Simitian aims to put county services within reach

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian has a plan to make social services more accessible to North County residents.

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Posted by resident 1
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 30, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Since transportation is the key to success suggest El Camino Blvd. location. Great Idea. Make sure it is on an established bus route.

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Posted by BV333
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 30, 2014 at 3:43 pm

I work at a place that used to offer CalFresh application assistance and we found it wasn't only that people couldn't access the services, but one of the main reasons people were reluctant was out of immigration fears. They didn't want to use a benefit that they might have to pay back later or that might indicate at an immigration hearing that they were unable to support themselves without help. No matter how much education we did, many would not participate.

Other services, like court services (restraining orders, etc) and SSI applications were often deemed to far/hard to get to. People like to go where they are comfortable and familiar, where it feels safe (like CSA) and the health clinics.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 30, 2014 at 7:30 pm

> No matter how much education we did, many would not participate. i

So you are saying that people whom you would tend to identify as "illegal aliens" should be provided more anonymnity by the County so that they can illegaly subscribe to services to which they have no right?

Seems that the County needs to rethink it's role. If it is not going to follow the law--then why should anyone follow the law?

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Posted by resident 1
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 1, 2014 at 8:32 am

Joe makes a good point. This article does not provide enough information as to where the funding is coming from to support the staff for this operation - or rent at the location where it will take place - what apportionment of federal funding. The fact that it is a non-profit has no bearing on the fact that someone has to be paid to do the job(s). How about who qualifies for this benefit? Stranger still is that this requires no vote by the county supervisors - how about a vote from the PA CC if occupying city property?
Having relatives who work for the State Compensation Insurance Fund (Workman's Compensation) There are a lot of computer programs required to status who is entitled to benefits - how much they are receiving and when - what the caps are for benefits - and timelines for when paid out.
There has to be a sophisticated system in place when you are talking government provided services.
Assuming there is a limited amount of funding available there has to be a working plan as to how the funding will be managed. And since it is a government program supported by the taxpayers then there has to be a plan on record as how managed.
So you start with a "feel good" idea but that has to translate into good management with proper accountability as to who is getting what. That all ties into yearly tax reporting by social security for the individuals receiving the benefits as well as the city providing the location for the services.

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