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Archived News Release from 2011

For Immediate Release

Fair Oaks
Community Center Provides Services to the “New Needy” – Help is Here

Redwood City, CA - March 8, 2011 - Today’s difficult economic times have unfortunately produced a new group of individuals and families that are in critical need of a helping hand – the “new needy.” These are families who may not have been in such a precarious financial position before, they may be reluctant or embarrassed to ask for help, or they may not know where to go for assistance.

In the greater Redwood City community, they need to know that help is here at Redwood City’s Fair Oaks Community Center – and it’s ok to ask for help. The new needy is a demographic that has been occurring nationwide, and typically is a family that considered itself in the middle class prior to the recession. Now, with millions of jobs lost, many families find themselves in an uncertain, unstable financial situation, perhaps unable to pay the mortgage or rent, provide enough groceries for the family, pay the electric or gas bill, or secure appropriate health services.

The Fair Oaks Community Center is ready to offer a helping hand to the new needy, and to those who need ongoing assistance. A variety of services is provided by a combination of City staff and representatives from public and private non-profit agencies, all under one roof. Fair Oaks is a central “clearing house” for many of the emergency or longer term services that will help the new needy through these hard economic times, to get back on their feet. Among many others, services at Fair Oaks Community Center include:

  • Emergency food service
  • PG&E assistance
  • Basic health needs for uninsured individuals and families
  • Homelessness assessment and referral
  • Crisis intervention
  • Immigration and citizenship
  • Foreclosure Counseling
  • Housing assistance (deposits, delinquent rent, other housing financial needs)
  • Referrals for shared housing, roommates, housemates
  • Basic forms and translations assistance
  • Senior wellness and counseling
  • 12 step support groups

Services are available in English and Spanish. The Fair Oaks Community Center is located at 2600 Middlefield Road in Redwood City and can be reached by phone at 650-780-7500. The new needy and the entire community can be assured that help is here at Redwood City’s Fair Oaks Community Center – and it’s ok to ask for help. The Fair Oaks Community Center website is located at, by clicking on “Community Centers” and then “Fair Oaks.”

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Teri Chin, Manager
Fair Oaks Community Center


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