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Santa Clara approves first-of-its-kind housing with urban farm

A farmer’s market in your backyard? The newest trend in urban agriculture is a big hit across the United States that has both millennials and seniors agreeing: Sign me up. The “Agrihood” development plan, a farm-friendly housing project focused on building residential communities around urban farmland, was unanimously approved by the Santa Clara City Council...

Dozens hit the streets for San Jose homeless count

The usually quiet San Jose roads were taken over at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning by 115 people scouring the city, looking for homeless residents to count as part of the two-day Santa Clara County Point-In-Time homeless census. At this hour roadways are generally steady moving without congestion, and most homeless people sleeping on the streets have...

Struggling seniors hit hard by Silicon Valley housing crisis

When Manny Escarega began caring for his ailing mother six years ago, the 57-year-old moved into her home and was forced to put his search for employment on hold. But when she died, his brother rented the house to strangers, leaving an unemployed Escarega to fend for himself on the streets. Six years later and...

San Jose homeless crisis: This is where they sleep

Underneath your highways. On your sidewalks. In their cars. San Jose is home to more than 4,300 homeless residents. And when the lights go out in Silicon Valley,  this is where the unsheltered homeless population sleeps. Rosalie Carrillo sleeps on the dirt beside a sidewalk near Story Road. She got hit by a car and...

Thousands raised for San Jose firefighters who lost Paradise homes

Retired San Jose Fire Captain Jeff Shackelford devoted 25 years to battling deadly blazes — then he lost his home in the most destructive wildfire in California history. Shackelford, 88, who’s battling dementia, lost his home in the devastating Camp Fire which charred about 164,000 acres. Shackelford now lives in a memory care facility. But...

San Jose State students explore legislation to combat homelessness

San Jose State University sophomore Bahati Burgess calls an old classroom at Grace Baptist Church his home. After being priced out of the dorms last year, the 19-year-old Oakland native became one of thousands of San Jose students experiencing homelessness while trying to earn their degrees. The downtown university has an alarmingly high number of...

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