Dwellings is a podcast from the City of San José Housing Department, where we discuss ending homelessness, building affordable housing, and housing policy at the City and State level with local experts in the field.
Theme music: "Speed City," composed and performed by Etienne Charles, courtesy of San Jose Jazz.
What Could the Future of Housing Look Like?
2020 was a whirlwind year, challenging our collective notions about what the world around us should look like. Housing, already top of mind in California, became a national conversation. On today’s episode, we’re joined by David Friedlander, CEO of the Change Order Group, a climate and innovation-focused development company. We talk about what needs to change in the world of planning and development to ensure fewer people are unhoused, and what the future of housing might look like in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Santa Clara County’s Continuum of Care
A Continuum of Care is a regional planning body that coordinates housing and supportive services for homeless individuals and families. In Santa Clara County, this program is overseen by Kathryn Kaminski, Deputy Director for the County’s Office of Supportive Housing. In today’s episode, we talk with Kathryn to learn how the Continuum of Care works with the City of San José and our nonprofit partners to coordinate the distribution of federal funds, delivery of care, and data collection for local homeless programs.
San José’s Bridge Housing Communities
Tackling a problem as large as homelessness requires cities to use a variety of tools in their toolboxes. In the City of San José, one of these tools is the Bridge Housing Program, which serves as interim housing for unhoused residents while they work with case managers to get back on their feet and find permanent housing. Today we sit down with Ragan Henninger, deputy director of the Housing Department, to learn about San José’s Bridge Housing Program, and find out how it is helping in previously unexpected ways during the pandemic.
How Does the City Protect Renters and Landlords?
The City of San José’s Rent Stabilization Program is a community-facing program designed to help tenants and landlords navigate issues around rental housing. On today’s episode, we sit down with Rachel VanderVeen, deputy director of the Housing Department, to learn more about what the Rent Stabilization Program does, and how its work has changed during the pandemic.
A Housing-First Approach to Ending Homelessness
The best way to help someone struggling with homelessness is to get them housed. Seems simple, right? But it wasn’t - and still isn’t - as simple as it seems. On today’s episode, we chat with Joel John Roberts, CEO of PATH and PATH Ventures, and Ray Bramson, Chief Operating Officer for Destination: Home, to learn more about the housing-first approach to ending homelessness.
The People Behind San José’s Homeless Response Team
Coordinating the homelessness response across a city as large as San José is no easy feat. It takes partnerships with dozens of agencies; managing grants from the federal and state governments; and a dedicated team. Today, we sit down with Kelly Hemphill and Darius Brown from our Homeless Response Team to learn more about what their team does to help unhoused residents in San José find shelter.
Very thoughtful podcast on housing in San Jose
Anyone who lives in San Jose knows that the extent of our housing crisis is... well... huge. This podcast explores a lot of the questions many of us have and features scholarly experts as well as real people (former homeless) living in San Jose. I learned a lot listening to the first episode and cannot wait for more!