April 20, 2017

4-20-17 Newsletter


SV@Home April 20th Newsletter: Affordable Housing Week!

#ItsUpToUs, Silicon Valley: Affordable Housing Week May 12th-19th!

Affordable Housing Week Highlights

Affordable Housing Week in Santa Clara County kicks off with the SV@Home Policy Breakfast on Friday, May 12th! Nineteen different organizations and cities will be hosting events during the week, so it will be a unique opportunity to learn about the many facets of affordable housing in our community. RSVP now at the Policy Breakfast event page and take a look at the full calendar of events!

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of Affordable Housing Week, there is still time! You can see our current sponsor list and get more information about sponsorship on the Affordable Housing Week page on our website.

Feel free to share any and all of the events below to your networks and mailing lists!

SV@Home Policy Breakfast: Coming Together: Can We Agree on How to Respond to our Housing Crisis?

Friday, May 12th from 8:30-11:30 AM
Microsoft Event Center
1065 La Avenida Street, Mountain View
Sponsored by SV@Home

SV@Home’s annual Policy Breakfast brings together policymakers and advocates to talk about the big issues in affordable housing. This year’s breakfast will focus on the different approaches to our housing crisis– some think the answer is supply, some think the answer is to focus only on affordable development, some think it is tenant protections, and others think the answer is all of the above. What is the answer? What are some of the ideas floating around? And what ideas have traction?

Join us as we tackle these hard questions with a great panel of experts, including:

  • Emmett Carson, CEO and President of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (Moderator)
  • California State Senator Scott Wiener, 11th District
  • California State Assemblymember Ash Kalra, 27th District
  • Carolyn Coleman, Executive Director of the League of California Cities
  • Paul Nieto, Executive Vice President of Signature Development Group and 2016-2017 Chairman of BIA Bay Area

Register here for the Policy Breakfast.

Artist Housing Panel, Reception, and Awards Ceremony

Burned front wall of the Ghost Ship building, with bouquets of flowers lined along the fence outside

Thursday, May 18th
Panel Discussion from 3-5 PM
Reception and Awards Ceremony from 5-7 PM
501 S. 1st Street, San Jose
Hosted by the City of San Jose and SV@Home

The Ghost Ship fire in Oakland threw the impact of the affordable housing crisis on the artist community into sharp focus. Rising rents have long put increasing pressure on artists living in non-traditional spaces, and now the crisis is coming to a head.. The need for a solution is urgent. Please join our expert panel for a discussion on how to make our communities affordable for artists and creatives.


  • Arlene Biala, City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs (Moderator)
  • Teri Deaver, Vice President, Consulting/Strategic Partnerships – ArtSpace
  • Patrick Heisinger, Acting Division Manager, City of San Jose Housing Department
  • Charlie McCollum, San Jose Arts Commissioner

Afterwards, stick around for a reception and awards ceremony for the finalists of our Affordable Housing Week poster contest! Wine and cheese will be provided, so please RSVP so we know how much to order.

The event is free, but space is limited, so please register here.

Housing Authority 50th Anniversary Movie Night: “Time Out of Mind”

The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara celebrate 50 years of serving the Santa Clara County community with a screening of the Oren Moverman movie “Time Out of Mind,” featuring Richard Gere as a newly homeless man learning how to adapt to life on the streets. Joe Neumaier of the New York Daily News called the film “never less than powerful,” saying that “without sentimentality or gloss, it illuminates a part of city life that far too often is lost in the shadows.” The Housing Authority will be providing a free soda and popcorn voucher to all participants, as well as a small thank you gift.

Seating is limited! Visit the eventbrite page to register for the movie night.

Key Events During AHW

What Should the Region Be Doing About Housing?
Thursday, May 16th from 12:30-1:30 PM
76 S. First Street, San Jose
Hosted by SPUR San Jose

It’s no secret that the Bay Area is grappling with a regional housing shortage and all the negative consequences that come with it. Many argue that this is a regional issue that that needs a regional vision and regional tools. What is the role of regional government on housing? How can jurisdictions better collaborate across boundaries? Come tackle these thorny questions with SPUR’s panel:

  • Leslye Corsiglia, Executive Director,  Silicon Valley @ Home
  • Ken Kirkey, Planning Director, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
  • Steve Levy, Director and Senior Economist, Center for the Continuing Study of the California Economy

Co-presented by Northern California APA.

Affordable Housing Tour
Saturday, May 13th from 8:30 AM-1:30 PM
Hosted by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group

The 2017 Tour will focus on the relationships between health and housing, and feature the cities of Mountain View, Santa Clara, and Sunnyvale. The Tour will begin in Mountain View at the Prometheus Madera Apartments with a panel discussion on “Healthy Housing.” The second stop will be in Santa Clara at the Core Companies Presidio Santa Clara. The final stop will be in Sunnyvale at MidPen Housing’s Onizuka Crossing where they will serve lunch and a hold a panel session with local stakeholders from the housing community.

Tour admission includes breakfast/lunch and transportation costs.

Tickets are limited, so RSVP here to secure your seat today. Contact Don Tran at dtran@svlg.org for branding opportunities and tour inquiries. No cancellations or refunds – substitutions are welcome!

Interior view of the MicroPAD living room

MicroPAD Showcase and Missing Middle Panel
Tuesday, May 16th from 12:30-2 PM
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
500 Castro Street, Mountain View
Hosted by the City of Mountain View

The City of Mountain View will exhibit an innovative form of modular housing called a MicroPAD. The tiny, modular home will be on display at the intersection of Castro and Mercy streets in Mountain View, right outside city hall.  Read more about MicroPADs at Panoramic Interests’ website.

The City will also be host a panel focusing on the “Missing Middle,” featuring a speaker from Panoramic Interests as well as other innovators. You can RSVP for the panel on the eventbrite page.

Next SV@Home Happy Housers, May 19th
There will be no organized Happy Housers during the month of April, but save the date for a special Happy Housers mixer event on Friday, May 19th at 5:30 PM to close out Affordable Housing Week!

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Thank you to our generous sponsors who are making #ItsUpToUs, Silicon Valley possible.

Other Upcoming Events

Fair Housing Presentation for Landlords and Property Managers
Saturday, May 6th at 1 PM
Sunnyvale Library Program Room
665 W. Olin Avenue, Sunnyvale

Law Foundation of Silicon Valley staff will provide an overview of current fair housing laws, recent court decisions, best practices to prevent violations of these laws, and tips for handling fair housing complaints when managing rental property. This free workshop is hosted by the City of Sunnyvale’s Housing Division and is open to the general public. Spanish language interpretation will be available. Interpretation in other languages may be available upon request. Further details and an RSVP link are available online. RSVPs requested but not required.

NPH 21st Annual Leadership Awards
Thursday, May 4th from 5-8 PM
City Club of San Francisco
155 Sansome Street, San Francisco

Join the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH) community at its 21st Annual Affordable Housing Leadership Awards! We congratulate this year’s honorees– Paul Sussman from the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Center, The San Francisco Foundation, and the Resident Services Cohort!  Register here.

New Members

Thanks to our new and recently renewed 2017 members, Janice Robbins, Leonel Soto, The John Stewart Company, and Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County!

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