Success Stories

Guardino Affordable Housing Scholarship Welcomes Class of 2020

We’d like for you to meet Elizabeth, one of the Guardino Affordable Housing Scholarship awardees of 2020. Elizabeth’s life was marked by movement but also staying in place around Turlock, a town in Stanislaus County. Before she turned 17 she had lived in seven different places – doubling up in houses of extended family members…

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Empowered by Home: Justin’s Story

An assistant principal at Branham High School and a single dad, Justin Ponzio dreamed of having a home for his kids – ages five and six – to live and grow. When he found the Empower Homebuyers SCC program in 2019, the trio lived in a rental near a busy frontage road that was far…

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Empowered by Home: Megan’s Story

Megan, a Bay Area native and a special education teacher at Union School District in San Jose, had been living in a tiny apartment in Campbell. In her third year of teaching, she knew she wanted to stay in her community and was ready for something bigger but like so many educators in the region,…

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Empowered by Home: Karen and Ngoc’s Story

After emigrating from Vietnam, Karen and her husband Ngoc worked in the Bay Area for 14 years – she in banking and him as a technician – and were renting incrementally smaller living spaces even as their family grew to include two small children. When they found Empower Homebuyers SCC in 2019, they were on…

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Home over Time: Michele & Don’s Story

Michele, an elementary schoolteacher, worked with our homeownership team in 2016 for our Below Market Purchase (BMP) program we administer for the city of Santa Clara. We caught up with her in 2018 – two years after she and her husband Don moved in, and they both expressed joy at living in a place where…

Empowered by Home: Dmitry’s Story

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Empowered by Home: Dmitry’s Story

Empowered by Home: Dmitry’s Story

Dmitry, a teacher for the visually impaired, has worked for the Cupertino Union School District for the last four years. He loves the community he serves and could not imagine working anywhere else.  Last fall, Dmitry first discussed his dream to own a home with his parents and they suggested he look into local down…

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Empowered by Home: Katie and Carlos’ Story

Katie and Carlos first heard about the Empower Homebuyers SCC program in November 2018 when a family member told them about the very first town hall presentation, led by Supervisor Cindy Chavez, about the new Santa Clara County program for first-time homebuyers. Born and raised in the area, one a city engineer and the other…

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Empowered by Home: Laura’s Story

By: Laura Jones, schoolteacher, Santa Clara Unified I was fortunate enough to be able to purchase my first home through the Empower Homebuyers SCC program.  I first heard about the program in November 2018 and I closed on my home in May 2019.  As a third generation native Californian as well as a third generation…

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A Grand Opening for Villas on the Park

The morning of March 6 was a morning long in the making. Villas on the Park – an 83 home permanent supportive housing development in San Jose just up the street from our office – had its grand opening. Jim Silverwood, President and CEO of Affirmed Housing correctly referred to the project as “a Rubik’s…