Dec
11
7:00 PM19:00

Santa Clara City Council Meeting

On November 5, Freebird Development and Housing Choices hosted the second of five Community Engagement meetings got City of Santa Clara residents with developmental disabilities and other residents to give input on an inclusive housing project currently planned at the intersection of San Tomas Expressway and Monroe Street.  
 
The participants provided feedback on traffic, parking, the site plan and massing and style of the project. The site will be developed as Inclusive Mixed-Income Housing, with 20% of the units targeted for Extremely Low-Income people with developmental disabilities. The units will range in size from studio apartments, to 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. 
 
The project returns to City Council on December 11. Please join Housing Choices at this important City Council meeting. Please RSVP here or email andrea@housingchoices.org.

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Dec
6
8:30 AM08:30

Palo Alto ARB Meeting

  • 250 Hamilton Avenue Palo Alto, CA, 94301 United States (map)
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Palo Alto Housing announced the Architectural Review Board (ARB) meeting on Thursday December 6, 2018 at 8:30AM at the Palo Alto Civic Center on 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA. The ARB approval is the final approval needed before the Wilton Court project goes to City Council for approval, which is expected to take place in January 2019.
 
If you would like to tell your housing story at the ARB meeting and stay updated about upcoming Palo Alto meetings and events, please fill out this form to join the Housing Choices Palo Alto Task Force.

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Nov
17
9:30 AM09:30

Cupertino Families Brunch

In October, Sand Hill Property Company was granted permission to begin demolishing parts of the Vallco Shopping Mall. Some may wonder, "What happens next?"

The Housing Choices Cupertino Task Force will address this question at a meeting on Saturday November 17. A petition for a referendum of the Specific Plan has pushed Sand Hill Property Company to resort to the SB 35 development plan. The SB 35 plan for the Vallco site makes no mention of housing for extremely low income people with developmental disabilities, in contrast with the Specific Plan approved by City Council in September, which provided for 40 units of extremely low-income housing for people with developmental disabilities.

Cupertino families are urged to attend on November 17 and help create a plan for the future of inclusive housing in Cupertino. Brunch will be served. Please bring the entire family for this important gathering at St. Jude’s the Apostle Episcopal Church on 20920 McClellan Road, Classroom 2, Cupertino, CA on Saturday November 17 between 9:30 to 11 am.

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Please RSVP here or email andrea@housingchoices.org.

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Nov
17
8:00 AM08:00

SFASA Conference

“Spectrum of Choice”

“SFASA's annual all-day conferences are aimed at the informational needs of parents, caregivers and professionals who have the responsibility to support and help make plans for teens and adults with autism or related developmental disabilities. Featuring more than 50 speakers and 400+ attendees.”

No tickets will be sold at the door, please pre-purchase tickets here

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Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

Sunnyvale City Council Meeting

After a planning process of more than a year, the Sunnyvale City Council will vote on a Development Agreement on Tuesday November 13 for a planned affordable housing project at the intersection of Mathilda and Iowa. The affordable housing units will be for extremely low, very low and low income residents. Twenty-five percent (23 of 91) of the rental units will have a preference for people with developmental disabilities served by San Andreas Regional Center. 
 
The City Council meeting will be held at 456 W. Olive Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94086 on November 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm. Please join Housing Choices at this important City Council meeting.  Please RSVP here. Your participation will make a difference for people with developmental disabilities in the City of Sunnyvale. 

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Nov
6
6:00 AM06:00

Election Day

On November 6, election day, the ballot will include two statewide measures (Proposition 1 and Proposition 2) and several local measures to address the affordable housing crisis.

Proposition 1 will authorize $4 billion in housing bonds to create stable housing for veterans, struggling families, and people experiencing homelessness.  Proposition 2 will provide $2 billion in housing bonds to increase housing opportunities for people who are homeless and living with serious mental illnesses.For more information on Props 1 and 2, go to www.yesonprops1and2.org

Measure V will authorize $450 million in housing bonds to finance affordable housing in San Jose.  It will increase the number of housing opportunities for vulnerable homeless residents, working families, veterans, seniors, teachers, nurses and more.   For more information on San Jose’s Measure V, visit www.VoteAffordableSJ.org

In Santa Cruz County, Measure H would authorize $140 million in housing bonds to finance affordable housing for low- and moderate-income people, as well as housing for the homeless and first time homeowners. 

Register to vote online at www.RegisterToVote.ca.gov; the deadline to register to vote is October 22, 2018.

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Oct
30
7:00 PM19:00

Sunnyvale City Council Meeting

  • 456 West Olive Avenue Sunnyvale, CA, 94086 United States (map)
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On October 30, 2018, at 7 pm, the Sunnyvale City Council will consider entering a Disposition and Development Agreement with Related California for the construction of 90 units of affordable housing at a city-owned site at 463 Mathilda Avenue, at the Iowa Avenue intersection.  Twenty-five percent of the units will be targeted to extremely low-income and very low-income residents with developmental disabilities served by San Andreas Regional Center.  Located near public transit, the library, community services and shopping, the site is an ideal location for residents with developmental disabilities.

If you are interested in advocating for inclusive housing please contact andrea@housingchoices.org

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Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Community Engagement Meeting

  • 1500 Warburton Avenue Santa Clara, CA, 95050 United States (map)
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City of Santa Clara residents are invited to provide input on the project at the first of five community engagement meetings on Thursday, October 18, at 6 pm in the cafeteria at the Santa Clara City Hall, 1500 Warburton Plaza, Santa Clara.

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Oct
12
11:00 AM11:00

Taft College Open House

Taft College in Southern California is having an open house for its Transition to Independent Living Program on Friday October 12, 2018 from 11am to 2pm. Attendees will be able to take scheduled tours of their new facility, learn about their specialized program, and network with other Southern California Regional Centers! Please RSVP by October 5th to Victoria Waugh at 661-763-7775 or vwaugh@taftcollege.edu

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Oct
6
3:00 PM15:00

Costanoa Common Farms Farm Fest

  • 335 Golf Club Drive Santa Cruz, CA, 95060 United States (map)
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Costanoa Commons Farms is a place where people with and without disabilities can participate in their urban community farm, taking care of plants and animals, and creating friendships with one another that sustain everyone.

Their October 6th Farm Fest will have live music, farm tours, face painting, family activities, farm stand products, pocket neighborhood tours, art projects in the creativity barn, and local food and drink! This event is free

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Oct
4
11:00 AM11:00

11th Annual Disability Awareness Day – Expanding Our Horizons

  • 200 East Santa Clara Street San Jose, CA, 95113 United States (map)
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Expanding our Horizons as we celebrate diversity, awareness and empowerment for persons of differing abilities. There will be art displays, a resource fair, games, live music, food trucks, movie screenings, and panel discussions!

Housing Choices will have a table, so please stop by our table and say hello!

Admission is free

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Sep
27
9:00 AM09:00

Supported Living Orientation

  • 6203 San Ignacio Avenue San Jose, CA, 95119 United States (map)
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The Supported Living Services (SLS) Orientation is a free event for individuals and agencies interested in developing a SLS program in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey counties. You will learn about what SLS is, Title 17 SLS regulations, the philosophy of SLS, and more!

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Sep
21
8:00 AM08:00

Non-Profit Housing Association Conference

  • 780 Mission Street San Francisco, CA, 94103 United States (map)
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Housing Choices Executive Director, Jan Stokley, will join a panel of housing advocates in describing the opportunities to design local inclusionary housing ordinances. The workshop on Inclusionary Housing 2.0 will examine local efforts to advocate for more inclusive market-rate rental housing, with a percentage of rental units targeted to people with diverse incomes and abilities. Click here to learn more about the NPH Conference. 

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Sep
12
6:30 PM18:30

Special Needs Trust and the ABLE Act

  • 1641 North First Street, Suite 155 San Jose (map)
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Learn how to preserve and maximize needs-based government benefits through a special needs trust, and how the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act is positively impacting the lives of individuals with disabilities. The ABLE Act allows individuals with special needs to accumulate wealth while still qualifying for government benefit. This is a free educational event but you must RSVP here

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Sep
11
9:30 AM09:30

Santa Clara Board of Supervisors Meeting

  • 70 West Hedding Street San Jose, CA, 95110 United States (map)
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Join us for the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors meeting on September 11th! The supervisors will be voting on a proposal to allocate 5% of the Measure A housing bond for people with developmental disabilities.


Click here to endorse 5% on Measure A
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Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

Community Resource Fair

  • 70 West Hedding Street San Jose, CA, 95110 United States (map)
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Come out to the Community Resource Fair hosted by the Housing Authority of Santa Clara County. Educate yourself about services offered by both non-profit and county agencies, learn about job training programs, and discover other programs and services focused on health, finances, and more!

Housing Choices will have a table, so please stop by and say hi! 

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Aug
17
5:30 PM17:30

Movie Night with SARC

  • 6203 San Ignacio Avenue San Jose, CA, 95119 United States (map)
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Join San Andreas Regional Center for their first Movie Night on Friday, August 17th. They will be watching Incredibles, and there will even be an opportunity to take photos with the characters! This is a sensory friendly movie experience and snacks will be provided. Doors will open at 5:30pm and the movie will start at 6:30pm. Space is limited so please register to receive your free tickets! Click here to register

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