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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a social service worker who has seen first hand the amazing work that Community Working Group has done for Palo Alto and the greater Bay Area community. CWG was the guiding force for the construction and implementation of a low income housing complex in Palo Alto which includes 88 units for familes and single adults. For some of these families and adults, this housing was the first they have experienced in years.
CWG's advocacy continues as they work with the property managers, social service staff and the greater community to advocate for low income and homeless families and adults. Thanks to their hard work and generosity many of the individuals have become self sufficent and remain housed.
In my profession, it is so great to have non-for profit organizations help advocate and provide services for those who go without, especially now with the economy and other govermental cuts in services. CWG does this in the utmost professional manner and are great to collaborate with for needed local services.

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Working with CWG to help keep people housed, as well as advocacy for housing rights.

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hope that the agency gets larger so we could collaborate more often.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

CWG has created a unique facility that has alleviated homelessness on a major level. If CWG had the resources to do what they have done in Palo Alto, the solution to homelessness would be within reach.

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I have personally housed many of my own clients in the Opportunity Season

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been associated with the Community Working Group for over 12 years. I have witnessed the commitment of the volunteer Board of Directors to achieve amazing results. They raised funds to buiild the Opportunity Center, a development that has 88 apartments for formerly homeless individuals and families and those at risck of becoming homeless. The building also has a drop-in center for those who are still unhoused, offering food, showers, lockers, email accounts, case management, employment assistance, medical services, laundry, computer access, and assistance in securing public assistance. It is a unique model of housing and services that has been visited by people from all over the country. CWG also purchased a small 10 unit apartment complex that is available to tenants with very low incomes. Their latest project is the construction of a 50 unit apartment building for working families with very low incomes. It will be built in Palo Alto in the next two years. CWG's Board is responsive to community needs and continues to search for opportunities to collaborate with other organizations in meeting the housing needs of the poorest members of their community.

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I have seen people's lives change once they have secure, affordable housing that lets them move off the streets. I have seen the light of hope emerge in the eyes of children who have a permanent place to call home.

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