San Jose, CA – Today, State Senator Jim Beall, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Bay Area leaders will join college students at San Jose State University to urge voters of all ages to support a three-pronged housing solution by voting Yes for Propositions 1 & 2 and Measure V. Working hand in hand, Propositions 1, 2, and Measure V can make room for students in our community as well as those who need stable, affordable housing the most – veterans, working families, and those experiencing homelessness and suffering from a serious mental illness and living on the streets.
Prop 1, the Veterans and Affordable Housing Act, provides $4 billion statewide to build and provide affordable housing for veterans, working families, people with disabilities, and many others who need a stable, affordable home. While Prop 2, the No Place Like Home measure, provides a $2 billion bond focused on helping people with a serious mental illness and experiencing homelessness get housing and treatment together. One critical brick in building San Jose’s housing foundation is Measure V, which will leverage new state, county, federal, and private funds to build more affordable housing, so we can make room in our communities, future workforce, students, and veterans to live in San Jose without having to choose between rent, food, medicine, books, and other necessities.
“Now is the time – we must pass Proposition 1 and Proposition 2 to improve the lives of veterans, children and hardworking parents, seniors and many others struggling to keep a roof over their heads and end the constant worry about where they are going to sleep at night,” said Sen. Jim Beall, (D-San Jose). “Helping people have the foundation of a stable, affordable home is the only way we can stem the rise of homelessness in our communities, and Props 1 and 2 are the path forward to do that.”
“San Jose faces a housing affordability crisis and we must act now to create more housing that’s affordable for families at all income levels,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo, who has led the campaign in support of San Jose’s Measure V affordable housing bond. “Measure V complements Props 1 & 2 by providing the critical local dollars needed to unlock state, federal and private funding – ensuring that more of our tax dollars are invested back here in San Jose.”
“When I consider how critical it is that we approve Proposition 1 & 2, along with Measure V, two numbers keep me awake at night: 10,000 and nearly 300,000,” said CEO and President of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. “California is home to 10,000 homeless Veterans who have bravely served our country and now have to brave the elements without a place to call him. California is also home to nearly 300,000 school-aged children who experienced homelessness during the school year, living in cars, under bridges, shuttled from shelter to shelter. We can and must do better, and a starting point is to pass these three measures.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose, CA 95112
Note: B-roll available after the press conference of participants leafleting San Jose State University – short 5 min. walk from press conference location.
Date & Time:
Wednesday, October 31st
11:45 am- 12:45 pm
*Media asked to arrive at 11:20 am -11:30 am for set-up
Jim Beall, California State Senator, author of Senate Bill 3/Prop 1
Sam Liccardo, Mayor of San Jose
Carl Guardino, President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group
Don Tietjen, De Anza College Veteran
Oladotun Hospidales – San Jose Student who works with homeless students
Lagi Tevaseu, Housing Development Intern for First Community Housing
Parking available in the 4th Street Garage located directly above Flames Restaurant. Media representative are welcome to park in the loading zone area which is right outside of the MLK library on 4th Street.
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