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Short Circuit: Silicon Valley's Housing Crisis

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The Teamworks Series

The tech boom has brought many jobs and companies to the Bay Area creating Silicon Valley as we now know it. But with this job growth there is now a lack of affordable housing, forcing rental prices to go up and limiting the housing options for first-time homeowners. As a result, many in Silicon Valley are living on the edge of homelessness and many fear that they will never be able to buy their own home. What’s being done to create more affordable housing? How are people being supported in the community to get out of homelessness and back on their feet?

The 2017 Silicon Valley Hands on Leadership Fellows invite you to learn about what the city of San Jose and its communities are doing to support those affected by the housing affordability crisis through our Fall Teamworks series. We’ll be working with community organizations supporting clients who are homeless, clients who are getting back on their feet and future homeowners hoping to buy an affordable home. The series will offer opportunities to support these agencies’ background operations and to engage with their clients. We’ll also take some time to talk more about the housing affordability issue and discuss what volunteers can do, at the individual level, to tackle this issue in their communities.

How Can I Sign Up?

Spaces for the volunteer series are limited, and participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration closes on Monday, September 18. After you register, we’ll send you additional information, including the exact event locations and instructions.

Volunteers who sign up are asked to commit to 4 of the 5 team events to participate in the series. This ensures that everyone on the team can fully learn about the series' subject matter, as well as have the opportunity to get to know their fellow Teamworks participants.

Is There a Fee?

To register for the Teamworks series, the fees are as follows:

  • For current HandsOn Bay Area volunteers- $10

  • For those who are new to HandsOn Bay Area- $35 (this will also give you access to volunteer activities on the HOBA calendar in the future)

Fee Waiver Option
No one is ever turned away for lack of resources- If you would like to request a waiver, please apply for one here.

Series Schedule

Tuesday 9/19 6:30- 8:00 p.m.: Kickoff activity The Housing Trust

The organization: The Housing Trust is a public-private partnership that finances affordable housing and assists first-time homebuyers. It is a Certified CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution).

What we’ll do: Join us at The Housing Trust’s office in Downtown San Jose to learn more about who is affected by the housing affordability crisis and what is being done to help them. A light dinner will be served as team members get to know each other.

Sunday 9/24 9:00-1:00 p.m.: LifeMoves Shelter Maintenance Project

The organization: LifeMoves helps the homeless by offering transitional housing and intensive support services.

What we’ll do: We’ll be painting at one of Life Moves’ shelters in San Jose to assist with their maintenance needs. A representative from LifeMoves will also provide the group an introduction to the organization and how it supports its clients. Be prepared to wear clothes you can get dirty!

Saturday 9/30 8:30 -12:00 p.m.: Downtown Streets Team Neighborhood Cleanup Project

The organization: Downtown Streets Team provides low-income and homeless clients access to transitional programs to help them secure housing and employment.

What we’ll do: Volunteers will participate in this large scale cleanup project where we will be removing trash and litter throughout the downtown San Jose area in teams led by the clients from the Downtown Streets Team transitional programs. Work gloves, bags and pickers will be provided but please bring your own gloves if you have them.

*Kids (elementary school aged and older) can volunteer at this event with an adult.*

Saturday 10/14 10:00-1:00 p.m.: Eden Housing Senior Assisted Housing Social Event

The organization: Eden Housing builds and maintains service-enhanced affordable housing communities for lower income families, seniors and persons with disabilities.

What we’ll do: Volunteers will facilitate a social activity with Eden Housing residents along with some of the Eden Housing staff. Staff will provide a brief overview of their programs and the clients that live in their communities.

Thursday 10/19 - 6:30- 8:00 p.m. Closing Activity at San Jose Public Library, Cambrian Branch

We'll view a screening of Million Dollar Shack, a short film that focuses on a young couple's multi-year search for an affordable home in the Bay Area, and have a discussion about lessons learned from the series. A light dinner will be served.

Got questions? Email us at SouthBayLead17@hoba.org!

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