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San Jose housing commission questions homebuyer loans, granny unit subsidies

San Jose’s Housing and Community Development Commission on Thursday asked probing questions about two proposals the City Council is expected to consider in the coming months — a down-payment assistance program for first-time home buyers and a subsidy for homeowners who build secondary units or so-called granny units to rent to low-income residents. Five commissioners...

East San Jose leaders discuss how housing crisis impacts Latino community

A panel discussion on the housing crisis brought dozens of Spanish-speaking residents out to the heart of East San Jose Thursday night to talk about solutions to a problem affecting more than half of the city’s Latino community. Prominent voices from the city and Santa Clara County, as well as local leaders from community organizations, spoke...

Bill Wilson Center, San Jose State partner with Airbnb to house homeless students

In an effort to make a dent in housing Silicon Valley’s rapidly growing student homeless population, the Bill Wilson Center on Wednesday announced a new program in partnership with Airbnb to connect homeless San Jose State University students with temporary housing using the home sharing website’s technology. Ron Ricci, board president at the Bill Wilson...

Some San Jose districts have bulk of low-income housing. One lawmaker hopes to change that.

While leaders across California continue to pump millions of dollars into increasing the state’s housing supply, scrambling to address a shortage of affordable housing that’s pushing residents into the streets, some local leaders are calling on their fellow colleagues to implement new ways to make it easier to build. Increasingly, San Jose has explored new strategies to get...

New figures show success in housing Santa Clara County’s homeless veterans

Amid a housing shortage and skyrocketing rents in Silicon Valley, homelessness continues to be a growing and seemingly intractable problem. However, for homeless veterans in Santa Clara County, this Veterans Day marks some major successes. According to newly-released data from nonprofit Destination: Home, 1,602 homeless veterans have been housed since the launch of the “All...

Scott Wiener talks major housing, property tax issues for 2020

Three years into his role serving in the California State Senate, Scott Wiener has made a major name for himself, creating excited fans and vocal critics of his highly controversial housing bills aimed at spurring more development across the Golden State. But sometimes, the towering 49-year-old senator admits, he misses being in the middle of...

Apple promises $2.5B to curb California’s housing crisis

Apple has said it will contribute $2.5 billion in value to creating affordable homes and helping vulnerable communities in Silicon Valley, joining a growing list of local tech titans trying to help tackle the state’s housing crisis. The announcement, made Monday morning, promises a slew of new programs, including setting aside land in San Jose...

Map: San Jose is far behind on Sam Liccardo’s affordable housing goal

Amid growing outcry, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo in 2017 announced an ambitious goal to build 10,000 new affordable housing units by 2022. The mayor’s response to the housing affordability crisis that has pushed thousands of people into the streets of Silicon Valley, one of the world’s most affluent and wealthy regions, will likely define...

San Jose housing advocates stage Halloween protest to preserve Ellis Act

“Trick or treat” had a new meaning at San Jose City Hall Thursday, when protestors dressed up as Mayor Sam Liccardo and waved signs condemning the lawmaker for handing out “treats” to developers. Holding a Halloween-themed news conference, top labor leaders from the South Bay denounced making any changes to a rent control law they...

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