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Resource Fairs to Update and Assist Residents Impacted By Cuts on Social Services Funding

County Partners with Community Based Organizations to Address Challenges, Provide Information on Available 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 legislation 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 remaining budget discussions continue at the State level, cuts to CalWORKs have resulted in approximately $1.1 billion to 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 significant 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: Gwen Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119;Dana McQuary, Social Services Agency (408) 491-6750; Denise Boland, Social Services Agency (408) 491-6605
Posted: April 14, 2011