United Samaritans, We Care receives CDBG funds from the city

Turlock City Council has awarded five local agencies a combined grant of $75,000 to address affordable housing, homelessness and other needs through the federal Community Development Block Grant program.

This annual program allows the city to allocate up to 15% of its annual allocation to utilities, plus an additional 15% of its program revenue generated the previous year. This year, Turlock had $173,000 to use for this activity.

A request for proposals for funding was made available to nonprofits providing services to low- and moderate-income Turlock households at the end of 2021. In January, nine applications were submitted to the CDBG selection committee for review and scoring . The CDBG Selection Committee was appointed by the Turlock Board on January 11.

The apps offered a variety of services to help families and individuals with emergency shelter, food, street youth services, recreational scholarships, eye care, and services to tenants/owners.

The Grants Selection Committee has noted and established the following proposed funding list:

  • We Care Emergency Shelter: $10,000
  • United Samaritans Foundation Emergency Food Box Program: $10,000
  • United Samaritans Foundation Seniors Breakfast Program: $10,000
  • Human Services Center Youth Outreach Center: $10,000
  • City of Turlock Parks and Recreation Department Scholarships: $10,000
  • Project Sentinel Fair Housing Services: $10,000
  • New Emergency Rent/Utilities Assistance Program (City staff created this program to fill a need and are looking for a nonprofit to run it): $60,000

The city council chose to accept the chosen winners with some modifications. They voted to also award $10,000 to the United Samaritans Foundation’s Elderly Resident Eye Care Program and they increased the award amount for the USF food box program to $25,000.

“They have so many more people coming and it’s not going to get better, it’s going to get worse,” Mayor Amy Bublak said of offering to raise the price at USF for emergency food boxes. “We have to plan for the worst on this one that people won’t be able to afford the food because the price is so high and they’re going to rely on us to help them.”

The grants are only part of CDBG’s funding allocation for the 2022-2023 fiscal year, which will be $627,012. This amount, plus the estimated program revenue of $130,000 and the deferral of $1,700,000, leaves a total of $2,457,012 for the City for affordable housing, temporary relocation assistance, utilities, fair housing activities, public improvements and administration. CDBG funds are intended to serve low- and middle-income households in the city and have been used effectively to help eliminate degraded conditions, while also contributing to the creation, maintenance and sustainability of affordable housing.

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