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EdenNews: June 2015 Newsletter
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Education and Affordable Housing

Here at Eden, we understand that a home is just the start to opening the doors of opportunity for our low-income families. We are increasing our efforts to reach out to nontraditional partners in other sectors to ensure together that we can provide stable and healthy homes with access to all our communities have to offer.
Eden residents
 
During Affordable Housing Week in Silicon Valley, Eden had the opportunity to bring together a policy panel to explore the connections between education and homes. The all-star panel was moderated by Eden Board member and Silicon Valley Education Foundation President and CEO Muhammed Chaudhry. check out the Storify for a recap of the great event or listen to the whole policy panel discussion in this month's Affordable Housing Podcast.
 
What was clear from this education and homes panel—what we hope will be just the first substantive conversation of the many to come—is that a systems approach to social issues is necessary; education is not an issue that can be tackled alone and neither is housing. Deb McKoy, Founder and Director of the Center for Cities and School at UC Berkeley, shared that 2/3 of educational success is contingent upon non-academic factors including affordable and stable homes. Imagine if education and housing advocates approached our state and federal legislators together – what a formidable force for positive change we could be!
 Eden residents
A child who changes schools one time in the school year has a 50% 
less chance of graduating from high school. It’s an alarming statistic on its own. But, Superintendent Chris Funk of East Side Union High School District shared that in the eighteen San Jose high schools in his district, some students are changing schools eight and nine times a year. How can this possibly happen in the heart of Silicon Valley, in the shadows of the world’s tech giants? The prevailing cause according to Superintendent Funk: homelessness.
 
We have to start thinking about working across sectors to impact real change in our community. I challenged Silicon Valley tech companies to adopt an affordable housing development in their neighborhood and connect them to broadband wireless internet. A home and an internet broadband connection are two essential non-academic factors that can greatly increase a student’s educational success.
 
We live in the hotbed of innovation. The possibilities for productive real solutions are limitless! All we need are those champions for change to lead the way.
 
Linda Mandolini
President

It’s not just about housing . . . it’s about people.
 
FIND BELOW:    New Affordable Housing Podcast     |    Approvals: Alameda Point & North 40
                              Photo Albums from Eden's May Events
 Affordable Housing Podcast by Eden Housing
Education and Affordable Housing Policy Panel

Eden Housing was pleased to co-host with Microsoft and Housing Trust Silicon Valley the launch of this year’s Affordable Housing Week in Santa Clara County with a Housing and Education Policy Discussion Panel. Eden’s Linda Mandolini and Microsoft’s Government Affairs Manager Jonathan Noble welcomed attendees to the policy discussion held at Microsoft’s Sunnyvale campus.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

Opening Presentation:
Dr. Deborah McKoy
Executive Director and Founder of 
UC Berkeley Center for Cities and Schools

Moderator:
Muhammed Chaudhry
President and CEO of 
Silicon Valley Education Foundation
Board Member of Eden Housing

Panelists:
Chris Funk, Superintendent of the East Side Union High School
Jennifer Peck, Executive Director of the Partnership for Children and Youth
Sunne McPeak, Executive Director of the California Emerging Technology Fund
Linda Mandolini, President of Eden Housing.
Eden residents
Click here to listen to the podcast.

This discussion panel was intended as the first discussion of many to come making the connections between housing, education, and after-school programs.

For additional information on this topic, visit:
Alameda Point Site A and North 40 (Los Gatos)

Thank you to all the supporters who showed up at and/or sent a message of support to the Alameda City Council and Los Gatos Town Council!

This week, two of Eden's developments moved further along in the development process. Alameda Point Site A located on the site of the former Naval Air Station and the North 40 in Los Gatos at the intersection of Highways 17 and 85.

Alameda Point Site A Proposal Unanimously Approved!
Read the news article here.

Eden is the affordable developer of the Alameda Point Partners that includes srmERNST, Thompson Dorfman, and Madison Marquette. Eden will develop the 128 lower income residential apartments, part of the larger master-planned, mixed-use and mixed-income development at Site A that would have 800 total residential homes, 25% of which would be for moderate and lower income households.

After nearly six hours and 60 public speakers, the Alameda City Council unanimously approved the proposal for Site A at Alameda Point.

In front of a packed council chambers, with a brief pause to cheer the Warriors as they won the NBA Championship, the City Council made what it dubbed an "historic vote" -- more than two decades in the making.

North 40 Specific Plan Approved!
Read the news article here.
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Eden is the affordable developer on a team that includes Grosvenor and SummerHill Homes. The North 40 encompasses about 44 acres. The development team can now work to put in an application to the Town now that the Specific Plan has been approved with 270 residential units as the maximum; however, the development team could utilize the state density bonus to end up with 320+ residential units.

Los Gatos Town Council voted to approve the North 40 Specific Plan with a vote of 3-2.

 
Photo Albums from Eden's May Events
Click on the events below or photo collages to open the Facebook photo albums.

Weinreb Place Grand Opening
May 11, Hayward


Studio 819 Grand Opening
May 19, Mountain View:



Camphora Farmworkers Apartments Wall Raising
May 22, Soledad: 



 
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