The Great Silicon Valley Land Grab

The city of East Palo Alto, a wedge of modest houses and light industrial sites in the heart of Silicon Valley, has been passed by in the great tech boom. A historically black area, it has seen a big Hispanic influx in the past two decades, with more than three out of four residents now coming from one of those … Read More

Media- I can’t sleep

Holding handmade posters highlighting health concerns, members of the community gathered outside a San Mateo apartment building in support of tenants who say they’re facing steep rent increases despite their homes being infested with cockroaches, bedbugs and mold. Kenneth Centeno. Son of Jose Centeno, who spoke at the demonstration. While the landlord says he’s working on the issues, the housing … Read More

PRESS RELEASE – 16 Families Face Exorbitant Rent Increases Amid Cockroach and Bed Bug-Infested Conditions in San Mateo

For Immediate Release Media Contacts: Adriana Guzman (415) 867-6279 or René Alejandro Ortega (650) 391-0375 or Date: August 17, 2017   16 Families Face Exorbitant Rent Increases Amid Cockroach and Bed Bug-Infested Conditions in San Mateo   Community holds prayer vigil in support of 16 families demanding safe and clean living conditions and the right to an affordable home. … Read More

MEDIA – LISC to Manage Silicon Valley Affordable Housing Fund

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation has announced a partnership with Facebook to quadruple the funds available for affordable housing in Silicon Valley. Under the agreement, LISC will assume management of the Catalyst Housing Fund — a start-up fund recently seeded with $18.5 million from Facebook in partnership with key community organizations and the cities of East Palo Alto and Menlo … Read More

MEDIA – Fund manager hopes to quadruple Facebook’s $18.5 million housing fund

Fund manager hopes to quadruple Facebook’s $18.5 million housing fund by Kevin Kelly, August 3, 2017, The Mercury News The new manager of a Facebook funding account for affordable housing intends to take the $18.5 million already stashed aside and quadruple it. Local Initiatives Support Corp., a national nonprofit, says it plans to leverage the money in Facebook’s Catalyst Housing … Read More

MEDIA – Community Groups and Facebook Team Up with LISC to Drive $75 Million to Help Meet Demand for Affordable Housing in Silicon Valley

COMMUNITY GROUPS AND FACEBOOK TEAM UP WITH LISC TO DRIVE $75 MILLION TO HELP MEET DEMAND FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN SILICON VALLEY LISC to manage and grow Catalyst Housing Fund from $18.5 million to $75 million Housing Trust Silicon Valley joins partnership as local collaborator and capital contributor EAST PALO ALTO and MENLO PARK, CA, August 1, 2017 — The … Read More

Event: Community Resource Fair in East Palo Alto

Hosted at St. Francis of Assisi Church, please join us for free immigration-related legal consults, including a record clearance clinic, family support services, and information and resources from local organizations. When: Sunday, July 23rd, 3-6pm Where: St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1425 Bay Rd, East Palo Alto, CA 94303 Bring the whole family — kids are welcome! Free food and … Read More

EVENT: Know Your Rights

Join us and other organizations at a Know Your Rights Presentation on Sunday, June 11 at 1 pm at 300 Fulton Street, Redwood City, CA 94062 – – – Junta con nosotros y otros organizaciones en una Presentación de Conozca Sus Derechos domingo el 11 de junio a la 1 pm a 300 Fulton Street, Redwood City, CA 94062

MEDIA – Defending Immigrants

by Beth Winegarner, May 31, 2017 SF Weekly Three new immigration attorneys have joined the city’s Public Defender’s Office, and will each manage around 50 cases per year. Beth Winegarner Wed May 31st, 2017 5:06pm It’s a Tuesday afternoon in federal immigration Judge Scott Simpson’s small, wood-paneled courtroom on Sansome Street, where a Latino man being held in a detention … Read More