Success Stories

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…

Villas on the Park in downtown San Jose

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Villas on the Park Starts Welcoming Residents

Villas on the Park in downtown San Jose

We believe our communities are more diverse, sustainable, and vibrant when everyone has a safe, stable and affordable place to live. While we’ve been able to practice this belief throughout the thirteen county greater Bay Area, we’ve had the pleasure of seeing it up close, too. Villas on the Park, an 84 apartment complex on…

The Veranda in Cupertino

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The Momentum, Direction and Movement of Measure A

The Veranda in Cupertino

Measure A – the affordable housing bond measure passed in 2016 – is projected to fund 120 affordable housing developments over ten years and has already been at the heart of several multifamily projects that have been in the news lately. As reported in The San Jose Mercury News, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors recently…

First Community Housing's Geoff Morgan, left, talking with some of the new residents of Second Street Studios

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Finally Home Program Helps 127 Find Home at Second Street Studios

First Community Housing's Geoff Morgan, left, talking with some of the new residents of Second Street Studios

We had the pleasure of attending the Second Street Studios grand opening on August 23rd. 134 apartments of permanent supportive housing are changing the lives of 134 families thanks to the efforts of First Community Housing and their committed partners.  Of all of the remarks that were made that day the ones that arguably carried…

At the grand opening of Hope's Kitchen, May 15, 2019

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Old and New Partners Join to Bring New Kitchen to Hope’s Corner

At the grand opening of Hope's Kitchen, May 15, 2019

During Affordable Housing Week in May, we got to step into the new kitchen at Hope’s Corner in Mountain View. A lot of time, teamwork and love went into making a kitchen that serves hundreds of our most vulnerable neighbors each week – Google, Sobrato Family Foundation, Second Harvest Food Bank and others stepped forward in a big way….

Ralph, a formerly homeless army veteran, with his dog Babygirl at their favorite spot at Second Street Studios

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Meet Ralph and Babygirl

Ralph, a formerly homeless army veteran, with his dog Babygirl at their favorite spot at Second Street Studios

One of the residents of First Community Housing‘s recently opened Second Street Studios is Ralph, an army veteran who grew up in Colorado but moved to California to be closer to his son and to pursue jobs on ranches. He worked hard but a series of hardships had him living in a motor home in…

Phillip and Marjorie - with their dog Sasha - at home at Edwina Benner Plaza in Sunnyvale

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Meet Phillip and Marjorie

Phillip and Marjorie - with their dog Sasha - at home at Edwina Benner Plaza in Sunnyvale

Edwina Benner Plaza has 66 homes – and we’d like you to meet a family from one of them: Phillip and Marjorie, who have spent more than thirty years living in the Bay Area.