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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif)

October 23, 2020

Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced that a $700,000 federal grant will be allocated to Santa Cruz County to help increase access to affordable housing opportunities.  The county will receive a grant from HOME Investment Partnership Program, which is administered by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.  HOME is the largest federal block grant to state and local governments designed to increase affordable housing opportunities.  The funds will be used for down payment assistance for first time homebuyers and tenant-based rental assistance to make rental housing more affordable.

“We have endured a bruising pandemic and devastating wildfires on the Central Coast, which have compounded our local affordable housing crisis,” said Congressman Panetta.  “It continues to be my obligation as the federal representative, especially during these tough times, to ensure that the federal government is here on the ground.  This federal grant coming in to our community will help ease the pressure on Santa Cruz County families by providing them with a path to secure some form of housing.  I’m proud to play my part during these health, environmental, and housing crises by getting the federal government to play its part to help our communities on the Central Coast.” 

Congressman Panetta has helped secure over $76 million in housing funds for the Central Coast since entering Congress, including $14 million in CARES Act housing funding for those affected by the pandemic.  Congressman Panetta is working hard to provide a federal solution to the affordable housing crisis by meeting with and hearing from constituents affected by this issue, including a visit this month to Santa Cruz County homeless encampments with local leaders.