Building Hope and Homes

view of downtown San Jose
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Taller San Jose, a Santa Ana, California-based job-training program, broke ground in September on an affordable-housing project for first-time homebuyers. The planned development — three houses in Santa Ana’s historic Logan barrio — is the first project of Taller’s newest operation, Hope Builders Inc., and results from a collaboration of Taller San Jose, the City of Santa Ana, and Orange County Community Housing Corp.

Reminiscent of YouthBuildUSA, Taller San Jose aims to employ graduates from its construction job-training program to achieve “real-world experience,” said TSJ executive director Shawna Smith. Taller graduates include individuals recovering from drug use, former gang members, high school dropouts, those originally lacking job skills, and ex-convicts.

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