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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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Ben Cantu spent nearly three decades as a cog in Manteca’s municipal government.

As a planner, he often dealt with people who believed government moves too slow even if it has no choice due to regulations and laws that govern how cities operate.

Today after two years as Manteca’s mayor Cantu repeatedly has expressed his frustration with what he sees as the city’s lack of nimbleness in executing endeavors. And no subject draws his ire more than Manteca’s efforts to step up how it addresses homeless issues.

Cantu on Tuesday, before the council again made getting a homeless navigation center in place as a high priority for the budget year starting July 1, voiced his frustration at what he sees as a lack of progress.

“Frankly I don’t think we’ve been successful,” Cantu said after City Manager Miranda Lutzow updated the council on the status of current fiscal year goals that included the navigation center.

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Manteca’s homeless warming center this winter will cost taxpayers significantly more than last year.

The City Council when they meet today at 5 o’clock will decide between two options for a homeless warming center. One is a 40-foot by 80-foot tent option for $180,000. The other is a 48-foot by 60-foot modular options for $225,000.

 Last winter the city in partnership with Inner City Action opened a warming center with the city setting aside $25,000 to run generators to heat the tent. The faith-based non-profit handled the other costs through donations. They did get some additional help from the city when donations came up short to cover fuel to run the generators.

The City Council meeting can be viewed livestreaming via the city’s website or by going to Comcast Cable TV Channel 97.

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Homeless Outreach Effort In Riverbank

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The Stanislaus County Outreach and Engagement Team hit the streets of Riverbank last Friday morning, Sept. 18 to assist the homeless individuals. Vice Mayor Luis Uribe contacted the group to aid the less fortunate after volunteering with Christian Food Sharing earlier this month. The team visited several locations in Riverbank including the Scout Hall, St. Frances of Rome Church, and Jacob Myers Park to engage with the homeless.

“I spoke to ten of our homeless and the feedback I received from them was valuable,” said Uribe. “I immediately contacted Kyle DeJesus to set up a visit from their Outreach Team. I think it's important that we be proactive and continue to build relationships and trust with our homeless.”

The team consisted of the following agencies: Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS), Community Services Agency (CSA), Center for Human Services (CHS), Golden Valley Health Center (GVHC), Telecare Outreach, and Turning Point Community Programs (TPCP) Housing Assessment Team (HAT).

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Councilmembers seek to revitalize the westside

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Two City Council members have a plan to revitalize Turlock’s westside and are seeking the public’s support in making it reality.

City Council member Gil Esquer and Vice Mayor Andrew Nosrati have created a long-term plan to address homelessness in Turlock and beautify parts of the westside. The working document lays out a roadmap for creating a homeless intervention center, a housing plan that starts with a tent city and transitions to a tiny home community and improvements like opening walking paths, more lighting and adding greenspace to the westside.

“We’ve done a pretty good job with downtown…but we need to find a way to expand that a little further. This is a start,” said Esquer, who represents District 2 that includes the westside.

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Homelessness In Stanislaus County Increased By Almost 10 Percent In 2019

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MODESTO (CBS13) – Stanislaus County officials report that in 2019 homelessness in the county increased by 9.6 percent or 184 people.

There are a total of 2,107 people, including 207 children, who experienced homelessness in Stanislaus County from January 2018 to January 2019, according to a statement issued Monday by Stanislaus County officials.

The majority of homeless people in the most recent count was found in the cities of Modesto and Turlock, the county reports The count was gathered through a questionnaire of people who were both sheltered and unsheltered.

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Modesto woman hopeful California’s new homeless program will help her, 5-year-old son

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MODESTO, Calif — California Governor Gavin Newsom's office announced Thursday a major boost to help give people experiencing homelessness a roof over their heads by putting $600 million from the state budget toward the so-called Project Homekey.

The project is the next phase of Project Roomkey, a collaborative effort from state and local officials to house the unhoused during the coronavirus pandemic. The new phase is a plan to give those facing homelessness during the pandemic a key to their own home not just one to a room.

Of the $600 million, "$550 million is derived from the State's direct allocation of the federal Coronavirus Aid Relief Funds (CRF), and $50 million is derived from the State's General Fund," according to the California Department of Housing and Community Development.

The grant money isn't flowing yet because cities and counties will have to apply. Once approved, they'll use the money to buy hotels, motels and vacant apartment buildings and turn them into permanent housing for homeless residents.

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Freeway camps present major eyesores, safety issues

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Scattered along the stretch of Highway 99 between Service Road and downtown Modesto freeway off-ramps is a growing collection of homeless camps –marked by large piles of debris – offering visual blight impossible for motorists to ignore and shaking the heads of Chamber of Commerce folks.

One such camp south of the Hatch Road overpass – which the city’s code enforcement unit has cleared out a number of times – places occupants walking and camping dangerously just feet away from freeway traffic. Another camp with its makeshift living quarters and scattered debris greet motorists negotiating the westbound Hatch Road off-ramp.

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‘They have no place to go’: Ventura County sees number of homeless students double

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Maria Medina never thought she'd become homeless. When she lost her leg due to diabetes last summer, her husband, a farmworker, missed work to take care of her. Then he lost his job, leaving the family unable to pay their $1,300 monthly rent. The family of five, with one daughter in high school and two daughters under age 4, was homeless.

“I always thought about homelessness as something that wouldn’t happen to me. But you don’t know until it happens to you, and you can’t easily explain to the kids,” said Maria Medina, who has lived in Oxnard her entire life.

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How can California colleges help homeless and hungry students?

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Dr. Rashida Crutchfield, an associate professor in the School of Social Work at California State University, Long Beach, sits in the Associated Students Inc. Beach Pantry on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, in Long Beach. Over 750 leaders from the CSU, CCC and UC systems will gather for California Higher Education Basic Needs Alliance, CHEBNA, 2020 Summit: Advancing Student Success, on Thursday and Friday, February 6 and 7, in Costa Mesa.(Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Cal State Long Beach Professor Rashida Crutchfield began focusing on homelessness and food insecurity among college students more than a decade ago.

Back then, she worked at Covenant House of California, a non-profit in Hollywood that provides housing and other support to homeless young adults. Now, Crutchfield is a leading researcher on the lack of basic needs among students enrolled in higher education.

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