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County of Santa Clara to Update Residents on Budget Cuts to Social Services Funding

Resource Fairs Scheduled to Provide Information and Assistance on Available Services

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF - The Santa Clara County Social Services Agency is joining forces with local Community Based Organizations to help clients understand how legislation changes to the CalWORKs Program will directly impact them after July 1, 2011. As the State continues to discuss funding cuts, these could reach $1.1 billion in Social Services funding.

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.

“Social Services funding continues to represent a safety net for many families in Santa Clara County. It is important that the community understands the current impacts,” said President Dave Cortese, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, and Chair of the Board’s Children, Seniors and Families Committee. “We will continue to provide outreach to Santa Clara County residents and seek input from them on ways to provide these services to them more efficiently. We will also share with them other resources and alternatives to help them through these difficult economic times.”

The resource fairs are scheduled for:

  • 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

In an effort to minimize the impact to local families, the Santa Clara County Department of Employment and Benefit Services (DEBS) and community partners are conducting monthly brainstorming sessions to address legislative changes and financial challenges, and identify viable strategies to implement them.

”While we had hoped the State budget process would be resolved without cuts of this magnitude, it's important now to start the process of preparing families for the realities that lie ahead,” said Gina Sessions, Ph.D., Acting Director of Santa Clara County Social Services Agency.

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: May 18, 2011