Neighborhood Services Division
The Neighborhood Services Division administers federal funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Lodi receives two grants based on a formula allocation:
- The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
- The HOME Investment Partnership Act Grant (HOME)
Federal funds administered by the division support programs and services for low-to-moderate income citizens and neighborhoods to increase self-sufficiency and meet needs that are otherwise not being met in the community.
The Neighborhood Services Division works closely with the Lodi Improvement Committee in developing programs to improve the quality of life for Lodi residents.
2022 Point in Time Count – January 26, 2022
The Point in Time (PIT) Count is, a bi-annual effort to account for the total number of unsheltered individuals that call San Joaquin County (SJC) home. In addition to being a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mandate, the PIT Count survey provides vital unsheltered count data to help inform local strategies, planning and policies to address housing and homeless issues. Additionally, obtaining an accurate count determines how much funding our community is eligible to receive from local, state and federal resources. By counting the number of unsheltered in our community, we can determine the scope of the problem and the resources needed to get folks permanently off the streets.
On Wednesday January 26, 2022, over 100 volunteers participated in the San Joaquin County 2022 Point in Time Count for Lodi. Members of the San Joaquin Continuum of Care (SJ CoC), United Way, Lodi Committee on Homelessness (LCOH), a handful of volunteers, and City staff started their day before 5:30am to ensure everything was prepared for the volunteers by 7am at Gravity Church. Registration tables, outreach gear including N95 masks, gloves, and brightly colored vests were provided to volunteers to ensure safety at the command center and out in the field. Prior to the day of the event, volunteers had gathered to combine donations provided by the gracious community into approximately 200 backpacks for the unsheltered that included hygiene kits, winter gloves, beanies, and other essential supplies. Additionally, Community Partnerships for Families in collaboration with the Emergency Food Bank provided sack lunches for the unsheltered individuals that participated in the survey. These efforts make a positive difference in our community and we appreciate and want to thank everyone that participated and made the event possible, including volunteers, LCOH, Gravity Church, CPFSJ, The Salvation Army, Grace and Mercy, Vinewood Community Church, St. John’s, Community Medical Center, Gospel Center Rescue Mission, Lodi Police Department, our new Liaison Officer Cascio, Mayor Chandler, Council Member Kuehne, SJ CoC, United Way, San Joaquin County, and so many more.
Since 1985, the City of Lodi has participated in the Community Development Block Grant Program, which distributes federal funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development each year.
An Access Center is a low-barrier, service-enriched shelter that facilitates linkage to needed resources to help individuals and families exit the cycle of homelessness. Onsite services include intensive case management, hygiene facilities, 24/7 staffing including security, and janitorial services. An Access Center offers highly marginalized people the opportunity to regain safety and engage in supportive connections that allow them to move forward with rebuilding their lives, as well as develop pathways to permanent housing, income, healthcare, sobriety, and stability. In a low-barrier setting, partners, pets, and possessions are allowed to make sheltering more accessible by minimizing barriers. Low-barrier does not mean low-expectations. Violence, weapons, open use of substances, or disruptive behavior is not allowed within or around the facility.
The Non-Profit Assistance (NPA) Program is designed to provide grant funding to local non-profits experiencing a financial shortfall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the NPA Program reimburses eligible non-profits $25,000 to $50,000 for operating capital expenses, such as payroll, insurance, lease/mortgage payments, inventory, marketing, accounting, and other supplies. The City anticipates awarding up to $300,000 of ARPA funds to non-profit organizations.
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