Apple Valley Designates $93,000 For Social Services & Parks Improvements

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. – The Town Council presented checks totaling more than $93,000 to thirteen local non-profits for social service programs. The awarded programs include foster youth services, transitional age youth housing, student school supplies, youth activities including boxing, fair housing services, homeless shelter and services, and domestic violence shelter and services, to name a few.

The Fiscal Year 2019-20 Action Plan also allocates another $311,000 in annual federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds for parks improvements and the Town’s residential rehab loan program.

The awarded non-profits ensure hundreds if not thousands of Apple Valley residents receive services and resources to help improve their quality of life.

“The process to select these nonprofits is highly competitive,” said Mayor Larry Cusack. “Thanks to an evaluation by our Community Development Citizen’s Advisory Committee, and feedback at public hearings, the Town Council is able to designate funds that will help hundreds of Apple Valley residents improve their quality of life.”

The Fiscal Year 2019-20 Annual Action Plan will include funding for both Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership (HOME) programs. Each year, Apple Valley receives funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide decent, affordable housing, a suitable living environment and economic opportunities for people with low to moderate incomes. While most of the federal funds are used for residential rehabilitation loans, capital improvements, including parks and streets, and job attraction and creation programs, up to 15% can be allocated for specific social service programs.

“We are thankful for the support that the Town of Apple Valley has extended to us over the years helping us to make a difference in the lives of our homeless residents,” said Executive Director of High Desert Homeless Services Jimmy Waldron. “With their support we are able to return homeless Apple Valley residents back to our communities with employment and housing. Together we can make a difference and help to end homelessness.”

Waldron’s organization received two grants this year. One grant provides ongoing support for homeless services and shelter. A second grant of $61,000 utilizes CDBG capital improvement funds, and will go toward partially offsetting the costs of the Community Warming Shelter that provides heated sheltering during the colder winter season here in the High Desert.

Consistent with the 2017-2021 Consolidated Plan, Apple Valley’s priority needs remain the same for the upcoming fiscal year, with a focus on housing programs, homeless services, economic development and employment opportunities, human services, education services, and accessibility and mobility.

  • The agencies and projects approved receive funding for the 2019-2020 fiscal year are:
  • Assistance League of Victor Valley – Operation School Bell $10,000
  • Feed My Sheep Ministries – Food Bank $4,000
  • Child Advocates of San Bernardino – Foster Youth Services $6,000
  • Cedar House Life Change Center – Transitional Age Youth Housing $8,000
  • Apple Valley Police Activities League – Youth activities/group workouts $6,809
  • Rolling Start – Disabled Equipment $4,000
  • Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board – Fair Housing Services $10,000
  • Family Assistance Program – Transitional Housing $10,000
  • High Desert Homeless Services – Shelter and Resources for the homeless $10,000
  • Moses House Ministries/Rose of Sharon – Resources and Referrals for Families $7,000
  • Victor Valley Domestic Violence – Outreach Services/A Better Way shelter $10,000
  • Victor Valley Community Service Council (VVCSC) – Senior and Disabled Needs Program $8,000
  • TOAV Code Enforcement – Code Enforcement- CDBG Target Areas $24,000
  • High Desert Homeless Services – Community Warming Shelter $61,000
  • Corwin Park Playground and Amenities – Replacement of Playground Equipment $68,000
  • Cramer Park Demolition – Restroom Demolition $10,000
  • James Woody Park Irrigation – Irrigation Replacement $125,000
  • Residential Rehabilitation Loan Program – Provide zero-interest loans to owner-occupied Single-family and multi-family properties (up to four-units) $118,507

For more information regarding the Town’s Housing Programs, call (760) 240-7000, x 7208 or visit http://www.AppleValley.org.

Simone Graham – Editor High Desert Gazette

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