San Jose, Calif. — May 4, 2022 — May is Affordable Housing Month in Santa Clara County. Throughout the month, the Santa Clara County Continuum of Care Partners will host a series of events focused on ending homelessness in Silicon Valley. Presenting partners include: Adobe Services, Destination: Home, the City of San Jose, the County of Santa Clara, Eden Housing, First Community Housing, the Santa Clara County Office of Supportive Housing, and the Santa Clara County Housing Authority. Affordable Housing Month is sponsored by SV@Home.
Members of the press are encouraged to RSVP and attend any of this month’s events or reach out to the media contact listed above for more information.
- Adobe Services
- Destination: Home
- Eden Housing
- First Community Housing
- The County of Santa Clara
- The City of San Jose
- Santa Clara County Housing Authority
- Santa Clara County Office of Supportive Housing
What: A series of events during Affordable Housing Month that focus on ending homelessness in Silicon Valley:
- Destination: Home Presents – Understanding Homelessness – May 4, 6 pm
An intro to homelessness and proven solutions to answer your questions and connect you to work to end homelessness in Santa Clara County.
- Santa Clara County Housing Authority Presents – Housing Choice Voucher Information Session for Property Owners – May 4, 6 pm
The Santa Clara County Authority is looking to partner with local property owners to increase affordable housing options for low-income families, elderly, and people with disabilities! Our May 4 information session will provide owners with Housing Choice Voucher program information, resources, and tools for successfully navigating the program’s owner processes.
- Santa Clara County Office of Supportive Housing Presents: Progress on the Community Plan to End Homelessness – May 10, 2 pm
Almost 6,000 people moved from homelessness to housing in 2020 and 2021. In the same period there was a 33% reduction in the number of people becoming homeless for the first time. How are these numbers calculated? This session will focus on the Supportive Housing System Report and will take a deeper dive into explaining the data and metrics by which we track and assess progress in addressing homelessness.
- San Jose Virtual tour of Affordable Housing – May 11, 6 pm
What does affordable housing look like? Come join us for a virtual tour of San José affordable and supportive housing developments! This is a joint event with the County of Santa Clara Office of Supportive Housing and the City of San José’s Housing Department.
- Santa Clara County Office of Supportive Housing Presents: Co-Op Pilot Program for ELI/VLI – May 16, 1 pm
This workshop event will introduce Santa Clara County’s new ELI/VLI co-op pilot and allow opportunities to engage and provide feedback. The main focus of this workshop is to provide information and answer questions about the County’s new Type 5 project type in the County’s NOFA, which is for cooperative housing projects. The event is intended for established affordable housing developers and small non-profits/CDCs in Santa Clara County who may have an interest in learning more about cooperative housing (and ultimately applying to our NOFA).
Please join us for the event through Facebook Live on the Abode Services Facebook page starting at 11 a.m. on May 18.
- First Community Housing Presents: Iamesi Village Tour – May 18, 1 pm
Iamesi Village is an affordable 135-unit apartment building designed to LEED Platinum certification and offers 118 studio units and 16 one-bedroom units at 30-50% of the Area Median Income. This development is devoted entirely to veterans, permanent supportive housing and people with intellectual / developmental disabilities. The tour will include stops at typical apartment units, the community room, 6th floor solarium, outdoor gym, and more.
- Gallup and Mesa Hard Hat Tour – May 20, 12 pm
Gallup and Mesa will provide 46 units for lower-income families. Half of the units will be designated for Transition Aged Youth who are exiting foster care and are in need of housing.
- Destination: Home and San Jose Spotlight Present: Exploring the Systemic Causes of Homelessness – May 26, 11:30 am
While homelessness is often perceived as the result of a personal or moral failure, a growing body of research has shown that homelessness is the result of entrenched, structural inequities plaguing our society. In this session, we’ll convene a panel of experts to dig into the systemic root causes of homelessness, debunk common myths and stereotypes and discuss the type of long-term change that will truly be needed to end homelessness in our community.
- San Jose Housing Department and Santa Clara Office of Supportive Housing Present: Emergency Interim Housing Case Studies in the City of San Jose – May 26, 6 pm
This event will be focused on interim housing case studies including the City of San Jose’s Emergency Interim Housing sites and the County’s Casitas de Esperanza and Willow Glen Studios. The session will include an overview of interim housing models being deployed in our community, case studies of specific developments, and how these sites fit into our broader strategy for ending homelessness.
Where: In person-events throughout Santa Clara County and virtual events online
When: Throughout the month of May.
The full state of Affordable Housing Month Events can be found here.
About the Santa Clara County Continuum of Care
The Santa Clara County Continuum of Care (CoC) is a broad group of stakeholders dedicated to ending and preventing homelessness in the county and who ensure a community-wide implementation of efforts as well as ensuring programmatic and systemic effectiveness.
About Destination Home
Destination: Home is a public-private partnership ending homelessness in Silicon Valley. Through our collective impact model, we convene and collaborate with stakeholders across our community to address the root causes of homelessness and drive true systemic change. We embrace a data-driven and human approach – advocating for policies, incubating new ideas and programs, and investing in strategies to connect more of our homeless neighbors to a stable home and prevent homelessness before it begins. Our work is grounded in a commitment to advancing racial and socioeconomic justice – and working together, we can build a community where homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurring. Learn more at: DestinationHomeSV.org.