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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Cannabis Community Grant Funding for Local Youth-Serving Nonprofits

Stanislaus County partners with the Stanislaus Community Foundation to support local nonprofit organizations.

Stanislaus County is partnering with the Stanislaus Community Foundation to support local nonprofit organizations. Stanislaus County developed the Community Benefit Contribution Program to provide a mechanism for the Cannabis Businesses in Stanislaus County to give back to the community. In 2018, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors designated a portion of funds raised through the Community Benefit Contribution Program to support youth-serving organizations in Stanislaus County. In 2022, the Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office contracted with Stanislaus Community Foundation to manage the Community Benefit grant administration process. Organizations can apply for funding online starting October 4, 2022.

"We’re pleased to extend the original intent of these community benefit dollars on behalf of the local cannabis industry, to area nonprofits,” said Jody Hayes, Chief Executive Officer for Stanislaus County. “We are excited to support youth programs and youth-serving nonprofits.”

501c3 nonprofits serving youth in Stanislaus County in good standing with the IRS are encouraged to apply as well as schools located in Stanislaus County. Grant requests may not exceed $50,000. Applying for a grant does not guarantee a funding award.

“Youth leadership and youth activities are incredibly important to all of us,” said Marian Kaanon, President and CEO of Stanislaus Community Foundation. “Our hope is that this flexible funding will extend the capacity of local youth-serving nonprofits to build on existing programs.”

Stanislaus Community Foundation is managing the application process on behalf of Stanislaus County. Foundation staff will screen and score applications based on a grant program rubric and present its recommendations to Stanislaus Community Foundation’s Grants and Programs Committee, which must agree, by majority vote, on the final grant approvals. Stanislaus Community Foundation will present recommended grant approvals to the Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office for ratification by the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors in December 2022.

Grant applications will be accepted between Tuesday, October 4, 2022, and Monday, October 31st, 2022, at 5:00 PM PST. Award notifications will occur in November, and award disbursements will occur in December 2022. For more information, visit: StanislausCF.org

About Stanislaus Community Foundation Stanislaus Community Foundation (SCF) is a place-based funder serving the residents of Stanislaus County. Since 2002, SCF has been a catalyst to transform local resources into common good through strategic philanthropy and bold leadership. The vision of Stanislaus Community Foundation is to create a community of choice where people can live, work, and thrive. To support this vision, SCF nurtures partnerships and grows charitable resources to advance the common good in Stanislaus County. For more information, please visit stanislauscf.org.

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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.

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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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CSA Temporarily Closes StanWORKs Lobbies

The Stanislaus County Community Services Agency (CSA) is temporarily closing its StanWORKs lobbies countywide for one day a week due to the COVID-19 pandemic, staffing challenges, and an increase in CalFresh applications and customers.

Beginning August 24, 2022 through February 22, 2023, all StanWORKs lobbies will be closed every Wednesday for six months.

StanWORKs Call Center hours will also be reduced from 8:00 am to noon, every Wednesday, during the same six-month period.

"It was a difficult decision but a necessary one," stated Christine Huber, CSA Director. "The pandemic and staffing challenges have dramatically impacted our ability to meet federal and state mandates in processing applications for our safety net programs."

Huber says a 50% increase in customers seeking in-person services combined with a backlog of applications also contributed and there aren't enough staff to provide the level of service needed to properly support the community.

CSA recommended the temporary closure which was approved by the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors at its August 16, 2022 meeting.

The closure does not affect other county departments such as Workforce Development and the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program or partner agencies that share lobbies with StanWORKs.

Like other departments and public agencies, CSA is experiencing worker shortages with a record number of employee resignations. The pandemic has placed an additional strain on the workforce with lost hours and employee leaves of absence.

The closure will enable CSA clerical and Family Services Specialist workers with adequate time to process applications for programs such as CalFresh, CalWORKs, and MediCal within state requirements.

Technology is also expected to help fill the gap during the lobby closures as it did during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Customers can apply for, and access and renew benefits through self-serve websites, mail, fax, on-site drop boxes, and phone.

To improve application processing timeliness, CSA is also redirecting resources to meet the demand, streamlining staff training, offering overtime to increase production, and leveraging clerical assistance from other divisions to assist with case assignments.

For more information, please visit the CSA website at CSA Main

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Extreme Heat

There is an Extreme Heat advisory for this holiday weekend Sept. 2nd-7th. There is a very high risk of heat-related illness for the entire population, please be sure to:

  • Avoid outdoor activities during the hottest hours of the day
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Stay inside Air Conditioned environments and Cooling Zones
  • Practice Fire Safety
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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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2022 Point-In-Time Homeless Count Released in Stanislaus County

The Stanislaus Community System of Care (CSOC) has released its 2022 Point-In-Time (PIT) Homeless Count.

The count identified 1,857 homeless persons in Stanislaus County, a more than 50% decrease from the snapshot survey taken in 2021. The tally was down by 1,070 people from last year when 2,927 homeless people were counted.

"This year we faced some challenges with the count," stated Jason Conway, Chair of the CSOC. "But the information we did receive will still help us develop important support services and housing for homeless individuals in our community."

The PIT count is an unduplicated count of sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness on a single night in January. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that communities conduct an annual count of people experiencing homelessness who are sheltered in emergency shelter, transitional housing, and Safe Havens on a single night.

Several factors contributed to the decrease in the PIT count.

  • Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and health concerns, there was not a full unsheltered PIT Count with volunteers fanning out across communities to count the number of homeless individuals. HUD approved CSOC to use the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) as an alternative data strategy for the count. HMIS is a database used by homeless service providers to collect client-level data and data on the provision of homeless services.
  • Fewer people were outside due to temperatures dipping below 35 degrees the morning of the count.
  • There were scheduling challenges for volunteers when the PIT count was postponed from January to February due to COVID-19 Omicron variant health concerns.
  • Less than 49% of the PIT volunteers assisted than initially registered in January. Many volunteers chose not to participate when the count was moved to late February.
  • Homeless encampment sweeps were conducted before the unsheltered count occurred. Outreach and engagement teams were not able to locate homeless individuals on the day of the count.

For more information and highlights about the Stanislaus County 2022 PIT Homeless Count, please click here for the Executive Summary and the Data Summary.

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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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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
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