Residents in north Santa Clara County are now three digits and many miles closer to vital public services.
Beginning last month, the North County office for Santa Clara County’s Social Services Agency acquired new phone numbers in the 650 area code, making the office truly local for residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto and parts of Sunnyvale.
The agency established the new 650 numbers after requests from Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian. Earlier this year, Simitian helped secure an accessible North County location for the agency in Mountain View after it lost its lease on its longtime office there because of the booming real estate market.
“Keeping local services truly local has been a priority for me from my first day in county office,” said Simitian, who worked to prevent the closure of the North County Social Services office during his first term as supervisor in the late 1990s. “I know how important these programs are for many people in North County, notwithstanding its reputation as a prosperous place.”
Programs like the health-care coverage of Medi-Cal, the food assistance of CalFresh and the general support of CalWORKs are funded by the state and federal governments but administered by county governments. Santa Clara County residents access such services through the county’s Social Services Agency.
“These services are lifesavers for many in the North County,” said Tom Myers, executive director of the Mountain View-based nonprofit Community Services Agency. “We’ve built a strong partnership with county Social Services. Anything that helps make their programs more accessible to our clients and our community is a good thing.”
For more information on health-care programs like Medi-Cal and support programs like CalFresh, call 988-6200. For more information on employment benefits like CalWORKs, call 988-6270.