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Harder Announces $3.9 Million Grant to Address Homelessness in Modesto

WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Josh Harder announced that Modesto’s Center for Human Services (CHS) will receive $3,973,353 to build fourteen residential units and provide comprehensive services to homeless and at risk youth. This funding comes from the American Rescue Plan Rep. Harder voted to pass into law last March.

These housing units will be built at 1208 9th Street in Modesto and operated by Modesto’s Center for Human Services (CHS). It is within one mile of Modesto Junior College and a 12-minute bus ride to the county’s Youth Navigation Center (YNC), a one-stop service hub for youth aged 13-25 in crisis, unstably housed and/or experiencing homelessness.

“The best way we can combat homelessness is stopping folks from becoming homeless in the first place. This $3.9 million grant means we’ll have more housing and services for our at risk and homeless youth so we can get to them early and get them the help they need,” said Rep. Harder. “Building this housing could end up being the difference between a young person getting back on their feet and them facing a lifetime of chronic homelessness. I’m incredibly proud it’s heading directly to our community.”

“We are thrilled to receive this Homekey 2 funding as it will give us the opportunity to add fourteen new youth housing units to the Stanislaus County housing inventory,” said Cynthia Duenas, Center for Human Services Executive Director. “Our goal is to end youth homelessness and affordable housing anchors the system we are building to support our community’s most vulnerable young people.  We’re especially grateful to the City of Modesto for supporting this effort.” 

Read more about Rep. Harder’s work to address the homelessness crisis in the Central Valley online here.

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