Affordable Housing Grant Round Kickoff Meeting

At the Affordable Housing Grant Round Kickoff Meeting, SV2 will host a learning session on the Housing sector. Our expert panelists are Jacky Morales-Ferrand, Director of Housing at the City of San José, Carol Galante, Faculty Director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley, Menka Sethi, Director of Location Strategy at Facebook, and Randy Tsuda, President & CEO of Palo Alto Housing. The panel will be moderated by Dan Morain, Senior Editor at CalMatters and a recognized thought leader on statewide issues including housing policy. We encourage all interested Partners, Prospective Partners, and SV2 Strategic Allies to join us for this outstanding learning opportunity from deep experts on a timely and important issue.  All SV2 Partners are then welcome to join follow-on Grant Round meetings in any way that meets their interests: to audit one or more meetings of the Grant Round, or to participate in the full Grant Round (four meetings in total).

The Affordable Housing Grant Round — part of SV2’s local Pathways to Opportunity focus — will look at approaches and organizations which are working to address the complex Bay Area housing crisis. Stable, affordable housing is a basic need which has become inaccessible to many in our community. Partners will learn about the range of housing needs (from homeless to middle income residents) and the varied challenges which play into the housing crisis (for example, funding, cost, zoning, public will). We’ll consider various approaches like the “Three P’s” (Production, Preservation, and Protection), and intervention models including direct services and advocacy.

Our Funder Allies, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Silicon Valley Community Foundation, will nominate promising organizations from their portfolios and share their insights and best practices with SV2 Partners. Partners will learn about the sector and conduct diligence on the organizations over the course of four meetings from September to December. The chosen Grantee will receive a grant of $120,000 over three years, along with Beyond-the-Dollars support; two finalists will each receive $10,000.

The Round will be co-led by Paru Desai and Harold Wang, with staff support from Jody Chang. Please email Jody Chang with any questions.

Dinner will be served at 6:15pm. Program will begin at 6:30pm.


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