Graduation: August 10/2017

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August
16

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.

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Dead & Company Action Day: Bay Area

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May
25

Overview

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

May
11

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

Refining Youth Homelessness

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March
16

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.

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Volunteering @ Project WeHOPE

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March
10

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 !
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Bay Area Section 8 and Housing Vouchers

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March
3

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

Santa Clara County prepares for major housing boom

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February
23

 

Home construction along Loma Verde Avenue and West Bayshore Road. Palo Alto Weekly file photo credit.

Decisions on where to place Measure A’s low-income and homeless housing funds in county

 

Santa Clara County is moving quickly on a plan to build thousands of new homes for the county’s low-income and homeless residents. And while most of the county’s new Measure “A” housing bond will go towards helping the lower income residents first, one big question still remains: where’s the space to put all of that housing?At the Feb. 7 Board of Supervisors meeting, county officials revealed the series of objectives that they intend on meeting with the $950 million in bond funds, approved by voters last year. The set of goals laid out major priorities for building new units for people who are homeless or making less than 30 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) which is roughly $33,500 for a family of four.

In the plans the county will set out to build 4,200 units for these extremely low-income renters, said Miguel Marquez, chief operating officer for the county. These units will include a mix of supportive housing designed to help both the chronically homeless and families who are at risk of homelessness but are able to get back on their feet relatively quickly.

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New Santa Clara County Ordinance to help Affordable Housing

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February
16

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.”
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The Promise Land Encampment and Designated Homeless Camps

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February
10

A sanctuary for the homeless in Oakland, complete with a makeshift shower, portable toilet, kitchen, medical supplies and garden, was cleared out of a park February, 2nd by police officers and public works employees. During the encampment’s 12-day existence in the park beneath a highway overpass, “the Village” or also known as the “Promise Land” became an organized community, becoming a rules-based alternative to living on the sidewalk streets. The rules included no drugs, alcohol or violence was tolerated on the premises. Young supporters of the promise land patrolled the park’s perimeter at night as self-designated security guards, while others dropped off food and help build small rainproof shelters out of wooden pallets.
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California State Senator Scott Wiener: ‘SF Lost Their Way On Housing’

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February
2

The topic for years was the city’s housing shortage, and how it was escalating prices. It was amazing to hear the wave of counterproductive, even clueless, solutions that 10 of the 11 supervisors would suggest for the problem. These ranged from decreasing building densities to strengthening bureaucratic review, to placing construction moratoriums on certain neighborhoods, to strengthening tenant protections that are already strict, and that have led landlords to abandon between 10,000 and 30,000 units citywide.
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