April 29, 2022

Special Edition Newsletter: Affordable Housing Month 2022


Join SV@Home in Reimagining Home During Affordable Housing Month 2022 – Silicon Valley!

What sets Affordable Housing Month 2022 – Silicon Valley apart from previous years? The call for “Reimagining Home.” Out of the 50 scheduled this year, the SV@Home events are designed to rekindle our enthusiasm for our mission by igniting our passion. SV@Home’s new Executive Director, Regina Celestin Williams, describes the Reimagining Home theme this way:

“This is an opportunity to shift the collective perspective on housing solutions and our approach to reaching those solutions, creating more equitable, inclusive, and restorative communities through more inclusive and equitable processes. We have committed to and have challenged our partners to offer out-of-the-box thinking and knowledge enrichment through the slate of events to inspire a vision for Silicon Valley’s future where everyone thrives.”

This special edition of SV@Home’s newsletter is about what to expect during May 2022. First, the focus is on the SV@Home’s exciting events of Affordable Housing Month. Next, we highlight the AHM events addressing the theme of Ending Homelessness, and then we will recognize our sponsors and partners who have provided a robust series of events.  Lastly, we will conclude with a peek at AHM events hosted around the region. 


But first, we encourage you to look at this jam-packed calendar, dig deeper into the themes that interest you, reserve your seat for the programs, and refresh your commitment to bringing affordable housing to everyone. Every Sunday during May, we will send that week’s events at a glance, along with recordings of past events as they become available. 


SV@Home Presents:


SV@Home is thrilled to present the following Affordable Housing Month events:

Acclaimed Chef, Author, and Activist Ignites

Passion for Social Change

Producing more affordable housing isn’t easy: Many barriers are seemingly daunting. But Chef Bryant Terry can help us renew our spirit for advocacy by demonstrating the process that inspired his activism for creating a more vibrant, equitable, and healthy food ecosystem. This night award-winning author of four vegan ‘soul food’ cookbooks includes a live, in-person demonstration of how he stirs up political change from the kitchen by using “the visceral to ignite the cerebral and ending with the political.” The event includes a question-and-answer period with Regina Celestin Williams moderating and a signed cookbook giveaway for all attendees!!


May 5 at 6 p.m.

Hybrid Event

A Night of Food and Conversation with Chef Bryant Terry 


SV@Home Signature Event:

Innovative Approaches for Truly Inclusive Development

and 2022 SCC Housing Champion Award Presentation to Jan Stokley!

SV@Home’s Signature Event for Affordable Housing Month 2022 features an exciting panel discussion on how affordable housing development can invest in and transform communities, advancing a genuinely inclusive approach to strengthening underserved communities.

We are also thrilled to be presenting SV@Home’s annual Santa Clara County Housing Champion award to Jan Stokley, Executive Director of Housing Choices. Jan is a steadfast advocate who has worked tirelessly to advance affordable housing opportunities for people of all abilities. We want to recognize her ten years at the helm of Housing Choices, where she helped change the regional conversation around inclusivity and equity in access to affordable housing.


Our panel discussion features representatives from Morena Strategies, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, Unity Council, Chinatown CDC, and The Kelsey who will be sharing their experiences, best practices, and challenges in achieving genuinely inclusive development.


We look forward to seeing you there! 


May 12 at 12:30 p.m.

Virtual Event

Innovative Approaches For Truly Inclusive Development      


Awaken Your Budding Advocacy on Affordable Housing

Designed for advocates with some knowledge about the current housing situation and who now feel compelled to jump into active advocacy, SV@Home presents a Deep Dive on Affordable Housing: A How-To Guide for Advocates. This series will take our audiences inside the public processes where new housing proposals take shape. Learn how these processes begin so that you can understand the opportunities and how to push them to completion. 

May 17 at noon

Virtual event

Deep Dive on Affordable Housing: A How-To Guide for Advocates


SV@Home’s Happy Housers

Returns with an In-Person Celebration!

SV@Home’s famous Happy Housers happy hour returns with an in-person-only event! Join us for an opportunity to network with like-minded advocates, meet new people and celebrate the completion of another successful Affordable Housing Month! Meet the staff, share notes, and celebrate the people taking a stand to address Silicon Valley’s most pressing need: Affordable Housing! Our voices are more vital together!

May 26, 5:30 p.m.

Enoteca La Storia, 320 W. St. John St., San Jose

Happy Housers Happy Hour


HAC is now Policy in Action @Home

This Affordable Housing Month, SV@Home is proud to unveil our newly branded monthly action events as the Policy in Action @Home series. Formerly known as the Housing Action Coalition (HAC), our Policy in Action series gives Santa Clara County housing advocates an opportunity to learn about, and take action on, the latest policy and legislation taking shape at the local, regional, and state levels. Hear from the experts driving this change, learn how these changes may affect affordable housing initiatives, and participate taking action.

In our first Policy in Action discussion, we will share what we have learned about the candidates for the primary election and their views on affordable housing issues. Also, lobbyist Graciela Castillo-Krings of Sacramento Advocates will weigh in on the latest housing related legislation and funding.

May 27 at noon

Virtual Event

Policy In Action (formerly HAC): SV@Home Action Fund Update

AHM Events Strive to End Homelessness

One of the most pressing housing issues in Santa Clara County is the effort to provide permanent homes to our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness. This Affordable Housing Month, there are a wide variety of educational events on several aspects of our homelessness crisis and the solutions that are getting people housed.


Check out the below events for opportunities to learn about the Community Plan to End Homelessness and Measure A, engage with the root causes of homelessness and those with lived experience, and even go on tours of permanent supportive housing developments. There will also be opportunities to get more involved and take action, including by participating in Destination: Home’s Housing Ready Communities network.


We hope you will join us in the County-wide effort to end homelessness and house our unhoused neighbors throughout May:


May 2nd, 3:30pm Virtual

Subsidized Affordable Housing 101


May 16th, 2:00pm Virtual

ELI Co-op Model


May 18th, 1:00pm In-Person

Iamesi Village Tour


May 26th, 6:00pm Virtual

Interim Housing Case Studies


Thank you to our Sponsors!

Our sponsors want to see changes in the affordable housing landscape to make Silicon Valley a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive place to work, raise a family and thrive. Their generous donations make Affordable Housing Month a reality, helping our local Houser movement activities and be a force for positive change in our communities. Please join SV@Home in expressing our sincere gratitude for all they provide.


Shout Out to SV@Home Partners!

Affordable Housing Month 2022 features 50 events this year thanks to our housing partners, who unite with us to shed light on all facets of this critical issue. These colleagues, associates, friends, community leaders, subject-matter experts, visionaries, and activists are helping re-shape the Silicon Valley landscape to make it a more affordable place to live for everyone. We will spotlight several of our partners throughout the month, to share their contributions to the cause.

Today, we honor the  Santa Clara County Housing Authority:

The Santa Clara County Housing Authority assists about 17,000 households through the federal rental housing assistance (Housing Choice Voucher, also known as Section 8). It also develops, controls, and manages affordable rental housing properties. Housing Authority programs and properties are targeted to assist low, very low, and extremely low-income households. More than 80 percent of its client households are extremely low-income families, seniors, veterans, persons with disabilities, and formerly homeless. The Santa Clara County Housing Authority strives to provide housing and support services to many eligible families; working together with landlords, housing developers, charities, and local governments working.


The Housing Authority hosts two exciting events during Affordable Housing Month, RSVP Today!

           Housing Choice Voucher Information

Session for Property Owners  

May 4 at 6 p.m.


The Case for Mixed-Income Communities:

Preston Prince in Conversation with Mark Joseph

May 10 at 4 p.m.


I Need More AHM Events to Nurture My Soul!

Affordable Housing Month 2022 is not just a Santa Clara County thing, it; it is regional!  Three amazing partner organizations convene Affordable Housing Month programs in their respective regions of Northern California.


The Non-Profit Housing Coalition of Northern California has compiled additional Affordable Housing Month events. Its regionally focused events page lists events throughout the Bay Area. View Here: Upcoming Events — Affordable Housing Month 


East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO) will also offer their slate of events. Find out more on this webpage: East Bay Housing Organizations | Upcoming Events (ebho.org)


The Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County (HLCSMC) also features events for Affordable Housing Month. To learn more, visit this web page


Housing Santa Cruz County also features events for Affordable Housing Month. To learn more, visit this webpage:


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