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County to Explore Cost of Living Impact

“The Price We Pay” Forum to Encourage Personal Testimonies from Santa Clara County Residents, Community Leaders
WHAT:
The County of Santa Clara Office of Human Relations and the Human Relations Commission are inviting the community to attend “The Price We Pay” Forum, to offer public testimony on the impact of the cost of living in Santa Clara County. A report will be provided to Santa Clara County administration and the Board of Supervisors, so they can have the information as they develop policies and practices. Interpreting and free child care services will be provided during the forum.
 
WHO:
County of Santa Clara Representatives
Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations
Santa Clara County Residents and Community leaders
 
WHEN
Monday, August 25, 2014
Attend one of two sessions:  2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
 
WHERE:
Isaac Newton Senter Auditorium
County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street,  San Jose, CA 95110
 
WHY:
This forum seeks the public’s verbal or written testimony regarding how the cost of living in Santa Clara County impacts individuals, families and the community.  Testimonies will provide valuable feedback to the Board of Supervisors as they consider key policy issues. 
 
Concerns already gathered from the community include:  the difficulty of living from paycheck to paycheck; inability to find sustainable income through one source of employment; the need to work multiple jobs to make ends meet; inability to save for emergencies, higher education of children and retirement; reliance on payday lending; inability to access affordable housing; high adolescent and young adult unemployment; reliance on food banks, even while working; increased youth and adult crime.
 
For more information or forum registration, and to obtain a testimony form, visit: http://pricewepayforlivingscc.eventbrite.com
 
 
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Mary Jane Solis, Office of Human Relations (408) 792-2310
Posted: August 12, 2014