March 9, 2021

Milpitas community briefs for the week of Jan. 15

Rent survey

Project Sentinel and the City of Milpitas want to help renters who owe unpaid rent.

To help determine the level of need, renters can take a survey at The survey is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese. All information provided will be used only for statistical purposes and will be kept strictly confidential.

Each fully completed survey will be entered to win one of 50 certificates valued at $ 50 each in a drawing on Jan. 15.

Software scholarships

To help aspiring software developers learn their trade, Facebook this year doubled its regular donation to App Academy’s coding boot camp, which serves Bay Area youth.

Facebook’s $ 500,000 donation will go toward App Academy’s Access Scholarship program for students in marginalized communities.

The program was created to continue promoting diversity and inclusivity in the tech community, particularly in underrepresented communities and in areas where financial assistance is most needed to help students fund an education that will foster successful, long-term careers.

“We know COVID has had an outsized impact on underrepresented communities, and we hope these scholarships will help ease the financial barrier of pursuing a new career in tech at this critical time,” John Cantarella, Facebook’s vice president of social good and community partnerships, said in a statement.

For more information about the Access Scholarship program, visit