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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

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I hope this finds you well.

Dozens of Santa Clara County foster youth are going to get critical help over the next year as they transition out of the foster care system thanks to a pilot program approved unanimously yesterday by the Board of Supervisors.

The Transition-Age Youth Basic Income Pilot Program will provide 72 young adult County residents who were in the foster care system with a $1,000 monthly stipend for a year to help them as they age out of the system.
The stipend will help the recipients, who have little or no family support system, secure a place to live, find employment, and the other basic necessities of adulthood.

This is the first program of its kind in the nation and it is so important right now. The transition out of the foster care system is difficult enough in normal times, but because of COVID-19 these young people are more at-risk than ever.

Supervisor Dave Cortese has been at the forefront of getting this program started. I am confident that it will not only be expanded here in Santa Clara County but also become a national model for helping foster youth become responsible adults.
Online Only at SJSU and Community Colleges
San Jose State University and the city’s two community colleges have announced that they will hold classes almost exclusively online through the end of 2020.

California State University Chancellor Timothy White announced this week that most classes will take place virtually at all 23 system campuses for the rest of the calendar year. The San Francisco Chronicle has a good summary of White's announcement here.

San Jose State President Mary Papazian released a message to the campus community confirming that at least 75% of classes during the fall semester would be online. Officials are still trying to determine how the remaining classes, which include labs, dance studios, music instruction, art programs, research experiences, graduate seminars, and clinical opportunities, will be held.

Officials are also still trying to determine how athletics, student housing, and the many other aspects of campus life will be handled during the fall semester.

As a San Jose State alum, I know how vibrant campus life is, and how it adds to Downtown San Jose and our entire community. I know President Papazian and the rest of the faculty and staff, and the students themselves, will ensure that the vibrancy and positive energy is moved online so that everyone at the university is able to stay safe and stay healthy.

You can read President Papazian’s message here.

San Jose’s two community colleges, San Jose City College and Evergreen Valley College, have also announced that they will hold online classes only for the fall term.

More information about the campus closures at both City College and Evergreen Valley College can be found here.
Silicon Valley Strong is providing one-time working capital grants of $10,000 to small businesses in San Jose with 5 employees or less. The grant can be used for payroll, rent, and other overhead costs.

The deadline to apply for the grant is May 17.

More information about the program and the application can be found here.

To everyone who has lost a loved one to COVID-19, you have my heartfelt sympathies and condolences.
If you need someone to talk to about your grief the Bill Wilson Center for Living with Dying has a hotline you can call. Santa Clara County residents can call (408) 243-0222. Counseling is available in all major languages.

Be well,
Santa Clara County COVID-19 Case Numbers, Hospital Capacity, and Testing Dashboards Can Be Found Here
Copyright © 2020 Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, All rights reserved.

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