Poverty is a government defined term based on the total income a person or family receives. It's also a relative term dependent on where one lives. Based on data for 2012 from the US Department of Health & Human Services the national poverty guideline for a family of four is $23,050. For Santa Clara County the "self-sufficiency standard" for 2011 for a family of four is from a low of $55,633 to a high of $95,802 with childcare being the major variant.
The average income for a CSA client family of four is $21,614. They are not unemployed. They are literally the working poor who struggle to make ends meet and are constantly one paycheck or financial/medical/automotive emergency away from becoming a permanent underclass with little hope of stability, let alone upward mobility.
"CSA is the community's safety-net that provides critical support services that preserve and promote stability, self-reliance and dignity." — CSA Mission
CSA's safety net includes:
- Emergency financial assistance for rent, utilities, prescriptive medication, dental care and eye exams.
- Back-to-School distribution of backpacks, school supplies and shoe vouchers.
- Holiday Sharing opportunities with food, clothing and toy distributions.
- Fee waivers for Mountain View Park & Recreation programs
"If it hadn't been for CSA I'd be out on the streets again..." - CSA Emergency Assistance client
For more information about Emergency Assistance, contact our Emergency Assistance Coordinator.