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Exodus From The Jungle

Robert Aguirre, advocate and former resident of The Jungle.

By Andrew Bigelow

After decades of existence, in the midst of a housing crisis in Silicon Valley, the City of San Jose decided to close The Jungle. Silicon Valley De-Bug, a media and advocacy organization, created a video documentary, Exodus from The Jungle, that depicts the eviction, talks with residents of The Jungle about what the camp meant to them, and follows their efforts to find new places to stay.

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Housing Stability and Health In San Mateo County

By Dr. Scott Morrow

Renters displaced from San Mateo County leave an environment rich in amenities that support health, such this Burlingame park that gives children space to play. Photo © Gino DeGrandis

The San Mateo County Health System helps county residents and workers live longer and better lives....  Housing stability is a fundamental element of the System’s commitment to healthy places. This article explores this issue and its effects on health, highlights the need for action, and suggests a framework for moving forward.


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Housing and Commute Costs Squeeze Low-Wage Workers

Housing and Commute Costs Squeeze Low-Wage Workers

By Alexandra Goldman

Even unionized janitors find it hard to handle the cost of housing plus commuting in Silicon Valley. Photo courtesy of SEIU-USWW







In Silicon Valley, current and historical land-use decisions create daily challenges for low-income residents. Low-density development, inadequate transit, and the high cost of housing force residents into tough choices: commute long distances, despite the high cost of gas and car ownership, or live close to work and pay rent almost equal to a month’s salary.

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The Right to Rest

Homeless Coalition Challenges Criminalization of Life on the Street
By Paul Boden and Terry Messman

Courtesy of

The Right to Rest Act of the Homeless Bill of Rights Campaign aims to end discrimination and the criminalization of the right to rest, and eliminate the violations of basic human and civil rights for all people, regardless of their housing status.

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