Westwinds Mobile Home Park Community
Here is a link to the informational meeting recorded on Zoom.
Here is a video produced by HCD.
Below are the FAQs about the inspection.
Local CBS station KPIX5 aired a two minute evening news spot two days after the front page Mercury News article was published.
Click on the video, or view the video on the KPIX website using the link below: https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/video/6173605-residents-of-san-jose-mobile-home-park-create-co-op-to-purchase-park-land/
The San Jose Mercury News published a front page article on Westwinds Residents Organization.
View or download below.
Original article posted on https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/12/13/could-sj-mobile-home-owners-buy-a-500-million-piece-of-silicon-valley/?fbclid=IwAR0u2VWtKT5Opi2zmaJduWTZv9uL7WdiihGLtPjYSnqjJcG02sXhdjPNCms
We hope that you are staying healthy and safe. We want to update and share with you the City of San José’s efforts in providing available food resources for our community.
Participating non-profits, faith-based and City nutrition sites are updated as information becomes available to us. Residents can access information regarding food distribution every Monday by using the City’s Food distribution map (bit.ly/SVStrongFood). We strongly encourage you to check in advance with the site for current days and hours of food distribution as information may have changed or updated by the food-providing agency.
TO GET FOOD:
• Call 2-1-1, a 24-hour, multi-lingual service
• Text your zip code to 89821
• Call 800-984-3663, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley’s toll-free hotline or
• Text GETFOOD to 408-455-5181 to request assistance from Second Harvest
You can access all of the Meal Information flyers in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese at the following link: FOOD DISTRIBUTION TOOLKIT AND INFORMATION
SAN JOSE FOOD DISTRIBUTION DURING INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY HOLIDAY:
With the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Holiday next week (October 11), please note the following food and meal distribution changes:
• SENIOR NUTRITIONAL PROGRAM (SNP) sites will be closed (as well as San José Community Centers). Shelf Stable meals will be available from your SNP on October 8, in advance of the Indigenous People’s Day Holiday. Please check with your SNP program in advance.
• • MEALS ON WHEELS will deliver as normal on the Indigenous People’s Day Holiday.
DO YOUR PART TO SLOW THE SPREAD - COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION
RESIDENTS AGES 12 AND OVER MAY BE ABLE TO GET FREE VACCINE
San José residents ages 12 and over are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
IMPORTANT UPDATES: For more info, contact your medical provider or visit sccfreevax.org
COMMUNITY GROUPS PROVIDE FOOD AND NECESSITIES
The following is a partial list of organizations that are providing food and necessities. Participation may be based on several factors including qualifications and program space availability.
We strongly encourage you to check in advance with the organization for eligibility requirements, availability, current days and hours of food distribution as information may have changed or updated by the agency.
• SECOND HARVEST OF SILICON VALLEY - www.shfb.org/get-food/
• SOURCEWISE: will provide additional opportunities for San José residents to participate in Meals on Wheels. www.sourcewise.com
• VEGGIELUTION: will provide fresh produce and prepared meals. www.veggielution.org
• SCHOOL OF ARTS AND CULTURE at MEXICAN HERITAGE PLAZA: Food distribution events and no-cost COVID testing. www.schoolofartsandculture.org/food-distribution
• HUNGER AT HOME: provides meals and food bags to those in need. https://hungerathome.org/covid-response/
• LOAVES & FISHES - has an A La Carte program that brings edible foods to various neighborhoods. For more information, please check their calendar: https://www.loavesfishes.org/a-la-carte
o They also partner with several other agencies to provide shelf stable meals and hot prepared meals:
MARTHA’S KITCHEN - https://www.marthas-kitchen.org
GOODWILL INDUSTRIES - https://www.loavesfishes.org/goodwill
SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH - https://www.loavesfishes.org/vietnamese-seventh-day...
• HEALING HEALTH GROVE CENTER: Food distribution and no-cost COVID testing. www.healinggrove.org
CALFRESH FOODS – YOU CAN QUALIFY EVEN IF TEMPORARILY IMPACTED BY COVID-19
Another program you may be able to access is the CalFresh Foods program. Food benefits are available to individuals and families who have been impacted by COVID-19. CalFresh provides monthly food benefits based on household income and expenses at the time of application. Even if temporary, individuals and families who have experienced a change in their circumstances may apply for CalFresh through one of California’s 58 counties. You can visit GetCalFresh.org to apply or call 1-877-847-3663 (FOOD) to be connected to their local county social service office.
WIC – YOU CAN QUALIFY EVEN IF YOU RECEIVE CALFRESH OR OTHER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
WIC provides important health resources for children up to five years of age you may be raising. This includes women, grandparents, single fathers and foster parents who meet the income requirements. For more information and to see if you qualify, visit myfamily.wic.ca.gov to take a simple eligibility assessment, or call (408) 792-5101 to get connected to your local WIC office.
VIRTUAL LOCAL ASSISTANCE CENTER - GET THE HELP AND INFORMATION YOU NEED
The Virtual Local Assistance Center is a one stop “go to” for information you need to help you during the Coronavirus-19 pandemic. You can find information on Food Resources, Housing, Employment, Health & Wellness, Utilities and Immigrant Resources. Go to www.sanjoseca.gov/vlac or call 3-1-1 and you will find links to all of these areas. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t worry. There’s information on how you can find the information you are looking for.
SJ ACCESS CAN HELP YOU GET INTERNET AND CONNECTED
SJ Access is a City of San José initiative to provide residents and students access to all things digital: internet, free Wi-Fi, and digital literacy programs and opportunities. SJ Access helps households with little or no internet access get connected by partnering with school districts and businesses, installing outdoor Wi-Fi access at City libraries and community centers, and lending new and refurbished devices at no cost. For more information, go to https://www.sjpl.org/sjaccess
BEHIND ON ENERGY BILLS?
Electricity customers have been protected from having their power turned off due to nonpayment since the start of the pandemic (March 2020). These protections expired on September 30, 2021. After September 30, any residential customers with a balance that’s more than 60 days past due will be automatically enrolled in a 24-month payment plan. Income-qualifying residential customers can still choose to enroll in the state’s Arrearage Management Plan for debt forgiveness (up to $8,000). Visit www.SanJoseCleanEnergy.org/Discount-Programs or call 833-432-2454 for more information.
“CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!” WE NEED YOUR HELP - There is still a great need for #ESSENTIALVolunteers to help nonprofits distribute food necessities to our community and to assist with vaccine site facilitation.
START THE MONTH OFF VOLUNTEERING! Nonprofits need volunteers to help with vaccine sites, nonprofit & school site food distribution, and more. #SiliconValleyStrong
Submit an application through SV Strong to be matched where there is a high need for support. Volunteer opportunities include organizations such as Veggielution, Sourcewise, Martha's Kitchen, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, local school districts and many others doing critical work across the region: https://siliconvalleystrong.org/volunteer/
• Second Harvest of Silicon Valley
o Help with various food distributions like sorting foods in the warehouse or delivering foods to homes.
o Sign Up: https://www.shfb.org/give-help/volunteer/
• Community Services Agency
o Prep and distribute food Monday-Fridays, 9:00am-5:30pm, 3 hours shifts.
o Email to sign up: email@example.com
• Sacred Heart Community Service
o Sort food Monday-Thursday and Saturday for 2-3 hours
o Monday-Thursday Shift: 8:30-11:30, 11:30-2:30, 2:30-4:30
o Saturday Shift: 9am-12pm
o Sign Up: https://sacredheartcs.org/volunteer/
• The Health Trust
o Sort food on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays and 1st Wednesday of the month 11am-2pm
o Build emergency first aid kits and/or become a Sourcewise Ambassador and bring companionship to a homebound senior. Minimum 1 hour a week commitment for 2 months.
o Sign Up: https://www.mysourcewise.com/commitment
o Help pack farm boxes with fresh produce. Workdays are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at San Jose Conservation Corps & Charter School. Shifts are 8am-1pm or 9am-12pm (optional shorter shift).
o Sign Up: https://veggielution.org/farm-box
• The Salvation Army, Silicon Valley
o 1) Loading cars for food box distribution OR 2) checking in individuals and families arriving for food pick-up.
o Sign Up: https://volunteer.usawest.org/OpportunityListPage.aspx
GSMOL and WRO -- working together since 2020
From our beginning, WRO has supported GSMOL's efforts. In particular, GSMOL had been advocating for a "mobile home park only" land use designation for two years. That's why San Jose had that option ready when Westwinds residents received their threatening notice on Friday, January 3, 2020. The original proposal was to protect only Westwinds and one other mobile home park that was zoned "urban residential." We agreed to throw our weight behind protecting all 58 mobile home parks in San Jose.
WRO board members testified at both the Housing and Planning commission meetings. We placed flyers on all 723 carports in Westwinds. Because of our efforts, 88 people spoke at City Hall on March 10, 2020. Those two hours of testimony changed the outcome from a probable 6-5 vote to protect two parks into an 11-0 vote to protect all parks.
Below are two GSMOL newsletters with further details about our victory in 2020.
We help residents of Westwinds Mobile Home Park communicate regarding issues of common interest.
We represent the interests of the residents of the Park with a single voice to outside organizations and government agencies.
We work to protect the Park against redevelopment and preserve it as a mobile home community.
Your generous TAX DEDUCTIBLE support enables us to accomplish our mission to preserve and protect our mobile home park.
We are still in the process of getting everything set up to activate the donate button. We do have expenses, though. To support & contribute in the meantime, you may mail a check to WRO, 716 Spindrift Drive, San Jose, CA 95134. Please make the check payable to CCCD (California Center for Cooperative Development), our fiscal sponsors, 501(c)(3).