Community Stabilization Program

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  • The Community Stabilization Program(CSP) provides engagement that focuses on the revitalization of challenged neighborhoods and community. CSP also focuses on building partnerships with businesses, faith based organizations, neighborhoods, educational institutions, other County departments, and social services agencies that address issues related to poverty, health, and well-being.
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Community Self-Sufficiency Program (CSSP)
Community Self-Sufficiency Program (CSSP)

The Community Self-Sufficiency Program (CSSP) is designed to break the cycle of poverty and improve the quality of life of those citizens in need of supportive services. 

The CSSP provides support and guidance to the clients receiving services from divisions within Alachua County Department of Community Support Services and other County Departments. 

Through various community partnerships with businesses, faith based organizations, educational institutions and other social service providers, the program links clients with appropriate resources.  Common issues clients are assisted with include: job referral and employment services, GED preparation and exam, and assistance applying for Food Stamps, Social Security Disability, and housing referrals.

 

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Community Sustainability Program (CSP)
Community Sustainability Program (CSP)

The Community Sustainability Program (CSP) is responsible for identifying at risk communities and assisting them in becoming independent and sustainable.

The program administers and assists with Medical Respite Care through a contract with St. Francis House, support to various Homeless and Hungry Initiatives, and a partnership with the Santa Fe College Adult Education Career Pathway Steering Committee.  

Additionally, staff serve as a liaison to the Empowerment Center Citizens Work Group and Empowerment Center Oversight Advisory Board.  These two boards provide oversight related to Alachua County’s involvement and coordination with the City of Gainesville for the Grace Marketplace homeless assistance center and Dignity Village homeless encampment.​

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Community Engangement Activities
Community Engangement Activities

East Gainesville Legacy Community Meetings

o   The Alachua County Commission is considering ideas for using the former Ability Housing Project property located on the SE 15th Street corridor. To that end, the Commission is conducting two community workshops to gather ideas and suggestions. Ultimately, the Commission will decide on the project and the funding. Feedback from the surrounding community is essential part of this process. Please join us for these important visioning meetings.

o   Thursday, January 18, 2024 at 6:00pm, Thomas Coward Auditorium, 224 SE 24th Street, Gainesville

o   Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 10:00am, Springhill Missionary Baptist Church, 120 SE Williston Road, Gainesville

o   Text “Legacy” to 888777 to receive notifications about the East Gainesville Legacy Project

Copeland Community

o   The Copeland Community was selected by the BoCC as a part of is Aged and Marginalized Communities. The AMC goal is to revitalize underserved and economically disadvantaged communities. The community driven focus was Initially driven by specific members in the committee to address concerns that they had which was not necessarily reflective of the entire community/community needs and by a public health concern regarding wells and water quality. Since then, the focus has become more inclusive and expanded to include more residents in the Copeland area, those who have interests in the Copeland area, and representation of a newly formed Community Liaison Group which is community led. Multiple County department began to meet with the community to address concerns of water contamination, road repair, and code violations. At the initial community meeting, the community provided additional concerns regarding safety, road accessibility, distressed community park and individual housing concerns. County staff continue to collaborate with the community to address community priorities to include community clean up day, park upgrades, road repairs, and to address water quality concerns.

 

Activities in the Community

 

Honoring the Departed Memorial Service

o   Honoring the Departed is a ceremony to memorialize indigent individuals that were unclaimed, abandoned, or unknown.  The memorial is a means to honor those who were buried with no service. The ceremony will consist of inspirational readings and songs to honor those who passed away. Community Stabilization Program collaborates with faith based organizations and community leaders to coordinate and plan the annual service at Evergreen Cemetery. Honoring the Departed is a component of the Division of Social Services’ Indigent Burial and Cremation Program.

 

o   YouTube:

§  2023: https://youtu.be/HJ6VKcUKmiI?si=TNdlJcINbZ_P1IRJ

§  2022: https://youtu.be/KgN9jgyseKQ?si=8iCpWSWlPjQzxdya

 

Community Education Institution

o   Satori Days, Program Manager, is an Advisory Board Member with the Santa Fe College Davis Center and a member of the Family Support Scholarship committee


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Mission

  • To reduce the cycle of dependency and provide services and resources vital for economically disadvantaged persons and communities to become self-sufficient.
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Contact

  • Satori Days, MPA
  • Community Stabilization Program Manager
  • John Henry Thomas, M.D. Center
  • 218 S.E. 24th Street
  • Gainesville, FL 32641
  • Phone: 352-264-6745
  • TDD/TTY users, please call 711 (Florida Relay Service)

If any accommodations are needed for persons with disabilities, please contact the Equal Opportunity Office at (352) 374-5275 or (352) 374-5284 TDD.

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