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MONTEREY COUNTY — The Housing Authority of the County of Monterey (HACM) opened the wait list for the Housing Choice Voucher Program on July 1. The wait list is the primary way for families and individuals to have an opportunity to receive a Housing Choice Voucher. The wait list application process will last two weeks, closing on July 12. Once the wait list application process closes, HACM will run a lottery to place the first 5,000 applicants on the wait list. Being placed on the wait list does not guarantee applicants will be eligible for the program. Eligibility will be determined based upon HUD Income Limits (75% of families selected from the wait list must be at 50% of Area Median Income for the family size) at the time of selection from the waiting list. HACM also determines program eligibility based upon criminal background checks and previous program compliance. To apply, go to For more information about the program, call 831-775-5000 or email [email protected].


MONTEREY COUNTY — All branches of the Monterey County Free Libraries will be closed on Thursday, July 4, in honor of Independence Day. However, online resources and downloadable ebooks and audiobooks are available 24/7. Ebook and audiobooks are available through Libby and the Palace Project Library. Go to for more information.


MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County Supervisor Chris Lopez has announced the fourth annual “We Are Southern Monterey County” Painting and Photography Competition for all artists in Monterey County. All painting, drawing and photography mediums are welcome. Artwork may be any style and should reflect the pride, beauty and spirit of Southern Monterey County. Along with various prizes, the winner’s art will be displayed in Lopez’s District 3 office in Greenfield for one year. Up to three entries may be submitted, and are due by Friday, July 5. Submissions must be of high resolution and can be emailed to [email protected] or dropped off at the District 3 office at 599 El Camino Real in Greenfield. The District 3 Open House, which will be announced at a later date, will recognize this year’s winners as well as provide an opportunity to thank last year’s winners for allowing the District 3 office to display their art.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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