of the Summer Reading Challenge. "Using the Beanstack reading platform makes logging and tracking easy, and we hope it will inspire everyone to read all summer long." Those who are unable to use the Beanstack reading platform can still participate by simply tracking their reading at home, then returning to the library for logging in the Beanstack system.

In addition, magician Shawn Durham will amaze audiences with magic, illusions and laughs. Durham encourages his audiences to find even more magic through the joys of reading. The show will be offered at libraries throughout the county, and is perfect for preschool-aged children and older. Interested parties are encouraged to view the library calendar at www.stanislauslibrary.org for specific details about the program at their library branch. Space is limited and advance registration is required at some locations.

The Summer Reading Challenge is sponsored by the Stanislaus Library Foundation. Follow the Stanislaus County Library on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with library programs and events throughout the year.

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New App & Chatbot Simplify County Business

Stanislaus County is working to enhance service to the community through a new suite of communication tools.

Stanislaus County is working to enhance service to the community through a new mobile app and chatbot.

Those who have used the former GoRequest mobile app to submit service requests, report issues to staff virtually or find information should uninstall the GoRequest app and download Stan Connect. The revamped custom app is available now in the Apple and Google play stores where mobile apps are found.

The newly designed app has more robust offerings to serve residents more effectively. It is a communication tool that will allow users to easily connect with government services and their County elected officials, access county news, job opportunities and information, as well as submit concerns or requests for service. The new app will better serve on the go residents and save time when conducting County business, an attractive feature to people who prefer not to visit County offices in person or call for service.

“This is a great new tool for Stanislaus County residents who want convenience when connecting with County government,” said Board of Supervisors Chair, Vito Chiesa. “With most all of our services at your fingertips in a well-organized, user friendly mobile app, we are ready to serve you wherever you are,” he added.

Stanislaus County has used GoRequest as a Government Outreach platform since 2006. The new and improved mobile app will more easily facilitate interaction between residents and the County. Benefits include property tax information and resources, the ability to request vital records, view pets available for adoption, find public health clinics, social services and access most County services from the convenience of a mobile app.

The app, which partners with the County’s web based Customer Relationship Management (CRM), allows users to efficiently enter and track service requests online. When a new request is entered into the system by a resident, the software automatically routes the request to the appropriate individual within the County organization. The employee receives an email notification indicating the need to resolve a request. Each request has a pre-assigned “Expected Close Date,” which is given to the customer via email. Customers are notified when the project is completed. Although all app users must register to submit and track their requests, submissions can be made anonymously. Anonymous users will not receive email confirmation or notification of completion.

The County has also incorporated a chatbot, “Ask Stan,” into the website as an added efficiency to customers, helping users find information quickly on the website. The chat bot is currently available to residents on a trial basis through a three-month pilot program. Web users will see Stan at the bottom corner of the screen when visiting StanCounty.com. Stan will improve in functionality based on users’ feedback which can be provided directly through the chat bot. Feedback is encouraged throughout the process.

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Pet of The Week

Pet of the Week

Mamas, an 11 month old Bull Terrier/Foxhound mix who is the absolute sweetest girl. She enjoys time with her human laying on the couch while they watch their favorite show and she loves going on walks to see the neighborhood. This girl will be your best friend and is just waiting for someone to come in and adopt her.

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

State of the County Address Charts Path for the Future

Resiliency and the courage to move forward for a better future – these were the themes of the 2022 State of the County address delivered by Board Chairman Terry Withrow on February 15, 2022.

The speech, presented during the Board of Supervisors 6:30 pm meeting, highlighted the accomplishments of the past year as Stanislaus County endured a second year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking before an audience inside board chambers, Chair Withrow acknowledged the economic impact of the pandemic on Stanislaus County and its residents. He thanked the county workforce for their flexibility and nimbleness in meeting the moment continuing to provide important services to the community.

He also thanked county law enforcement, health care workers, and health services leadership for going beyond the call of duty to serve Stanislaus County during the pandemic.

“I couldn’t be prouder of how Stanislaus County government has responded during these trying times,” he stated.

During the speech, Chair Withrow described the state of the county as the strongest it’s ever been. He noted how COVID-19 funds were spent during the pandemic. For example, the county distributed $15 million in direct cash assistance to nine incorporated cities, an infusion of cash critical to maintaining core services when cities were struggling in the early days of the pandemic.

He also highlighted accomplishments, including restoring the public safety budget to reopen sheriff substations throughout the county. The substation in Salida is expected to open in mid-April. The openings of the remodeled Turlock Library and the newly constructed Empire Library were among the other achievements brought up during the address.

In addition, Chair Withrow mentioned projects to address homelessness, such as the opening of a low-barrier shelter with 182 beds and the opening of Kansas House, a converted hotel housing up to 225 individuals as an important link to transitional housing.

He also shared a success story from the public defender’s office and read a letter from a client who changed his life after receiving case management, counseling, and peer support.

Moving forward out of the pandemic, Chair Withrow asked the public for grace and understanding.

“I truly believe that God puts us on this planet to make it a better place. The last couple of years have tested all of our resolves and taken us off our mission course. Life is to be lived, not just survived. We cannot take care and improve the lives of others in need, if we are solely concerned about our own well-being.”

He continued, “Let’s reduce the use of the words I, my, and me and instead get back to more of us, our, and we.”

View the State of the County Address
Read the State of the County transcript
Youtube hosted video with CC and Translation support
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Last Call For 2022 Point-In-Time Count Volunteers

The Stanislaus Community System of Care (CSOC) is seeking to recruit an additional fifty (50) volunteers for the upcoming Unsheltered Homeless Point-In-Time (PIT) Count scheduled for Thursday, February 24, 2022.

The goal is to recruit 250 total volunteers for this important effort.

Volunteers are needed countywide to help distribute comfort kits and conduct brief surveys to our neighbors experiencing homelessness in the streets on the day of the Count. Friends, family, and all community members that are 18 years of age or older are able to volunteer. Attending a volunteer training is required for participation.

A final Unsheltered PIT Volunteer training will be held virtually on Tuesday, February 15th from 9 AM -10:30 AM for anyone who would like to participate. This includes those who may have missed their previously scheduled training date and want to make up their mandatory training requirement.

If you are interested and are signing up for the first time, please do so through the volunteer registration portal at https://stanislaus.pointintime.info/ by 5PM on Monday, February 14th

If you were previously registered, please visit the volunteer registration portal and simply click on "Update Registration" to select the final training date or email moc.ytnuocnats@cosc. A calendar invite with virtual training meeting link will be emailed to you upon successful registration.

For questions, please call 209-558-2298 or email moc.ytnuocnats@cosc.

To find out more, please click here for the 2022 PIT Count flyer.

Last year, a total of 2,927 homeless persons were identified in the PIT count.

It is organized by the Stanislaus Community System of Care (CSOC) which includes local governments, non-profits, and homeless providers.

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Volunteers Still Needed For 2022 Point-in-time Count

The Stanislaus Community System of Care (CSOC) is still looking for volunteers to help conduct the 2022 Homeless Point-in-Time (PIT) Count.

The count is an annual survey of persons experiencing homelessness in Stanislaus County. The data is critical to determine the scope of the problem, help define resources, and identify gaps in service.

The count had been scheduled for late January but was postponed due to health and safety concerns about COVID-19.

The PIT count is now scheduled for Thursday, February 24, 2022. Volunteers are needed at multiple locations county-wide to conduct surveys and hand out comfort kits to our neighbors experiencing homelessness in the streets.

There is still time to register as a volunteer. Simply go to the volunteer registration portal at https://stanislaus.pointintime.info/ and register by February 4th.

New mandatory training dates are available and can be selected through the volunteer registration portal. For those who were registered previously, you can choose a new training date by clicking the "Update Registration" option on the registration portal.

All members of the community, family, and friends are able to participate in this important effort (must be 18 years or older by the day of the count to register). The goal is to register 250 volunteers for the count.

For questions, please call (209) 558-2298 or email moc.ytnuocnats@cosc.

The PIT count is an unduplicated count of sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness on a single night. Every year the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires communities to count the number of people experiencing homelessness in counties across the nation.

Last year, a total of 2,927 homeless persons were identified in the Stanislaus County PIT count.

The count is organized by the Stanislaus Community System of Care (CSOC) which includes local governments, non-profits, and homeless providers.

For more information about CSOC, please visit www.csocstan.com.

To find out more, please see attached flyer about the 2022 count.

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County Announces Nonprofit Grant Recipients

A total of $1 million in CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds will be distributed to several Stanislaus County nonprofit organizations by early 2022.

A total of $1 million in CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds was approved for distribution to approved Stanislaus County nonprofit organizations by the Board of Supervisors on November 23rd. This funding will assist critical nonprofit work throughout Stanislaus County. Priority was given to nonprofits that did not receive funding from the 2020 Nonprofit Support Grant Program, as well as nonprofits that serve veterans and seniors, and local nonprofit organizations that are new to the community.

"Our County provides a variety of community-centered causes and nonprofits." said Stanislaus County Board Chairman, Vito Chiesa. "It's more important now than ever that we support the work of nonprofits and I'm proud of our Board for recognizing that with a new round of grant funding."

The Stanislaus Community Foundation was contracted to manage the grant application and review process on behalf of Stanislaus County. The Foundation received more than 70 applications from nonprofits that indicated a need for support. The efforts of nonprofits that have continued serving local residents, even through the pandemic, is remarkable. Most have struggled financially due to impacts of COVID-19.

Requests totaling approximately $4.5 million were received, far exceeding the $1 million available to award. This was a competitive process and applications were prioritized based on the approved tiers and for organizations that demonstrated the greatest financial need and impact of COVID-19 on their operations.


A total of 33 nonprofits were awarded funding in this round, including:

Nonprofit Funding
American Red Cross 15,000
Aspiranet 10,000
California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. 45,000
Camp Taylor, Inc. 15,500
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Stockton 59,000
Central Valley Center for the Vision and Hearing Impaired 25,000
Central Valley Hispanic Foundation 2,500
Central Valley Opportunity Center, Inc 75,000
Community Hospice Foundation of Stanislaus County 10,000
Community Impact Central Valley 75,000
Faith Home Teen Challenge, Inc. 15,000
Greater Modesto Interfaith Hospitality Network 15,000
Haven Women's Center of Stanislaus 20,000
Healthy Aging Association 40,000
Hughson Community Project 1,000
Improve Your Tomorrow, Inc. 10,000
Legacy Alliance Outreach 10,000
MoPride 5,000
Parent Institute for Quality Education 10,000
Parent Resources Center 45,000
Second Harvest Food Bank of San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties 75,000
Self-Help Enterprises 50,000
Senior Advocacy Network 40,000
Sierra Vista Child & Family Services 20,000
Stanislaus County Youth Empowerment Program 10,000
Stanislaus Multi Cultural Health Coalition West Modesto King 30,000
Stanislaus Senior Foundation 7,000
The Food Initiative of Greater Stanislaus, Inc. 75,000
The Salvation Army, a California Corporation (Turlock) 30,000
United Cerebral Palsy Association, Inc. 40,000
United Samaritans Foundation 50,000
Without Permission, Inc. 20,000
World Relief Corporation of National Association of Evangelicals 50,000
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Volunteers Sought for 2022 Point-In-Time Homeless Count

The Stanislaus Community System of Care (is looking for volunteers to conduct the 2022 Homeless Point-In-Time Count, a one-day snapshot of homelessness in our community.

Do you want to help your community?

The Stanislaus Community System of Care (CSOC) is looking for volunteers to conduct the 2022 Homeless Point-In-Time Count, a one-day snapshot of homelessness in each community of Stanislaus County. The count data is critical to determine the scope of the problem, help define resources, and identify gaps in service.

"Homelessness affects all of us," stated Jason Conway, Chair of CSOC. "The data collected will help get a better understanding of the population experiencing homelessness."

Each year the U.S. department of Housing and Urban Development requires communities to count the number of people homeless in counties across the nation. This is a count of sheltered and unsheltered people on a single night in January.

Next year's count is scheduled for Thursday, January 27, 2022.

Volunteers will work with the County's Homeless Outreach and Engagement Team as they fan out across Stanislaus County. You'll engage with local homeless individuals and their families to complete a survey and help distribute care packages (beanie, socks, snack, and water) to people you survey.

To volunteer, please go to http://stanislaus.pointintime.info. You'll be required to choose a mandatory survey/safety training and select the city where you'd like to conduct surveys.

You can also register via phone at (209) 558-2961 or e-mail moc.ytnuocnats@cosc

The goal is to register 250 volunteers. The deadline is January 7, 2022.

A total of 2,927 persons were identified in the 2021 PIT count.

Let's Make Everyone Count!

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2022 PIT Homeless Count Postponed Due To Covid-19 Concerns

The Stanislaus Community System of Care (CSOC) has postponed the 2022 Point-In-Time (PIT) Unsheltered Count and rescheduled it for later next month.

The postponement is due to health and safety concerns about the rise of COVID-19 cases in Stanislaus County.

The Stanislaus Community System of Care (CSOC) is looking for volunteers to conduct the 2022 Homeless Point-In-Time Count, a one-day snapshot of homelessness in each community of Stanislaus County. The count data is critical to determine the scope of the problem, help define resources, and identify gaps in service.

"We want to ensure volunteers who conduct the interviews and homeless individuals who participate in the count all remain safe," stated Jason Conway, chair of CSOC.

The annual survey of unsheltered individuals experiencing homelessness was scheduled for Thursday, January 27, 2022. But after consulting with the Stanislaus County Public Health Department, CSOC sought and was granted an exception from US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to postpone the count and schedule it for a later date.

The PIT Count will now take place as follows:

  • Wednesday, February 23, 2022 (Sheltered Count)
  • Thursday, February 24, 2022 (Unsheltered Count)

There is still time to register to help out as a volunteer. Simply go to the volunteer registration portal at http://stanislaus.pointintime.info and register by February 4th.

New mandatory training dates are also available and can be selected through the volunteer registration portal. If you were already previously registered and need to select a new training date, this can be done simply by clicking the "Update Registration" option when visiting the registration portal.

Every year HUD requires communities to count the number of people experiencing homelessness in counties across the nation. The data is critical to determine the scope of homelessness and identify gaps in services.

The PIT count is an unduplicated count of sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness on a single night. Last year, a total of 2,927 homeless persons were identified in the 2021 PIT count.

It's organized by the Stanislaus Community System of Care (CSOC) which includes local governments, non-profits, and homeless providers.

For information about the count, please contact 209-558-2298 or e-mail moc.ytnuocnats@cosc. You can also visit the CSOC website for updates at http://www.csocstan.com/.

To find out more, please click here for a flyer about the 2022 count.

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Drought Resources and Information

In May, 2021, an Emergency Drought Declaration was passed by Governor Newsom that included Stanislaus County.

California is experiencing a serious drought. In May, 2021, an Emergency Drought Declaration was passed by Governor Newsom that included Stanislaus County. Residents throughout the Central Valley should be aware of resources and conservation measures to help manage one of our most precious natural resources, our water. This page provides a directory of helpful resources for residents as we deal with the impacts of the drought, including drought related issues, regional programs for well users and available funding for disadvantaged communities. Several local programs are available to support the water needs of residents.

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