Lunch Time Speaker Series
- Perspectives in Planning
12:00 to 1:00 PM Friday March 11th
The speaker series is organized by
the San Jose State Urban Planning
Coalition and sponsored by the
American Planning Association.
The next in this new series will focus on
Quality Housing for Very Low Income People (Chris Block is the
Chris has been involved in affordable housing for over
15 years in Silicon Valley. He was the Executive Director
of Charities Housing from its inception through 1999,
and returned to the position in 2002. Chris also served
as Executive Director of Good Samaritan Family
Resource Center in San Francisco and was the first
Executive Director of the Housing Trust of Santa Clara
County. He holds a Master's in Counseling Psychology
and a Bachelor's in Philosophy from the University of
Notre Dame, and a Real Estate Broker license.
Chris Block will discuss Pensione Esperanza, a 110 unit
SRO (single room occupancy) housing development.
The award-winning project serves very low income
individuals, and was the first SRO development in
San Jose in recent memory. He will discuss the
numerous partnerships that were necessary to make
this project a reality and describe how formidable
obstacles were overcome in the development process.
All events held at
Associated Students House
San Jose State University
The event is free but
$5 donations are encouraged.
For more information, email
Bob Mansfield, upcresponse@...
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