“Are you really up to this?”
That was Liliko Ngata, 41, on a recent Saturday afternoon in East Palo Alto. Liliko and I were at Project WeHOPE (a local homeless shelter), doing laundry for residents. She – a resident herself – had been guiding me through the process, but I was laughably incompetent; I assumed she was questioning my ability to fold bedsheets. Alas, her question’s meaning was far more profound.
Designed to serve homeless men, women and families, Project WeHOPE’s Dignity on Wheels mobile showers, washers and dryers have been called into emergency action for both U.S. National Guard soldiers proving essential support to the communities affected bythe wildfires in Sonoma County and people who were already homeless and were displaced by the fire. Read More
Hired before Graduation
One of the giant steps for homeless clients at Project WeHOPE is landing a job. Yet for 27 members of the 2017 graduating classes, it was goal achieved, including many who were hired for positions that they would begin after completing their trainings. “We specifically target job training and certification in high demand sectors including custodial technician, security officer and food handler,” said Alicia Garcia, Associate Director of Project WeHOPE and head of the HOPE Jobs training program.
Dead & Company and Positive Legacy are very proud to announce our three action days along the 2017 Summer Tour. Positive Legacy’s mission is to integrate music and service to benefit people and the environment! That’s exactly the impact we will be creating in East Palo Alto, for the Bay Area event. All volunteers will receive lunch, limited edition Positive Legacy/Dead & Company hat, one FREE download of any show in the extensive Nugs.net catalog, live music courtesy of local musicians and the feeling of satisfaction from giving back to the local community. Your donation goes towards any supplies and materials needed to help perform the days of service. Read More
California has a 2017 population of 39.5 million, with more people coming to the state than the migration of those leaving. The housing bubble of 2008, and the ensuing crash that followed with combination of the stiff bay area housing regulations created the housing crisis that it is. Which is a combination of unaffordability and unit shortage in mostly high populated areas. According to the State Housing and Community Development Department, California needed 180,000 new homes each year over the past decade Read More
The Homeless Children and Youth Act was reintroduced this week in Congress by Stivers and other sponsors, including Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, also a Republican. First proposed in 2014, the bipartisan bill is again dividing advocates for the homeless.
There’s more than one way to make a difference, and volunteering is a great way to donate your time to helping any number of Project WeHOPE programs. Even Volunteering your skills, from contracting, accounting, to arts and etc. Enquire how you can make a difference and invest your time in your bay area community, sign up to volunteer today !
Using Section 8 vouchers to help pay rent, is becoming harder when landlords decide to leave the program. The way the Section 8 program works is voucher-holders pay what they can afford about 30 percent of their income and then the voucher pays the rest. Read More
On February 8th the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance that expands access to affordable housing by requiring that the prospective tenants who receive a housing voucher, subsidy, or other housing assistance be given equal consideration when seeking rental housing in unincorporated Santa Clara County. The ordinance prohibits landlords from rejecting a prospective tenant solely because he or she would use a voucher or other subsidy to pay rent, and also prohibits landlords from including statements such as “No Section 8 Accepted” in advertisements for rental housing. The ordinance will take effect in January 2018.
“Homelessness and lack of access to affordable housing are a crisis in our county,” said Supervisor Dave Cortese, President of the Board of Supervisors. “This ordinance helps veterans, homeless families, and other community members use Section 8 vouchers and other subsidies to access the affordable housing they need and deserve.”