Community Corner: Parcel tax committee, affordable housing available and health pledge

Community Corner: Parcel tax committee, affordable housing available and health pledge

Michele Ellson

Jack Capon Villa on the drawing board. Photo by Dave Boitano.

Schools officials are accepting applications for membership on the Measure A parcel tax oversight committee. The committee will meet between three and six times between January and December of 2014, and its work culminates in an annual report presented to the Board of Education in December 2014. Applications are available on the Alameda Unified School District website; by calling the district, at 337-7187; or by visiting the district office, at 2060 Challenger Drive. Completed applications, which are due by 5 p.m. September 20, can be dropped off at the district office; via e-mail, at; or by fax, at 521-0529. Appointments will be announced on October 9.

The Alameda Housing Authority has opened the waitlist for Jack Capon Villa, an 18-unit housing project for people with developmental disabilities expected to open for occupancy in January 2014. Pre-applications are available at the Housing Authority offices, at 701 Atlantic Avenue; on the Housing Authority’s website; on Satellite Affordable Housing Associates’ website; or by calling 747-4300. All pre-applications received by 5 p.m. September 6 will be placed on the wait list in random order, and the list may be closed after that date; if it remains open after September 6, applications for the one- and two-bedroom units will be ranked by preference points and date and time received. To be eligible, a head of household or spouse must be a person with a disability, and the household’s income cannot exceed 50 percent of the area media, which is $31,250 for a single person and $35,750 for a two-person family.

Alameda Hospital and its community partners want Alamedans to get fit and are working to get 5,000 Island residents to take their Let’s Move! Alameda healthy lifestyle pledge. Youths 18 and under who take the pledge will be entered into a drawing for prizes at the Everything Alameda event on September 28 at Washington Park. Additional information on the pledge is on the hospital’s website.