My parents bought a really small 2 bedroom apartment in the early 2000s on the border of Almaden in a Section 8 neighborhood, which is a really interesting, diverse neighborhood you end up growing up in. We owned our apartment but we didn’t own anything around that, so things became very complicated with what we... Continue Reading →

Aurelio: The Realities of Section 8 Housing

Written by Susan, an advocate with PACT: People Acting in Community Together’Housing Team Aurelio, aged 58, has been a quadriplegic since the early 1980s when he dove into a mountain pool of water in Yosemite which turned out to be shallower than he expected. Eventually, he was returned to San Jose where he ended up... Continue Reading →

“I just see a lot of difference that people like or they don’t like - especially people that have been living here for 10 or 12 years under the bridge. They have a lot more hate towards them. I just think to myself, the big thing here is the medication and the diabetes. [Authorities are]... Continue Reading →

"When I first came down here it was really nice, we shared we helped each other, there wasn’t a lot of drama. It was nice, it was cool it was like camping. The longer you stay the harder it is to get out of here. You become comfortably numb. It’s not easier to live down... Continue Reading →

"My name is [Anonymous] and I live in Curtner Studios. At the beginning it was a good one, because I finally had a roof over my head, but now that I’ve been there for about two and a half years I am not happy with it at all whatsoever. Yesterday they found a body in a... Continue Reading →

"In my experience, it was a slow decline and we knew this was coming, so we prepared better than most and we were able to get into RVs. But for a lot of people, it's not like that. Things happened and they were just pretty much expelled from their dwellings, and they were just not... Continue Reading →

Matt, a San Jose State Alumni

"I think in terms of rent there is not a problem. I think the biggest issue is buying a house. A couple of my friends are trying to buy a house within the 1.2 million range but by the time that the bids are over it’s up to 2 million plus. With renting I think... Continue Reading →

Casey, A Renter from San Jose

"I live in a house, which is not covered with the new renters rights protections. I’m renting from a private person so they can do whatever they want. They’re not bad people, the house is a nice house. But, every time the lease comes up, they raise it quite a bit. I realize legally that... Continue Reading →

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