Mercury News: Eshoo gives emergency social services number a push for national coverage

July 7, 2010
In The News

Sean Maher discusses Rep. Eshoo's Calling for 2-1-1 Act in the July 7, 2010 San Jose Mercury News:


A free phone-referral system matching people in distress with the social services they need could expand to serve the entire country if Congress approves it this year.


The service reaches about two-thirds of the United States currently, and fewer than half of the counties in California, officials said. A bill by Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, would authorize $100 million per year through 2014 for grants to support the service, but those grants would have to be matched by current providers such as nonprofits and local governments, Eshoo said.


Eshoo also announced Wednesday that San Mateo County — the only county in the Bay Area still without 211 service — is on track to open 211 lines in the fall.

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