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CSA effort for homeless gets boost from Google.org

Community Services Agency received a $150,000 grant from Google.org to assist the nonprofit organization with providing services to the local homeless population.

CSA, which provides a social safety net for vulnerable residents of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, plans to use the grant to support comprehensive case management services for 200 individuals or families, which includes working with them to ensure they are connected to financial benefits, employment or career development opportunities while also working toward permanent housing.

On an annual basis, CSA offers more than 700 homeless individuals food, clothing, hygiene kits and other services, with more than half receiving more comprehensive case management support.

In the past year, the number of clients experiencing homelessness assisted by CSA has increased by 18%. The number includes hundreds of vehicle dwellers, whom CSA attempts to move into more stable living situations through its vehicle outreach program.

In addition to the grant, CSA has received funding from Google in the past. The company regularly sponsors events and supports programs and volunteer activities at the agency, such as the recent Googleserve resume review and interview skills workshop.

CSA also is one of the beneficiaries of the Destination Home grant funded by Google and other local donors with a focus on preventing homelessness, one of CSA’s long-standing priorities. The Destination Home grant offers a homeless prevention funding source with the flexibility to provide rental assistance to many people in need.

CSA Executive Director Tom Myers expressed his gratitude for the grant.

“This grant will help us continue to serve thousands of people in need in our community who are either homeless or on the brink of losing their housing,” he said. “There are no words to describe the joy we at CSA feel when we are able to move someone off the streets or from a vehicle into an affordable apartment. Thank you to Google.org for making this significant investment in CSA, our services to homeless individuals and transitioning people into housing.”

Serving the homeless

Community Services Agency serves the homeless or those at risk of being homeless through a variety of programs.

• The Unhoused Support Group meets weekly to give homeless individuals the opportunity to share resources and support each other through difficult circumstances.

• The Homeless Services department helps both those who are newly displaced and the long-term homeless who are difficult to house due to chronic conditions.

• Homeless Prevention Services programs enable CSA to step in to prevent a medical emergency or job loss from causing a household to lose the roof over its head.

Due to the affordable housing crisis, more clients are finding themselves in need of such services – the number of people served in the program increased by 10% last year.

For more information, visit csacares.org.

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