Our Sustainable Communities Manager, Monica Nanez, did an incredible job of securing grants this year for us to expand the programs available to our residents. Here's what we'll be working on:
Wells Fargo Healthy Communities
To boost community building and encourage long-term sustainability, all FCH properties will host Green Cleaning classes in 2019, complete with participation gifts like reusable water bottles and bags!
Santa Clara County Micro Urban Farm Pilot Program
Our newly constructed permanent supportive housing project in downtown San Jose, Second Street Studios, will partner with local nonprofit Valley Verde, whose mission is to promote widespread cultivation of organic home vegetable gardens, to encourage healthier eating, and address food insecurity. The pilot program for the residents will include:
access to local organic food
What does a true transportation hub look like in the age of cars? By introducing car share, bike share, and scooter share at our Betty Ann Gardens property, we aim to find out. Residents in affordable housing are less likely to own a care, and are more likely to use alternative forms of transportation, so we are excited to see how they make use of multi-modal transit, when *all* modes are available.
Digital Literacy Classes
This extensive 8-class series will be offered at 6 of our properties. Every resident that finishes the course will be awarded with an iPad.