Santa Clara County Resources

Santa Clara County Resource Page
The following is a list of local resources divided by service areas:

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES:

California Department of Developmental Services
http://www.dds.ca.gov
This site is the main website of the agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to children and adults with developmental disabilities. 

Housing Authority of Santa Clara County
www.hacsc.org
This site provides information regarding rental subsidies and affordable housing for low-income families, seniors and persons with disabilities living in Santa Clara County.

Santa Clara County, Housing and Community Development
http://www.sccgov.org
This site contains general information on Santa Clara County's community development as well as information regarding affordable housing, rent control and first-time homebuyers assistance.

San Andreas Regional Center
www.sarc.org
This site lists programs and services available to the developmentally disabled community in Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz, and Monterey Counties. SARC is the major funding agent for HCC, and is a close ally in finding housing for people with developmental disabilities.

DISABILITIES SERVICES:

Access Santa Cruz County
www.scaccessguide.com
This guide is an invitation for locals and visitors with special needs to explore the sights, sounds and flavors that Santa Cruz County has to offer. 

Abilities United, Inc.
www.abilitiesunited.org/
Abilities United services help to reduce and prevent developmental disabilities while supporting the families and care givers of its clients. Abilities United teaches community living skills and provides job placement and support to its clients. Abilities United educates the community about the valuable contibutions made by people with developmental disabilities.

Community Options
www.communityoptions.org
We believe all persons should have equal access to both employment and community environments. Our mission is to develop opportunities with individuals in making choices toward living, working and enjoying life with dignity and respect. Our primary goal is to enhance the quality of life of each individual we support. 

Hope Services
www.hopeservices.org
HOPE Services provides a range of employment and job training programs, developmental activities, professional counseling, infant services, senior services, supported and independent living services, and mobility training for approximately 2,500 children, adults and seniors. 

Parents Helping Parents
www.php.com
Our mission is to help children with special needs receive the resources, love, hope, respect, health care, education, and other services they need to reach their full potential by providing them with strong families, dedicated professionals, and responsive systems to serve them.

LEGAL ASSISTANCE:

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing
www.dfeh.ca.gov
The Mission of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing is to protect the people of California from unlawful discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations, and from the perpetration of acts of hate violence.

Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County
www.legalaidsociety.org
This site offers information regarding legal assistance this agency provides: special education, family law, housing, immigration, domestic violence, labor/employment and conflict administration.

Project Sentinel
www.housing.org
Project Sentinel offers fair housing investigative and enforcement in San Mateo, Santa Clara, Stainlaus, Alameda, and San Joaquin Counties. Also offers, tenant - landlord counseling and mediation services, first time homebuyer and mortgage default counseling.

EMERGENCY SERVICES:

Community Services Agency
www.csacares.org
To promote independence and self-sufficiency through direct service, advocacy and referral to residents of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills who have economic, physical or social needs.

Cupertino Community Services
www.cupertinocommunityservices.org
The organization provides a continuum of basic needs, family services and housing services including: information and referrals, food, clothing, shelter, affordable housing, financial assistance, and case management. CCS serves the West Valley communities of Cupertino, West San Jose, Los Gatos, Monta Sereno, and Saratoga.

Emergency Housing Consortium
www.homelessness.org
EHC is the county's largest provider of shelter, housing opportunities, and supportive services for homeless individuals, families, and youth.

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Santa Clara County - Emergency Financial Aid
www.svdp.org/santaclara/ean_matrix.htm

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Santa Clara County - Emergency Housing
www.svdp.org/santaclara/emergency_services.html

Shelter Hotline
1-800-7SHELTER (1-800-774-3583)
Provides up to date information on bed availability.

Sunnyvale Community Services
www.svcommunityservices.org
Sunnyvale Community Services is an independent, nonprofit emergency assistance agency. They work to prevent homelessness and hunger for low-income families and to help seniors remain independent. We provide financial aid, food, and other support that prevents larger problems with more expensive solutions.

MENTAL HEALTH:

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
www.ccsj.org/main/services.htm
This site brings all the information regarding the different service programs offered by this agency: senior programs, immigration and refugee services, employment services, housing programs, behavioral health services, neighborhood centers and youth services.

Mental Health Advocacy Project
www.lawfoundation.org/mhap
MHAP's mission is to empower people identified as mentally or developmentally disabled to live more independent, secure, and satisfying lives through the enforcement of their legal rights and the advancement of their social and economic well-being.

SENIOR SERVICES:

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
www.ccsj.org/main/services.htm
This site brings all the information regarding the different service programs offered by this agency: senior programs, immigration and refugee services, employment services, housing programs, behavioral health services, neighborhood centers and youth services.

Senior Services - Santa Clara County
www.sccgov.org
Promoting independence and safety of elders, depending adults and people with disabilities.

Sunnyvale Community Services
www.svcommunityservices.org
Sunnyvale Community Services is an independent, nonprofit emergency assistance agency. They work to prevent homelessness and hunger for low-income families and to help seniors remain independent. We provide financial aid, food, and other support that prevents larger problems with more expensive solutions.

NONPROFIT AGENCIES:

Community Housing Developers
www.communityhousingsv.org
This site gives information about shared housing, senior housing, family housing and about the "below market program" for the cities of Los Altos and Santa Clara.

Mid-peninsula Housing Coalition
www.midpen-housing.org
Building and managing affordable rental housing in Northern California.

Sunnyvale Community Services
www.svcommunityservices.org
Sunnyvale Community Services is an independent, nonprofit emergency assistance agency. They work to prevent homelessness and hunger for low-income families and to help seniors remain independent. We provide financial aid, food, and other support that prevents larger problems with more expensive solutions.

SERVICE PROVIDERS:

Alliance for Technology Access
www.ataccess.org
The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) is a network of community-based resource centers, developers, vendors and associates dedicated to providing information and support services to children and adults with disabilities, and increasing their use of information technologies. 

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
www.ccsj.org/main/services.htm
This site brings all the information regarding the different service programs offered by this agency: senior programs, immigration and refugee services, employment services, housing programs, behavioral health services, neighborhood centers and youth services.

Next Door: Solution to Domestic Violence
www.nextdoor.org
Next Door is a non-profit, multi-cultural agency dedicated to providing proactive and progressive solutions to domestic violence. Serving Santa Clara County, this organization offers services including counseling and emergency shelter to individuals and their children in abusive relationships. 

San Andreas Regional Center
www.sarc.org
This site lists programs and services available to the developmentally disabled community in Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz, and Monterey Counties. SARC is the major funding agent for HCC, and is a close ally in finding housing for people with developmental disabilities.

Sunnyvale Community Services
www.svcommunityservices.org
Sunnyvale Community Services is an independent, nonprofit emergency assistance agency. They work to prevent homelessness and hunger for low-income families and to help seniors remain independent. We provide financial aid, food, and other support that prevents larger problems with more expensive solutions.

Support Network for Battered Women
www.snbw.org
Offers information about the services provided to women and children when domestic violence is present in their life.
Ofrece informacion en español sobre los services al alcance de mujeres y niños, cuando la violencia domestica esta presente en su vida.

United Way of Silicon Valley
www.uwsv.org
This site gives free information and referral phone-line on the full range of health and human care services available in Santa Clara County.

OTHER:

Estancia Rivertown People First
www.geocities.com/peoplefirstestanciarivertown
People First is a self-advocacy and self-help organization of people who have developmental disabilities. The members help each other with their problems, making friends and reaching out to people with severe disabilities. The members also plan fund-raisers and social events like dances or picnics or other activities. 

HelpSCC
www.helpscc.org
This site offers information and access to the referral database for Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties. 

PG&E CARE Program
www.pge.com/care
CARE (California Alternate Rates for Energy) is Pacific Gas and Electric Company's discount program for low-income households and housing facilities. CARE provides a 20 percent discount in monthly bills.

Second Harvest Food Bank - Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties
www.secondharvestsjca.org
In charge of rallying community resources to assist people who are hungry in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

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