Homelessness

Homelessness is one of the most common issues I hear about as I travel through the Central Valley. Almost 2,000 people, including about 250 kids, are homeless in Stanislaus County, and the numbers in San Joaquin County are just as troubling. We have to do more to get folks off the streets and into safe housing. I am committed to bringing federal support to our local governments and organizations to combat this growing problem in our communities.

We need a comprehensive solution to confront its root causes to get our neighbors back on their feet. That’s why I am a proud supporter of the Fighting Homelessness Through Services and Housing Act. This bipartisan bill would provide $750 million in federal investments to local governments and nonprofits to provide wrap-around services such as emergency housing, mental health services, treatment for substance abuse, and job training for people who are homeless.

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More on Homelessness

June 10, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — In reaction to a stunning new ProPublica report on the average tax rate paid by the wealthiest 25 Americans in recent years, Rep. Josh Harder called on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to do everything in its power to ensure the wealthiest individuals and corporations are paying their fair share. According to the report, the wealthiest 25 Americans paid a true tax rate of just 3.4% from 2014 to 2018.

June 1, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced that 232 Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs) are now available for individuals and families experiencing hardships in San Joaquin County. These vouchers were authorized by the American Rescue Plan that Rep. Harder voted to pass earlier this year. These vouchers will provide rental assistance to individuals and families who are experiencing one of four of the qualifying categories: 
Homelessness;
At risk of experiencing homelessness; 
May 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) is encouraging Central Valley families to apply for rental and utility assistance before the federal eviction moratorium ends at the end of June. According to recent reporting, only 10% of the total rental assistance money allotted to California has actually been sent to families in need. Applications have totaled only 30% of all available funds. Earlier this year, Rep.

January 15, 2021 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Thanks to the stimulus bill passed late last year, millions of dollars in federal housing support will flow to the Central Valley, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced today. The funding is made available through the Treasury Department’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) – and will help people struggling to pay rent and utilities as a result of the pandemic.

December 18, 2020 Press Release

Harder is First Democratic Central Valley Rep to Serve on Committee in Decades

June 12, 2020 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today announced a total federal investment of $11,579,704 to help Central Valley communities combat homelessness during the Coronavirus Pandemic. The funds were authorized in the CARES Act and are being distributed through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Homeless Emergency Solutions Grant program. Funding includes $4,326,957 for San Joaquin County, $3,891,785 for Stanislaus County, and $3,360,962 specifically for the City of Modesto.

January 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – A day after rolling out his plan to combat homelessness, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) introduced the Homelessness Emergency Declaration Act, which would allow governors to request a federal emergency declaration to obtain federal support. The emergency declaration process included in the bill is modeled after the existing process for requesting emergency aid after a natural disaster.

January 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released his plan to address the homeless crisis in the Central Valley in advance of this year’s Point in Time Count, which assesses the total number of people who are homeless throughout the country. Homelessness is a growing problem in Rep. Harder’s district, where the rate of homelessness grew by nearly 16 percent between 2017 and 2019. Homelessness is also a statewide problem in California, which saw a larger increase in the number of homeless people over the last year than all other states combined.

December 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today released a comprehensive end of year report detailing his accomplishments on behalf of the Central Valley in his first year in office. The report details Rep. Harder’s legislative work, constituent services, and federal investments returned to the district in his first year in office.

December 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today announced $142,780 for the Housing Authority of Stanislaus County. The funding will provide housing as well as supportive services including health care, mental health treatment, and substance abuse counseling for chronically homeless and at-risk veterans and their families at a time when homelessness in the county is at a record high.

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