March 9, 2022

The CoHo Connection: March 2022


Hi Housers!


The City of San Jose Housing Department is working on improving their department’s language access processes. The Housing Department is collecting feedback through interviews, focus groups, and an online survey.


Language Access Survey 

They would really appreciate your input by completing the online survey linked above for yourself or members of your family who live in San Jose. The online surveys are for the 4 non-English languages most spoken in San Jose, however the Department may release additional surveys in the future. 


Your feedback would be incorporated into the department’s Language Access Plan and future trainings with staff on how to increase language access and ADA accessibility. Your insight and experience is greatly appreciated. Thank you!


Making Moves

We want to congratulate CoHo working group member, Emily Ann Ramos for being recognized by State Senator Josh Becker for being Senate District 13th’s Woman of the Year!


Get That Gig!

The City of San Jose is hiring!


The Partnership for the Bay’s Future Fellowship is a two-year, full-time, cohort-based, and salaried position for experienced, entrepreneurial, and equity-minded affordable housing professionals interested in leading collaborative policy making efforts in selected Bay Area cities. Fellows are embedded with one government jurisdiction for the duration of their two-year tenure through a matching process, while benefiting from the Fellowship’s ongoing training, mentorship, technical assistance, professional development, and networking.


Fellows gain access to sector experts and influencers while also developing a network of leaders with the capacity to effect substantive and lasting change in the housing landscape. In this unique program, Fellows are positioned as learners and practitioners. As such they are provided with leadership and technical skills needed to help create a region where everyone can thrive, largely through advocating inclusive and innovative housing policies.


This initiative is guided by the PARTNERSHIP FOR THE BAY’S FUTURE (PBF), an innovative and collaborative effort of the philanthropic, private, nonprofit, and public sectors. The initiative advocates for racial equity and economic inclusion to protect people already living in affordable homes while preserving and producing affordable homes to meet the region’s needs. PBF is managed by The San Francisco Foundation, which also funds this Fellowship. LEARN MORE.

East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO) is a member-driven organization that preserves, protects and expands affordable housing opportunities through education, advocacy, organizing and coalition building. This dynamic non-profit organization includes over 400 organizations and community leaders advocating for affordable housing development and just policies at the local and regional level.


We are seeking someone who cares about making a difference for people experiencing the affordable housing and displacement crisis, working at the intersection of policy and organizing.  The ideal candidate will plan and advance winning campaigns, supporting and integrating the efforts of our policy and organizing teams. The Campaign Strategy Director will support and be supported by our small and tight-knit staff team, as well as our dynamic and diverse network of members and partners. They will work with the best affordable housing experts and advocates in the Bay Area and connect with community-based-organizations, mission-driven housing providers, grassroots advocates, and affordable housing resident leaders.


Please send a PDF of your resume and a thoughtful, tailored cover letter to with the subject line “Campaign Strategy Director Application.”


Van Meter Williams Pollack, LLP (VMWP) is hiring. We are seeking unique talent that shares our commitment toward social equity, environmental responsibility, and a robust and active urban environment. If you share these values, join us! Here’s a link to more info about each role: Careers @ VMWP


Van Meter Williams Pollack is an award-winning architecture and urban design firm based in San Francisco, Denver, and Minneapolis. We provide a full range of design and planning services for a variety of clients, project types and scales. Our focus areas include affordable housing, urban design, infill development, neighborhood redevelopment and TOD. Find out more about us here.


Housing Trust is looking for exceptional people who believe that safe, stable affordable housing opens the door to better living for everyone.

We believe that our employees are our greatest assets and our goal is to create a rewarding workplace where they can contribute in meaningful ways and are given a path for advancement and success. We offer competitive compensation and generous benefits. Read more about our competitive benefits package.


Housing Trust Silicon Valley is an equal opportunity employer to all regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, actual or perceived gender identity, age or sexual orientation. Housing Trust is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and our goal is to have a workforce (at all job levels) that is representative of the communities we serve. Find Job Postings here.


Learning Opportunities

Los Altos Affordable Housing Alliance Presents: Housing Element Site Inventory Walking Tour

March 12 at 3:00 pm

4540 El Camino Real, Los Altos



Join the Los Altos Affordable Housing Alliance for a walking tour of some of the sites identified in the site inventory for the Housing Element update. We will traverse the portion of El Camino Real between San Antonio and Rengstorff and talk about specific parcels. We will start and end behind Dittmer’s in the Village Court Shopping Center.


SPUR Presents State Housing Law Accountability and Enforcement: HCD’s Housing Accountability Unit



First funded in the FY 2021-2022 state budget, the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s (HCD) new Housing Accountability Unit (HAU) has hit the ground running and is garnering lots of attention across the state. The central purpose and function of the HAU is to provide technical assistance and guidance to jurisdictions with regard to implementation and application of state housing laws and – when necessary – to engage in enforcement activities and take punitive actions against those towns, cities and counties that flout state statutes. Join us to hear the latest on HAU activities and engage in conversation with the lead staff members:

  • David Zisser / California Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Shannan West / California Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Michael Lane / SPUR

March 2022 HAC: Making Housing Elements Work through State Enforcement




Join SV@Home for a conversation about how the state will enforce housing element law, and what local advocates can do to help.


The Housing Element process is complex, and a critical investment of time and resources for addressing the housing crisis. The well-being of our Bay Area residents and the prosperity of our cities and communities depend on its success. We’ve seen over the course of the pandemic and even before that, that families are being displaced for lack of affordable housing, businesses are leaving, and people are being forced into homelessness. The Housing Element is an investment in protecting our communities’ future by planning for the needs of a diverse population and economy.


Now California has decided that this and other housing laws are too important not to get right, beefing up the enforcement division at the California Department of Housing and Community Development and adding a Housing Strike force in the Attorney General’s office. During this HAC, we will discuss the State’s strategies for making housing elements work through enforcement, and help you be fully equipped to make sure the Housing Element process in your city meets the standards it’s required to in as many ways as possible. Ensuring cities follow the law will result in a housing element that is more likely to achieve success in addressing the need for housing in your community!

Featured Speakers:

  • David Zisser, Assistant Deputy Director of Local Government Relations and Accountability, California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)
  • Melinda Coy, Senior Housing Accountability Manager, HCD

Moderated by Mathew Reed, Director of Policy, SV@Home


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.


This event is open to SV@Home members and the general public. Interested in supporting ongoing SV@Home programming, advocacy, and policy work? Become a member and/or renew your membership today here.


Social Housing has been in the news recently thanks to a bill being introduced by Assemblymember Alex Lee. View our panel about Social Housing last year!


You can also read the factsheet and sample letter of support.


This past month, SV@Home hosted a panel about COPA, the Community Opportunity to Purchase Act featuring SOMOS Mayfair and the City of San Jose Housing Department. You can view the recording here and the translation in Spanish here.


Lead Filipino is hosting their 6th annual Fly Pinays Leadership Summit. The Annual Fly Pinays Leadership Summit is a day-long conference dedicated to elevating, highlighting, and engaging nearly 200 Pinay womxn and students in stories on sisterhood and mentorship. Since 2017, the Annual Fly Pinays has been held every March during Women’s Herstory Month and engaged attendees from across the Northern California region in panels, workshops, and notable keynotes. Our own CoHo Working group member Jacklyn Joanino-Sipat will be leading a grounding meditation workshop during the summit.


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