Ending Homelessness Through the Dignity of Work
Workforce development and employment-based practices have been proven to help end homelessness while also complementing “housing first” efforts. Groups like San Jose’s Downtown Streets Team work to change perceptions, rebuild positive work habits and restore community for those experiencing homelessness. Join us for a conversation with these important groups that are partnering to train and provide employment opportunities for the San Jose community.
District 4 Homelessness and Housing Forum
Councilmember Lan Diep's office is holding a forum on Monday, August 26 (change of date from previously) about the city's response to homelessness and housing. It will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Berryessa Community Center, 3050 Berryessa Road, San Jose, CA 95132. Attendees will hear from panelists and will have the opportunity to have their questions answered. Please submit your inquiries below.
Housing & Immigrant Rights Advocates: Trump Regulation Threatens to Increase Homelessness
Congress Must Block “Public Charge” Policy, Advocates Urge Washington, DC — Advocates for affordable and accessible housing and immigrant rights denounce the Trump Administration’s decision to move forward with finalizing regulations that target legal immigrants and effectively restrict access to critical housing resources for millions of families. The final “public charge” rule significantly restricts the visa or “green card” application process for non-citizens or permanent residents. When ...
Oakland Homelessness Increases 47% in Two Years
Oakland saw the largest growth in homelessness in all of Alameda County, with an increase of 47% between 2017 and 2019.http://u.kqed.org/MlJ850vtjxT Oakland Homelessness Increases 47% in Two Years kqed.org
How an unassuming window in San Jose fills a crucial need for the homeless – Local News Matters
Yaritza Cordova, center, a community worker with Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, signs up Maurice Castro for mail service at the window outside of Catholic Charities John XIII Multi Service Center in San Jose. People who are homeless use the service to receive mail and enroll their children in school. Yaritza Cordova, center, a community worker with Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, signs up Maurice Castro for mail service at the window outside of Catholic Charities John XII...
Homelessness slightly down in Santa Cruz County, but troubling trends highlight housing crisis – Santa Cruz Sentinel
SANTA CRUZ — While many California communities are seeing a surge in homelessness, Santa Cruz County appears to be bucking the trend — though its overall rate of homelessness remains exceptio…
The Californians forced to live in cars and RVs
As the state grapples with a housing crisis, thousands of people around the San Francisco Bay Area are sleeping in their vehicles The faded, creased photograph shows a 13-year-old Vallie Brown smiling shyly as she pulls back her hair in the back of a large van. She is wearing a white one-piece swimsuit and at first glance, she looks like she’s coming back from a sun-soaked day at the beach. Looking at the picture of Brown, few people would suspect that the girl in the snapshot was living ou...
What the Bay Area can learn from San Jose's homeless 'window'
To solve the simple act of securing a mailbox, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph and Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County created "The Window," a small room where people without permanent homes can get mail.
California has the most homeless people of any state. But L.A. is still a national model for helping them
With tens of thousands of homeless people living on the streets, Los Angeles officials have increasingly found themselves as the subject of criticism for what many Angelenos see as a failure to keep up with a problem that seems to be getting worse. But across the country, L.A. isn't considered to be a failure. To the contrary, at last week's National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Washington, D.C., attendees repeatedly held up both the...
Trump Slams California as Nation’s Hub of Homelessness; Numbers Back Him Up – CBS San Francisco
The president told supporters at a rally that California has half of the homeless in the country. KPIX political reporter Melissa Caen checked his numbers.
Bay Area homeless crisis: 89 answers to your questions
89 answers to your questions By Audrey Cooper and Kevin Fagan | July 28, 2019 For the fourth year, The San Francisco Chronicle is leading the SF Homeless Project, a consortium of media organizations focusing on the seemingly intractable problem of homelessness. The Chronicle’s ongoing coverage, including stories, videos and interactive graphics, can be found at SFChronicle.com/homelessness . Supported by It seems like a simple question: Why does the Bay Area have such an acute — and worseni...
In San Francisco, we obsess over contrived homeless stats — and neglect the ones we really ought to know - Mission Local
Maraea Master was raised in a pre-gentrified Bernal Heights where the ice cream shop sold melted ice cream and the pet shop sold dead pets. That is, pleasantly, not a universal San Francisco memory. But, in many ways, Maraea Master’s story is, increasingly, San Francisco’s story. Master now oversees homeless and at-risk youth programming at City College. Before that, she was a front-line worker on the city’s Homeless Outreach Team (HOT). And, beforethat, she was homeless, a drug addict, a...
How an unassuming window in San Jose fills a crucial need for the homeless – East Bay Times
In downtown San Jose, an unassuming window is filling a crucial–and often overlooked–need in the homeless community.
California could bear brunt of Trump food stamp cuts
A proposal to cut food stamps to 3.1 million Americans would hit hard in California, where both the cost of living and the minimum wage are rising.
Homeless Woman in Oakland Loves Her Dogs
Geri lived in a beautiful two-story house. The owner said no dogs. Geri kept her dogs and gave up the house. She now lives in a tent encampment in Oakland, California. When I speak at colleges and conferences I'll often ask people to raise their hand if they love their pets. Almost everyone raises their hand. I then ask the room who wants to get rid of their pets. No one responds. People love pets! Animals become family, and to a homeless person, the unconditional love received from a pet mea...
Homeless Digging into Levees Put California’s Capital at Risk
Sitting at the confluence of two major rivers, California’s capital city of Sacramento has been prone to inundation almost since its founding.
Homeless people in California, Western states cannot be prosecuted for sleeping outside if shelter access is lacking, court rules
Prosecuting homeless people for sleeping on public property when they have no access to shelter violates the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment, a federal appeals court decided Tuesday.
Waters Announces August Field Hearings on Homelessness, Housing
Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, announced Committee field hearings in the month of August on housing and homelessness: Friday, August 2 at 12:00 PM EDT – The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will convene a field hearing entitled, “An Examination of the Housing Crisis in Michigan, 11 Years after the Recession,” in Detroit, Michigan. Wednesday, August 14 at 10:00 AM PDT – The full Committee will convene a field hearing...
YouTube trolls advertise fake homeless shelter, tricking 'desperate' California residents
‘Shelter’ address listed online was actually for a private mansion associated with a social media personality
Neighborhood Conversation on Housing to End Homelessness Registration, Thu, Aug 1, 2019 at 5:45 PM
Eventbrite - Destination: Home presents Neighborhood Conversation on Housing to End Homelessness - Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Santa Teresa Catholic Church, San Jose, CA. Find event and registration information.
'No Section 8': How a Berkeley fair-housing law falls short — Berkeleyside
In 2017, Berkeley made it illegal to discriminate against tenants who use housing vouchers. So why are there still so many Craigslist ads flouting that law?
California Is Desperately Trying to Hide Homeless People, Critics Say
A proposed policy would force those without homes to accept shelter, and people are pissed.
How An Unassuming San Jose Window Fills Crucial Need For Homeless
San Jose Window Fills Crucial Need For Homeless - Milpitas, CA - To give the homeless a mailbox, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph and Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County have created "The Window."
Can California Force Homeless People Into Shelters?
Could California force homeless people to accept shelter space against their will? Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Los Angeles County Supervisor
Can California Force Homeless People Into Shelters? Civil Rights Groups Call Plan Legally Questionable.
Could California force homeless people to accept shelter space against their will? Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who lead a state homlessness task force, recently proposed a way to do just that. Their “right to shelter” plan would first boost the supply of shelter space statewide — requiring cities and counties to build more beds — and then legally obligate homeless people to accept one if offered. No legislation has been proposed yet...
Disheartening Tour of the Out of Control Homelessness in Downtown LA
Disheartening Tour of the Out of Control Homelessness in Downtown LA • Where an apartment will run between 2-4 thousand a month, the streets are full of people with nowhere to go. • World • One News Page: Saturday, 27 July 2019
PolitiFact California: Fact-Checking Claims On California’s Unsheltered Homeless Population
During his recent push for a ‘right to shelter’ law, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg made eye-opening claims about the share of unsheltered homeless
‘It angers me down to my core’; Major US cities grappling with shortage of affordable housing
Jessica Niles, a single mother, has a three-hour commute to get to work.She rents from her ex-husband in a duplex in Port Ludlow, Washington, near Seattle, where they raise their two children, ages 11 and 9, from their side-by-side homes. She said affordable housing was a driving factor for where she decided to live.“There’s nothing for blue-collar workers,” Niles said. “It angers me down to my core.”Limited options for affordable housing create problems for people like Niles, who must choose...
Santa Clara County homeless count shows spike in nearly every city
Santa Clara County published the final report from its 2019 homeless count Friday, showing a significant jump in homelessness in every city across the county, except Campbell, Gilroy and Morgan Hill. The latest report also shows a significant increase in the number of people living in RVs and other vehicles. According to the report released...
Tiny homes delayed amid site negotiations
Complications with a Caltrans site mean homeless residents hoping to move into tiny homes soon will have to wait.
Community leaders question accuracy of LGBTQ homeless count
The number of people estimated in the latest countywide homeless census to be LGBTQ+ dropped dramatically — from 2,144 in the last survey in 2017 — to 1,262 in January of this year. What should be good news is instead a baffling statistic for people in the community who know they experience homelessness at a...
Homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area: The crisis and a path forward
San Francisco Bay Area homelessness is cresting. Coordinated efforts among governments, nonprofits, and the private sector could stem the crisis and drive progress.
Homelessness In San Francisco Bay Area Has Gone Amok As Officials Scramble For Answers
Local government officials across the San Francisco Bay Area are struggling to deal with the growing homelessness population as they look for potential solutions. San Francisco BART riders are complaining that homelessness is spreading out at the terminals of the San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The airport claims that homeless people continue to ride the last train to SFO and stay there throughout the night, local outlet KRON4 reported Tuesday. WATCH: “We do see a bit of seasonalit...
San Jose: Tiny homes delayed amid site negotiations
This summer, around 80 formerly homeless people were expected to move into new tiny homes in San Jose. But amid challenges with leasing land and legal questions, those plans have stalled, leaving dozens of residents who had been hoping for a place to live still out on the streets. As part of an attempt to put a small dent in a ballooning homeless crisis — San Jose has more than 6,000 homeless residents, up 42 percent in just two years — the city decided to put 40 tiny homes at a Valley Transp...
Growing Stretch Of Homeless Camps In Silicon Valley Visible from Space – CBS San Francisco
A mile-long stretch of homeless people living in tents and their attendant trash in Santa Clara County has grown so large, the encampments are visible by satellite.
California mayors solving homelessness with tiny homes and trailers
The mayors of Los Angeles, Stockton, and San Jose see homelessness as a housing crisis, but they stress the need for more than one solution.
California's homelessness crisis is spiraling out of control. These mayors want to solve it with tiny homes, trailers, and floating apartments. - SFGate
California's homelessness crisis is spiraling out of control. These mayors want to solve it with tiny homes, trailers, and floating apartments. SFGatehomeless california Mario Tama/Getty Images. California cities like Los Angeles, Stockton, and San Jose and have seen their homeless populations skyrocket in ...
Bay Area homeless students ask community, officials to stop stigmatizing them
As a full-time student while working more than 40 hours a week for nearly two years, Matthew Bodo also lived out of in his car — constantly in fear of being ticketed, burglarized or harassed. “It was incredibly hectic,” Bodo, 21, a Foothill Community College student, said in an interview Friday. “But I saw education as the only way to survive.” On Friday, Bodo organized a summit on student homelessness that drew more than 50 students, faculty, community members and elected officials. The grou...
Roberts: Homeless services must become more inclusive
I was shocked to read that the United States federal government is proposing to institute a policy allowing homeless shelters to ban transgender people from entering their facilities. This is not just bad policy. It’s discrimination and it’s wrong. More than a decade ago, we learned how to design our facilities and how to utilize inclusive language in our approach to helping transgender people who were homeless. We never considered banning people from our programs because of their gender iden...
Bay Area Foothills College student homelessness solutions
Students at Foothills Community College in Los Altos, California discuss Bay Area homelessness solutions.
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