Grant will help with the purchase of new mobile homes

SACRAMENTO—Today, Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia (R-Cathedral City) announced a $1.5 million grant was given to the Riverside County Redevelopment Agency by the Department of Housing and Community Development to help displaced farmworkers purchase new mobile homes.

The funds come from the Joe Serna, Jr. Farmworker Housing Grant Program (Serna Farmworker Program) and will help approximately 100 families with down payment assistance for the purchase of new mobile homes.

These funds will match monies from local government to make these homes affordable to low income families. This allows the county to continue an existing program which replaces unsafe, dilapidated existing mobile homes with new ones.

The new mobile home units will be located in new or rehabilitated parks in compliance with County and State Health and Safety standards, and intended for permanent, year round occupancy.

“Commitment of these dollars for safe housing in rural zones is another example of how the state is working to address the needs of its residents,” said Garcia. “We need to provide every opportunity for the hard-working families who put food on our tables to have a home of their own.”

Garcia is the Vice-chair of the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development, and has served on the Assembly Select Committee on Mobile Homes.