Housing Happenings


San Jose’s Affordable Housing Siting Policy Highlights This Month’s Policy In Action 

SV@Home and members of the Race Equity Action Leadership (REAL) Coalition’s Housing Justice Workgroup will explore the City of San José Affordable Housing Siting Policy, a policy that determines geographic priorities for funding affordable housing through City investments. Housing advocates will learn about the policy’s history, staff’s recently proposed changes, and how to engage so that the Siting Policy provides affordable housing opportunities for all communities across San José.   

November’s Policy In Action @Home Explores San José Affordable Housing Siting Policy

Friday, November 18, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. via Zoom.


Get Out the Vote: Phone Bank with SV@Home Action Fund

The SV@Home Action Fund needs your help to Get Out the Vote (GOTV) from now until polls close on Election Day. Join us in making non-partisan, non-lobbying phone calls to remind neighbors to vote by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8th. Your efforts in getting local affordable residents to vote are essential in creating a Silicon Valley where everyone has a safe, affordable place to live. You may phone bank at your convenience, from home or anywhere you are comfortable, anytime from morning through early evening, and even on the weekend. We have a simple online system ready to help make volunteering straightforward. To get started, email info@svh-actionfund.org to request your volunteer materials for SV@Home Action Fund’s GOTV Campaign.

Housers on the Ballot: Replay Candidate Forums

If you are still deciding how to vote, please visit the SV@Home Action Fund’s YouTube page, where you can find recent videos of candidate forums for Gilroy City Council, Palo Alto City Council, and several candidate forums from earlier this year, including the San Jose Mayoral forum. Hear where each candidate stands on the housing challenges facing Silicon Valley.

Top left:  The team from the Together We Vote Block Party, Rev. Ray Montgomery (left) and Mary Gloner (2nd from left) with Regina Celestin Williams (2nd from right) and Cory Wolbach (right) of SV@Home register voters. Bottom Right: Cory Wolbach and Jessica Martin of SV@Home helped community members register to vote.

SV@Home Registers Voters at San Jose Block Party

Leading up to the Oct. 24 deadline for regular voter registration, SV@Home set up voter registration, and information tables at several events, including the Together We Vote Block Party, as part of a great coalition of community-based organizations. If you have questions about voting, Santa Clara County has lots of information on how to vote at SCCVote.org. Remember to cast your ballot before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8th.


Join Us in December for Happy Housers Holiday Party

Please Join Us for our Holiday Happy Housers Party

Thursday, December 8, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Hotel DeAnza, San Jose.

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ICYMI: Sen. Dave Cortese Talks Housing Legislation from 2022

State Sen. Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) provided an insightful overview of the many housing bills signed into law for the 2022 legislative session in Sacramento in discussion with SV@Home’s Executive Director, Regina Celestin Williams, during our Oct. 28 Policy In Action at Home event. In case you missed it, check out our recording on how the laws further the goal of making housing more stable and affordable for all in Silicon Valley, including how we can all get involved in supporting the changes that we need to see moving forward.


SV@Home Seeks Administrative Associate

SV@Home seeks a passionate, detail-oriented, and social-justice-focused candidate to support our affordable housing policy work. The Administrative Associate will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the office and providing support to the Leadership Team. This is a full-time (40hrs/wk.), non-exempt position that reports to the Operations Manager. For more details on the role, please see our job board.


Pre-Proposal Conference Set for Palo Alto Community Development Block Grant

Applicants for the City of Palo Alto Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) are required to attend a virtual pre-proposal conference scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 10, at 11:30 a.m. See below for the virtual conference link:

Meeting ID: 897 6034 0079; Join by Phone: 1(669) 900-6833; Palo Alto’s CDBG program allocates funding for public services, housing, and public facilities rehabilitation from July 2023 through June 2024 and from July 2024 through June 2025. Palo Alto expects to distribute an estimated $510,000 in funds for these categories from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the CDBG Program.

While the deadline to submit a grant proposal is on November 21, all proposers must attend the pre-proposal conference. For those who cannot participate in this virtual meeting date and time, contact Maria Gallegos at (951) 961-9068 or via e-mail at maria.gallegos@mbakerintl.com.

Applications are available on the City’s website: https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/CDBG. To request an application or for more information, contact Maria Gallegos, CDBG Consultant, at (951) 961-9068 or via email at maria.gallegos@mbakerintl.com.

Persons with disabilities who require auxiliary aids or services in using City facilities, services, or programs or who would like information on the City’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 may contact: the ADA Coordinator, City of Palo Alto, 650-329-2550, ada@cityofpaloalto.org.


Transforming Communities: A Movement to Racial Justice

San José State’s “Transforming Communities: A Movement to Racial Justice” is an annual 2-week event designed to catalyze change in our community. Please see the entire calendar of events at the button below. Events are hosted by the SJSU community focused on creating a more racially just and equitable city and county. This year’s theme is “A Movement, Not a Moment,” and the program continues through Nov. 13.

Executive Director Regina Celestin Williams moderates a keynote conversation with Assemblyman Ash Kalra, left, and former Stockton mayor Michael Tubbs, right, entitled “Understanding Race, Politics and a Quest to Be Epic.” This event is part of SJSU’s Transforming Communities: A Movement Toward Racial Justice, which runs through Nov. 13.


SPUR Presents Builder’s Remedy: Remedy to Housing Crisis

Since 1990, affordable housing projects have been able to use what the Housing Accountability Act calls “builder’s remedy” to bypass zoning codes and plans not in compliance with Housing Element Law. 



First Community Housing Presents: Iamesi Village Grand Opening

First Community Housing (FCH) invites you to join us for light refreshments, reflections from our supporters and residents, and a tour of the Iamesi Village, a 135-unit apartment building offers 118 studio units and 16 one-bedroom units at 30-50 percent of the Area Median Income, and is devoted entirely to veterans, permanent supportive housing and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.



ELPN Training: Tenants Rights in Affordable Housing 

There are almost 380,000 affordable homes across California funded by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) but households can be evicted only for “good cause.” These developments are exempt from many other tenants’ rights laws, such as the California Tenant Protection Act (AB 1482). Panelists will discuss where things currently stand, impacts for tenants, and possible improvements for affordable housing tenants across California.



Rappaport Center Presents Reparations: Progress, Controversies

the Rappaport Center will present “Reparations: Current Progress and Controversies” with moderator Kimberly Atkins Stohr, Senior Opinion Writer, The Boston Globe; and panelists Professor Thomas W. Mitchell, Professor and Robert F. Drinan, S.J. Chair, Boston College Law School; Attorney Kamilah Moore, Chair, California Reparations Task Force; and Jeffery Robinson, Rappaport Distinguished Visiting Professor; CEO, The Who We Are Project. This program is co-sponsored by Boston College Black Law Students Association.



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