While San Jose lagged on tiny homes, one man stepped up

As San Jose struggled to build tiny homes for the city’s growing homeless population, one man decided to take matters into his own hands. Hector Garcia, president of Sleeping Bags for the Homeless, grew tired of waiting for the government to help end the suffering on the streets of Silicon Valley. So he decided to...

Short, hard lives for homeless people in Santa Clara County

Special from Bay City News Foundation Editor’s note: This story is the first in a series exploring the deaths of homeless people in Santa Clara County — who the victims were, how they died and what might be done to save the lives of people few may remember. Deaths among homeless people in Santa Clara County have...

Bay Area cities must build nearly 450K homes, the state says

Ready or not, the Bay Area’s new state-mandated housing development goals have arrived, and the numbers are bigger than ever before. Bay Area municipalities are expected to be responsible for planning, zoning and approving a combined 441,176 new homes between 2023 and 2030, according to the state’s most recent Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) determination....

Advocates urge Santa Clara County to forgive rent as end of eviction moratorium looms

South Bay resident Chris Rios worries he’ll soon become homeless. His tutoring income dropped by half because of the novel coronavirus. His parents’ pay plummeted, too. They’re still waiting for federal checks intended to support those impacted by the virus. While waiting, they’ve fallen nearly $4,000 behind on rent for their three-bedroom Milpitas apartment. Santa...

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