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County to Host Resource Fairs to Assist Residents Impacted by Social Services Funding Cuts

Partnership with Community Based Organizations to Update Residents on Available Services and Resources

WHAT:

Santa Clara County CalWORKs Employment Services staff is collaborating with local Workforce Investment agencies, Work2Future and NOVA, and other non-profit organizations to sponsor three Resource fairs for families immediately affected by legislative changes to the CalWORKs Program.

WHEN AND WHERE:

  • Wednesday May 18, 10:00 a.m. – Noon
    San Jose One Stop, 1290 Parkmoor Ave., San Jose
  • Thursday, May 26, 10:00 a.m. – Noon
    NOVA Private Industry Council, 505 Olive Ave., Sunnyvale
  • Wednesday, June 1, 10:00 a.m. - Noon
    Gilroy One Stop Center, 7800 Arroyo Circle, Suite A, Gilroy

WHY:

While budget discussions continue at the State level, cuts to CalWORKs for approximately $1.1 billion could be implemented no later than July 1, 2011. Santa Clara County Department of Employment and Benefit Services (DEBS) and community partners are proactively addressing the challenges and brainstorming on strategies to implement major statutory changes to the social services system.

One of the principle changes to the CalWORKs program is the 20 percent reduction of time that adults are able to receive aid, from 60 months to 48 months. This change is effective July 1, 2011. The 20 percent reduction will impact 1,012 households, or 15 percent of all adult cases in Santa Clara County, who are at risk of losing benefits immediately. Early analysis indicates that over 800 families reside in the central part of the county, with an additional 100 each in the northern and southern regions.

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Dana McQuary/ Denise Boland Social Services Agency (408) 491-6750 or (408) 491-6605
Posted: May 11, 2011