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County of Santa Clara Appoints New Manager of Affordable Housing Programs

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – Last week, the County of Santa Clara welcomed Rebecca I. Garcia as the new manager of the Office of Affordable Housing programs. Prior to joining the County, Garcia worked at the City of San Jose’s Housing Department.

Rebecca I. Garcia

“I am very pleased Rebecca has joined the County of Santa Clara staff,” said Jody Hall Esser, Director of the County Office of Planning, which oversees the Affordable Housing programs. “Rebecca's passion and compassion for providing affordable housing are evident. Her consummate professional skills will build on the accomplishments to date of the County's Affordable Housing programs. Her commitment to work closely with other local government staff and community based organizations also involved in affordable housing programs and related services will benefit all."

Garcia was a Development Specialist with the City of San Jose Housing Department from 2007-2011 and Program Analyst with the City’s Office of Economic Development from 2005-2007. During her eight years with the City of San Jose, Garcia took on responsibilities and succeeded in many areas including grant writing and management, and innovative program development and administration. In 2011, Garcia was selected as the City of San Jose Housing Department Employee of the Year.

“I am thrilled to join such a dynamic and important team of people, all committed to the preservation and the development of affordable housing,” said Garcia. “Affordable housing remains a critical and unmet basic need for many in the County. The Affordable Housing crisis requires the cooperation and coordination of the entire community. The County is in a unique position to collaborate and I am excited about working with the various stakeholders in our community to most effectively serve our residents in need.”

Before working for the City of San Jose, Garcia taught at the College of Education at the University of Georgia, where she was also the Program Manager for the Center for Latino Achievement and Success.

Garcia is a dedicated member of the many community organizations, including Santa Clara County Collaborative on Homelessness and Affordable Housing; the City of San Jose Domestic Violence Board; the California Economic Development Association; and Community Technology Alliance.

Garcia was born and reared in Gilroy, California. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia. Garcia’s annual salary is $87,000.

About the County’s Affordable Housing Programs

The County of Santa Clara’s Office of Affordable Housing programs assists in the development of affordable housing, rehabilitation of owner/occupied homes for lower income individual and families in unincorporated areas and certain other cities in the valley, and has two programs that assist lower-income individuals and families to purchase homes. The office also provides support to the Office of Homeless Services in their efforts to provide permanent housing and supportive services to the homeless. Programs administered by the Office of Affordable Housing include:

  • The Community Development Federal Grant Program (CDBG and HOME);
  • The Urban County Housing Rehabilitation Program;
  • The Mortgage Credit Certificate Program for First-time Buyers (MCC);
  • The Down Payment Assistance Program for First-time Buyers (SCC40K); and
  • New Housing Development.

For more information about the programs, go to:

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Lingxia Meng, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Rebecca I. Garcia, Affordable Housing Programs (408) 299-5796
Posted: October 24, 2011