Federal government stimulus funds are being provided to the San Gabriel Valley area of California, including the cities of Pasadena, El Monte, Alhambra, Baldwin Park and Pomona. These cities have been given funds in order to provide families with rent and housing assistance and to pay for a number of other programs. This financial aid will help keep people from losing their homes or being evicted from their apartments and keep them off the street.
There will be a variety of organizations overseeing the program. For example, the city of El Monte will operate the rental assistance program citywide, but will also contract with nonprofit groups to administer the aid.
Several million dollars will be provided in aid. For example, El Monte received $1,110,000, Baldwin Park $600,000, Pasadena $910,000, Alhambra $567,605, Los Angeles County $12 million, Pomona $1,165,000, Norwalk $635,000, and Downey $610,000 in government assistance.
The funds and cash grants are being distributed under a homelessness prevention assistance program outlined in the recent federal stimulus legislation, with the primary goal of keeping families in their homes.
The money will be used to provide for any type of housing expense, including providing support to struggling families, whether it is to help pay for utility bills or security deposits, rent (which can be paid from anywhere from 3 to 18-month rental assistance periods). In addition, motel or hotel vouchers can be provided for short term shelter.
Not only will it help keep families in their homes, government officials hope the money will cut down on the cost long term homelessness has on taxpayers and government. You can apply for this aid at local community action agencies and charities, such as the Salvation Army.
San Gabriel Valley Service Center, Community and Senior Services offers a number of social services and programs for older adults, including senior citizens and the homebound. They can provide seniors free meals and recreational activities. Workshops will be held on issues such as prescription medications and basic health care check ups. They are a full member of the Title V program and offer the various services that are part of this. Some counselors can also help people navigate the various, complicated health care rules and regulations as well, including Medicare and they offer a so called SHIP program as well. Centers are in many local towns, including Pasadena. Call (626) 795-4331
The San Gabriel Valley Foundation for Dental Health is a non-profit that is funded by government and private grants. It can provide free or low cost dental care, cleanings, and more to those who qualify. Some assistance is done so on a sliding fee scale. The dental services are provided by professional staff such as dentists, assistants and dental hygienists. Dial (626) 934-2892 for information.
Valley Coalition for the Homeless supports people in the greater East San Gabriel Valley region, however as resources allow the geographic region may be increased. Among other resources it provides emergency food assistance for homeless people and the extremely low income in the valley. Services offered includes sack lunches, personal hygiene and other basic needs. Donations are always appreciated. The address is 1345 Turnbull Canyon Rd., Hacienda Heights California, 91745, call (626) 333-7204
Salvation Army of San Gabriel - Phone (626)288-8846. They offer some year round services, including an Afterschool Tutoring Program and Summer School classes at their Learning Center. There is also a Senior Food Distribution Service for low income elderly members, and this is held on the second Thursday of each month. The center also has the Christmas' Angel Tree Program, which offers presents and has an enrollment period in November.
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