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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Turlock, CA - Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will invest $2.5 million to help expand affordable housing for low income and moderate income people in Stanislaus County. This funding comes after the recent Stanislaus report in which 22 percent of homeless individuals reported not being able to afford rent or mortgage payments as the primary reasons for becoming homeless.
Sixty-Three Percent of Students in Harder’s District Qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch
WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) slammed a new proposal from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which would take school lunches away from an estimated 265,000 American children living in poverty, making it harder for kids to get access to nutrition while in school. Rep. Harder is part of a joint effort with other members of the House Committee on Agriculture to express grave concern about the proposal.
WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Josh Harder today announced a bipartisan bill to tackle the Central Valley homelessness crisis. There are thousands of people in Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties experiencing homelessness and hundreds left on the street every day.
Harder’s Fighting Homelessness Through Services and Housing Act combats the homelessness crisis at the local level by establishing new funding to address root causes of the crisis like mental illness, addiction and poverty.