The housing crisis is a long-standing issue in our community, the State of California, and across the country. 43% of all Monterey County residents spend more than 30% of their income on housing and 38% of all Monterey County residents do not earn enough money to meet basic needs. To identify solutions for this critical issue, California state ballot measures include four propositions concerning affordable housing.
UWMC and its partner, Goodwill of the Central Coast, are the backbone agencies for the Monterey County Prosperity Advisory Group (PAG). The PAG is a cross-sectoral coalition representing the diverse stakeholders involved in ensuring economic self-sufficiency in our County. Members develop and support strategies that address the key factors that affect prosperity: Access to Affordable and Quality Housing, Child Care, Transportation, Asset Growth and Management, Education, and Workforce Development. The PAG's first strategy is a Prosperity Planner, or financial coach.
One in seven young children have a diagnosed mental, behavioral or developmental disorder, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). And even more children go undiagnosed each year due to inaccessible health services or a lack of awareness about local support systems.
Today, students and volunteers in Monterey County join millions of their peers across the country to celebrate the twenty-first annual National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America Day, which celebrates Dr. Seuss's birthday. The goal of Read Across America Day is to show children the joy of reading and build a nation of readers-on March 2 and every day.