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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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.
Harder is First Democratic Central Valley Rep to Serve on Committee in Decades
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) in a letter opposed the appointment of Robert Marbut as the next Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH). Marbut has served as a consultant to various cities, advising them on housing issues, but opposes the proven “housing first” model – a policy that has been supported by Republican and Democratic Administrations – which ensures people have a safe place to stay without tacking on additional obstacles.
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.