• 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…

  • March 29, 2017
    Our Destination: Home team member Chad Bojorquez gets his wheels

    “” For the first time in his life, 37-year-old Chad Bojorquez is licensed to drive a car on his own. And not just any car—the San Jose man was the recipient of a specialized van complete with a wheelchair lift and hand controls. A group of San Jose civic leaders started a fundraising effort last…

  • December 12, 2016
    Mercury News: San Jose drinking water to receive fluoride, years behind other Bay Area cities

    By PAUL ROGERS | progers@bayareanewsgroup.com SAN JOSE — San Francisco has had it since 1951, Oakland since 1976. Los Angeles and San Diego, along with Contra Costa, Marin and San Mateo counties, have it too. And starting Monday, large sections of San Jose — the nation’s biggest city without fluoride in its drinking water —…

  • December 12, 2016
    ABC 7: San Jose adds fluoride to water, aims to expand dental hygiene efforts

    by Katie Utehs San Jose is adding fluoride to its water starting Monday. It affects 230,000 people in East San Jose, Almaden Valley and Santa Teresa who are customers of the San Jose Water Company. Parts of Campbell, Milpitas and Lose Gatos are also involved. Dr. Shakalpi Pendurkar showed ABC7 News dental x-rays of a…

  • December 7, 2016
    Loving: Strategy to end homelessness needs to scale up

    By Jennifer Loving For decades, homelessness throughout our nation has been overseen by a mix of federal and local partners committed to helping people in need. This diffuse leadership has resulted in the strength and resiliency of many incredible community partners. However, we also needed political and institutional leadership to end homelessness. That means implementing…

  • December 5, 2016
    Mercury News: Police gun buyback nets hundreds of weapons

    By Tatiana Sanchez | tsanchez@bayareanewsgroup.com SAN JOSE — Hundreds of firearms were taken off the streets and put into the hands of law enforcement Saturday in the most successful gun buyback event ever sponsored by the San Jose Police Department and other Santa Clara County agencies. Dozens of cars snaked around the SJPD’s substation on…

  • December 1, 2016
    Mercury News: Ribbon cutting held for Family Resource Center at Randall Elementary

    By ALIYAH MOHAMMED | amohammed@bayareanewsgroup.com A ribbon cutting was held for Milpitas’ second family resource center at Robert Randall Elementary School on Monday. The new site is expected to provide literacy, health and parenting support to low-income families starting in January. The two-sided portable, with a children’s and adult’s area, is located at the back…

  • September 2, 2016
    Milpitas: School board approves $190,000 to fund family resource center in district

    By Aliyah Mohammed | amohammed@bayareanewsgroup.com Milpitas will be getting a second family resource center at Robert Randall Elementary School later this school year to provide services and resources to families in Milpitas who need the greatest support. The Milpitas Unified Board of Education on Aug. 23 unanimously approved $190,000 be used from the district’s building…

  • March 5, 2016
    Food for Everyone News Coverage

    Food for Everyone, released by The Health Trust on March 4, 2016,  is an assessment of healthy food access among low-income seniors and homeless individuals in San Jose. It is the product of extensive data collection from a variety of sources, including interviews and surveys from 14 safety-net providers, a focus group with individuals that…

  • December 3, 2015
    AIDS awareness still important, locally too

    Thank you for your editorial commemorating World AIDS Day (Editorial, Dec. 1). Where this is a global challenge let us remember that it is a local challenge as well. The Health Trust, which provides vital services for HIV/AIDS clients who have no other resources, serves more than 800 clients in Santa Clara County. In the…