Today I find myself asking the same questions I last asked 12 years ago. It was May of 2008, and I was the Staff Director for then–Councilmember Sam Liccardo for the City of San Jose. The economy was spiraling out of control and the housing market had crashed. The questions I was asking then are the same ones I find myself grappling with today:
- How do we triage what needs to be addressed first and stop the bleeding?
- How do we prevent homelessness due to this crisis?
- How do we position ourselves to get state and federal resources?
- What do we need to do to come out stronger than we are now?
Since that time, I have worked in multiples sectors that showed me the power and importance of a cross-sector response, most recently as a Senior Policy Advisor for Sam Liccardo, now Mayor of the City San Jose. We need a response that envisions a future that is better for everyone, where each person has an affordable place to call home, and where everyone feels that they belong.