Over $9 Million Coming to Kern County for New Affordable Housing

Department of Housing & Community Development Awards $9,482,845 in new housing grants

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SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) applauded the over $9 million in direct funding for new grants that will expand affordable housing opportunities in Kern County, including for farmworker housing. The $9,482,845 was awarded to several projects in Kern County through the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).

“I am thrilled to see that our fight for more investment in the Central Valley is being heard loud and clear,” said Assemblymember Salas. “On top of the $50 million I helped secure for projects throughout our communities, this nine million will have long-lasting impacts in our community by lowering the cost of rent, building more local housing, and providing our frontline workers with better living conditions.”

HCD recently announced the award of two grants made to Kern County. In total, $3,357,845 was allocated from the Permanent Local Housing Allocation program to help build more affordable housing for working families in communities with unmet housing needs. Additionally, $6,125,000 was allocated from the Joe Serna, Jr. Farmworker Housing Grant program for the construction of new affordable housing for farmworkers and their families in Kern County.

This year alone, Assemblymember Salas also secured approximately $50 million for long-term infrastructure projects and educational funding throughout the Central Valley.