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Housing

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...

Silicon Valley leaders tackle new solutions for homelessness crisis

Creating sanctioned encampments, treating mentally ill and addicted homeless populations and creating an equitable strategy for housing the poor were some of the ideas raised at Monday’s joint meeting on homelessness between the San Jose City Council and the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. In a rare occurrence, the two bodies joined forces to...

‘We’re not done’: Hope Village homeless residents move out of motels

After a month of living in motels, more than a dozen former homeless residents of Hope Village are being moved again. When the contract for Hope Village — a now-closed sanctioned homeless encampment near the San Jose Mineta International airport — expired on March 30, housing officials with Santa Clara County’s Office of Supportive Housing decided...

Four East San Jose families sue landlord for “wrongful” eviction

Four San Jose families who lived in a multi-unit apartment complex filed a lawsuit Friday accusing their former landlord of harassment and wrongful eviction, saying that they were driven out in an attempt to replace them for new tenants paying a higher rent. The apartment complex is located at 1558 Crucero Drive in East San...

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