California families working less or unemployed because of the drought can apply for rental and utility assistance through the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development office.
The $10 million Drought Housing Rental Subsidies program is available in 24 counties including Fresno, Kings, Madera, Merced, and Tulare.
Nearly $2.3 million has already been approved and 4,500 people, mostly farm workers, have received help with their rent or electric payments, the department said.
“The severe drought this summer is having a heavy impact on all Californians, but especially on the workers and growers who depend on rain and a healthy crop for their income,” said Randall Deems, the department’s chief deputy director. “This short term disaster assistance will provide some stability to families and communities that are especially vulnerable this year.”
For more information, call (916) 388-2228.