News Digest: Homelessness in Tri-Valley, Education open house & Homeowner assistance program


Homelessness panel

Congregation Beth Emek in Pleasanton is hosting a special panel discussion next week, "Addressing Homelessness in the Tri-Valley."

The presentation will focus on the state of homelessness, local efforts to provide immediate support, and ways for congregants and community members to get involved.

Moderated by Livermore City Councilwoman Patricia Munro, the panel will feature Christine Beitsch-Bahmani from CityServe of the Tri-Valley, Becky Hopkins from city of Pleasanton, Claudia Young from city of Livermore and local resident Joe Murphy.

Presented by the congregation's Social Action Committee, the panel will run from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 5) at 3400 Nevada Court. To learn more, contact

Education open house

Tri-Valley Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan is holding an education open house for constituents next week.

Topics will include education-focused bills the freshman legislator passed into law this year, highlights of other education efforts in the State Legislature and details on resources her district office offers for children and their families as they prepare for college.

The open house will run from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 3) at Bauer-Kahan's district office: 2440 Camino Ramon, Suite 345, in San Ramon. RSVP by calling 328-1515 or visiting

Apply for homeowner assistance

Livermore renters hoping to become first-time homeowners can now apply for the chance to buy a below-market rate (BMR) home through the city of Livermore’s Affordable Homeownership Program.

Members of low and moderate Area Median Income (AMI) households of up to nine people may enter the 2020 lottery to purchase a below market rate home during the pre-application period until Dec. 2. Low and moderate income households make 80% and 120% of the area’s median income, respectively.

Hello Housing is once more managing the purchase of all brand new three and four-bedroom homes at Auburn Grove that become available through the program to eligible households with three or more members in 2020. This year, one and two person households are invited for the first time to apply, should one and two-bedroom resales be offered. However, one and two person households will not be considered for homes at Auburn Grove, due to the city’s minimum household size requirement.

Any preexisting BMR homes that become available through the resale process will also be included during the application period. Recorded resale restrictions will be ensure that each home, resale or new development remains affordable for future residents.

Eligible households must be first time homebuyers and have at least three members who have lived together for a minimum of six months at the time that they apply. Households must also show a 3% down payment seasoned for at least three months in the applicant’s bank account, and be able to qualify for a 30-year, fixed rate mortgage.

Applicants can also qualify for up to 10 preference points; groups with the highest preference point total will be ranked higher on the wait list. Preference point categories include: those living or employed full-time in Livermore, tenants living in rent controlled units, Livermore emergency responders including police and firefighters, military veterans, and teachers employed by the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District.

Pre-applications are now being accepted until Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. A lottery-style drawing on Dec. 5 will determine in which order the applications are screened. To apply or learn more, call Hello Housing at (415) 738-7833 or visit

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