SILICON VALLEY INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTER Overview
Target demographics: persons of any age with any disabilities
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,366 persons with disabilities by providing services and information and referral.
Geographic areas served: Santa Clara County
Programs: SVILC's four core programs: (1) Advocacy, both systems advocacy and teaching consumers self-advocacy skills; (2) Independent Living Skills training, meeting the individual needs of consumers who choose to live independently; (3) Information and Referral, ensuring that consumers with needs beyond what SVILC can provide are served; and (4) Peer Counseling, providing mentorship and training for people with disabilities from people with disabilities.
We also provide: (1) Assistive Technology (AT) services, showing people with disabilities the available technology that can help them succeed both at home and work; (2) Housing and Personal Assistant (PA) services, assisting with everything from direct housing referral/placement to how to hire/manage an in-home personal assistant; and (3) The Olmstead Community Transitions Program, working with individuals to transition from nursing homes and long-term care facilities into community-based housing.
- Served a total of 526 community members, and 1,898 people received Information &Referral!
- Successfully transitioned 14 individuals from nursing homes and institutions into the community, saving the state and taxpayers $350,000! Brings total to 35 = $875,000 savings!
- At a time when people all over the country are losing their homes, SVILC staff assisted 341 people in their search for accessible, affordable, integrated housing.
- Provided security deposit and rental assistance in the amount of more than $100,000 to over 70 people.
- More than 30 community outreach events throughout the year
- Approximately 20 Board, staff, and community members attended Disability Capitol Action Day in Sacramento on May 23rd
- U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren cosponsored the ABLE Act (H.R. 3423) on Feb. 3
- Several actions in coalition with the South Bay Partnership
- Helped get the CA Domestic Worker Bill of Rights (AB 889) passed
- Successfully closed the year with a positive balance of $3,085.
- Achieved an unqualified, unconditional audit report!
- Successful leadership of personnel, streamlined organization's hiring process, provided leadership in hiring five qualified and diverse individuals, and revised and updated all staff job descriptions.
- Developed SVILC salary table
- Maintained strong internal fiscal controls and segregation of fiscal duties
- Won a 2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit Award from GreatNonprofits
- The City of Mountain View was the New Location for SVILC's 3rd Annual Disability Pride Parade & Festival and generated $10,000 in unrestricted funding
- New grant funding: SCC Homeless & Transitioning General Funds - $30,000 for Housing, SCAN Foundation for preparing to secure Health Plan contract - $50,000, Rotary of San Jose funding for new workstations for staff - $10,000
- Accessible, Affordable Playhouse story aired April 19, 2012 on ABC7 Evening News with Reporter David Louie
- 3rd Annual SVILC People's Thanksgiving attended by 100
- On September 17, $20,268 for SVILC's transitional home in Santa Clara was withdrawn
- By December 4 (less than 12 weeks later), due to some kick-butt advocacy by SVILC Board, staff, and community members¦.
- $62,625 of housing services funding was restored benefiting not only SVILC ($10,134) but all the RDA grantees: Catholics Charities, Council on Aging, Next Door, EHC Lifebuilders and Project Sentinel
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