Steering Committee Meeting
Santa Clara County Collaborative on Affordable Housing and Homeless Issues
San Jose City Hall
March 16, 2006 1:30 pm
Steering Committee Members Present: Trish Crowder, Chair – San Jose Family Shelter;
Margaret Gregg, Office of Affordable Housing; Jeff Davis, CityTeam Ministries; Lisa Taylor,
Bill Wilson Center; Norm Carroll, Off the Street Team, Palo Alto; Sandy Perry, CHAM; Kim
Pederson; MHAP; Jacquey Carey, Cupertino Community Services; Sherry Holm LeBow, New
Directions; Leah Gronlund, Santa Clara Unified; Ray Tovar, City of San Jose – Housing;
Phyllis Ward, Affordable Housing Network; Denise Scovel, InnVision; Jaime Arguello,
Neighborhood Housing Services; Jenny Niklaus, Sacred Heart Community Services; Martha
Bell, Silicon Valley Independent Living Center; Kristie Kesel, HIP, Dina Campeau, South
County Collaborative; Mike Lipman, VMC; Bob Dolci, EHC LifeBuilders;
Regrets Received: Betsy Arroyo, Secretary, Community Technology Alliance; Bonnie Reed,
Community Members Present: Ray Allen, Community Technology Alliance; Steve
Nordseth, Bill Wilson Center; Rosalva Martinez, Health Connections Louise Sandoval; Karen
Gruniesen, HomeBase; Catherine Giuliardi; Kathy Espinosa-Howard, City of Palo Alto;
Maureen Wadniak, Mountain View Community Services Agency; Wolfram Alderson,
InnVision; Frank Motta, Social Services Agency; Shiloh Ballard, Silicon Valley Leadership
Group; Cecilia Rios, Neighborhood Housing Services;
Welcome and Introductions: Trish welcomed all present and introductions were made. There
were no changes to the agenda.
Housing: Bob Dolci. The Housing committee has revised its workplan for the year, a
copy of which was passed around. The plan includes advocacy on the following issues:
a plan for increasing affordable housing in Coyote Valley, the proposed ½ cent sales
tax to augment social services funded from the general fund, and Affordable Housing
Next meeting: March 23 @ United Way, 3pm-4pm.
Benefits: Frank Motta. Looking at employment options for homeless people to
answer the question: how do employment programs help homeless people? The
committee looked at Palo Alto’s seasonal employment program. They are looking at
additional supportive employment models.
In terms of benefits, the Santa Clara County Social Services Agency department that
takes Food Stamps Applications is having a meeting with Santa Clara County homeless
serving organizations to review the most recent meeting with the Feds on how to reduce
barriers for homeless people to access to Food Stamps. The next meeting will be in
Palo Alto at Cubberly Community Center, March 22 @ 1:30 pm. Room A-2.
Prevention: Lean Grohlund. Meets 1st Thursday of each month at noon at Santa
Clara Adult Ed. They are discussing an assessment tool to determine if someone might
be homeless upon release. The one-page tool was passed around, with a
recommendation to share with different departments or agencies that are addressing
The challenge faced by this committee is they cannot go forward until an oversight
committee for the 10 year plan is formed. They don’t want to keep coming up with
tools and tasks that don’t go anywhere.
Outreach: Dina Campeau. The committee has been focusing on the development of
Outreach Connect, modeled on the Homeless Connect, but focused on finding the
chronic homeless, 5 of whom the committee will case manage each month. The first
two are at the armories, the first one in Gilroy, which enjoyed a lot of cooperation and
the armory guests applauded the community efforts. The next one is at the Sunnyvale
armory on March 20, 5-9. Need volunteers for intake.
We are finding gaps in the mainstream system processes. Also, some cities are not on
board with the 10 year plan, they are not even on the Collaborative listserv to receive
information. Therefore, we are going to do a presentation before the CDBG
Thanks to the agencies that donated bus tokens, to EHC for the chairs and to City of
Palo Alto for the extra tables.
The next meeting has not been scheduled.
10 year plan oversight. Karen Gruniesen. The leadership committee formed at the
beginning of the formation of the plan has not met, and was supposed to be
reorganized. Marjorie Mathews of SCC, Mark Walker of United Way and Leslie
Corsiglia of City of San Jose had the goal of combining the City’s and the County’s 10
year plan, but that is on hold for right now.
SuperNOFA 2006 Overview: Karen Gruniesen. Karen passed out the SuperNOFA 2006
docs, giving an overview of the Pro Rata need vs. the amount needed to renew each grant for
up to one year (hold harmless amount). SCC will receive the greater of the two.
We will be accepting proposals for renewals and new projects. Looking for a new permanent
housing project for the Samaritan Initiative (addresses Chronic Homeless) that will take
advantage of the “bump.” For that one, 20% is allowable for case management.
Housing First Plus ACT: Bob Dolci and Wolfram Alderson. InnVision and EHC facilitated
the beginning of this partnership to be able to aim for money for mental health and housing
services. It will provide a coordinated and collaborative approach to address the gaps. Skid
Row Collaborative of LA County was offered as a model, as well as building on some local
experience (Navigator, New Directions, Off the Streets Team). Wolfram handed out three
documents, including a chart, purpose, and a statement of interest in participating/intent to
There are some agencies listed on the flow chart, but haven’t been contacted. That is mere
oversight. There was no intention to leave anyone out or exclude anyone. The new
Collaboration (recommended they adopt another word, like Coalition) is not intended to
supplant the Collaborative. It is about creating funding readiness.
There was some discussion of the relationship of the new coalition and the Collaborative. The
next meeting will be March 24 at the Boccardo Regional Reception Center at 1:30.
Project Homeless Connect: Ray Tovar. Next Project Homeless Connect will be at Parkside
Hall (behind the Tech Museum on Park Avenue) on April 27th (Thurs). Hair cuts, tote bags.
Folks will be trained the day before on Wed, April 26th at 3pm at Parkside Hall. We’ll also
assemble bags there. Next planning meeting is March 22nd 2pm.
Affordable Housing Week. Trish Crowder. AFW will be May 13-20. Most of the planning
has been done. The tour will focus on developments in the Alum Rock/Mayfair area.
Sales Tax. Shiloh Ballard. The Board of Supervisors will be proposing a ½ cent sales tax to
raise more money for the general fund for social services. Unfortunately, because the money
goes into the general fund, they cannot be more specific about what exactly will get funding or
what will be stated priority. All that is known is that it is intended to pay for “vital county
services” including transportation. SVLG asked for assistance with the campaign and for the
Collaborative’s endorsement. South County expressed a concern that it’s a bait and switch for
BART. There will be more info sent out and an email vote taken from the steering committee
members on whether or not to endorse.
HR4437 (immigration). Kathleen Collins of Zoe Lofgren’s office was to attend, but didn’t.
Senator Feinstein is on the fence about this.
St. Policy Academy (sic). To create a 10 year plan/coordinated continuum of care. By invite
only. Moved by Phyllis, seconded by Denise, unanimous vote.
Frank Motta – SSA Initiative, California Connected by 25. This is a state led initiative to
redesign the process for emancipated youth, providing support and connections to services
until the age of 25, rather than cutting them off at age 18. There are a variety of subcommittees
working on income and financial management, housing, and other workgroups. A schedule
will be emailed out to members.
SuperNOFA questions. Denise Scovel. Denise reminded everyone to start getting leverage
and match letters now. Also, application requires a Service Point report, but they have not
been accurate. Ray Allen will work on this.
The next meeting of the Santa Clara County Collaborative on Affordable Housing and
Homeless Issues is scheduled for April 20 at 1:30 at San Jose City Hall, Twelfth Floor