NPH Advances Regional Funding Strategy in Three Counties
Above: Fred Ferrer, Health Trust; Bruce Ives, Lifemoves; Jen Loving, Destination Home; Megan Colvard, PATH; Andrea Ertin, Homefirst; Leslye Corsiglia, Silicon Valley @Home; Keri Lung, MidPen Housing; Louis Chicoine, Abode Services; Kevin Zwick, Housing Trust Silicon Valley; Erin O’Brien, Community Solutions; and (not pictured) Geoff Morgan, First Community; Andy Madeira, Eden Housing spoke with County Supervisors and Ky Le, Office of Supportive Housing Director, on June 7
Advocates Shape Santa Clara Homeless & Housing Bond
To craft the strongest measure addressing today’s deep concerns about homelessness and ongoing affordable housing sustainability needs, NPH leaders spoke in support of a proposed $750 million bond to build permanent supportive housing as well as homes for extremely and very low-income families, including survivors of domestic abuse, veterans, and the 6,000 people homeless today in Santa Clara County.
NPH members who testified (pictured above) included SV@Home, MidPen Housing, Housing Trust Silicon Valley, First Community Housing, and Eden Housing, along side Destination Home and other partners and advocates.
We encourage housing advocates to turn out in force for the Tuesday, June 21 Supervisors’ meeting (70 W. Hedding St, first floor, San Jose) where we anticipate a vote on the proposal.
San Mateo County Measure in Consideration
San Mateo County’s Jobs/ Housing Gap Task Force will meet again on June 23. NPH’s Matt Franklin and Michael Lane are appointees and have been working closely with community leaders to create local revenue sources for affordable homes, including consideration of an extension and augmentation of Measure A, the 2012 measure that has helped to resource the Housing Innovation Fund and affordable developments. Watch for announcements of potential hearings in July.
Alameda County Community Engagement Process Reaches 800 People
East Bay Housing Organizations director Gloria Bruce led a delegation of developers, advocates and residents, including SAHA, MidPen, Habitat for Humanity, Hello Housing, Enterprise and other NPH/EBHO members, who spoke in support of affordable homes at a June 6 Supervisors work session.
County Supervisors have added a work session on Tuesday, June 21 (9:30 am in Chambers, 1221 Oak St., 5th Floor, Oakland) to finalize the policy proposal for a proposed $500 million bond for affordable rental and homeownership programs. Public comment at 15 prior community forums and meetings has urged increased investment in solutions for the poorest and most vulnerable in our communities. NPH and East Bay Housing Organizations are coordinating closely to plan community and resident outreach this fall.
We encourage housing advocates to turn out in force for the Tuesday, June 28 Supervisors’ meeting (Meeting starts at 9:30 am, we expect our item at 10:45 am, 1221 Oak St., 5th Floor, Oakland) for the anticipated final vote on a completed proposal.
Regional Resident Services Directors
NPH wants to hear from Regional Resident Services Directors who are interested in civic engagement and voter education this year. We can help develop outreach and information programs that fit your existing programming, develop staff trainings, and provide materials for your team and residents. Contact Sharon Cornu, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
As our members well know, it can be tricky to set an exact time for these hearings. We’ll post as much scheduling information as is available to the NPH website, Twitter account, @NPHANC, or call (415) 989-8160×35 for a recording.