Housing

Housing

Jim Beall reintroduces affordable housing bill vetoed by Newsom

California’s housing crisis dominated headlines in 2019, but one San Jose legislator’s effort to alleviate its impact left Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk without a signature. Last year’s Senate Bill 5, authored by state Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, aimed to support Newsom’s goal of building 3.5 million housing units by 2025 by establishing an Affordable...

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...