Join in the many activities during Silicon Valley Affordable Housing Week!

May 13 – 18, 2013 is Affordable Housing Week in Santa Clara County.
Join supporters of affordable housing for panels, tours, presentations and discussions in Santa Clara County – part of the Bay Area’s Affordable Housing Month.

Click on “contact” links below to email or RSVP.

For the most up-to-date information on times for the events below, please visit the website for the Housing Trust, Silicon Valley.

Activity calendar coordinated by Housing Trust Silicon Valley, the City of San Jose,
Santa Clara County and Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

Pre-Event: Thursday, May 9, 2013
5:30pm to 9pm Cities Association of Santa Clara County hosting General Membership Meeting on “Affordable Housing for our Workforce: Can a Regional Approach Lead to Innovative Opportunities?” sponsored by Microsoft, in collaboration with American Leadership Forum, Charities Housing, Housing Trust Silicon Valley, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Tri-County Apartment Association. Location: Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida, Mountain View, CA 94043. Contact: RSVP by May 3rd to Agenda: Reception & Tour of Microsoft Technology Center 5:30 – 6:30; Dinner & Program 6:30 – 9:00.

Monday, May 13, 2013
5pm to 7pm EVENT: FAIR — West Valley Community Services (WVCS) is hosting an Affordable Housing Fair with various vendors, apartment complexes, and City Housing Staff to provide current and future residents housing program opportunities and other resources within the Santa Clara County community. Location: Cupertino Community Hall, 10300 Torre Ave., Cupertino, CA. Contact: Saron Savoy,

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
3pm EVENT: DISCUSSION — Community Technology Alliance will present data regarding homeless individuals in permanent housing from the Help Management Information System. We will lead a discussion among attendees about using this information to develop a coordinated assessment system to efficiently direct homeless individuals to the most appropriate housing intervention. Location: 1671 The Alameda, San Jose. Contact: Jen Padgett,

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
9am to 10am EVENT: TOUR — The Habitat for Humanity Home Tour is an affordable housing tour at our recently completed Humboldt & Vine project in San Jose. Participants can learn about affordable homeownership, the Habitat for Humanity model, and our expanded services to address broader community needs. This home features sustainable and “green” materials and appliances to help keep the home affordable for the family in the future. Location: 260 West Humbolt St., San Jose CA. Contact: Megan Fitts,

11am EVENT– TOUR ROEM Development Corporation, Housing tour of a newly constructed 51-unit 100% affordable family project in the heart of Downtown Mountain View. Project amenities include community room, homework and computer room, courtyard with bbq and tot-lot, bike storage, solar PV, and LEED for Homes certification at Gold level. Showcase newly completed affordable development with green and sustainable features. Location: 135 Franklin Street, Mountain View. Contact:

Thursday, May 16, 2013
5pm EVENT: TOUR — South County Housing, Housing Tour. Join us for a housing tour of the first development in southern Santa Clara County dedicated to providing permanent housing for chronically homeless individuals. The Gilroy Sobrato Apartments provide 26 studio units and service space as well as case management. Operations are funded largely through a capitalized subsidy from the MHSA program and HUD McKinney funds. Location: Gilroy Sobrato Apartments, 9389 Monterey Rd., Gilroy, CA. Contact: Andy Lief,

6pm EVENT: HOMEBUYER EDUCATION — Neighborhood Housing Services Silicon Valley. NHSSV’s HomeBuyer Opportunities Orientation (HOO) offers future low to moderate income earners an overview of affordable & local Below Market Rate HomeOwnership Programs & available financing for First Time HomeBuyers. HOO attendees will learn the basics on BMR eligibility and how to take the first step in their home purchase process. Location: Wheeler Manor, South County Housing, 651 W. 6th Street (Community Room) ADA Accessible, Gilroy, CA. Contact: Teresa Martinez Gonzales, 408-579-6565.

7pm to 9pm EVENT: FILM SCREENING — Housing Trust Silicon Valley, “American Winter” film screening. See the award winning documentary currently playing on HBO that follows six American families who have fallen from the middle class into poverty. Question and answer session with Director Joe Gantz and Co-producer Aaron Butler immediately following the screening. Location: Camera 12, 201 S. 2nd St., San Jose, CA 95113. Free event, $10 donation suggested. Reserve your seat at: Contact: Stephanie Lahat,

Saturday, May 18, 2013
8am to 1pm EVENT: TOUR — Silicon Valley Leadership Group Housing Action Coalition, Milpitas Affordable Housing Tour, Key Note Speaker: Hon. Dave Cortese. Tour of four affordable housing communities. City staff and developer representatives will provide through direct conversations insight during the tour regarding the challenge and benefits of building affordable homes. Attendees will consist of community advocates, city staff, elected and appointed officials from throughout Silicon Valley. Location: City of Milpitas. Contact: Sandra Escobar, Register: Fee: $10, includes breakfast & lunch.

9am to 12pm EVENT: WORKSHOP — Housing Trust Silicon Valley, SurePath Financial Solutions and ACE Hassett Hardware. Post-Purchase Education workshop. Financial and maintenance tips for new homeowners, including live maintenance demonstrations. Location: Willow Glen Community Center. Free event, space is limited. Contact: to reserve your seat.

11am to 1pm EVENT: HOMEBUYER EDUCATION — NHORA of Santa Clara County. Live seminar to explain the important steps to buying a house, the down payment assistance programs available in Santa Clara County, the loan pre-approval process and the best way to go about making offers in this changing market. Location: Mayfair Community Center, 2039 Kammerer Ave., San Jose, CA. Contact: Jorge Zegarra,

Free Foreclosure Resource Fair: October 20th at Overfelt High School

By Sean Coffey, MPA, Program Manager at ForeclosureHelpSCC

Do you live in Santa Clara County?  Are you struggling to make your mortgage payments?  Has your income gone down?  Would you like to speak with somebody who knows about the mortgage programs and settlements and can give you honest advice?

If you would like to get all of this information in one place, then you should come to a free Foreclosure Resource Fair here in San Jose on October 20th, from 9am to 3pm at Overfelt High School.

At the fair, you can meet one-on-one with a HUD certified Foreclosure Counselor who knows the system.  They can help you find solutions and develop a plan forward.  You will learn about which programs can help you, and scams that can hurt you.

Tax and legal experts at the event will give presentations and we’ll also have a free shredding truck for you to safely shred your old documents.

Assemblymember Jim Beall, who represents the 24th District for California, will also speak about recent legislation to address the foreclosure crisis here in California.  His office is helping to organize the event, and Assemblymember Beall explains, “In this tough economy, many families are living from paycheck to paycheck, struggling to meet their mortgage. Homeowners facing default who attend the foreclosure prevention fair can get effective counseling and learn how new laws passed by the Legislature can protect them.’’

Jeffrey F. Rosen,the District Attorney for Santa Clara County states “Real estate fraud, and particularly foreclosure rescue scams have a devastating impact in our communities.  We are proud to partner with ForeclosureHelpSCC and other non-profits to protect homeowners from real estate fraud, and hold con artists accountable for their misdeeds.”

Dr. John Porter, the Superintendent of Franklin McKinley School District and its Children’s Initiative,explained the impact of foreclosures on children and neighborhoods:  “I have seen how the stress and disruption of foreclosure hinders a child’s performance in school and affects their classmates.  And foreclosures take their toll on the whole neighborhood with the lack of income and resource that make children feel less safe and secure.”

Time and space with a housing counselor is limited, so if you would like to meet with a counselor, please call ahead of time to RSVP.  You can call (408) 293-6000 to reserve your space.

WHEN: Saturday October 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Overfelt High School, 1835 Cunningham Ave., San Jose, CA.

WHO:  ForeclosureHelpSCC is a consortium of non-profits serving the community and led by the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County with Asian, Inc., Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, Neighborhood Housing Services, Project Sentinel, SurePath, and volunteers from Santa Clara County Association of Realtors, funded by the cities of San Jose and Sunnyvale. Other non-profits and banks will be there to offer information

WHY:    In July more than 1,000 families in Santa Clara County were impacted by a foreclosure proceeding, per Realty Trac. The foreclosure crisis may have passed its peak but a statewide study by the Center for Responsible Lending found, “Over 50% of existing single-family homes sold in California in 2011 were short sales or bank-owned foreclosures. ‘Lost Ground, 2011‘ found we are only about halfway through the foreclosure crisis.”

MORE INFORMATION: Please call the ForeclosureHelpSCC office: 408-293-6000, visit our website for the foreclosure resource fair, or email us: