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Housing

Measure A housing not moving fast enough, oversight committee says

Asserting housing isn’t getting built fast enough with funds raised by the Measure A housing bond, an independent oversight committee is urging Santa Clara County to find ways to speed things up. The Measure A bond, passed in 2016, so far has generated $421 million for new projects. In March, the county allocated $137 million...

Proposed housing project at San Jose’s Blossom Hill station would help fund transit

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is looking to build 328 apartments at the Blossom Hill light rail station in south San Jose, with revenue from the development to be used to fund transit operations. “It’s all about generating revenue and riders in order to reinvest into our existing transit system,” said Kelly Snider,...

Santa Clara County seeks funds to buy hotels to house homeless

As Santa Clara County’s homeless population continues to grow, county officials are moving to turn more hotel properties into permanent and interim housing. The county is vying for $19 million in state CARES Act funds through California’s project Homekey to purchase and refurbish two hotel properties and turn them into interim housing for the most...

Poor residents, city no match for San Jose’s huge ‘faceless, corporate slumlord’

Kashana Ashford spent the sweltering Labor Day weekend moving her family out of an extended-stay hotel. Ashford is a 41-year-old cafeteria worker and former bus driver for the Mountain View Whisman School District. For more than five months she’s been bouncing from one temporary housing arrangement to the next with seven children because their apartment...

UPDATE: San Jose extends ban on evictions during COVID-19

As the county’s shelter-in-place order shuttering the local economy puts more residents at risk of losing their homes, San Jose leaders voted unanimously to extend the city’s eviction to Oct. 17. The moratorium now coincides with the local emergency declaration, also set to end Oct. 17. Still, the debate about how to balance challenges faced...

Could this be the site of homeless housing in San Jose?

A new homeless housing community is being planned in San Jose — but it likely won’t be located near you. “We’re looking for a partnership,” said John Davis, retired Air Systems founder and primary funder of the project. “We don’t want to spend four years fighting with whoever is around us.” Davis, along with Barry...

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