STOCKTON — San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved nearly $19 million in spending designed to improve the quality of life for the County’s most vulnerable residents.
“This approved funding is of the utmost importance to ensure our most vulnerable residents have the necessary programs and services to keep them healthy, safe, and sheltered as well as give them opportunities to grow and thrive,” noted Robert Rickman, Chair of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors. “These actions represent the Board’s commitment to San Joaquin County and our collective strategic priorities.”
The funding and programs include:
*$5.33 million to fund older adult services such as congregate meals, elder abuse prevention, caregiver support and training, Meals on Wheels, transportation, medical equipment and additional programs and services.
*$223,496 to provide child abuse prevention, intervention and treatment program services. The money will be used for parenting educational classes, family intervention program services, and respite/crisis childcare services.
*$1,691,173 to provide CalWORKs vocational education and training services. The money helps fund 12-week educational training courses through the San Joaquin Office of Education in business technology, construction technology, and culinary arts three times per year.
*$741,526 to provide the Housing Navigation and Maintenance Program (HNMP) which funds housing navigators to assist young adults, aged 18 to 24, to secure and maintain housing. Services include case management, housing resource services, rent assistance, payment of security deposits, and emergency support, such as hotel vouchers for immediate housing. Priority is given to current and former foster youth.
*A $1.75 million increase to extend the Family Urgent Response System Program which provides in-person support to youth and families facing immediate crisis. The program allows for collaborative and timely state-level phone-based response and county-level in-home, in-person mobile response during circumstances of instability.
*$1,504,352 for the Emergency Child Care Bridge Program Childcare navigation services to assist caregivers with understanding the childcare systems and in locating appropriate childcare. Emergency childcare payments may be made for referred children for up to 12-months. Trauma informed care training and coaching is available to all childcare providers to teach best practices and strategies for working with foster youth.
*$2,242,080 to provide Transitional Housing Program Plus services which provide a safe living environment while helping youth develop life skills for successful independent living. It supports youth by providing stable housing and services such as education assistance, counseling, employment support and training, and case management. Services are available to former foster youth ages 18 to 24, including those formerly supervised by probation.
*$570,227 to provide Wellness WORKs Program services through California State University Stanislaus. The program provides educational services to support entry into the workforce and increase employment success. Training is offered in the areas of: managing job stress, conflict resolution in the workplace, safety and prevention of workplace violence, and money management.
*A $5.12 million increase in funding to extend Wraparound Program Services and provide alternatives to higher level residential care for foster youth through expanded family-based services provided in the youth’s home, neighborhoods, or schools.
“This approved funding is of the utmost importance to ensure our most vulnerable residents have the necessary programs and services to keep them healthy, safe, and sheltered as well as give them opportunities to grow and thrive. These actions represent the Board’s commitment to San Joaquin County and our collective strategic priorities” concluded Robert Rickman, Chair of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.