SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF.—Today, South bay area community-based organizations are steps closer to sharing in the County of Santa Clara’s reserve fund of $9.6 million, set aside to address community needs. Following voter approval of Measure A in 2012, the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors approved a process through which a portion of the annual proceeds from the one-eighth cent increase in the sales tax would be made available to fund proposals submitted by members of the community and county agencies. The County received 92 proposals with a value of $45.3 million.
“This process has been very challenging, as the number of quality proposals that address the many needs in our community far exceeded the resources available,” said County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith.
The County estimated that it would receive $45 million in Measure A sales tax revenues in 2014. Of that amount, $20 million was appropriated to maintain the current level of County services, $15,336,881 was appropriated to support a variety of projects and the remaining $9,663,119 was set aside in a reserve to support additional projects submitted by the community and County departments.
“Through Measure A, our residents entrusted us with the task of addressing some of the most pressing issues in Santa Clara County,” said President Mike Wasserman, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors. “Today we invested those dollars in a wide variety of programs that will help our most vulnerable men, women, and children.”
Guiding Principles and Priorities
The Board had previously established the following guiding principles as the first set of criteria that should be applied to the allocation of Measure A funding: 1) Maintain the current level of service for the residents of Santa Clara County – this applies to the services provided by County departments as well as community partners; 2) Enhance or expand existing services that have measureable outcomes and can demonstrate that stated outcomes are being achieved; and 3) Invest in new programs that address clearly identified gaps in service and have an easily understood plan to measure outcomes.
The priorities approved by the Board as a second component of the decision making process were: safety net services; compliance with state and federal mandates; programs that would enable the county to leverage funds to gain additional federal, state, or philanthropic revenue; rebuilding the County’s administrative infrastructure that has been decimated by 10 years of budget cuts; and rebuilding facility infrastructure by funding preventive maintenance.
“Santa Clara County voters supported Measure A because they wanted to boost local health and public safety programs.” said Supervisor Ken Yeager. “Today’s decision fulfills that wish and strengthens the social safety net.”
Chief Operating Officer Gary Graves said the four factors the committee considered when reviewing the 92 proposals were: 1) Projects that would have a significant impact on residents throughout Santa Clara County; 2) Priority given to direct services over capital projects; 3) a balance of projects that addressed the children, seniors, the homeless and those re-entering the community from institutions in the areas of public safety, health, social services and housing; and 4) whether programs and services had been previously funded by Measure A resources.
The vote was 4-0. Supervisor Cortese was unable to consider this item because his wife, Pattie, had worked within the past year for one of the agencies who submitted a proposal. Although this organization ultimately was not recommended by county staff for funding, County Counsel advised that he recuse himself from voting on Measure A funding.
Programs to Receive Funding
1. Healthier Kids Foundation (Uninsured Kids) (Funding Amount: $584,100) - The mission of Healthier Kids Foundation is to ensure access to and advocacy for health care services for all children through family-centered and innovative approaches. The premise of Healthier Kids Foundation believes that one child without access to health care or health coverage is one child too many. The strategies of Healthier Kids Foundation for achieving its mission are to engage in resource development, programming, and outreach on behalf of the underserved members of the community. http://www.hkidsf.org
2. School Linked Services (Funding Amount: $1.55 million) - School Linked Services (SLS) offers on-site school-based services to heal and strengthen individuals, families and systems by addressing needs and risks faced by children, youth, and families. SLS coordinates services provided by schools, public agencies and community-based organizations throughout Santa Clara County to improve results, enhance accessibility, and to support children’s success in school and in life. http://www.schoollinkedservices.org
3. Outreach Senior Transport (Funding Amount: $750,000)– OUTREACH’s Senior Outreach Program assists lower income seniors with obtaining services and benefits (Medicare, SSI, HEAP, IHSS, etc.) from public and private entities. Individualized assistance includes benefits’ assessments, translations, and assistance obtaining and completing application forms. Services are provided in client homes and locations where seniors naturally congregate-nutrition programs, senior centers and housing projects etc. http://www.outreach1.org
4. Aging Services Collaborative (Case Management) (Funding Amount: $750,000) - The Aging Services Collaborative (ASC) is a consortium of more than 87 city and county agencies, faith and community-based organizations, and 122 active individuals that provide leadership and build community support to maintain, and promote the well-being of older adults and their caregivers in Santa Clara County. Aging Services Collaborative Funding Partners include Santa Clara County Department of Aging and Adult Services, Health Trust and Council on Aging. www.sccagingcollaborative.org
5. Reentry Services (Funding Amount: $2.3 million) – Reentry Services goal is to significantly reduce recidivism rates by providing services, resources, and treatment opportunities that meet the needs of moderate- and high-risk formerly incarcerated individuals. The mission of the Reentry Services program is to reduce recidivism by using evidence-based practices in implementing a seamless system of services, supports, and supervision. http://www.sccgov.org/sites/reentry/resourcecenter/Pages/Resource-Center.aspx
6. Kids in Common (Youth Ages 16-24) (Funding Amount: $192,700) – Kids in Common seeks to improve children’s lives in Santa Clara County, by providing a focused, integrated framework that engages all segments of the community and provides a common vision for Santa Clara County children. The goal of the Children’s Agenda is: Every child safe, healthy, successful in learning, successful in life. http://www.kidsincommon.org
7. TeenForce (Youth Jobs in South County) (Funding Amount: $45,000)- TeenForce is a social enterprise helping solve the foster youth employment crisis by meeting the hiring needs of business. The staffing agency model offers businesses a convenient and cost-effective platform to employ enthusiastic and well prepared young workers. TeenForce provides youth with work readiness training, skills development and job placement services. The program is for youth ages 14 – 20 years. For current and former foster youth, the age range extends to 24 years. http://www.teenforce.org
8. United Way Silicon Valley (Safety Net Services) (Funding Amount: $660,000)- United Way Silicon Valley invests in the community through grants, programs, coalitions and volunteer engagement which focus on income, education, and health. Grants to Non-Profit Agencies. United Way Silicon Valley invests in programs that are achieving measurable results in goal areas of income and education. http://www.uwsv.org
9. Human Trafficking (Case Management) (Funding Amount: $180,817) – Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center, Community Solutions and Asian Americans for Community Involvement. The Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center provides pro bono advice and representation in several areas including workers’ rights, consumer rights and immigration rights. Utilizing a victim-centered approach, the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking’s mission is to ensure the protection of victims, the prosecution of offenders, and the prevention of human trafficking and slavery through an effective coordinated partnership. http://law.scu.edu/kgaclc/
10. Fresh Lifelines for Youth (At Risk Youth) (Funding Amount: $150,000)- Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) is a non-profit dedicated to breaking the cycle of violence, crime and incarceration of teens. Through FLY’s programs-legal education, leadership training, and one-on-one mentoring-youth get off probation, engaged in school, and back on track with their lives. http://www.freshlifelinesforyouth.com
11. Goodwill of Silicon Valley (Homeless Veterans Employment) (Funding Amount: $299,610)- Goodwill of Silicon Valley's mission is to support employees, customers, and people with challenging barriers to employment; to raise their standard of living and improve their lives through services and social enterprise. http://www.goodwillsv.org
12. South Bay Legal Immigration Services Network (SBLISN) (Deferred Action for Children Arrivals) (Funding Amount: $570,000)- South Bay Legal Immigration Services Network provides services to improve conditions for immigrants in Santa Clara County, including coordinated outreach, education, counseling, referrals, and legal representation. The focus of this work is on Deferred Action for Children Arrivals. SBLISN is comprised of the Asian Law Alliance, Center for Employment Training, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, International Rescue Committee, Katharine and George Alexander Law Center, and Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN).
13. Alvarez-Deanery 6 Multi-Parish Collaborative - The Deanery 6 Multi-Parish Cooperative, a non-profit organization composed of Catholic Churches in hot spots of East San Jose (95122, 95116, 95111), develops Latino Family Empowerment programs that serve non-religious needs of the impoverished and struggling Latino families residing in their neighborhoods. (Funding Amount: $500,000)
14. Sacred Heart Community Service (Domestic Violence) (Funding Amount: $245,000) - Sacred Heart Community Service (SHCS) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3), nondenominational Community Action Agency. The agency, through community education, advocacy, and engagement, works toward a future where families in Santa Clara County no longer face hunger and poverty at all. (www.sacredheartcs.org)
15. The Law Foundation (4 New Initiatives) (Funding Amount: $338,200) -The Law Foundation, a non-profit agency, provides free legal services to Silicon Valley individuals in need. The Foundation advances the rights of under-represented individuals and families through legal services, strategic advocacy, and educational outreach. (http://lawfoundation.org)
16. Project WeHOPE (Case management & 5 emergency beds at shelter) (Funding Amount: $76,650)- Project WeHOPE (We Help Other People Excel) is a nonprofit organization located in the City of East Palo Alto, California. It works to increase the health of East Palo Alto by developing transformational leaders that will address the critical issues facing the community. http://projectwehope.org/
17. Bill Wilson Center (Single Site Housing) (Funding Amount: $468,000)- Bill Wilson Center serves more than 10,000 clients in Santa Clara County through programs for housing, education, counseling, and advocacy. It works with the community to ensure that every youth has access to the range of services needed to grow to be healthy and self-sufficient adults. Bill Wilson Center has been providing services to runaway and homeless youth since 1973. http://www.billwilsoncenter.org/
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Posted: April 15, 2014