Feb. 16, 2023 — Parlier City Council

Documented by Trong Yang

The Parlier City Council learned that the Migrant Head Start Program is in need of land to reopen the program in the city, which served 42 children.

What happened: At the Feb. 16 Parlier City Council meeting, City Manager Sonia Hall presented information about the Parlier Senior Center being used as a warming center during cold weather.

She said the center will be open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for individuals to arrive and doors will be closed until 7 a.m. Individuals will be provided sleeping bags, blankets, cots, toiletries, a change of clothes, and hot chocolate.

Council Member Kathy Solorio said that sandwiches will also be provided at the center on a daily basis for individuals experiencing homelessness, regardless of the weather.

Migrant Head Start: Executive Director of the Community Action Partnership of Madera County Mattie Mendez told the council that the Migrant Head Start Program will no longer be leased by the Parlier Unified School District. She said the program provided care for 42 children of migrant and seasonal workers.

Mendez asked the council for support to rebuild and said she hopes to identify some land within the city so they can reopen the program.

And also: The state chose the City of Parlier as one of two cities that will receive up to $16 million to convert its water basins to groundwater recharge basins, through the US EPA Sewer Overflow and Storm Water Municipal Grants Program

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