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Warren Buffett to auction off one last private lunch for homeless charity

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The world’s most expensive lunch will go on sale again this spring when investor Warren Buffett auctions off a private meal to raise money for a California homeless charity one last time.

Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway’s CEO, held the online lunch auction once a year for 20 years before the pandemic began to raise money for the Glide Foundation, which helps the homeless in San Francisco.

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State awards Modesto $3.9M grant to create apartments for homeless young people

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California has awarded Modesto $3.9 million to purchase and convert a downtown office building into a 14-unit apartment complex for young people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office issued a news release Wednesday announcing the award, as well as awards for nine other projects across the state, including $24 million to Merced to purchase and convert a motel into 96 studio apartments.

The awards are part of Project Homekey, a state initiative. It provides grants to local governments to purchase and convert hotels, motels, vacant buildings and other properties into permanent housing with services.

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Organizers seek to delay homeless count in Stanislaus County amid COVID-19 surge

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The COVID-19 surge caused by the contagious omicron variant has another Northern California county requesting to postpone the date of its "Point-In-Time Count" to address homelessness.

The count is an annual effort led by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to estimate the number of Americans without safe and stable housing.

Stanislaus County is the latest to request a delay in the count by a month, moving it to Feb. 23-24.

The Stanislaus Community System of Care Council voted unanimously Thursday to send a letter to HUD to ask for the date change.

The decision comes a week after Sacramento County announced the same delay. Last Monday, Sacramento Steps Forward announced the count in the county was pushed back to Feb. 23-24 from the original dates of Jan. 26-27.

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Wish Book: Santa Cruz farm provides jobs to the homeless, food for the community

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Brenda Deckman had lots of jobs in her life. Nurse’s aide. Manager of a Subway sandwich shop. Home health care aide. Laundromat worker.

But after a turbulent marriage that ended with her losing custody of her 5-year-old son, she fell into a deep depression, spiraled downward and ended up homeless, living in a tent in the Pogonip Open Space Preserve, a 640-acre wooded park on the northern edge of Santa Cruz.

She had no car. No bike. Not even one photo of her son. Adrift, aimless and lacking self-worth, she survived on food stamps, panhandled and bathed in a creek.

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Turlock Police: Boy told homeless man to leave park, then stabbed him

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TURLOCK, Calif. (KTXL) — Police said a homeless man was stabbed Tuesday afternoon in a Turlock park by a boy who now faces attempted homicide and hate crime charges.

Around 3 p.m., officers were called to Columbia Park and found the homeless man with stab wounds nearby, Turlock police reported.

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Homelessness at record high in Stanislaus County

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The number of homeless individuals in Stanislaus County jumped 28 percent from last year during the annual point-in-time count for 2021.

Every two years, during the last 10 days of January, the U.S. Department of Housing & Community Development requires communities across the country to conduct a comprehensive count of people experiencing homelessness. The goal is to measure the prevalence of homelessness in each local community.

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Shelter seen as key to tackling Manteca issues with homeless

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The most effective law enforcement tool the Manteca Police can be armed with to address quality of life crimes and low level misdemeanors committed by the homeless might just be a drop-in shelter.

That runs counter to the reasoning many of those in opposition to the concept espouse that “if you build it, they will come”.

At last week’s Manteca City Council meeting opponents to the city buying 8 acres On South Main Street with the intent of placing a homeless navigation center/drop in shelter and transitional housing on the eastbound most portion made that point.

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City of Turlock helps relocate unhoused community after emergency declaration by council

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TURLOCK, Calif. — The city of Turlock was working to relocate more than 50 unsheltered people from an encampment on Thursday after its city council voted to ratify a local emergency declaration dealing with the homelessness crisis during the coronavirus.

The city said in a press release the first encampment, which is located on private property, is one of three where they were working to rehome and clean up. Maryn Pitt, public information officer for Turlock, said that the Stanislaus County multi-agency service team was out at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 18, cleaning the site. 

"You know, there's health and safety issues that obviously are of concern to both the city, and are of concern to the folks that are living there," Pitt said.

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Turlock declares homelessness emergency

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Interim Turlock City Manager Gary Hampton issued a proclamation of a local emergency in response to the increase of individuals experiencing homelessness in Turlock and the Turlock City Council ratified it Tuesday night, and in doing so approved funding for mitigation efforts.

The proclamation was passed 5-0 and the funding was passed 4-1 with Councilman Andrew Nosrati casting the lone no vote.

The City Council approved spending $498,417 to assist shelter providers with additional costs of operations and to accommodate the increase in people served. The funding also will pay for site clean-up, supplies, service agreements, materials, staffing costs, maintenance and upkeep, and miscellaneous expenses.

By declaring a local emergency, the City can obtain additional resources, establish an immediate plan and respond quickly to urgent situations.

The local emergency proclamation will last for four months and has an end goal of reducing the number of people experiencing homelessness and setting up encampments around Turlock.

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Manteca is inching toward year round homeless shelter

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Manteca has taken the first step toward city funding of a year-round homeless shelter and services.

The City Council Tuesday authorized spending $180,000 in the first of what could be a series of six month contracts with the Turlock Gospel Mission to operate an emergency homeless shelter at 555 Industrial Park Drive.

The vote that extends the shelter through Sept. 30, 2021 also grants the city manager authorization to extend it for a second six-month period from Oct. 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022 for an additional $180,000.

They also approved a conditional use permit to allow the tent operation to legally take place in the industrial park much to the chagrin of neighboring property owners and businesses.

They expressed their dismay in an email to city officials sent via a representative. At least one owner that had spent significant money buying and repairing a nearby industrial building that had been damaged by an illegal marijuana growing operation several years ago has decided to sell due to the proximity of the homeless shelter. They have been experiencing non-stop issues with homeless that vandalize, trespass, and defecate on their property.

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