As you may recall, during the 2016-2017 budget process, I made a budget request for “Project Hope” a PILOT project in the Winchester/ Cadillac area. Project HOPE will implement principles of community partnership, community development, neighborhood empowerment, and coordination of a broad range of City services to address neighborhood issues. Through Project Hope, in partnership with my office and other city departments, we will be able to guide the planning and implementation off solutions that adress the community’s concerns. This project is very important to me and I’d like to give you an update.
On Saturday, October 1, 2016, the City of San Jose’s Project Hope was launched in the Cadillac/Winchester area of my District. Mayor Liccardo and I joined over 450 residents for this project launch, which was held at Rosemary Elementary School. Attendees were able to learn about services provided by the City and community-based organizations that were present including: The San Jose Police Department, Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, San Jose Public Library, and Work2Future.
Project Hope also hosted a Halloween event in October at Rosemary Elementary School that had 500 Cadillac/Winchester neighbors come out and enjoy the Halloween festivities.
The Halloween Party included music, fun games, arts and crafts, and complimentary food. The highlight of the day was seeing all the happy and enthusiastic faces dressed in costumes such as Captain America and Emojis.
In early November, Project Hope hosted a Litter Pick-Up with over 30 volunteers who picked up 675 pounds of litter! Project Hope community leaders and volunteers are planning on hosting these litter pick-up events at least 6 times a year and we will be sure to inform you of the dates once they have been confirmed.
Over the past 2 ½ months, Project Hope staff has been meeting with several residents, business owners, property managers, property owners, and other stakeholders in the community to listen to their concerns. City staff has been able to gain valuable information and insight on what needs to be done to improve the quality of life within the area. Concerns range from gang activity, illegal dumping and speeding. Project Hopes’ message to the Cadillac/Winchester community is that residents and the City of San Jose must work together to implement sustainable and positive changes for the betterment of the community.
I am happy to report that Project Hope’s staff has identified 8 residents that will form a core group that will work closely with staff to move the Project’s work plan forward. I am also pleased to announce that Project Hope will have an office located at Rosemary Elementary School in the New Year.
To receive more information about Project Hope or to get involved please contact Greg Cajina, Project Hope Community Coordinator at 408-975-7229 or at [email protected]