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$60K in federal funds may help Manteca’s low income

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POSTED February 21, 2012 12:48 a.m.

Thousands of struggling Manteca residents ultimately will benefit from roughly $60,000 in federal funds that the City Council is expected to distribute tonight to qualifying non-profit agencies.

The money is part of $452,395 in Community Development Block Grant funds that the federal government has allocated to Manteca for the purpose of making either physical improvements or providing services to low- and moderate-income neighborhoods and people.

The balance of the once-a-year grant is going to make physical improvements for everything from improved storm control in older neighborhoods to replacing buckling sidewalks.

The proposed allotment includes:

• $5,672 to supply low-income youth with scholarships to participate in City of Manteca recreation programs.

• $5,000 to help three Manteca handicapped residents to make their homes more accessible with devices such as wheelchair ramps, grab bars, door widening, and other minor house modifications through the Disability Resource Agency for Independent Living.

• $2,000 to supply fresh produce to Manteca residents accessing the Emergency Food Bank of Stockton/San Joaquin.

• $5,672 to Give Every Child a Chance to help provide nutritional snacks and drinks to 2,490 participants from Manteca in the organization’s free tutoring programs.

• $5,672 to HOPE Family Shelters to help pay salaries and benefits to those who operate the organization’s three homeless shelters.

• $5,672 to help the San Joaquin County Human Services Agency purchase and deliver meals to individuals 60 and older in Manteca who are homebound due to illness or disability.

• $5,672 to the Second Harvest Food Bank to go toward the Senior Brown Bag Program,  Food Assistance Program, and Food for Thought effort.

• $5,672 for the South County Crisis Center to go toward operation expenses needed to offer a variety of programs aimed at curbing domestic violence.

• $4,000 for the Women’s Center of San Joaquin County to cover salary and benefits for workers operating a safe home in Tracy that Manteca victims access.

• $5,000 to LOVE Inc. to provide assistance for 78 Manteca households to aavoid having city water or sewer cut off.

The City Council meets at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

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