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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

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I hope this finds you well.

Sadly, in this time of crisis when so many in our community are suffering there are still criminals and scammers out there who are taking advantage of the pandemic.

The California Department of Social Services has become aware of a letter circulating on social media that references the Merced County Human Services Agency and claims people need to get tested for COVID-19 in order to continue receiving public benefits, and if they test positive their children will be taken from them and placed in foster care.

This is completely false. There is no such requirement. The website that is listed on the letter is fake, as is all of the information in the letter.

More information about the fake letter can be found here. If you have any information about the source of the letter, or questions or concerns about the authenticity of any communications or materials from the Department of Social services you can contact them at: (916) 651-8848 or piar@dss.ca.gov.
 
Sunday Friends Helping San Jose Families
 
Our local non-profits continue to provide some of the most used, and most vital, services during this crisis.
In San Jose one of those non-profits is Sunday Friends. They are providing food and basic necessities to more than 130 needy families each week. They have volunteers who are delivering food and necessities to those who are homebound. They also have an all-day online learning program on Sundays that features both self-paced and live streamed learning opportunities for students. The subjects covered include STEM, financial literacy, writing, art, and many others.

Sunday Friends is centered on the Franklin-McKinley area. You can find more information, including about making donations or volunteering, here.

If you need food, basic necessities, or any other type of assistance, and live in any part of Santa Clara County 2-1-1 is your best resource. You can either dial that number or get assistance online here.
If you’re like me, you have begun to long to experience places other than Santa Clara County. While we are in the best place to live, work, and play, after weeks of sheltering-in-place it is only natural to yearn for something different.

The San Francisco Urban Film Festival provides an opportunity to experience stories from California’s other big cities, including Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Francisco. Many of the films and documentaries available here cannot be found on any of the major streaming services.

This evening at 5 p.m. the festival will be co-hosting an online Q & A on Zoom with director Dan Goldes about his film 5 Blocks. You can find information about that here.
 
Be well,
 
Cindy
Santa Clara County COVID-19 Case Numbers, Hospital Capacity, and Testing Dashboards Can Be Found Here
Copyright © 2020 Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, All rights reserved.


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