Housing

Housing

Supreme Court action on homelessness case unlikely to affect San Jose

It seems San Jose will be largely unaffected by a recent federal court ruling prohibiting cities from criminalizing homelessness when the municipality doesn’t have adequate shelter space available to meet the needs of its homeless population. At the end of its term in December, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal to Martin...

Tombstones at San Jose City Hall remember homeless deaths

Tombstones stood in row after row at San Jose City Hall on a chilly Saturday afternoon. Each tombstone, cut out of foam, had a name painted on its surface. The years under the names all ended in 2019. The 161 tombstones represent the number of homeless deaths that occurred in Santa Clara County within the...

Santa Clara: First supportive housing project breaks ground

The first supportive housing complex in the city of Santa Clara broke ground Monday morning, the latest in a line of projects funded by a massive county tax for affordable housing. Calabazas Community Apartments – a 5-story, 145-unit building at 2904 Corvin Dr. – will reserve 80 of its studio apartments for homeless individuals, offering on-site...

2019 was the year of housing in San Jose

If the San Jose City Council’s policy work this past year could be summarized in one word it would be housing. In 2019, San Jose passed a slew of housing initiatives meant to increase the city’s housing supply, while also tweaking crucial rent control and tenant protections, which housing officials enforce and implement through the city’s Rent...

Could California’s 3.5M home deficit be solved through rezoning?

When Gavin Newsom became California’s governor, he announced a bold goal of solving the state’s 3.5 million-home shortage by 2025, but there’s one major problem: cities across the state are only planning for about 2.8 million new housing units. What’s more, many of the areas where those 2.8 million new homes are allowed to rise,...

Year in review: The biggest housing projects in 2019

Housing has dominated every big policy decision in San Jose this past year, as the city faces a growing housing and homelessness crisis. Slowly, the city is inching its way closer to meeting Mayor Sam Liccardo’s goal of producing at least 25,000 new housing units — 10,000 of them affordable — by 2022. While city...

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