• January 4, 2018
    Bay Area Reporter: Statewide food program launches in CA

    By Matthew S. Bajko | m.bajko@ebar.com A pilot program to feed low-income people with chronic illnesses after they have been discharged from the hospital is launching statewide this month in California. Proponents of the new initiative hope to prove it can keep those who are enrolled from being readmitted to the hospital, as well as…

  • December 13, 2017
    The Guardian: The Silicon Valley paradox: one in four people are at risk of hunger

    Exclusive: study suggests that 26.8% of the population qualify as ‘food insecure’ based on risk factors such as missing meals or relying on food banks By Charlotte Simmonds Karla Peralta is surrounded by food. As a line cook in Facebook’s cafeteria, she spends her days preparing free meals for the tech firm’s staff. She’s worked in…

  • December 7, 2017
    Mercury News: Project to add fluoride to East San Jose drinking water gains approval

    By PAUL ROGERS | progers@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group In the latest step toward the effort by dentists and health officials to end San Jose’s status as the largest city in America without fluoride in its drinking water, Santa Clara County has contributed $1 million to add fluoride for the first time to drinking…

  • September 21, 2017
    Mercury News: Seniors Walk with Animals at Happy Hollow Zoo

    By GILLIAN BRASSIL | gbrassil@bayareanewsgroup.com SAN JOSE — It is never too late to cross going on a safari off of your bucket list — just head to Happy Hollow Zoo. “Such a nice place to walk, the animals are all just starting to come out and about,” said 59 year-old Katherine Zimmerman from San Jose. “My husband…

  • August 29, 2017
    Mercury News: Council Approves Pilot Program for “Tiny Homes” for Homeless

    By RAMONA GIWARGIS | rgiwargis@bayareanewsgroup.com SAN JOSE — After more than a year of debate, the City Council approved a pilot program Tuesday to build up to three “tiny home” villages for the homeless — but the fight over where to place the unconventional homeless housing rages on. The council approved the plan 9-2, with Councilmen Johnny Khamis…

  • July 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz Public Library System Partners with The Health Trust to Offer Chronic Illness Self-Management Program

    Chronic Illness Classes Start Aug. 5 in Santa Cruz The Santa Cruz Public Library System has partnered with The Health Trust to bring the Better Choices, Better Health program to Santa Cruz at no charge, beginning Aug. 5. Better Choices, Better Health is a six-week self-management program series provided by two trained community leaders. These workshops…

  • June 23, 2017
    Mercury News: A Helping Hand Before Homelessness for South Bay Families on the Brink

    $3.5 million grant is joint venture of Santa Clara County, San Jose, Google, Sunlight Giving foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation By ERIC KURHI | ekurhi@bayareanewsgroup.com SAN JOSE — Efforts to keep families in their homes in the notoriously unaffordable South Bay will soon get a $3.5 million boost through a partnership that’s part government, part…

  • June 20, 2017
    Civil Eats: Bringing Healing Meals to the Chronically Ill in California

    California nonprofits are advocating for a medically tailored meal pilot program for low-income residents. BY JODI HELMER “Food is medicine” has become a common refrain. Now a coalition of California nonprofits hopes to test this theory with a program that would deliver medically tailored meals to the doors of low-income California residents living with heart…

  • June 19, 2017
    Mercury News: Affordable housing projects to fight homelessness advance in San Jose

    San Jose’s housing department is pursuing a number of short and long term housing solutions By RAMONA GIWARGIS | rgiwargis@bayareanewsgroup.com SAN JOSE — From tiny homes for the homeless to apartments for artists and kids leaving foster care, San Jose officials have advanced an array of housing projects aimed at keeping people off the streets…

  • April 6, 2017
    Mercury News: San Jose landlord evicting tenants to house vets at higher rents

    By RAMONA GIWARGIS | rgiwargis@bayareanewsgroup.com A San Jose apartment owner has found a way to evict long-time tenants, jack up the rents on her units and collect government subsidies in the process — by leasing her apartments to homeless veterans. Peggy DeMaio is taking advantage — perfectly legally — of a city housing policy that…