Housing

Housing

San Jose: Homelessness forum highlighted statistics and solutions

A panel discussion on homelessness brought dozens out to San Jose Thursday to talk solutions to a problem affecting thousands within Santa Clara County. Leading voices from the city, county and local nonprofits met with the San Francisco Chronicle at the Cisco campus to detail what’s been done, what’s happening now and what could be...

San Jose begins crafting its anti-displacement policy

As Silicon Valley’s economic growth persists, residents are plagued with a turbulent housing crisis that continues to raise rents and increase displacement among communities of color. In the hub of the valley, San Jose now exemplifies the region’s widening inequality, leaving local leaders chasing solutions that aim to close that gap. Among these solutions is an anti-displacement policy,...

Is banning single-family zoning possible in San Jose?

As more cities across the country are scrapping single-family zoning laws to address a nationwide affordable housing crunch, San Jose says it’s not ready to take the plunge. Owning a home — the legacy that defined American postwar democracy — is an ideal that is being challenged today as many cities opt for alternative solutions...

Google’s housing promise: What we know and what we want to know

When Google last month unveiled its $1 billion commitment to build at least 20,000 new homes in the Bay Area, the news was paired with unanimous fanfare by regional leaders — and a lot of unanswered questions. Google announced on June 18 it would take a three-prong approach to help create 20,000 new residential units....

Community leaders question accuracy of LGBTQ homeless count

The number of people estimated in the latest countywide homeless census to be LGBTQ+ dropped dramatically — from 2,144 in the last survey in 2017 — to 1,262 in January of this year. What should be good news is instead a baffling statistic for people in the community who know they experience homelessness at a...

Amid housing crisis, Silicon Valley landlords say they’re struggling too

In a city that makes daily headlines for its out-of-control housing market and astronomical rents, one group often emerges as the villain — landlords. But landlords and property owners in San Jose say they’re just as much a victim of the extraordinary housing crisis. “Being a first-time investor is on-the-job training and akin to drinking...

Study: San Jose isn’t always the most expensive place to rent

Everyone knows it’s expensive to live in San Jose. But a recent study by Apartment Guide found that size matters, and in some cases, renting a bigger apartment makes San Jose a bit more affordable than its neighbors. The study, which analyzed Apartment Guide listings across the country to rank the 50 most expensive cities...

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