Press Release regarding Affordable Housing

County of Santa Clara

Office of the County Executive

70 West Hedding Street, East Wing 11th Floor
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 299-5119
May 3, 2005

Gwendolyn Mitchell/Laurel Anderson
Office of Public Affairs
(408) 299-5119

Maureen O’Malley-Moore
Supervisor Don Gage’s Office
Caroline Judy
Supervisor Jim Beall’s Office

Non-profit Housing Association to Honor Supervisors Don
Gage and Jim Beall for Contributions to Affordable Housing
SAN JOSE, CALIF. – Supervisor James T. Beall, Jr., and Supervisor Donald F. Gage,
Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, will each be honored as a “Distinguished
Public Official” for contributions to affordable housing and the creation of the Housing
Trust of Santa Clara County. The awards will be presented tonight at the 10th Annual
Non-profit Housing Association Affordable Housing Leadership Awards, from 5-7 p.m.
at the City Club of San Francisco.
“We are committed to making affordable housing available in Santa Clara County,” said
Supervisor Jim Beall. “The County’s mission is to serve the poor and the vulnerable, people
for whom stable housing can make a huge difference.”

Under the leadership of Beall and Gage, the County of Santa Clara has been at the
forefront of the affordable housing issue. Gage and Beall are founding board members of
the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County, which was formed 1997 to created more
affordable rental housing, first-time homebuyer opportunities and housing assistance for
the homeless. With their leadership, the County was the first to donate $1 million to the
Housing Trust. And since its formation, the County has contributed more than $3.5
million. Leadership gifts by the County leveraged an additional $21.5 million in private
and public contributions to the Trust.
Since its inception, the Housing Trust has invested $17.6 million to leverage $750 million
in funding, and helped create housing opportunities for 4,435 households through three
program areas – homelessness prevention, creation and preservation of affordable
apartments, and support for first-time homebuyers. The Housing Trust is a unique
public/private partnership formed by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, the
Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group, the Santa Clara County Collaborative on Housing
and Homelessness, and the Community Foundation of Silicon Valley.

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“Funding affordable housing projects makes a huge difference for those who need a little
help in bringing stability to their lives,” said Supervisor Don Gage, who has served as
chair of the Housing Trust since its inception.
Gage is chair of the County’s Housing Land Use, Environment and Transportation
Committee. He has chaired the Four County Ag-Worker Housing Task Force that
included representatives form counties of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito and
Monterey, as well as housing advocates, and local growers.
Under the leadership of Gage and Beall, the County continues to create affordable
housing. In July 2002, the Santa Clara County Office of Affordable Housing was
established to address the lack of affordable housing in the area. The Board of
Supervisors approved the recommendation to identify and set aside $18 million in
Beall, chair of the County Children, Seniors and Families Committee is committed to
addressing the issue of affordability and its impact on the health, social and economic
opportunities for youth in Santa Clara County. He created the Santa Clara Housing Task
Force, an intensive, community planning effort that identified solutions to the housing
crisis that established the first County Office of Affordable Housing.

Press Release titled Non-profit Housing Association to Honor Supervisors Don Gage and Jim Beall for Contributions to Affordable Housing

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