WATCH: See WeHOPE and Mayor Sam Liccardo from the live broadcast on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. PT as we ‘turned on the lights’ in downtown San Jose to project 150-ft images on the side of San Jose City Hall. Light display during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week puts a much-needed spotlight on the issue of homelessness in Silicon Valley. Watch below
For three nights during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, 'Projecting Hope' will project 150-ft portraits of Bay Area neighbors getting healthy, employed, and housed thanks to the work of strategic partners.
WHEN: November 18th-20th, 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM nightly
WHERE: San Jose City Hall - N Tower facing E Santa Clara St
WHY: Projection of 150-ft portraits are representative of the massive hunger and homelessness crisis in the Bay Area that needs to be seen, heard and can no longer be ignored.
An event that's a CDC COVID safe activity that you can do in your car or on a safe walk.
"WeHope has been on the frontlines fighting the homelessness crisis with innovative and cost effective solutions-- but we still have a long road ahead. Every San Josean deserves to have a safe dignified place to lay their head at night, and I am thankful for the passion of community leaders like Pastor Paul Bains and the dedication of City employees as we work together to house our most vulnerable residents."
- Sam Liccardo, Mayor of City of San Jose
“Solving poverty and homelessness requires all of us – nonprofits, volunteers, and local governments uniting together to bring lasting change. CityTeam seeks to rebuild lives and communities through deeper partnerships and innovative solutions.”
- Glen Peterson, CityTeam President and CEO
"The housing crisis continues to impose the heaviest burdens on those already facing financial hardships, particularly low-income families from communities of color and our undocumented neighbors. Housing is a basic human right; we must address the immediate challenges of homelessness while working towards dismantling systems that cause racial disparities in housing access and financial security."
- Nicole Taylor, President and CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation
"In this region of tremendous wealth, we cannot accept a future in which thousands of families are forced to live outside - including a disproportionate number of our Black and Brown neighbors. We know how to end homelessness, and by working together, we can ensure that every member of our community has a safe and stable place to call home."
- Jennifer Loving, CEO of Destination: Home
“We are thrilled to partner with WeHOPE and other local community organizations in bringing awareness to the homeless crisis. This is an extremely important topic in the local San Francisco Bay area, as well as across the country. As an affordable housing owner and operator, we truly understand the importance of a quality and affordable place to live. We recently purchased Vintage Towers, an affordable apartment community in San Jose. The purchase of this property along with our community partnerships is demonstrative to our ongoing commitment to preserving affordability for residents and having a positive impact on the communities in which we invest.”
- Daryl Carter, Founder, CEO and Chairman of Avanath Capital Management
WeHOPE commissioned award winning photographer Charlie Watson to capture the faces of hunger and homelessness to humanize the crisis. Check out the entire WeHOPE website to see more of Charlie's work:
Charles Watson is an award-winning portrait photographer. He has shot all over the world, documenting Sandinistas and Contras during the Nicaraguan civil war, Serbian paramilitaries in Belgrade after they kidnapped Slobodan Milošević, underground gamblers in East London, and container ship crews as they journey across the Pacific. Charlie developed storytelling at Ridley Scott Associates and his advertising clients include Nike, Coca-Cola, Nintendo, MTV, Budweiser, Warner Brothers, and Mazda. Most recently he completed a commission to document the homeless citizens living within the communities of the Silicon Valley and throughout the Bay Area. Charles Watson is based between Los Angeles and London.
www.itscharleswatson.com (310) 570-3890