City of Dinuba

The American Rescue Plan Act (commonly referred to as ARPA or ARP) is the $1.9 trillion act signed into law on March 11, 2021, by the President.

The Act contained direct relief to citizens including the $1,400 stimulus checks and $350 billion for eligible state, local, territorial, and tribal governments to mitigate the fiscal effects stemming from the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). The City of Dinuba will receive $5,851,592 million in funding in two payments.  The first, totaling $2,925,796 million, was received in June 2021, and the second is expected in June 2022.  Funds are available through December 31, 2024.   

Eligible Uses of the Funds

The Act provided for broad usage of the funds within four separate categories as follows:

  • To respond to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) or its negative economic impacts which includes assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality.
  • To respond to workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency by providing premium pay to eligible workers that are performing such essential work, or by providing grants to eligible employers that have eligible workers who perform essential work.
  • For the provision of government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue of the City due to the COVID-19 public health emergency relative to revenues collected in the most recent full fiscal year (October 1, 2018, through September 30, 2019) of the City prior to the emergency.
  • To make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.

City of Dinuba Priorities

 The City of Dinuba, Dinuba City Council and City staff, are currently assessing all potential uses of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. These uses and potential projects will be discussed in a future City Council workshop. If you would like to provide any additional input or feedback, please feel free to attend a Dinuba City Council meeting or email the office of the City Clerk at:

Homelessness is a systemic problem that touches every American community in some way. While there are many root causes, in many cases adverse life events such as a health issue, the loss of a job, or the need to escape a domestic violence situation can quickly catapult our neighbors into homelessness. These root causes are inter-related and, for our unsheltered neighbors, each factor listed below is often compounded by the others.

The Roots of the Crisis

Mental Health and Addiction

Mental Health issues combined with drug and alchohol abuse are the primary factors which lead to homelessness. In Tulare and Fresno Counties, methanphetamine abuse has reached epidemic proportions. These dangerous substances oftentimes lead to long-term mental health issues, which in ture can lead to loss of employment, disassociation from friends and family, and ultimately homelessness. With a lack of mental health treatment facilities, individuals battling mental health conditions and substance abuse may find it difficult to seek the help and treatment that they so desperately need to recover. Those that do ultimately find access to these programs, often find significant barriers for admission into the programs and quickly give up.

Economic Disparities & Poverty

Dinuba has a healthy economy and a decent pool of available jobs. However, too many residents are being pushed out in the face of rising housing and living costs. The cost of these critical needs have outpaced the living median wage throughout the nation, and Dinuba is not immune from these challenges. It is estimated that over 100 families with children currently enrolled in school in the Dinuba Unified School District are homeless, or on the verge of becoming homeless. For a variety of reasons, these families are not securing the wages and resources they need to support themselves without significant assistance from family, friends, and other resources. According to recent Census data, 23.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Tulare County, CA (109k out of 456k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%.

Lack of Affordable Housing

According to the Census Bureau, Dinuba's population grows at an average pf 3% year-over-year for the past ten years. Affordable housing development coupled with rising rents in the private market has not kept pace with the need. As the number of affordable units shrinks, the cost of housing continues to skyrocket. A large percentage of households thatown or rent in the Dinuba area are "housing cost burdened," meaning they spend more than 30% of their income on rent alone. The Tulare County Housing Authority offers the Housing Choice Voucher program, which helps low-income families, individuals, seniors and people with disabilities pay their monthly rent in privately-owned apartments or house. However, the need for these vouchers greatly exceeds the need in Tulare County and many needy families are left with little or no housing assistance. The City remains dedicated to encouraging affordable housing and works closely with State and local agencies, developers, and community development organizations usch as Self-Help Enterprises to increase access to afforable housing in the community.

Addressing the Crisis

Hope Logo 2021

In 2017, the City of Dinuba formed the internal Homeless Outreach Partnership Effort (H.O.P.E.) to address homelessness in the community. The H.O.P.E. team is primarily focused on engaging the homeless, building rapport and trust, and referring them to needed services. The H.O.P.E team's primary goals are to manage homelessness issues, connect homeless to resources, and reduce or eliminate homelessness. While working directly with the homeless, the team has learned that there is "no silver bullet" and combatting homelessness is a long-term commitment, which requires consistent engagement. Since its inception, the H.O.P.E. team has worked closely with other agencies and organizations such as Kings Tulare Homeless Alliance, Tulare County, Dinuba Unified School District, United Health Centers, CSET, and others to provide critical assistance to needy homeless individuals and families. Through these efforts, the team has successfully housed ten homeless individuals/families. In working with the homeless, the H.O.P.E. team has identified a set of challenges that create difficulties in addressing homelessness. These challenges include:

  • Lack of low barrier shelters
  • Lack of adequate mental health services
  • Lack of local rapid-rehousing units
  • Lack of local permanent supportive housing units
  • Homeless need to be ready and willing to get help

The H.O.P.E. team remains dedicated in the face of these challenges and is committed to "helping people help themselves." Looking ahead, the team is focused on the following strategies in their efforts to addressing homelessness in the community:

  • Continue to track homeless
  • Continue to work with local landlords/property managers
  • Partnership with Self Help to provide 5 permanent supportive housing units (Sierra Village II)
  • Establish accessory dwelling unit (ADU) program
  • Encourage new, affordable multi-family units
  • Exploring Homeless Work Program
  • Exploring rental assistance program

Creating More Affordable Housing

For the individuals and families in the community with the greatest need, the City works closely with the Kings Tulare Homeless Alliance (Alliance) to secure enrollment of these cases in the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing (HPRP) program. This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care Program, and provides rapid rehousing and supportive services to those in need.

With the help of Self Help Enterprises, the City of Dinuba has also established and facilitates the Dinuba’s Homebuyer Assistance Program which offers affordable secondary mortgage financing to first time home buyers. The Program is designed to provide the additional financing needed to keep a first mortgage payment affordable. The City is also exploring additional programs such as rental assistance in the effort to help individuals and families secure a permanent place of residence.



When Times Get Tough, Finding Help Should Be Simple.

2-1-1 Tulare County connects our communities with resources, services, and opportunities, through the non-emergency 2-1-1 phone number, a comprehensive website, via 2-way texting, and a mobile application.

Kings/Tulare Homeless Alliance (KTHA)

Tulare County Point In Time (PIT) Count

United Heath Center (Dinuba) is a Fully Qualified Health Clinic which offers health services to patients without insurance on a Sliding Fee Scale according to the patient’s income and number of household members.

CSET (Community Services Employment Training) offers a variety of assisstance in areas such as employment training, housing, financial assisstance, family resources, and home weatherization to those in need.

What is redistricting?

Every ten years, districts must be redrawn so that each district is substantially equal in population. Local governments use new census data to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. Assembly Bill 849 (2019) requires cities and counties to engage communities in the redistricting process by holding public hearings and/or workshops and doing public outreach, including to non-English-speaking communities. In Dinuba, the City Council is responsible for drawing council districts. Per the City Charter, the Dinuba City Council will form a Citizens Advisory Committee to oversee the redistricting of boundaries based on 2020 Census data. Redistricting is done using U.S. Census data, which is released around March 31, 2021. For the City of Dinuba, the redistricting process must be completed by April 17 2022.

Why does redistricting matter to me?

Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a councilmember.

The City Council will seek input in selecting the next district map for our City Council. You have an opportunity to share with the City Council how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community.
You can contact City Clerk, Linda Barkley to find out more about how the process works.

How can Dinuba’s parks and programs meet your family's recreation needs?

We want to hear from you! 

The city has begun to prepare a citywide Parks & Recreation Master Plan to establish a path forward for providing high-quality, community-driven parks and recreation offerings across Dinuba.

Resident input is crucial to make sure recreational goals and priorities are consistent with community needs and desires. There will be several opportunities for you to participate, including a community survey and public events. This process will give us an opportunity to identify ways in which to best serve the recreational needs of our growing community over the coming 10 years.

An updated citywide master plan will also position Dinuba for future grant opportunities and pursue Prop 68 funding.

The review and adoption of the Parks & Recreation Master Plan is anticipated for late summer 2020.