Housing

Housing

San Jose leaders lobby for transparency in homeless spending

San Jose officials want to make it easier for residents to track how the city is spending money on its growing homelessness crisis. Mayor Sam Liccardo, Vice Mayor Chappie Jones, Mayor-elect Matt Mahan and Councilmember David Cohen want to launch a webpage showing the city’s efforts in solving homelessness. The site would include where funding comes from, which...

These towers will reshape block near San Jose City Hall

Two major high-rise towers are slated to go up catty corner from San Jose City Hall, reshaping a low-slung block with hundreds of apartments and more than half a million square feet of office space. The Icon and Echo towers from San Jose real estate firm Urban Catalyst gained unanimous approval from the San Jose City...

San Jose warming centers open as temperatures drop

With cold temperatures and pouring rain expected to blow through the South Bay this week, local officials are urging unhoused residents to seek shelter at temporary warming centers. San Jose opened up two locations this month, restarting its annual program to help homeless people weather the cold winter. Santa Clara County is also turning a dozen...

San Jose wants $29M to expand homeless services

San Jose plans to spend millions in state funding to house and provide services to the thousands of homeless residents living on city streets. The San Jose City Council wants to fund interim housing and a service hotline for unhoused people, in addition to increasing assistance for youth experiencing homelessness. Officials unanimously approved the city’s...

San Jose approves high-rise to replace historic restaurant

A high-rise tower with hundreds of residences will spring out of the ground in downtown San Jose on a less than one-acre plot, following a green light from city leaders. The San Jose City Council unanimously approved plans Tuesday from Canadian developer Westbank for a 30-story luxury tower, including 540 residences at 409 and 425...

San Jose developer broke state law by overcharging renters

A prominent housing developer violated state law by gouging its renters living near San Jose’s Japantown. Now the company is paying it back. Swenson, one of the largest housing developers in San Jose, admitted in a letter sent to tenants this month it illegally raised the rent above the state limit. The letter came more than a...