Philanthropy Now Podcast: Amid skyrocketing real estate costs in Silicon Valley, how one community was saved

With our Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.

The episode features Vu-Bang Nguyen, program officer for SVCF; Nadia Aziz from the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley; and Maria Martinez from the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park. They describe the struggle to save a small, low-income community in Palo Alto.

The mobile home park is home to more than 400 residents, and more than 70 percent are Latino, from Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. The park’s residents work in grocery stores, local restaurants, hotels, mechanic shops, construction sites, and as day workers. They were all saved from eviction recently, and this is their story.

VuBang Nguyen

Vu-Bang Nguyen, program officer for SVCF


What you will learn:

  • The difficult situation faced by the residents of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park.

  • How people found out about and got involved with the displacement problem.

  • The complex issues with mobile home displacement.

  • How the residents of the mobile home park were able to represent themselves and work toward a solution for the mobile home issue.

  • The importance of telling the story of the residents and how that helped gather support.

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