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Mayor Liccardo, Governor Newsom Open San Jose’s First Bridge Housing Community
Mabury Bridge Housing Community launches interim housing program to help homeless individuals seek permanent housing
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 27, 2020
Rachel Davis, Office of Mayor Sam Liccardo, 408.712.9149, firstname.lastname@example.org
SAN JOSÉ, CA. - Today, Mayor Sam Liccardo was joined by Governor Gavin Newsom at the grand opening of San Jose’s first “tiny home” community. The City of San José officially opened the Mabury Bridge Housing Community that provides interim housing for homeless individuals on public land and acts as the bridge between homelessness and permanent housing.
“The Mabury Bridge Housing Community is a unique approach to getting people off the street and setting them up for success,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo. “The people we’ll serve here are able to work and live on their own. They hit a bump in the road, and we’re helping them get back on their feet. We’ll provide them with supportive services so they can find permanent housing and remain housed.”
The Mabury Bridge Housing Community is the first of its kind, built on land leased from the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and funded through the State Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP).
“When it comes to homelessness no part of our state is immune, no community untouched and too often no one wants to take responsibility. That has to change and across California it is. Local leaders like Mayor Liccardo are stepping up and offering real partnership and solutions,” said Governor Gavin Newsom.“It’s that spirit of collaboration — and San Jose’s example — that will help us through this crisis and, more importantly, help move Californians off the streets and into supportive housing.”
The creation of the Mabury Bridge Housing Community is part of a larger regional plan, the Community Plan to End Homelessness, including efforts in prevention, intervention, and construction of interim housing and permanent supportive housing. Multiple non-profit, private, and public partners have stepped up to collectively commit to ending the homelessness crisis in Silicon Valley.
The Bridge Housing Community was built by Habitat for Humanity with an army of volunteers - 1,800 volunteers contributing a total of more than 11,900 volunteer hours from 49 private and community organizations.
The goal of Bridge Housing Communities is to rapidly rehouse residents that have recently fallen into homelessness, are at great risk of homelessness, or waiting for permanent supportive housing. Rapid Rehousing Program participants’ average time searching for permanent housing in the County after receiving assistance is 120 days. Mabury Bridge Housing Community is expected to serve 120 residents in its first-ever year, with 40 residents rotating to permanent housing every 4 months. The program has already seen two formerly homeless residents successfully graduate to permanent housing.
The new community includes 40 tiny homes, officially known as “emergency sleeping cabins” as well as community facilities with showers, a kitchen, laundry facilities, a computer room, and space where residents will receive supportive services, including assistance with employment and housing searches. Comcast generously donated site-wide Wi-Fi, computers for residents to aid in their job searches, and a community room flat-screen TV. The site is currently operated through a partnership with the local nonprofit HomeFirst.
“This Bridge Housing Community is just one of the many ways we are working to end homelessness,” said Andrea Urton, CEO of HomeFirst. “We thank Mayor Liccardo and his team for their leadership.”
HomeFirst provides onsite supportive services to residents including creating housing plans for residents and helping them find and apply to permanent housing, connection to mental health services, and other supportive resources. They also host workshops and training sessions catered to the residents such as financial literacy, employment training, and life skills. There is onsite private security 24/7.
The Mabury Bridge Housing Community is the first of two bridge housing communities in San Jose. The second community is under development on State-owned Caltrans land adjacent to Felipe Ct and the intersection of Highways 280, 680, and 101.
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