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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 5B Local coalition gets $1.15 million for housing of a three-year agreement between the coalition and the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Households whose com- bined income is 50 percent or less of the area median income, adjusted for family size, may qualify for a num- ber of assistance programs. Rental deposits, monthly rent, past-due rent, and utili- ty deposits and payments are some of the programs designed to keep families fac- ing eviction in their homes or to find new homes if they are homeless. The overall thrust of the program is to stabilize fami- lies whose financial struggle has led to homelessness or threatens the loss of housing. The Tri-County Homeless Coalition has received the first of the money awarded to it under the Federal Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program. The money is part of the $42 million awarded to the state of California as part of the American Recovery and Re- investment Act. The nonprofit coalition that includes Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center,, High Sierra Family Resource Center, Lassen Family Services and Crossroads Ministries - was formed to help low-income residents of Lassen, Plumas and Sierra counties maintain their current housing or find housing if homeless. This funding was awarded as part Summer trail jobs available for high Part of the enrollment process consists of intensive financial counseling and looking at the long-term pic- ture. "This is more than one- time help," says Dennis Thibeault, executive director of Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center, the lead agency for the project. "We look at a fam- fly's entire situation, and tai- lor a solution that will lead to long-term stability." For more information about this program, contact the following locations. In Lassen County, contact Crossroads Ministries at 251- 0701 or Lassen Family Services at 257-4599; in Plumas County, contact Plumas. Crisis Intervention and Resource Center at 283- 5515; and in Sierra County, contact High Sierras Family Resource Center at 993-11t0. Snow survey shows water content lower th, n normal The Department of Water Resources' first snow survey of the 2009-10 winter season, indicates snow water content is 85 percent of normal for the date, statewide. This time last year, snow water content was 76 percent of normal statewide. "Despite some recent storms, the snow survey shows that we're still playing catch-up when it comes to our statewide water supplies," said DWR Chief Deputy Director Sue Sims. "Looking at the real possibility of a fourth dry year, we must pre- pare now, conserve now and act now, so that we have enough water for homes, farms and businesses in 2010 and in the future." Governor Schwarzenegger has championed a compre- hensive water plan he signed into law last month. The plan will safeguard the state's water supply through a com- prehensive plan that includes water conservation; more surface and groundwater storage; new investments in the state's aging water infra- structure; and improved water conveyance to protect the environment and provide a reliable water supply. While the snow survey determined the water content is higher than last year at this time, it's too early to be certain improved figures will translate into a better water year than the state experi- enced last year. Electronic sensor readings show northern Sierra snow water equivalents at 77 per- cent of normal for this date, central Sierra at 85 percent and southern Sierra at 99 per- cent. The sensor readings are posted at cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi- progs/snow/DLYSWEQ. Storage in California's major reservoirs is low. Lake Oroville, the principal stor- age reservoir for the State Water Project, is at 29 percent of capacity, and 47 percent of average storage for this time of year. DWR's early estimate that it will only be able to deliver 5 percent of requested .State Water Project water this year to the Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, Central Coast and Southern California reflects low storage levels in the state's major reservoirs; ongoing drought conditions and environmental restric- tions on, water deliveries from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect endangered fish species. Increased precipitation this winter could increase this allocation level. DWR estimates fishery agency restrictions on Delta pumping adopted in the past year to protect Delta smelt, salmon and other species could reduce annual deliver- ies of State Water Project water by up to 30 percent. school students The Student Conservation Association has received funding through the U.S. Forest Service and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to recruit local high school students for summer trail crews on the Klamath, Tahoe and Plumas national forests. SCA will work with local high school employment offices in Yreka, Quincy and Truckee to find 20 interested crew members. The crews will serve from between 30 and 60 days and earn $9 an hour for their service. Additional crews may be possible with addi- tional funding. The crew on the Klamath National Forest will work in the:RussiafiVWildernegs, the Crew on thrTahoe National Forest will s)end 60 days in the Granite Chief Wilderness, and the crew on the Plumas National Forest will serve in Feather River Canyon and elsewhere on the forest. The SCA trail crews under- take trail maintenance proj- ects designed to reduce and control runoff and erosion, provide safe public access and protect other forest resources. Logs and rocks will be used to build waterbars; rock steps and retaining walls will be built; trail corridors brushed and windfalls removed using crosscut saws. "SCA is thrilled to be part- nering with the Forest FREE ESTIMATES Free Advice  iHi Support the local economy! Service to provide conserva- tion-based jobs to high school students in forest communi- ties. The partnership is good for the land, good for the pub- lic and provides summer employment to students fac- ing difficult economic times," said Jay Watson, Western Regional director for the Student Conservation Association. "I am proud that the Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is playing an impor- tant role in creating jobs for these students on their national forests," said Regional Forester Randy Moore. "This is an excellent way to gain natural resource experi- ence, and we are pleased to work with SCA on this' proj- ect." Additional SCA projects funded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act include a two-year, com- prehensive effort on the Pacific Crest Trail in part- nership with the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Pacific Crest Trail Association, and college-age trail crews on the Eldorado and Humboldt- Toiyabe national forests in the Sierra Nevada. For more information, see thesca.org. NEW HOMES GARAGES CARPORTS REMODELS COMMERCIAL BLDGS. 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