Community Working Group, Inc.

Rating: 4.7 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 2507-A Alma Street Palo Alto CA 94301 USA

Mission: Our mission is to marshal community resources and strategic alliances with community partners to address the needs of the homeless, those at risk of becoming homeless, and very low income families and individuals through the development and operation of housing affordable to those people and support services to sustain the residents in their housing.
Programs: The Opportunity Center will accomplish this mission by providing: * Two separate service centers, for singles and for families with small children, on the ground floor of the Center, providing a broad range of services to help with basic human needs, as well as enabling people to find stability and housing. * 88 units of housing for singles and for families with small children. * Service to the wider community by providing creative responses to homeless-related problems, and engaging the community in service to those who are homeless and in need. * A positive, caring environment, where promoting the innate dignity of every person is the highest concern. 801 Alma Street Family Housing will fulfill this mission by providing 50 units of permanent housing that is affordable to families at or below 35% Area Median Income and support services to enhance the residents' stability in sustainable housing. Alma Garden will fulfill this mission by providing 10 units of housing that is affordable to individuals at or below 30% Area Median Income, enabling them to remain in stable living circumstances.
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Rating: 5 stars  

CWG has created a focal point in Palo Alto for addressing housing issues. It has done this in a way that is a model for other communities: clear goals and projects, community involvement, evidence-based forums and policy-based actions. Because of housing pressures in Palo Alto (little land available, difficult approval processes, high price of real estate) the CWG has been essential to forward movement. BRAVO!

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Creating a focus for homeless and housing services in Palo Alto, a place where it is notoriously difficult to address these issues because of the high price of real estate and NIMBY issues.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Community Working Group is an incredibly effective organization that is run almost completely by very dedicated volunteers. It raised the necessary funds to build and open the award-winning Opportunity Center and it continues to pursue other critical affordable housing projects. The CWG has gained great community support for its professionalism, commitment to affordable housing and support of the homeless, and effectiveness in meeting its mission and program objectives.

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my capacity as a volunteer and as a grant writer and fundraiser. We were able to gain significant community, individual, foundation, corporate and governmental support for the CWG's projects.

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make sure that the word about the CWG reached everyone in the local community and beyond!

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