Affordable Housing Month
Join us in Celebrating Affordable Housing Month!
Did you know that your zip code is one of the most important data points to predict individual and families’ success, from educational outcomes, health factors, and opportunity to thrive?
As Matthew Desmond wrote in “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,”
“The home is the wellspring of personhood. It is where our identity takes root and blossoms, where as children, we imagine, play, and question, and as adolescents, we retreat and try. As we grow older, we hope to settle into a place to raise a family or pursue work. When we try to understand ourselves, we often begin by considering the kind of home in which we were raised.”
Access to safe, stable affordable homes, is one of the most important tools to create strong, thriving, equitable communities. That is why we are joining residents, community groups, and library branches from around the San Francisco Bay Area region to celebrate Affordable Housing Month this May.
During Affordable Housing Month, residents from all over the region come together to learn, engage, and add our voices to the conversation about how we strengthen our neighborhoods.
Events & Programs:A Curated List of Book Recommendations for #AffordableHousingMonthAn invitation to learn, explore, imagine the experiences of our neighbors and deepen our understanding of how we got here so we can take on the underlying problems to truly move solutions forward. Provided by the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California in partnership with Affordable Housing Month convenors and organizers.
Lastly, for individuals and families in need of direct services and resources, we offer the following local resources:
- Our local 211 program, operated through United Way Santa Cruz, connects individuals with live support to help navigate the services, programs, and resources that may be available. Dial 2-1-1
- The Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County has a set of resources including rental assistance, youth homeless response team, transitional age youth housing navigation, and Watsonville works and roaming assessor. Click here.
- The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz offers a list of affordable housing provider contact information here, where you can get information about income eligibility, restrictions, and wait lists.
- Community Bridges offers a Family Resource Collective to meet family and individual needs. Click here.
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