Linné Stout

Director, Department of Community Services and Development


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Welcome to the California Department of Community Services and Development’s (CSD’s) website! Our mission is to reduce poverty for Californians. Through a wide network of private non-profit and local government organizations, CSD administers effective and innovative community services and energy programs that aim to help low-income families, individuals, and communities throughout the state maintain and achieve economic security and attain a higher quality of life.

By administering federally funded programs that include the Community Services Block Grant, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program​, and Weatherization Assistance Program, CSD works with local providers in every county throughout California to provide the services their communities need to help break the cycle of poverty. The Department also administers the State of California's Low-Income Weatherization Program, which receives funding from cap-and-trade auction proceeds to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We are also proud of the leading role CSD has taken in coordinating public and private efforts to promote awareness of the California Earned Income Tax Credit (Cal EITC), one of the most effective anti-poverty programs and a key plank in the State's efforts to make this a California For All. 

Throughout our  website you will find useful information and easy-to-access services available in your local area through our interactive service map. These services can ​include employment training, free tax preparation and education, income management, housing, health and nutritional services, financial assistance to offset residential heating and cooling costs, home energy efficiency, solar PV services, and more.

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Linné Stout was appointed Director of the California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) by Governor Jerry Brown on May 6, 2013. Prior to her appointment, Linné served as Acting Director of CSD from 2012 to 2013, Chief Deputy Director from 2011 to 2012, and Acting Chief Deputy Director in 2011.

Under Director Stout, CSD has advanced a number of new initiatives designed to reduce poverty for Californians, including: the Drought Energy Assistance Program​, which assisted drought impacted, low-income households with supportive services including rental and employment assistance; the Low-Income Weatherization Program, part of California Climate Investments, which reduces energy bills for low-income households and helps the state meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals​ through energy efficiency and renewable energy systems; and has taken a leading role in coordinating the State's efforts to promote Cal EITC with the goal of reducing poverty in California.

Director Stout started her civil service career in 1981 in the mailroom of the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and served in various functions within the department's Administration Division. Before joining CSD she was Chief of the Child Protection and Family Services Branch within the Children and Family Services Division of CDSS from 2009 to 2011. Ms. Stout served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for California's at-risk youth from 2004 to 2013, and remains a passionate advocate for the rights of children by serving as a mentor to foster youth.

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