Apply to Serve on the Santa Clara County Youth Task Force
The Santa Clara County Youth Task Force (YTF) is a group composed of young people, from the ages of 12 to 18, that strive to make a difference. We serve as an advisory body to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and the Human Relations Commission. We address the issues that teens face on a regular basis. We work to educate teens about the harms that affect their community and strive to find solutions and policies that will make improve the lives of young people today. In doing so, we promote youth activism and advocacy, establishing a firm belief in the importance of youth speaking to youth. From that connection we seek to inspire teens to embrace the culture and diversity around them, to work together and contribute in making positive change for youth.
New Child Abuse and Neglect Center (CANC) Toll Free Number is Now Active
The Santa Clara County Social Services Agency’s Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) is launching a new toll-free universal phone number to report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect in Santa Clara County. The new toll-free number will reach the Child Abuse and Neglect Center (CANC), 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
The new toll-free number is (833) SCC-KIDS (833-722-5437).
The three existing CANC phone numbers will remain active; San Jose (408) 299-2071, Gilroy/Morgan Hill (408) 683-0601 and Palo Alto Area (650) 493-1186.
The announcement comes as the County prepares to proclaim April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. DFCS joins County Supervisors, the Child Abuse Prevention Council and Social Service Agencies across the nation to acknowledge the important role communities play in helping protect children.
Cupertino and Milpitas Libraries Offering U.S. Passport Services
What: Now residents will have another venue for handling their U.S. passport needs. Santa Clara County Library District will offer these services five days a week, including weekends, at two of its branches. Services include new passport applications (for all ages, including expedited services), renewals, replacements, and passport photography.
More information: Visit www.sccl.org/passport for more information, including locations, hours, and fees. This service will supplement the existing passport services offered at 70 W. Hedding County Government Center. Appointments are required and can be made up to two months in advance.
Defense-ability Self Defense Training
What: Want to learn how to recognize and de-escalate difficult real-life situations? Defense-ability, run by a former law-enforcement officer with extensive experience working with the LGBTQ community Rebecca O’Bryan, now offers LGBTQ Self Defense Education classes for adults and youth thanks to new County funding that I secured for a pilot project coordinated through the Office of LGBTQ Affairs.
Defense-ability’s mission is to develop and implement a comprehensive violence prevention program for LGBTQ individuals. Through a combination of education and physical empowerment, Defense-ability provides the LGBTQ community with skills to break cycles of violence.
Courses include LGBTQ Awareness, LGBTQ Physical Self Defense, Transgender Awareness, Transgender Self Defense, LGBTQ Situational Awareness, and LGBTQ Youth Self Defense with a focus on childhood bullying.
Property Tax Installments: New Partial Payment Program
What: The County of Santa Clara is offering a new Partial Payment Program for property taxpayers, along with other new features including e-mail notifications and announcements related to their tax bills.
Until now, taxpayers have been required to make property tax payment installments in full, and were charged a 10% penalty if the full installment amount wasn’t made by the payment deadline. The new program allows taxpayers to make multiple partial payments on each installment, with penalties placed on the unpaid portion only, after the payment deadline.
- Overview of the new Partial Payment Program.
- Roll out of new user-friendly tax bills this year, beginning with secured and supplemental tax bills.
- New taxpayer balance due statements to help residents track their payments.
- E-mail notifications: sign up to receive notifications and announcements related to tax bills. For those who opt in, they can receive notifications of their payment due date via email and then go online to make their payments in a timely manner.
- Free eCheck payment option that reduces online processing costs.
- New lower credit card payment processing fees negotiated by the County this year.
Black Infant Health (BIH) Program
What: The BIH Program aims to improve health among African American mothers and babies and to reduce disparities by empowering pregnant and mothering African American women to make healthy choices. Within a culturally-affirming environment and honoring the unique history of African American women, the BIH Program uses a group-based approach with complementary client-centered case management to help women develop life skills, learn strategies for reducing stress, and build social supports. BIH clients participate in weekly group sessions (10 prenatal & 10 postpartum) designed to help them assess their strengths and set health-promoting goals for themselves and their babies. BIH services also include support from a dedicated Public Health Nurse and Social Worker. All BIH services are provided at no cost to participate and women must enter the program at 30 weeks or less during their pregnancy.
Please contact BIH at (408) 937-2270 or visit our website at www.SCCBIH.org
for enrollment and/or additional program information.
UnBEETable Quality at Your Local Farmers’ Market – CalFresh EBT Welcome
What: The farmers’ market season is kicking off at a location near you! Your local farmers’ market is a great place to buy produce and fresh foods for you and your family. Most Santa Clara County farmers’ markets now accept CalFresh/EBT cards. You can swipe your EBT card at the info booth and get CalFresh tokens to spend at the market.
For every CalFresh dollar you spend at participating farmers’ markets, you will get a dollar-for-dollar match FREE up to $10 per day to spend on fruits and vegetables through the Market Match incentive program. Market Match makes farmers’ market produce more affordable and helps stretch your food budget.
Hotline Available for Immigrants from Mexico
What: The Mexican consulate in San Jose wants immigrants from Mexico who reside in Santa Clara County to know about a resource where they can get answers to questions about the new immigration policies being implemented by the Trump Administration.
If you have lost contact with relatives south of the border, the Center for Immigration and Assistance for Mexicans can help find them. They can also help locate them if they have been detained by U.S. authorities. The Center also provides assistance to victims of immigration fraud, or abuse by immigration authorities. It is also the place to get up-to-date information about the latest changes to immigration law or policy.
The Center’s phone number is 1-855-463-6395. They also have an app: MiConsulmex on iOS