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Health and Human Services in Winters

In late 2014, the County opened a Health and Human Services Center in the City of Winters. This enables nearby residents to access health, employment and social services locally rather than after an hour-long bus ride. On October 24th, 2016 Yolo County's Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) expanded services provided in Winters, re-designating the Winters satellite office as the Benefits Service Center. The team now helps residents over the phone, in addition to in-person consultations. Three new Spanish-speakers have joined the team, connecting more of the population to much-needed resources. In the month of October alone, the center connected 69 families with CalWORKS, a program that p

Addressing Hunger in Yolo County

In Yolo County, 1 in 6 people and 1 in 4 children are suffering from food insecurity, not knowing where their next meal will come from. The impacts of food insecurity are vast. In a county with an abundance of agriculture, there are many efforts to connect hungry residents with healthy food. In 2013 Yolo County was ranked 56th in CalFresh participation rate. This means that of residents eligible for the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), a very low number of residents actually enroll. The City of Davis had the lowest participation rate (8.4%) largely due to under enrollment of UC Davis students. Yolo County collaborated with UC Davis

Solutions to Homelessness in Yolo County

The most recent homeless census, conducted in January 2015, identified 498 people experiencing homelessness in Yolo on a single night. The next census, scheduled for January 2017, will help the county’s Homeless Program to adjust and evaluate its plan in light of a change in population size of homeless individuals in Yolo County. Tracey Dickinson, the Homeless Program Coordinator with Yolo County Health and Human Services, uses data from the homeless census as well as the newly developed Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), to help Yolo County respond to the changing needs of our homeless population. Yolo County operates under a Housing First model, meaning that programs intend to

Cannabis Cultivation in Yolo County

Are you interested in Yolo County’s regulations related to Cannabis cultivation? Check out these Frequently Asked Questions for a summary. In response to California’s Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA), Yolo County adopted an interim ordinance in March 2016 for cultivation of medical cannabis. The interim ordinance allows personal cultivation up to 100 square feet, prohibits grows within 1,000 feet of a youth-oriented facility or within 75 feet of an occupied residence, and requires permits from Yolo County and the California Regional Water Quality Control Board Central Valley Region. In November 2016 the Board adopted a fee structure to cover costs associated with regulat

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