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Affordable Housing Week highlights local efforts Affordable Housing Week highlights local efforts (June 02, 2004)

By Marion Softky
Almanac Staff Writer

Believe it or not, there is affordable housing in San Mateo County, and the Housing Leadership Council is highlighting local programs during Affordable Housing Week, from June 4 to June 12.

More than two dozen groups in this county are joining groups throughout the Bay Area in trying to enlist residents in solving the housing crisis.

Ten events in the county will highlight the range of efforts to provide housing for different groups. "We'll have the opening of one development and groundbreaking for another," said Chris Mohr, executive director for the council.

The events include a reception in Burlingame, a luncheon for HIP Housing, a tour in Mountain View, and a seminar on housing for the developmentally disabled. Shelter Network will have the grand opening for its new family shelter, First Step for Families, on Tuesday, June 8, at 4:30 p.m. at 325 Villa Terrace in San Mateo.

Two homebuyer education seminars could provide valuable information to wannabe homeowners. Mid-Peninsula Citizens for Fair Housing will give a Homebuyer Education Learning Program on Saturday, June 5, at 9:30 a.m. in Palo Alto (327-1718); and the Building Trades Council and First Home Inc. will give a Homebuyer Education Seminar Saturday, June 12, in Foster City. (415-561-5600.)

"We need a range of housing for the homeless and disabled with next to no money, up to people in the workforce who don't make a lot of money," Mr. Mohr said.

For more information on Affordable Housing Week, call the Housing Leadership Council at 364-4576; or visit hlcsmc.org.


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