Dennis Cardoza is the Congressional Representative for the California’s District 18, which covers a substantial part of the Central Valley from Stockton to Fresno. He has represented this district since 2003 and is no stranger to the struggles of the people in this area.
Congressman Cardoza has consistently recognized the need for better public services and aid in the Central Valley, so when the Merced County Housing Authority approached him for help to provide shelter for homeless veterans he felt the need to do something about it.
The Central Valley has struggled for some time with unemployment and homelessness and there has been little or no aid for those living on the streets. Representative Cardoza has a vision that these homeless veterans will take the opportunity that this new housing program offers and help better themselves and their living situations.
The voucher was issued under the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. These will allow for some cities in the Central Valley to build at least 75 permanent housing facilities. When the Merced County Housing Authority reached out for help, their request had been denied for three years. Congressman Cardoza decided to write a letter to the Veterans’ Affairs Office in San Francisco to ask for some help in getting this voucher to the San Joaquin Valley.
The vouchers that were given to the Merced District are just a small portion of a bigger national government program; more than $75 million was appropriated this year to support the housing needs of more than 10,000 homeless around the nation.
Congressman Cardoza is pleased with the help that has been provided to the Housing Authority in Merced and said that, “Our veterans have made enormous sacrifices for our country, and they deserve at the very least to have a safe and secure place to call home.” The program will continue to run its services for as long as the funding is provided; their plan is to alleviate the homeless problem in the area and provide both them and their families with a place to stay.
Congressman Cardoza worked tirelessly with several government departments to provide this housing, along with case management and other helpful services for current homeless veterans. The grants that were awarded to the Central Valley are a great accomplishment for this district, and will help to solve real time problems that people are facing in the area.