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City of Modesto Approves New Agreement with Downtown Streets

CVV News-Posted: August 20, 2022

The Modesto City Council approved a new agreement with the Downtown Streets Team at the City Council Meeting held on August 9, 2022. The Downtown Streets Team is an essential piece of the City’s efforts to end homelessness, and the new agreement funds the fifty-member team until 2025.

Since 2019, the Downtown Streets Team (DST) has supported 204 team members and has assisted 79 individuals to obtain housing, and 61 individuals obtain employment. Downtown Streets Team has played an integral role in shifting the narrative on homelessness and the community has rallied behind the organization to support DST members with financial support, housing, and employment opportunities. 

“They were great,” said former Downtown Streets Team member Colleen. “They helped me get employment through Ready2Work with an actual paid position. I was able to get work experience. DST supported me until I got back on my feet not only financially but motivational as well.”

The Downtown Streets Team organization has been exceptional in supporting individuals experiencing homelessness by providing daily meaningful activities, building camaraderie, and supporting members in the following areas: securing employment, increasing engagement in mental health treatment, removing barriers to housing and employment, and assisting with vital documents. The daily meaningful activity for members includes outreach and engagement of individuals experiencing homelessness and litter abatement on public rights-of-ways such as parks, sidewalks, and other city-owned property. 

“Downtown Streets Team has become an essential part of our community and efforts towards ending homelessness and creating a path to self-sufficiency for those experiencing homelessness,” said City of Modesto Community Development Manager Jessica Hill.

The new agreement is funded through a combination of one-time monies from the American Rescue Plan Act, Community Development Block Grant, and the litter Abatement Fund for a total of $2.1 million over the next 3 years.  The anticipated work schedule will include 4-hour shifts Monday through Friday, with the team split into groups to tackle hot spot areas in the community, as assigned by the City.

Felicia Roberts took an idea gathered a few people to reached into a minority community to highlight the positive, using a minority newspaper the Central Valley Voice. Roberts was joined by her sisters Carolyn Williams, Alleashia Thomas, niece Hermonie Lynn Williams, nephew Ron Williams, cousin Jerald Lester, Jay Slaffey, Greg Savage, Tim Daniels and the late J Denise Fontaine. Each individual played an important role in the birth of the newspapers. Since, then many have stood strong behind the success of the newspapers and its goal to fill a void in the Central Valley community. The Central Valley Voice published their 1st issue in November 1991. Its purposed was to highlight the achievements of minorities in the Central Valley. The Voice focuses on the accomplishments of African Americans and Hispanics giving young people role models while diminishing the stereotypical pictures of gangs, crime and violence that permeate the minority communities. Since 1991, the Central Valley Voice has provided an important voice for the minority community throughout the Madera, Merced. Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

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