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

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.

December 9, 2019 Press Release

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.

August 15, 2019 Press Release

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.

July 23, 2019 Press Release

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.

March 28, 2019 Press Release

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.