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December 24, 2010 > Services

Services

By Supervisor Dave Cortese

Although it's welcome news, the economy is recovering slowly, many of our family members and friends still struggle to survive from day to day. If you, or someone you know, has been hit hard by the recession and been frugal for the past few years, relief may still be distant. Fortunately, the county, in partnership with several community based agencies, has created a network of resources that may help in these trying times.

Do you know anyone in need of housing?
The recent cold spell reminds us of the need for a roof over our heads. If you know anyone searching for affordable housing, use a FREE online tool to help them locate it at www.scchousingsearch.com. Search by housing type, price and any special needs. It is a great resource for finding affordable housing in Santa Clara County.

Do you know anyone in need of food?
Several agencies can help provide food services. If you know someone who needs help paying for groceries, gather information about California's Food Stamp program which has a local application service through the Santa Clara County Social Services Department at http://bit.ly/sccfoodstamp. Second Harvest Food Bank provides FREE food for qualified individuals and families and can be contacted at www.shfb.org for more information about programs and services.

Santa Clara County's Department of Aging and Adult Services has two programs providing seniors with food assistance. One is Meals on Wheels delivers food directly to homes of seniors and the disabled as well as to several congregate (community) meal sites that serve low-cost meals to seniors in a social and fun atmosphere. For more information on these programs, visit Santa Clara County's Department of Aging and Adult Services at http://bit.ly/seniornutrition.

There are also organizations that provide free or low-cost food to individuals and families. Loaves and Fishes recently opened a new location on the East Side and provides free meal services at www.loavesfishes.org.

Do you know anyone who is looking for a job?
Santa Clara County may be able to help individuals learn employment skills (for those who qualify) or find a job through the CalWorks program. Anyone looking for work should check the qualification requirements for this program at Santa Clara County's Employment and Benefits Services at http://bit.ly/sccemployment.

For professionals, a good job resource to try is ProMatch. This one-stop collaborative career service can be reached at www.promatch.org.

Do you know anyone in need of healthcare services?
Looking to see if you or your family qualifies for any local healthcare programs? Check out the Santa Clara Family Health Plan at www.scfhp.com. These plans provide access to healthcare services for qualified individuals.

Need access to healthcare services immediately? Santa Clara County's Valley Medical Center provides healthcare services to those in need of care. Learn more about their programs and services at www.sccgov.org/portal/site/scvmc or call 1-888-334-1000 to make an appointment.

Didn't see what you are looking for?
Need other services or resources not listed here? Contact www.211scc.org. This valuable site will connect you with a wide variety of resources in numerous service areas in Santa Clara County.

As always, please contact me at (408) 299-5030 or dave.cortese@bos.sccgov.org and my staff and I will do our best to connect you with the resources you are seeking.

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