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Silicon Valley leaders look to ‘granny units’ to solve housing crisis

With the shrinking supply of land in Silicon Valley driving up housing costs, some Bay Area leaders are banking on secondary units to save the region from its agonizing housing crisis. The so-called “granny units” could be a gamechanger for beefing up the Bay Area’s housing supply, officials say, offering elderly or low-income residents an...

New report: Homelessness in Santa Clara County spikes by 31%

Despite pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into ending homelessness in Silicon Valley, the problem is getting worse — and the 2019 homeless count numbers prove it. According to details released Thursday, the county’s homeless count in 2019 has jumped to 9,706 people countywide. That’s up 31 percent from 7,394 individuals two years ago. And...

Silicon Valley leaders discuss challenges of preventing homelessness

On the same day Gov. Gavin Newsom called the homeless crisis a “stain on the state of California,” San José Spotlight hosted a homeless prevention panel discussion at Forager in downtown San Jose, with prominent local public policy officials and homeless housing advocates featured as panelists. Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese, Erin Stanton, director of...

Too many empty homes in San Jose? There could be a penalty tax for that

As California’s housing crisis rages on, two San Jose housing commissioners are looking for ways to put residents back into the thousands of vacant homes sitting in the city’s housing stock. Commissioners Alex Shoor and Huy Tran on Thursday will propose that city officials consider a tax on vacant properties to penalize homeowners for keeping...

Poll: Bay Area voters support tax measures for affordable housing

A new poll found that Bay Area voters are receptive to taxing themselves — again — to make a dent in the region’s affordable housing crisis. A survey conducted by EMC Research found that most Bay Area voters support regional tax measures to invest in affordable housing, particularly in general obligation bonds or sales tax...

UC Berkeley scholar talks Silicon Valley homeless solutions

UC Berkeley scholar Christopher Herring spent more than a year living on the cold streets of San Francisco and Fresno, but on Thursday he huddled into a packed room at the Tully Library in San Jose to share his findings with Silicon Valley advocates eager for alternative solutions to the homelessness crisis. Herring, a doctoral...

Study: Silicon Valley residents are sacrificing health to pay rent

Among the millions of Americans to suffer through the 2008 financial crisis was an immigrant Vietnamese family living in San Jose’s Evergreen neighborhood, paying nearly $6,000 a month in mortgage to support two children. The small business owners stashed away as much money as they could to afford the housing expenses at the beginning of...

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