Lathrop divvies $6,000 in funds

Manteca Bulletin - - Front Page - By JA­SON CAMP­BELL

The dis­cus­sion about how best to ap­pro­pri­ate the thou­sands of dol­lars in Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Block Grant Fund­ing used to be as long as it was con­tentious. Not any­more. Af­ter a brief ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion with staff Mon­day night, the Lathrop City Coun­cil ap­proved staff’s rec­om­men­da­tions for how to best dis­trib­ute the an­nual fed­eral fund­ing from the Depart­ment of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment that serves two pur­poses – to fund com­mu­nity pro­grams like down pay­ment as­sis­tance and home re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion as well as as­sist lo­cal non-prof­its and com­mu­nity groups that can ben­e­fit from the ex­tra cash.

Ex­cept for Coun­cil­man Steve Dresser’s con­cerns over whether the $1,000 that was sug­gested for San Joaquin Fair Hous­ing – a manda­tory amount if the city wants to use the non-profit agency to ex­e­cute the hous­ing pro­grams that ben­e­fit Lathrop res­i­dents – the coun­cil had lit­tle qualms with the sug­gested amounts that will be given to the ex­act same or­ga­ni­za­tions that ben­e­fit­ted last year.

The two or­ga­ni­za­tions that re­quested fund­ing – the Man­teca/Lathrop Boys and Girls Club and the city’s own re­cre­ation depart­ment schol­ar­ship fund – were not granted the $5,000 each that they were ask­ing for. With just over $6,000 to be shared amongst all of the non-prof­its – a set per­cent­age of the over­all al­lot­ment that the city re­ceives – the full fund­ing of ei­ther would have meant that the sug­gested or­ga­ni­za­tions, each of which was se­lected by pre­vi­ous coun­cils, would have had to have gone with­out.

Re­ceiv­ing fund­ing this year are the Se­cond Har­vest Food Bank, who will get the largest check for $2,500, and Give Ev­ery Child a Chance, which will re­ceive $1,224. San Joaquin Fair Hous­ing, the Emer­gency Stock­ton Food Bank, and the San Joaquin County Hu­man Ser­vice Agency’s “Meals on Wheels” pro­gram will all re­ceive $1,000 each.

Dresser had spe­cially asked what San Joaquin Fair Hous­ing did for the City of Lathrop, and was in­formed by the ad­min­is­tra­tor of the CDBG pro­gram as well as City Man­ager Steve Sal­va­tore that the do­na­tion was part of a re­quired con­tri­bu­tion in or­der to use their ser­vices to help ad­min­is­ter the HOME In­vest­ment Part­ner­ship Act funds that Lathrop re­ceives ev­ery year – to­tal­ing al­most $20,000 this last go-around.

The non-profit pro­vides its ser­vices to the com­mu­ni­ties it serves in San Joaquin County free of charge, and is funded through CDBG funds from ev­ery city in the county. They also work to pre­vent dis­crim­i­na­tion in hous­ing across the board and strives to “en­sure that all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity have equal ac­cess to safe af­ford­able hous­ing.”

To con­tact re­porter Ja­son Camp­bell email jcamp­bell@man­te­cab­ul­letin.com or call 209.249.3544.

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