Harder Announces $2.5 Million Investment for Central Valley Affordable Housing

August 15, 2019
Press Release
Grants will Provide Resources to Expand Low Income Housing, Improve Emergency Shelters, and Re-House Homeless

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.

“As housing prices skyrocket in the Valley far too many families have been forced out on the street or are barely scraping by after paying rent,” said Rep. Harder. “This funding will help our community build and maintain housing that is actually affordable for folks and ensure that they aren’t forced to choose between buying groceries and paying rent.”

“We appreciate all of the efforts of Congressman Harder and his team to directly support homeless services in Stanislaus County,” said Jody Hayes, Chief Executive Officer of Stanislaus County.

The Community Development Block (CDBG) Grants program, which will provide $2,306,059 in funding, helps to provide decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program, which will provide $202,842 in funding, provides resources specifically for homeless individuals and families living on the street by improving the number, quality and operations of emergency shelters for our homeless and providing essential services to shelter residents, rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families, and prevent residents from becoming homeless in the first place.