Building Strong Communities Grantees - 2014

Organization Area served Purpose Amount
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. Santa Clara To provide technical assistance and capacity-building for cities in Santa Clara County to pursue new resources that will support the development of affordable rental and for-sale housing for people with low and moderate incomes. $10,000
Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities Both To support Smart Growth California as a philanthropic network dedicated to supporting funders in their efforts to advance smart growth and build healthy, equitable and sustainable communities throughout California. $10,000
Greenbelt Alliance Both To support Greenbelt Alliance advocacy work in the following areas: pursuing a strong El Camino Real Precise Plan in Sunnyvale; rolling out a Development Endorsement program; implementing San Jose’s Diridon Plan; and supporting equitable policies in San Jose and Redwood City. $70,000
Housing Endowment & Regional Trust of San Mateo County San Mateo To create a comprehensive list of opportunity sites for affordable housing in San Mateo County and determine the potential for developing affordable housing units over the next 10 years via a collaborative team of affordable housing developers. $10,000
Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County San Mateo To fund local advocacy campaigns to adopt housing element updates, new fees for affordable housing via the Grand Nexus study, and new tenant protection measures though the housing element process. $70,000
Housing Trust of Santa Clara County Santa Clara To create a new affordable housing advocacy organization by building a business plan, beginning a silent fundraising campaign, and setting up the new organization structurally. $45,000
Law Foundation of Silicon Valley Santa Clara To support the Silicon Valley Campaign to Preserve and Expand Affordable Housing's multi-faceted advocacy campaign that will utilize policy, advocacy, and technical assistance to ensure communities are more affordable and inclusive. $25,000
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County San Mateo To analyze affordability and preservation of mobile home park housing by studying anti-discrimation laws and their impacts on the usage of Section 8 vouchers. $15,000
Movement Strategy Center/ReImagine! Both To create a platform for low-income communities and communities of color to formulate, articulate and organize around an equitable development response to growth in the Silicon Valley through online, print and radio media. $10,000
Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California Both To advocate for the adoption and implementation of housing elements in seven priority jurisdictions. $65,000
Public Advocates, Inc. Both To build the coalition and campaign infrastructure of the 6 Wins Network for Social Equity, implement regional affordable housing developments and transit projects locally, and prepare for the 2017 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy. $65,000
Sacred Heart Community Service Santa Clara To build a Transportation Action Committee that will organize and develop leadership among low-income individuals to understand and actively promote public transportation through an education campaign on transportation needs and by mobilizing recipients of low-income transit passes that Sacred Heart administers. $25,000
San Francisco Organizing Project/Peninsula Interfaith Action (SFOP/PIA) Both To support a civic engagement and education effort to build a powerful voice for stronger, healthier and more inclusive communities in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, with low-income residents and residents of color leading the effort, specifically working on affordable housing and anti-displacement policy and advocacy campaigns. $65,000
San Francisco Planning & Urban Research Association Santa Clara To work on the implementation of San Jose’s first set of Urban Village plans. $21,000
Silicon Valley Leadership Group Santa Clara To build the affordable housing advocacy constituency and adopt additional sources of funding for affordable housing. $25,000
The San Francisco Foundation/Great Communities Collaborative Both To support the Great Communities Collaborative for local and regional planning and for implementation efforts throughout the Bay Area to create healthy, thriving, affordable communities anchored by transit and linked to opportunities and amenities that make a community truly great. $200,000
TransForm Santa Clara To support the engagement of community groups, student leaders and other stakeholders in planning and implementing sustained funding for transit, high-quality Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), and sustainable development that responds to community needs in Silicon Valley. $70,000
Urban Habitat Both To conduct research on bus-focused transit-oriented development, advance equitable transportation policies, prevent displacement and support bus rider organizing. $65,000
Working Partnerships USA Santa Clara To create a transit riders’ association that can effectively engage in the public debate over transit policy and grow a transportation justice coalition. The group will leverage the lessons of the Diridon Station victory to inform policy decisions about San Jose’s Urban Village planning process. $70,000
Youth United for Community Action San Mateo To support continued engagement with East Palo Alto residents in the General Plan process to push for equity in policies, specifically in affordable housing. $25,000
    Total $961,000