What does poverty look like in Santa Clara County, and how should we address it? Every two years, Sacred Heart Community Service answers these questions in a comprehensive Community Needs Assessment report (CNA), based on extensive research and surveys examining the needs of low-income residents in Santa Clara County.
In 2009, Sacred Heart was designated the Community Action Agency for Santa Clara County by the State of California, who administers a block grant for the federal government that provides Sacred Heart with more than $1 million in unrestricted funding each year. One of the requirements of all Community Action Agencies (there are generally one for every county in the nation) is to provide the state with an analysis of poverty in each county, and an explanation of how its programs are addressing the needs of low-income residents. The state then condenses and compiles each county’s CNA into a statewide assessment that is submitted to the federal government as a requirement of receiving future funding.
The CNA helps us to evaluate our programs, and is one of the many tools our Board of Directors, senior management team, and staff use to help Sacred Heart provide services that are strategic and responsive to the needs of the people we serve. Here is a summary of the findings of our report as well as the full report. If you would like more information on the CNA, its contents, or on Sacred Heart’s role as the Community Action Agency for Santa Clara County, email [email protected]
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