San Jose Hope Village
Hope Village is an attempt to provide shelter to homeless individuals living in encampments along the freeways, waterways and other open space. An organized encampment that provides for basic humane services of toilets, showers, clean tents off the ground, garbage service in a clean, safe, fenced in environment. Residents stay until affordable housing becomes available. The goal was to demonstrate that this could be successfully accomplished at low cost and serve as a model that can be replicated thus serving potentially hundreds or thousands of people. We have met this goal with remarkable success.
HOPE VILLAGE NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT NOW!
PLEASE WRITE AND CALL SAN JOSE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS WITH YOUR SUPPORT OF THE SAN JOSE HOPE VILLAGE MODEL TO HELP THE HOMELESS. The Hope Village model needs to be saved and replicated to address the needs of the thousands of people currently living in inhumane conditions.
Devora “Dev” Davis
Below is a message you can cut and paste or feel free to edit as you see fit. Thank you for your swift support of this community of homeless and the volunteers attempting to address the affordable housing crisis in our community. Emailing the Mayor and the San Jose City Council will reinforce the idea that there are many in Willow Glen who welcome responsible people in our community - this group just happen to be unhoused.
Dear Mayor Liccardo and Members of the City Council,
I want to express my strong support for the relocation of the Hope Village community to near the intersection of Lelong and Willow Street. My church, St. Francis Episcopal Church in Willow Glen, are regular hosts of the Village House homeless shelter for medically fragile women, and our experience has been very positive. We welcome these women into our lives several times a year, and find that the financial gulf that separates recedes a bit when we get to know these women as neighbors and not "others."
I urge the city and our neighbors to not oppose people who are simply striving to survive these cold and rainy winter months with only a thin tent to protect them from the elements. We know that the former location for Hope Village saw a vibrant, sanitary and safe community of 17 people who supported and looked out for each other. While participating in this community those 17 people freed up other services in San Jose for even more people in need.
San Jose needs more creative ideas like Hope Village to help address the homeless issue in our city, and we hope our skeptical neighbors who sleep in their warm beds each night will keep an open mind about the enormous benefits and not focus on the mild inconveniences about a program like this.
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