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December 31

Community Action Board (CAB)

Community Action Board

Organization Mission

CAB partners with the community to eliminate poverty and create social change. Annually, CAB assists 8,500 low-income people with emergency, sustaining/self-sufficiency services and 7,000-plus with requests for information and referrals.

We rely on hundreds of volunteers to help with six programs—three of which are aimed at employment support, as providing tools for self-sufficiency is a key strategy for reducing poverty.

The Big Idea:
Rental Assistance Program

This program prevents homelessness by providing short term rental assistance to residents of Santa Cruz County who are faced with eviction due to temporary set-backs such as family illness or job loss. These must be low-income families with minor children, elderly, or disabled members.

Over 75 percent of CAB clients have family incomes of less than 100 percent of federal poverty guidelines.

In 2016-2017, CAB’s Rental Assistance Program helped over 100 families and our goal through the Santa Cruz Gives campaign is to be able to assist at least 10 additional families in 2017-2018.

This is an extremely beneficial program – I now have a job and am still housed. Thank You!

Emily