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Director Linné K. Stout

Director Linne Stout

Welcome Message

I am proud to serve as the Director of the Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) and honored to serve under Governor Gavin Newsom and Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Mark Ghaly. I am passionate about the mission of the Department, which is to administer programs that result in an improved quality of life and greater self-sufficiency for low-income Californians. CSD partners with a dedicated network of private, non-profit and local government organizations to help ameliorate the conditions of poverty and provide much needed services to vulnerable individuals and families.

As the oversight agency, CSD is responsible for administering federal funds, which include the Community Services Block Grant, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and Weatherization Assistance Program. These funds are used at the local level to provide a broad range of needed services and help create a pathway out of poverty.

Our website has a lot of very useful information including a very user-friendly service map that provides easy links to find these services throughout California. Services provided by these programs include employment training, education, income management, housing, health and nutritional services, financial assistance to offset residential heating and cooling costs, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.

Let us know if you have any questions or suggestions by going to the contact us page of the website. Thanks for visiting!


Linné Stout was appointed Director of the California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) by Governor Brown in May 2013. Prior to this appointment, she served as Acting Director from 2012 to 2013, Chief Deputy Director from 2011 to 2012, and Acting Chief Deputy Director in 2011.

Ms. Stout began her civil service career in 1981 at the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). She served as the Chief of the Child Protection and Family Services Branch within the Children and Family Services Division at CDSS from 2009 to 2011. In this role, she provided oversight of the child welfare services in the area of emergency response, pre-placement and in-home services policy. This included the oversight of statewide child abuse prevention and family support services to increase family strengths and capacity to enhance child development and provide children with a stable and supportive family environment. Ms. Stout was also responsible for statewide training and staff development activities of public child welfare service workers, and served on the Mental Health Planning Council. Previously, she served in various functions within the Administration Division of CDSS for most of her state career.

Passionate about ensuring foster youth have the needed resources and skills to succeed, Ms. Stout served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) from 2004 to 2013. As a CASA, she provided guidance and support to foster youth and advocated for foster youth to maintain important relationships, receive access to services and educational stability. Ms. Stout continues to serve as a mentor to foster youth.