County Finds Partner for Teacher Housing in Facebook
Santa Clara County Supervisor and Board President Joe Simitian and Facebook announced earlier this month a $25 million gift by Facebook to fund affordable housing for local teachers and school staff. The planned site of construction is 231 Grant Ave, Palo Alto, CA, which is a County-owned property.
“This is an exceptional gift by Facebook. It helps our teachers. It helps our schools. And it helps our communities. From the beginning, Facebook ‘got it’…the importance of affordable teacher housing in the communities where teachers teach,” said Simitian.
The partnership with Facebook will fund between 90 and 120 homes for teachers and school staff working within school districts in northern Santa Clara County and southern San Mateo County.
LGBTQ seniors will soon have access to services designed to meet their specific needs. The County will be partnering with Avenidas to provide new services for LGBTQ seniors. The partnership was proposed by County Supervisor Joe Simitian.
“By collaborating with Avenidas, the County has an opportunity to partner with a strong, respected and established leader in the senior care community,” said Simitian about the County’s pending partnership. “Their work speaks for itself. And I think Avenidas is the perfect partner; their experience and compassion make for a winning combination. And their desire to do even more for LGBTQ seniors is very good news.”
The goal of Simitian’s proposal is to expand current services such as case management, caregiver support, transportation, and visitation. Avenidas also hopes to add new services that include socialization for the LGBTQ community as well as health education and cultural competency workshops for staff and community partners.
With good nutrition and convenience in mind, the Mountain View Whisman School District, in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank and the County of Santa Clara, was able to provide 30,198 meals to students and seniors over this past summer with their "Food for Thought" Truck.
“Food insecurity didn’t take a holiday just because it was summer vacation,” said Joe Simitian, President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. “In fact, without a school lunch program readily available, summer would have been particularly challenging for some of our families.”
The mobile food program championed by Simitian is available to any child, which removes some of the stigma or fear around “signing up”. Adults can also pay for meals, and free meals are available for seniors at the Rengstorff Park site.
Come voice your opinion on Stanford's proposed General Use Permit (GUP). Joe and his fellow Supervisors will discuss the impact of Stanford's proposal for 3 1/2 million square feet of development. The next hearing is Tuesday, November 5th at 70 W Hedding St., San Jose, CA. For more information click here.
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