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CommUniverCity San Jose: A Partnership for Service and Learning
Unformatted Document Text:  and a community center in addition to the shops and the church. The second half of the FWBT names comes from a relatively new in-fill development of modern tract homes, Brookwood Terrace. Between these two are other older neighborhoods with homes dating back to the early Twentieth Century. Apartments are scattered through FWBT with a concentration of low-rent four-plexes at the southern end of the area—abutting another freeway. A creek borders FWBT on the west, separating it from a pricier, gentrified neighborhood that lies between FWBT and the San José State University campus. The demographics of FWBT tell their own story. This is a low-income community where the majority population is Latino, a majority of residents were born in FWBT San José Total Population (2000 Census) 18,284 893,899 Percent Latino 66.3 30.2 Percent White 16.2 36.0 Percent Asian 12.1 26.2 Percent "other" 2.1 7.2 Percent Foreign Born 52.4 36.9 Percent Only English Spoken at Home 22.5 48.8 Median Household Income $43,207 $70,243 Percent Households Below Poverty Level 13.3 7.2 Percent Households Renting 62.7 38.2 Percent High School Education or Higher 48.4 78.3 Percent BA or Higher 8.1 31.6 another country, and a majority of households speak a language other than English at home. Income is low relative to the rest of the city, where the cost of living is among the highest in the nation. In a city of homeowners, renters are a majority in FWBT. Voter registration and participation are low. In short, the demographics tell a tale of need as well as foreshadowing the challenges of serving—and engaging—such a community. But demographics don’t tell the whole story. Despite its disadvantages, FWBT has never been a neighborhood without hope. A solid core of homeowners loyal to their 2

Authors: Christensen, Terry., Jackson, Melinda. and Agredano, Ricardo.
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and a community center in addition to the shops and the church. The second half of the
FWBT names comes from a relatively new in-fill development of modern tract homes,
Brookwood Terrace. Between these two are other older neighborhoods with homes dating
back to the early Twentieth Century. Apartments are scattered through FWBT with a
concentration of low-rent four-plexes at the southern end of the area—abutting another
freeway. A creek borders FWBT on the west, separating it from a pricier, gentrified
neighborhood that lies between FWBT and the San José State University campus.
The demographics of FWBT tell their own story. This is a low-income
community where the majority population is Latino, a majority of residents were born in
FWBT San José
Total Population (2000 Census)
18,284
893,899
Percent Latino
66.3
30.2
Percent White
16.2
36.0
Percent Asian
12.1
26.2
Percent "other"
2.1
7.2
Percent Foreign Born
52.4
36.9
Percent Only English Spoken at Home
22.5
48.8
Median Household Income
$43,207
$70,243
Percent Households Below Poverty Level
13.3
7.2
Percent Households Renting
62.7
38.2
Percent High School Education or Higher
48.4
78.3
Percent BA or Higher
8.1
31.6
another country, and a majority of households speak a language other than English at
home. Income is low relative to the rest of the city, where the cost of living is among the
highest in the nation. In a city of homeowners, renters are a majority in FWBT. Voter
registration and participation are low. In short, the demographics tell a tale of need as
well as foreshadowing the challenges of serving—and engaging—such a community.
But demographics don’t tell the whole story. Despite its disadvantages, FWBT
has never been a neighborhood without hope. A solid core of homeowners loyal to their
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