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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...

San Jose: New urban village plans could displace low-income renters

A new development planned for west San Jose is expected to displace a handful of mostly low-income San Jose residents to make way for a new mixed-use 7-story residential and commercial urban village. “I thought this was going to be my forever home,” said Debra Hernandez, 66, who’s retired and has lived in her one-bedroom...

Santa Clara County homeless count shows spike in nearly every city

Santa Clara County published the final report from its 2019 homeless count Friday, showing a significant jump in homelessness in every city across the county, except Campbell, Gilroy and Morgan Hill. The latest report also shows a significant increase in the number of people living in RVs and other vehicles. According to the report released...

San Jose awarded $31.5M for ‘transit-oriented’ housing

A California committee has awarded San Jose $31.5 million to build 155 new affordable apartments downtown and improve public transportation and infrastructure. According to the announcement Thursday, the housing must be “transit oriented,” putting hundreds of residents near public transit, which city planners say will cut down on traffic and vehicles in downtown. The California Strategic Growth...

Should Santa Clara County Fairgrounds be used for homeless housing?

As homelessness worsens throughout the Bay Area, one Willow Glen resident is planning to soon bring 1,000 signatures to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors from petitioners demanding transitional housing for homeless people on the county fairgrounds. “Most people want to do something, we just don’t know what we can actually do to make...

Some San Jose lawmakers not surprised Evans Lane project stalled

The surprising news that a homeless housing project near Willow Glen that would have turned recycled shipping containers into houses has come to a screeching halt has some officials saying “I told you so.” “At $600,000 per unit, I knew this project couldn’t pencil out,” said Councilmember Johnny Khamis in an interview Tuesday. “After all,...

Three Bay Area media outlets host regional discussion on gentrification

One East Bay housing advocate says that when dealing with gentrification and displacement, it’s time to “push back.” Housing, gentrification, tech workers, corporations, taxes and displacement — all topics discussed Sunday afternoon during a live broadcast of Connect the Bay, a quarterly live TV program produced by Northern California Public Media, in partnership with San José Spotlight...

San Jose seniors facing displacement reach agreement to stay housed

Hundreds of San Jose seniors at risk of being displaced will receive a new home when their mobile home park closes, ending a painful saga that ignited a citywide debate about preserving mobile home parks in pricey Silicon Valley. The announcement six years ago that Winchester Ranch Mobile Home Park would close to make way...

San Jose’s ‘cleanest’ homeless encampment swept away

The homeless encampment across the street from downtown San Jose’s Children’s Discovery Museum was swept out and cleared Tuesday morning, and less than a dozen homeless people moved or surrendered many of their belongings while crews from the California Department of Transportation loaded up trucks and hauled it all away. The encampment is affectionately called...

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