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Santa Clara City Council to Vote on Agrihood Housing Approval

January 29 @ 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm

Your voice is needed to support new housing to end homelessness.

Ask Santa Clara City Council to approve the Agrihood housing development without delay.

Who: You. Your voice is needed to ensure our community keeps moving forward with new supportive housing and homes affordable for low income families.

Take Action Now!

When: The Santa Clara City Council will meet Tuesday, January 29 at 5:45pm. Email messages should be sent by 1:00pm Tuesday. If you miss that deadline, however, do not worry. It is more difficult for the Clerk to distribute them, but emails should be accepted “up to and during” the meeting on Tuesday evening.

How: Send your email message to cityclerk@santaclaraca.gov

  1. Make certain to name the agenda item in the email subject: “Agenda Item 6: Approval of Agrihood Housing Development (The Core Companies)”.
  2. Please send a copy of your message to action@housingready.org to help us keep track of our work together. See more detailed information below.

Where: To speak publicly at the meeting, arrive at Santa Clara City Hall at 1500 Warburton Avenue by 5:45pm. Upon arrival, fill out a “speaker card” indicating you would like to speak on Agenda Item 6 (Agrihood Development). When the agenda item comes up, you will be called on to speak. Feel free to use the sample email message below as a starting point for your public comment.

Why: Thanks to the collaboration of the City of Santa Clara, the County of Santa Clara, the Santa Clara County Housing Authority and The Core Companies, the proposed Agrihood housing development includes supportive housing for 54 seniors experiencing homelessness, and 50 (or more) additional very low- and extremely low income homes to prevent future homelessness.

This is a critical housing development that would bring a significant amount of affordable housing to Santa Clara, and we encourage community members to write an email or come and speak to support immediate approval of this much-needed housing development.

Approval by Santa Clara City Council, originally scheduled for October 2018, has been delayed multiple times. Further delay would mean that seniors experiencing homelessness (living outside right now) have to wait even longer before they can access housing. Delay could also make the development more expensive, and potentially result in fewer homes for those who need them most.

What to Write: What you write as part of your email message is completely up to you. To get you started, take a look at the Sample Email Message below. Feel free to copy and paste the information you want into your own message.

One More Thing: If you would like to go the extra mile, forward this Action Alert to others who might be interested in participating. You can also invite people to the Facebook event page to help engage more of your friends.

Sample Email Message

To:

cityclerk@santaclaraca.gov

Cc:

MayorAndCouncil@santaclaraca.gov,ACrabtree@santaclaraca.gov,DSantana@santaclaraca.gov,RBustos@santaclaraca.gov,action@housingready.org

Subject:

Public Comment on Agenda Item 6 (Approval of Agrihood Housing Development) on January 29, 2019

Email Message Body:

Honorable Mayor Lisa Gillmor
and Members of the Santa Clara City Council
1500 Warburton Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Subject: Vote Yes on Agenda Item 6 (Approval of Agrihood Housing Development) on January 29, 2019

Dear Mayor Gillmor, and Councilmembers Chahal, Davis, Hardy, Mahan, O’Neill and Watanabe:

As a Santa Clara County resident and member of the Housing Ready Communities Action Network, I write to support your immediate approval of the proposed Agrihood housing development.

Thanks to the collaboration of the City of Santa Clara, the County of Santa Clara, the Santa Clara County Housing Authority and The Core Companies, an approved Agrihood development will include supportive housing for 54 seniors formerly experiencing homelessness, and 50 (or more) additional very low- and extremely low income homes to prevent future homelessness.

Development approval, originally scheduled for October 2018, has been delayed multiple times. Further delay will mean that seniors now experiencing homelessness will have to wait even longer before they can access housing. Delay could also make the development more expensive, and potentially result in fewer new homes for those who need them most.

The proposed Agrihood development is critical and should move forward as quickly as possible. In addition to the significant affordable housing the development would bring to Santa Clara, the inclusion of supportive housing is key to collective county-wide work to end homelessness.

I am thankful for your commitment to this important work. Supportive housing has been proven to end homelessness in communities around the world. Beautiful buildings and on-site supportive services help our new neighbors keep their housing, build relationships in the community, and get the treatment each person needs.

I urge you to approve the Agrihood development without delay. I also look forward to continuing to work with you and the City of Santa Clara, the County, the Housing Authority, nearby cities and my neighbors to get many more supportive housing developments approved and built. Thank you for your work and support!

Sincerely,
Your Name
Your City Name
Affiliation of Your Choice

Note: If you live and/or work in the City of Santa Clara, it is a good idea to say so in your letter, including naming your city district. If you do not live or work in the City of Santa Clara, it is important to mention if you live or work in Santa Clara County, and also to talk about the importance of all our cities working together to address homelessness and the housing crisis.

Meeting Details

Endorsement

SV@Home has endorsed the Agrihood as a great model of highly affordable, dense, transit-oriented development. Learn more about their position, read more and sign their petition to support 361 new homes, of which 181 will be affordable housing. SV@Home encourages all partners and community members to come and speak in support of the Agrihood at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 29.

Housing Ready Communities

The Housing Ready Communities initiative brings together neighbors, community groups, nonprofits, government and housing developers to take action and support approval of new supportive housing and extremely low income affordable housing in Santa Clara County.

Housing Ready Communities is a Destination: Home initiative implemented in partnership with the County of Santa Clara Office of Supportive Housing, the City of San Jose Housing Department, the Santa Clara County Housing Authority, Silicon Valley at Home, community organizations and neighbors throughout the county. Housing Ready Communities is generously supported by Symantec.

Details

Date:
January 29
Time:
5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Website:
https://mailchi.mp/destinationhomesv/housingready-2019-jan-action-alert

Organizer

bob@destinationhomesv.org
Email:
bob@destinationhomesv.org

Monthly Meetings

Although meetings of specific importance will be added individually to the calendar, these monthly meetings may be of interest on an ongoing basis:

Housing, Land Use, Environment, and Transportation (HLUET) Committee – Typically meets at 10am on the third Thursday each month. As a regular agenda item, the County Office of Supportive Housing presents its monthly system data report at these meetings. For details, select HLUET Committee in the drop-down menu in the left sidebar on the County of Santa Clara website.

Housing and Community Development Commission – Typically meets at 5:45pm on the second Thursday of each month. For details, see the Commission calendar on the City of San Jose website.