San José is the largest city in Santa Clara County where nearly 110,000 Legal Permanent Residents reside who are eligible for citizenship but have not applied for naturalization. Obstacles such as language barriers, lack of reliable and accessible information, cost and fear are major barriers. Citizenship allows individuals to engage in civic life and contribute to the economy.
New American Boost promotes citizenship through information and resource displays located in the businesses and meeting places frequented by the immigrant community. In addition to providing information about the naturalization process, community resources and support services, New American Boost websites highlight and explain the advantages and opportunities available to citizens. With policies like New American Boost, Mayor Liccardo hopes to make it easier for immigrants to fully participate in civic, cultural and economic life in San Jose.