Author Archives: Kristi Miller

Feed Tri-Valley Food Drive July 7-21

Posted on The Independent July 18, 2019

Hunger affects more than 700 households in the Tri-Valley. In a single month, local food providers will supply 25,000 meals for food-insecure families and individuals. This summer, take part in the movement to end local hunger by supporting Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore food providers and pantries during the annual Feed Tri-Valley food drive.

All are invited to donate food and grocery store gift cards at designated drop-off locations in the Tri-Valley between July 7 and July 21. Gift cards are encouraged.

Drop-off locations include: Pleasanton Public Library (400 Old Bernal), Towne Center Books (555 Main Street, Pleasanton), Pleasanton Senior Center (5353 Sunol Blvd.), Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce (777 Peters Ave.), Dublin Senior Center (7600 Amador Valley Blvd.), Dublin Civic Center (100 Civic Plaza), Livermore City Hall (1052 S. Livermore Ave.), and Livermore Civic Center Library (1188 S. Livermore Ave.)

All donations will be distributed to food-insecure residents of Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore through neighborhood organizations like Open Heart Kitchen, Interfaith Sharing, Valley Bible Church, and Tri-Valley Haven.

To learn more, visit www.ptownlife.org/feedtrivalley, or contact Nicole Thomas at pytsupervisor@cityofpleasantonca.gov.

Tri-Valley Haven Seeking School Supplies

Posted by The Independent Thursday, July 25, 2019 12:00 am

With another school year on the way, Tri-Valley Haven is seeking community support for an ever-rising need of school supplies. Since 2012, the number of children served by the Haven’s back to school distribution has risen by almost 20%. With many families in the Tri-Valley experiencing hardship, the Haven’s back to school distribution has become a resource for locals as they prepare their children for another year of learning.

Tri-Valley Haven invites the citizens of Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore to help Tri-Valley children and teens start the school year on a high note by donating backpacks, calculators and other essentials. Donations may be delivered to the Haven’s Community Building at 3663 Pacific Ave, Livermore 94550; Monday through Friday from 10am-4pm. The last day to donate is Thursday, August 1st.

For questions or a list of needed supplies, email ralph@trivalleyhaven.org or phone 925-667-2702.

County Announces $1 Million Fund to Drive Affordable Housing

Posted by The Independent

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2019 12:00 am

Partnership with LISC, San Francisco Foundation will support faith-based and community-based organizations as they address critical housing shortfalls

Alameda County is launching a significant effort to assist faith-based and community-based organizations to help address the region’s affordable housing crisis. The County, Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the San Francisco Foundation rolled out a $1 million program on April 22nd that is designed to help local faith-based organizations and area nonprofits expand their development expertise. Through this effort, groups that own property and want to consider using those properties for affordable housing can gain knowledge to help projects move forward.

“In many of our communities, housing is the most critical issues families face,” said Richard Valle, president of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. “We must find ways to address it on multiple fronts—from land use to developing financing—and that includes giving organizations the tools they need to assess and respond to their communities’ specific needs.”

The County earmarked $750,000 in local funding for this effort, and the San Francisco Foundation (SFF) provided an additional $250,000 in support. The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a long-time community development intermediary whose Bay Area investments top $734 million, will manage the outreach, education and technical assistance associated with the program.

“Providing the support that faith-based and community-based organizations need to expand their development expertise is critical to finding bold housing solutions to address the affordable housing crisis,” said Landon Williams, senior director of Anchoring Communities at the San Francisco Foundation. “Our partnership is representative of working across multi-sectors to ensure that everyone has a safe and affordable home.”

The program is critical given the region’s dire housing challenges. Recent research finds that rents in 95 percent of Bay Area neighborhoods are beyond the means of a family with two minimum-wage earners.

“We have passionately embraced the issue of housing and homelessness and are looking for creative ways to answer pressing local needs,” said Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley. “The faith community and other community-based organizations are well-positioned to help because they are so closely connected to residents. We want to help them translate their deep mission and commitment into clear and direct action on affordable housing.”

Kicking off on May 20th in Oakland, the capacity-building program will serve Alameda County communities with workshops and other training for local organizations interested in learning more about affordable housing development, helping them make informed decisions about future opportunities, as well as providing more intensive technical assistance for up to 10 selected organizations in an upcoming second phase of the program.

“These organizations are the bedrock of our communities,” noted Cynthia Wong, executive director of LISC’s Bay Area program. “By building their capacity to address affordable housing concerns, the County is making an investment in the long-term health of our neighborhoods so that they are safer, stronger and positioned for economic growth.”

An advisory body consisting of representatives from the County, the San Francisco Foundation, LISC, community members, and local collaboratives such as East Bay Housing Organizations, will help guide the program. Interfaith Council of Alameda County and Bay Area Community Benefit Organization will assist in marketing and outreach, and other organizations will also be provided with information and materials related to the program. Interested organizations can find more information and sign up for notices of upcoming trainings at www.lisc.org/bay-area/what-we-do/affordable-housing/achdcbp.

Program Helping to Lift People Out of Poverty Seeks Volunteer Mentors

Posted on The Independent: Thursday, April 25, 2019 12:00 am

Partners for Change (PFC) has announced a new collaboration with CAPE Head Start. A number of families in Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin with children attending pre-school at CAPE have registered to participate in the fifth session of the program, starting later this month.

Partners for Change, headquartered in Livermore, matches each client with 2-4 volunteer mentors from the community, to work together in a partnership to help the client achieve his/her personal goals.

Twenty-five additional mentors are needed for this new session. Spanish language skills would be helpful, but not required. Mentors do not need any specific skills, just an open mind, an interest in learning about the issue of poverty, and a willingness to walk alongside people for 18-24 months to help them bring about positive change in their lives.

Partners for Change offers a two-part program for participants. The first segment consists of a life skills training program. A key product of this training is a personalized set of short, medium and long-term goals for each client. They are then matched with their mentors, and together they begin the hard work towards meeting those goals.

The importance of this program can be seen in the stories of two clients.

After 14 years of not working, Terri came to the program very sad, overwhelmed and unhappy with her life. Problems at home also impacted her children’s school performance. Terri set short-term and long-term goals and with the support of her mentors, made a plan to get her life back on track. One of Terri’s goals was to re-enter the workforce. Her mentors helped her fill out applications and practiced interviewing skills, which resulted in a job offer at a local retailer.

When Joe and Rachel joined Partners, they were dealing with serious medical problems that limited their ability to work. Their mentors helped Rachel quit smoking. They helped Joe with insurance forms in order to obtain the medical care he needed. This allowed him to work full-time. Next, they found better housing, and Joe landed a better job where he is earning enough to cover his expenses and regain his self-esteem. They also helped Rachel get a driver’s license. She is now planning to enroll at Las Positas College and work towards her goal of becoming a nurse. Rachel’s son enjoyed spending time with one of Rachel’s mentors and he is now doing much better in school.

For additional information, to apply to become a volunteer mentor, or to make a donation, contact Shana Peete, Executive Director, at (925) 583-1635, director@pfctv.org, or www.pfctv.org.

REBECCA BAUER-KAHAN Assemblymember, to hold San Ramon District Open House

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan is holding an Open House on Thursday, April 25th.

“My goal is that you feel like my office is a place you can come to connect with me and my staff about your thoughts and concerns for our community as well as receive help navigating State services.”

Thursday, April 25th
4 – 6 PM 

District Office
2440 Camino Ramon, Suite 345
San Ramon, CA 94583

TRI-VALLEY HAVEN ANNOUNCES HOUSING ASSISTANCE FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORS

When an abusive partner puts a person’s life in danger, often the victim struggles to stay safely housed if they cannot afford to pay for rent and childcare and transportation and other necessities after separating from the abuser, or who must move to a new place or go to a shelter if they are unable to afford deposits on rent and utilities. The high cost of housing may mean that a victim spends many months in shelters while saving move-in money or waiting for their name to come to the top of waiting lists for affordable housing.

Tri-Valley Haven has received a grant from the California Office of Emergency Services to implement a Domestic Violence Housing First program which provides case management, assistance in locating and applying for housing and short term financial assistance to help survivors of domestic violence maintain or obtain housing when leaving an abusive relationship. The Case Manager will assess a client’s needs and assist the client in developing a housing plan. The Housing Specialist will develop leads for affordable housing, conduct outreach to landlords and assist clients who have need help going through the process of applying for housing. The program can also provide help with move-in costs, temporary rental assistance and help with other housing-related costs, such as changing locks, repairing a car necessary to get to work or assisting with other job-related costs to enable the survivor to develop income in order to become self-sufficient.

“We are very excited about this program,” said Leah, the program’s Case Manager. “This will allow us to help many more survivors than ever before to be safe in a home of their own.” For more information, or to request assistance from Tri-Valley Haven’s Domestic Violence Housing First program, call Leah at (925) 449-1664 X 2403.

Tri-Valley Job Fair

The Tri-Valley Job Fair is scheduled for
Tuesday, April 23rd, 3:00-7:00
Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Ave., Livermore CA

Employers:
Register for a table here
Table fee: $250

Job Seekers:
Preregister for the event here
Visit our Tip Sheet page for valuable information to prepare for the job fair.

PARTICIPATING EMPLOYERS
Keep checking back as we are adding to this list daily.  Also, simply because the job title you’re looking for is not list, does not mean there isn’t a job for you.  Research the companies and come prepared to talk to each of them.

Akima Infrastructure Services (AIS)
Immediate openings for Personal Computer Support Technicians, Cleanroom Custodian

American Swim Academy
Immediate openings for Swim Instructors and Maintenance Technicians

Balance Staffing
Immediate openings for Assemblers, Quality Control/Quality Assurance, and Forklift Operators

Bay Home & Window
Immediate openings for Business Development Associates, and Marketing Associates

BBSI Connect, a Division of BBSI
Immediate openings for Carpenters, Plumbers, Drivers (all classes), Customer Service Representatives, and Administrative Assistants

BrightStar Care
Immediate openings for Care Givers, CNAs

Building Connections Behavioral Health Inc
Immediate openings for Behavioral Interventionists

City of Dublin, Parks and Recreation
Immediate openings for Senior Recreation Leaders, Recreation Leaders I/II, Cashiers, Slide Attendants, and Food Handlers/Concessions

City of Livermore 
Immediate openings for Police Officers (Lateral/Trainee), Associate Engineering Technicians (Construction Inspection), Groundskeeper II,  and Water Resources Communications Representative

Comcast NBC Universal
Immediate openings for Residential Sales Professional (Livermore), Security Manager (Livermore), Financial Analyst (Livermore), Residential Installation Technician (Hayward), and Local Advertising Sales Manager (Walnut Creek)

Creekview Health Center, Stoneridge Creek
Immediate openings for CNAs, Dietary Aids, Maintenance Technicians, Servers, and Safety Officers

Dept. of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, FCI Dublin
Immediate openings for Correctional Officers, Teachers, Nurses

Dynamic Office & Accounting Solutions
Immediate openings for Customer Service Representatives, Administrative/Receptionists, Executive Administratives, Warehouse/Industrial Workers, and Finance/Accounting Analysts

Enterprise Holdings (Rent A Car)
Immediate openings for  Entry Level Management Trainees, Return Agents (Oakland Airport), Rental Agent (Oakland Airport), Customer Service Representative (Oakland Airport), and Drivers (Oakland Airport)

FormFactor
Immediate openings for  Electronic Test/Inspection Technicians,  Assembly and Test Process Engineers, Executive Administrative Assistant, Senior Cost Accountants, and Inventory Control Analysts

The Kendall Centers – Therapeutic Pathways
Immediate openings for Behavior Technicians

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District
Immediate openings for Substitute Paraeducators, Substitute Food Service Assistant/Yard Duty, Certificated Teachers, Paraeducators- SpecEd, and Substitute Custodians

McDonald’s
Immediate openings for General Managers, Shift Manager, Crew, Maintenance, and HVAC Technicians

Nike Inc
Immediate openings for Part-Time Athletes (Associates)

Restoration Hardware (RH)
Immediate openings for Customer Service Representatives

Rite Aid
Immediate openings for Shift Supervisors – Livermore, Shift Supervisors – Pleasanton, Cashiers/Clerks – various locations, and Pharmacy Technician – various locations

Security Eye Patrol, Inc
Immediate openings for Security Guards

Topcon Positioning Systems
Immediate openings for Warehouse Clerks, Stock Clerks, Graphic Designers, Professional Services

U.S. Census Bureau
Immediate openings for Supervisory Positions (20+), Non-Supervisory Positions (500+)

Visiting Angels, Livermore
Immediate openings for Care Givers

The Wine Group
Immediate openings for Industrial Technicians, Tasting Room Hosts, Brand Managers

Window-ology
Immediate openings for Lead Generators, Installers of Awnings/Window coverings, Design Consultants, and Office Administration

Kaiser Permanente Announces $200 Million Impact Investment, Partners With U.S. Mayors and CEOs to Address Housing Stability

OAKLAND, Calif. — Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated health system, announced an impact investing commitment today of up to $200 million through its Thriving Communities Fund to address housing stability and homelessness, among other community needs. The organization’s initial focus will be on preventing displacement or homelessness of lower- and middle-income households in rapidly changing communities; reducing homelessness by ensuring access to supportive housing; and making affordable homes healthier and more environmentally sound.

Impact investing is a form of investment used to deliver a measurable social benefit. Kaiser Permanente’s impact-investing pledge will deliver national and local social and environmental returns with an initial focus on housing, a significant community health challenge.

Housing stability is a key factor in a person’s overall health and well-being, with homelessness affecting more than 550,000 people every day. By investing in community needs, such as housing, this unique investment strategy is designed to advance Kaiser Permanente’s mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of its 12 million-plus members along with the health of the 65 million-plus residents who live in the communities it serves.

“Affordable housing will be a significant focus of Kaiser Permanente’s impact investing portfolio to generate housing stability and improve health outcomes,” said Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente. “We hope our commitment creates a broader national conversation on homelessness, and encourages other companies to join with us to advance economic, social and environmental conditions for health.”

Kaiser Permanente also has joined the Mayors and CEOs for U.S. Housing Investment, a first-of-its-kind coalition comprised of local government officials and business leaders working to advance key federal housing priorities. Together with mayors from Alexandria, Virginia; Baltimore, Maryland; Charlotte, North Carolina; Oakland, California; and Portland Oregon, Kaiser Permanente will convene stakeholders to discuss national housing challenges at a meeting today in Washington, D.C.

“Many of the communities we serve are grappling with some of the highest rates of housing insecurity and homelessness in the United States. As a family physician, I’ve provided medical care to the homeless, and have seen first-hand the impact that living without a home can have on someone’s health. To improve the health of an entire community we must step beyond the four walls of our hospitals and medical offices to help those most in need,” said Bechara Choucair, MD, Kaiser Permanente’s chief community health officer. “We hope this national commitment to impact investing in housing stability will inspire other companies to share the responsibility of this critical issue growing in the United States.”

There will be additional details shared in the coming weeks about Kaiser Permanente’s investments in local communities across the United States.

Tri-Valley Haven Announces Housing Assistance for Domestic Violence Survivors

Posted by The Independent: Thursday, March 7, 2019 12:00 am

When an abusive partner puts a person’s life in danger, often the victim struggles to stay safely housed if they cannot afford to pay for rent, childcare, transportation and other necessities after separating from the abuser. They may have to move to a new place or go to a shelter if they are unable to afford deposits on rent and utilities. The high cost of housing may mean that a victim spends many months in shelters while saving move-in money or waiting for their name to come to the top of waiting lists for affordable housing.

Tri-Valley Haven, which has provided shelter, a 24-hour crisis line, legal assistance and counseling for domestic violence survivors since 1977, has received a grant from the California Office of Emergency Services to implement a Domestic Violence Housing First program. The program provides case management, assistance in locating and applying for housing and short term financial assistance to help survivors of domestic violence maintain or obtain housing when leaving an abusive relationship.

The Case Manager will assess a client’s needs and assist the client in developing a housing plan. The Housing Specialist will develop leads for affordable housing, conduct outreach to landlords and assist clients who need help going through the process of applying for housing. The program can also provide help with move-in costs, temporary rental assistance and other housing-related costs. These may include changing locks or repairing a car necessary to get to work. The program may assist with other job-related costs to enable the survivor to develop income to become self-sufficient.

“We are very excited about this program,” said Leah, the program’s Case Manager. “This will allow us to help many more survivors than ever before to be safe in a home of their own.”

For more information, or to request assistance from Tri-Valley Haven’s Domestic Violence Housing First program, call Leah at (925) 449-1664 X 2403.

Spectrum Community Services promotes “March for Meals”

As part of the national Meals on Wheels “March for Meals” campaign, throughout the month of March, we will be hosting meal delivery ride-alongs, and we’ve been able to add additional ride-alongs spots!.

We would be honored if you could participate in the March for Meals campaign by helping to deliver meals to our senior clients during the month of March 2019.

In doing so, you can connect with neighbors in our community and help Spectrum Community Services gain much-needed visibility for this cause.

Please join Spectrum Community Services for a meal delivery alongside one of our Volunteer Ambassadors during March for Meals.

Feel free to use our easy appointment scheduler at http://bit.ly/2019SpectrumMarch or call us:
Carrie Oldes, Tri-Valley Supervisor 925-483-1989 or Charlie Deterline, Development Director 510-876-8806

We look forward to seeing you next month!

Charlie Deterline

Spectrum Community Services promotes “March for Meals”

As part of the national Meals on Wheels “March for Meals” campaign, throughout the month of March, we will be hosting meal delivery ride-alongs, and we’ve been able to add additional ride-alongs spots!.

We would be honored if you could participate in the March for Meals campaign by helping to deliver meals to our senior clients during the month of March 2019.

In doing so, you can connect with neighbors in our community and help Spectrum Community Services gain much-needed visibility for this cause.

Please join Spectrum Community Services for a meal delivery alongside one of our Volunteer Ambassadors during March for Meals.

Feel free to use our easy appointment scheduler at http://bit.ly/2019SpectrumMarch or call us:
Carrie Oldes, Tri-Valley Supervisor 925-483-1989 or Charlie Deterline, Development Director 510-876-8806

We look forward to seeing you next month!

Charlie Deterline

Bus Ticket Drive to Provide Mobility for the Homeless

Posted by The Independent: Thursday, February 7, 2019 12:00 am

The fourth annual bus ticket drive is in full swing. This drive provides transportation to members of our community who are struggling financially.

Jacky Poulsen, coordinator of the bus ticket drive, works with local service organizations such as the Livermore Homeless Refuge, Open Heart Kitchen, Axis Community Health, Partners for Change, Tri-Valley Haven, and food pantries to distribute the tickets. They know their clients and are in the best position to determine who should get the tickets. Asbury United Methodist Church partners with Poulsen by processing and accounting for all donations.

The Bus Ticket Drive helps people throughout the Tri-Valley so all communities are encouraged to donate.

There are many ways these bus tickets are being used: to get to Open Heart Kitchen for a hot meal, the Homeless Refuge for shelter from the elements, to leave the Refuge early in the morning when it’s cold and sometimes wet, to get to medical appointments (even dialysis), the food pantry for food items, and job interviews as well as jobs. The list goes on. The people who receive these bus tickets have no other form of transportation and they cannot afford to buy bus tickets.

To learn more and to make an online tax deductible donation to this drive, please visit http://bit.ly/2018bustickets. Donations can also be sent to Asbury United Methodist Church at 4743 East Avenue, Livermore, 94550. Please include an email address and write “Bus Tickets” on the memo line in order to get a 501(c)(3) donation receipt.

Senior Support Program Continues to Provide for Needy

Posted to The Independent: Thursday, January 31, 2019 12:00 am

Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley announced that over 240 Tri-Valley seniors in need received Christmas gifts this past December. Each year, because of the involvement of community partners and the staff/volunteers at Senior Support Program, Tri-Valley seniors received holiday gifts. Our Holiday Gift Program ensures they have an inspired and joyful Christmas. Many of our seniors are living alone and need the love and support of our community.

Senior Support Program Friendly Visitor Coordinator Lorie Rolhoff says “Our beloved seniors are very appreciative and thankful for the gifts. They always marvel how Senior Support Program continues to make this program bigger and better each year.”

In addition to the holidays gifts, Lorie Rolhoff, also hosts the Friendly Visitor luncheon for approximately 60+ seniors each year. This past December 13th, Senior Support Program provided a wonderful lunch, holiday entertainment and holiday gifts to 62 seniors in need.

The Holiday Gift Program and Friendly Visitor luncheon is made possible through the generosity of community supporters such as The Parkview, Cornerstone, YMSL Pleasanton chapter, and Senior Support Program Board of Directors.

Support Tri-Valley seniors by donating to Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley at www.ssptv.org/donate.

CityServe Responded to Over 1000 Calls

Posted by the Independent : Thursday, January 10, 2019 12:00 am

CityServe of the Tri-Valley, a non-profit founded in 2009 to help people who are in crisis, has announced accomplishments achieved during 2018.

Executive Director Gloria Gregory said in a message to members and interested public that the organization was able to help more than 1000 callers in the Tri-Valley last year in significant ways.

CityServe disbursed $107,000 in community care expenses, including partial rental assistance to prevent eviction, money for essential car repairs, and funds for utility bills to prevent shut-offs for low-income families.

CityServe provided 275 nights in local motels for emergency shelter for homeless families, often those with small children. The organization connected volunteers to service opportunities, which amounted to more than 33,000 hours in community service.

In 2018, the non-profit adopted a new goal of knowing every homeless person in the Valley. Gregory said that CityServe helped, and knows by name, some 277 homeless families and individuals, including 176 in Livermore, 64 in Pleasanton, and 37 in Dublin.

“We are thankful for each relationship, both clients and community partners. We look forward to more community spirit and joint efforts as we address the very urgent human services needs in our Tri-Valley in this new year ahead,” said Gregory.

CityServe receives support from other non-profits, local churches, city governments, school districts, businesses, and private donors. It has a website at cityservetrivalley.org. Besides organization news, the website lists volunteer opportunities.

PUSD Foster and Kinship Caregivers Celebrate the Season

Pleasanton Unified School District’s Foster and Kinship Caregivers along with their amazing Youth Development Specialist Brenda Montgomery celebrated the holidays with a potluck and ornament exchange this week.  This amazing group also donated dozens of gift cards and other items to be distributed to the homeless by partners at City Serve and the Pleasanton Police Department.

A Vision of Faith: Interfaith Housing Celebrates 50 Years

Published by the Independent: Thursday, October 18, 2018 12:00 am

Interfaith Housing (IFH) is marking a milestone of 50 years as a non-profit corporation that owns and operates three apartment communities in Livermore providing low-cost housing for senior citizens. The organization began by partnering with local religious groups and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which currently subsidizes Interfaith’s 207 units through rental assistance.

IFH started as the “germ” of an idea from a dynamic woman named Gladys Worthington who, in collaboration with the Oakland Council of Churches and Satellite Senior Homes, Inc., shared her vision for low-cost senior housing with the local Livermore/Pleasanton Ministerial Association. A persuasive and informative presentation by Worthington inspired the group to form an exploratory committee in early 1966. Worthington, who was familiar with the HUD’s Section 202 housing laws and provisions, explained how local faith communities could partner with HUD to purchase land and develop senior complexes.

The minutes of the first committee meeting on June 7, 1966, show that Jim Willows of First Presbyterian, Rev. Denton (Denny) Roberts and Mrs. Mildred Miller of First Christian Church, Jerry and Sara Maloney of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal, and Herb Newkirk of Holy Cross Lutheran attended. After more than two years of meetings, Interfaith Housing’s Articles of Incorporation were signed by many of the same people on Nov. 13, 1968. IFH is commemorating that 1968 incorporation in their 50th year of developing, operating and maintaining affordable housing for seniors.

From the nucleus of these early visionaries sprang the Interfaith Housing program of today. Sponsoring congregations donated seed money to start the first project, and land was purchased on Hillcrest Avenue with the assistance of the City of Livermore. Construction began with the help of a temporary loan from the regional Presbyterian Synod.

Hillcrest Gardens, located at 550 Hillcrest Ave., opened its doors and was ready to welcome new tenants in June 1971. The complex offers 54 one-bedroom units, mostly project-based Section 8; residents pay only 30% of their income in rent.

Opening in March 1982, Vineyard Village, with 74 one-bedroom apartments at 3700 Pacific Ave. in Livermore, came next through partnership with the City of Livermore, which guided and helped the organization obtain a HUD 202/811 Project Rental Assistance Contract (PRAC) loan. The third complex, Arbor Vista, was again built with funds provided by a PRAC loan with help from the City, which has assisted Interfaith in the acquisition of land for each site. Arbor Vista opened in 1998 and has 79 one-bedroom apartments.

Interfaith Housing’s sponsor organizations have changed over the years, but at present they are Asbury United Methodist Church, Congregation Beth Emek, First Presbyterian Church, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, St. Michael Catholic Church, and Unitarian Universalist Church in Livermore. Each sends one or two volunteers to serve on the IFH board.

The IFH board now shares management of the three complexes with a professional property management company (currently HumanGood). Earlier this year, IFH partnered with Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA) of Berkeley to develop a fourth complex, and on Nov. 1, 2018, SAHA’s property management division will take over the administration of the current properties as well. SAHA evolved from Satellite Senior Homes, Inc., one of Interfaith’s first connections—bringing IFH full circle and back to its early roots in the affordable senior housing development community.

Interfaith Housing has exciting plans for the future. In partnership with SAHA, Interfaith has entered into an agreement with the City of Livermore to build a senior apartment complex at the end of Pacific Avenue—right across from IFH’s Vineyard Village community and just up the bike path from Arbor Vista. Thanks to Vice-Mayor Bob Woerner, the 3.5-acre parcel was made available for senior housing by the Livermore Rodeo Stockmen’s Association, which accepted land for a park downtown in return for releasing the City from a 56-year-old obligation to provide a Stockmen’s Park on the Civic Center campus. IFH and SAHA are working with the City and the Dahlin architectural firm to build as many as 140 one-bedroom senior apartments, including units for veterans and formerly homeless individuals, on that site in the next three to five years.

The IFH board of directors, led by current President Laning Thompson, will celebrate its 50 years of providing affordable senior housing with a reception at the Arbor Vista community on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018.

Public Charge Town Hall Meeting by Alameda County Board of Supervisor, Wilma Chan | District 3

About the Town Hall

Alameda County’s Town Hall on Public Charge will bring together more than 125 local service providers and community members from across Alameda County. The Town Hall, which will be held in Oakland’s Preservation Park, will provide participants with the opportunity to:

Learn about a proposed rule change to the federal “public charge” definition and how this change undermines efforts to economically empower families and promote public health.
Ask questions about how the rule change would apply to families; how the rule change would impact the flow of federal funds for programs like Medi-Cal (Medicaid & CHIP), CalFresh (SNAP), Medicare Part D, and Section 8 Housing Vouchers to Alameda County and California; and what Alameda County and its partners are doing to respond to the proposed rule.
Take action by submitting public comment and connecting with local, state, and national efforts to weigh in on the proposed rule.
Translation and light refreshments will be provided. During registration, please be sure to complete the SurveyMonkey link to let us know if you have a specific language and/or childcare need.

Questions: Please contact Vanessa Cedeño via phone at 510.272.6693.

DATE AND TIME
Thu, November 8, 2018
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM PST

LOCATION
Nile Hall, Preservation Park
668 13th Street
Oakland, CA 94612