In San Jose, the Working Partnerships team joined California Calls’ non-partisan effort. For fifteen days, they phone-banked and walked door-to-door, talking to more than 6,000 low-propensity voters about the biggest expansion of the safety net in generations, the Affordable Care Act. Millions of people without health coverage will have the chance to enroll in the coming months, and the Working Partnerships outreach team has been at the forefront of ensuring that Santa Clara County residents have the access and information they need.
In addition to working on the ACA, Working Partnerships has been engaging residents on the need for affordable housing. Recent reports cite California as having the worst poverty in the nation when housing costs are considered, and San Jose’s skyrocketing housing prices are among the most expensive in the state.
Last spring Working Partnerships won a City Council vote for a nexus study as the first step toward reviving San Jose’s moribund affordable housing program. That study has now been completed and will return to the Council for further action next month.