December 14, 2021

The CoHo Connection – December 14, 2021


Happy Holidays Housers!

We were so happy seeing some of you at our Winter Social! It was a great way to cap off our year of wonderful CoHo events. In 2021, we had fireside chats of diverse affordable housing careers and held exciting informational zoom events like Legislation and Advocacy 101 and Social Housing. We are excited to continue elevating careers in affordable housing next year!


Below you’ll find updates and information for the month of December + tons of job opportunities.


Get That Gig!

Housing Action Coalition is a nonprofit that advocates for building more affordable housing at all levels to help alleviate the Bay Area’s housing shortage. They are hiring for a South Bay/Peninsula Organizer. Find out more here.


The Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County has two positions to be filled: Senior Organizer and Operations Manager. HLC was founded to build a network of people who support the development of new housing, to build community support for housing, and to advocate for policies that address the root causes of the housing shortage.


Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County has a number of positions open including, Housing Services Coordinator and Digital Communications Specialist. Catholic Charities is one of the largest human services agencies in Santa Clara County, with more than 45 different programs that help more than 40,000 people each year. View more jobs here.


Eden Housing is hiring a Communications & Advocacy Manager. Eden Housing creates and sustains high-quality affordable housing communities that advance equity and opportunity for all. The Communications and Advocacy Manager is responsible for creating top-notch strategic communications to advance the business and advocacy goals of Eden Housing.


Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto (CLSEPA) is hiring some housing attorneys. Founded in East Palo Alto, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto is a nonprofit offering legal services that improve the lives of low-income families throughout the region. 


California YIMBY has several positions open, including a Research Director and Policy Director. As the largest YIMBY organization in the largest state in the US, California YIMBY has played an outsized role in advancing the cause of affordable housing and urban land use reform across the country. You can view more openings here

Makin’ Moves

Congratulations to CoHo lead, Kat Wortham who is starting a new job at Lendlease! She will be working on getting more housing in the Moffett Park Master Plan in Sunnyvale!


This month, we are looking at tenant protections. In 2017, city council directed staff to look into ways to protect Palo Alto renters and keep them housed. The subsequent conversion of the Hotel President from housing back into a hotel led to the eviction of many downtown residents, sparking more calls for protections from eviction leading to another colleague’s memo seeking more action.

In response, the city applied for a Challenge Grant from the Partnership for the Bay’s Future. Through the Challenge Grant the City has been able to create a profile of Palo Alto renters and research renter protection policies that would benefit Palo Altans. Come learn more about Palo Alto’s approach to tenant protections, how some of these policies can be adopted throughout the county and share your thoughts!

Featured Speakers:

  • Angie Evans, Palo Alto Renter’s Association
  • Lauren Bigelow, Partnership for the Bay’s Future Fellow for the City of Palo Alto

You can also view the recording from last month’s HAC here.


The HAC is a monthly, informal brownbag discussion convening Housers to engage on hot housing topics. Every month, we select a topic or current event, bring in an expert to give a brief presentation, and then open up the discussion to ask questions, float new ideas, and identify potential areas for shared action.

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