Statement on San Jose Preference Policy
August 20th, 2019
Mayor Sam Liccardo & Councilmembers
200 E. Santa Clara St.
San José, CA 95113
RE: City of San Jose Preference/Prioritization Policy Dear Mayor Liccardo and Councilmembers,
Every day we see the depth and breadth of needs ranging from family resources; immigrant services; housing and shelter; and economic security, especially among women and immigrants (both documented and undocumented) in San Jose. We are embedded in the community and are deeply aware of the fear, anxiety and harsh realities that our families face often without having the necessary resources and services to have all their needs met.
We have seen neighborhoods rapidly change before our eyes over the last few years with increases in home sales and the evictions of dozens of families; we have said goodbye to neighbors as they have been displaced; we have seen the destabilization of our once culturally rich communities, cultures and heritage erased from spaces that were ours to gather; and we have seen our local, family-owned businesses close for good.