By Gwendolyn Wu Published 3:20 pm PDT, Monday, October 15, 2018 Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and executives from the San Francisco Foundation, East Bay Community Law Center, Catholic Charities of the East Bay, Bay Area Community Services and Kaiser Permanente East Bay speak about a new homelessness prevention initiative at a press conference Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 at City Hall. less Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and executives from the San Francisco Foundation, East Bay Community Law Center, Catholic Charities of the East Bay, Bay Area Community Services and Kaiser Permanente East Bay speak ... more Photo: Gwendolyn Wu / Former homeless people share how best to help homeless. Former homeless people share how best to help homeless. Photo: Design Pics/Con Tanasiuk/Getty Images/Design Pics RF Former homeless people share how best to help homeless "I … [Read more...] about Oakland to pay rent for low-income residents at risk of homelessness
By Letters To The Editor | October 4, 2018 at 7:21 am Use voter-OK’d tax for low-income housing Last week, Santa Clara County Supervisors voted to demolish a vacant building and build a surface parking lot rather than allow John Sobrato and Jim Salata to remodel it in order to shelter homeless individuals. However, out of this unfortunate result comes a potential victory, since verbal commitments were made to build low-income housing at this site in the future. The site in question is directly across from light rail and is perfectly situated for access to both transit and social services. Not building at the highest density possible would be a travesty, since land is more scarce than money. The county has more than adequate funding for this project since voters approved a $950-million tax to pay for low-income housing. Pierluigi OliverioFormer San Jose City Councilman … [Read more...] about Letter: Use voter-OK’d tax for low-income housing
Comcast has launched an internet service for low-income veterans across the United States. The initiative was announced Tuesday in Washington, D.C., with the help of Olympic idols Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Paralympic gold medalist Rico Roman, who is a Purple Heart recipient. Comcast – the parent company of NBCUniversal – is expanding its Internet Essentials program to include low-income veterans who live the broadband provider's service area. The 15 Mbps service is advertised for $9.95 a month plus tax Comcast is also partnering with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and the PsychArmor Institute to provide digital education and outreach. "Forty percent of low-income veterans have no computer, a third have no internet access and it is so important that they have it to access their benefits," Elizabeth Dole, a former U.S. Senator, said Tuesday. "These are men and women who have fought for our freedom and security." The program also helps eligible veterans purchase a computer for … [Read more...] about Comcast Launches Internet Service for Low-Income Veterans
By Letters To The Editor | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: September 20, 2018 at 8:51 am | UPDATED: September 20, 2018 at 8:54 am City should study impactson low-income housing How much does commercial development in San Jose increase the need for low-income housing? This is an important question to answer if we want to understand and eventually solve our housing crisis. The San Jose City Council is taking action on a proposal for the city to hire an economist to answer this question. The study the economist would perform is called a nexus study because it studies the relationship between two or more things, such as commercial development and, let’s say, low-income employment. Also, a nexus study is required by the state if a city wants to establish a fee so commercial development can contribute to building low-income housing. Ron JohnsonSan Jose What do you think about this? What do your friends think? Submit your letter to the editor via this formRead more Letters to the … [Read more...] about Letter: How much does San Jose commercial development impact low-income housing?
AURORA — The metro area’s affordable housing crisis was laid bare once again this week, with a battle over a low-income housing project in Aurora bringing dozens of people out to city hall until the early hours of Tuesday morning. In the end, the vote couldn’t have been closer, with Aurora City Council voting 6-5 early Tuesday morning to approve the proposed 50-unit Providence at the Heights after hearing nearly five hours of testimony from residents on both sides of the issue. Many neighbors who live near the site where Providence would be built — behind Elevation Christian Church at the southwest corner of Alameda Parkway and Joplin Street — said the 1.4-acre plot was too small for the three-story structure. They also expressed worries about the safety of their children and neighbors given that Providence would house people experiencing homelessness, including those have served time behind bars. They said the Second Chance Center, a group that … [Read more...] about Low-income housing scores victory in Aurora with city OK of controversial 50-unit facility