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San Jose City Council Votes to Prioritize Extremely Low Income Affordable Housing

April 9 @ 1:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Data from the National Low Income Housing Coalition demonstrates an urgent need to prioritize extremely low income (ELI) housing throughout the "San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA" area.

Data from the National Low Income Housing Coalition demonstrates an urgent need to prioritize extremely low income (ELI) housing throughout the “San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA” area.

WHAT

Send an email today to support funding for the affordable housing most needed to prevent homelessness

WHO

You. Your voice is needed today to make sure our community prioritizes new affordable housing for families who need it most. With your support, we can do more to end and prevent homelessness in Santa Clara County.

Take Action Now!

WHEN

The San Jose City Council will meet Tuesday, April 9 at 1:30pm. Email messages should be sent by 11:30am Tuesday. If you miss that deadline, however, do not worry. Emails from the public should be accepted “up to and during” the meeting on Tuesday.

Don’t wait! Click the button above to go ahead and send your message now. It only takes a few minutes. Please note that the Take Action Now button doesn’t work in all email programs, so you may need to copy-and-paste the text manually.

HOW

Send your email message to cityclerk@sanjoseca.gov

1) Make certain to name the agenda item in the email subject: “Agenda Item 4.3: Affordable Housing Investment Plan Update”.

2) Please send a copy of your message to action@housingready.org to help us keep track of our work together. See more detailed information below.

WHERE

To speak publicly at the meeting, arrive at San Jose City Hall at 200 East Santa Clara Street shortly after the meeting begins at 1:30pm (it is estimated that the agenda item will come up sometime in the afternoon). Upon arrival, fill out a “speaker card” indicating you would like to speak on Agenda Item 4.3 (Affordable Housing Investment Plan). When the agenda item comes up, you will be called on to speak.

Feel free to use the sample email message below as a starting point for your public comment. Incorporating your own housing story can also be effective. Just make certain it is clear what decision you are asking council to make.

Even with new dedicated Measure A Housing Bond funding, we need more strategies to meet extremely low income (ELI) housing needs. All Bay Area cities should join Santa Clara County and San Jose in prioritizing ELI housing. (Pictured: Housing Bond progress and goals)

Even with new dedicated Measure A Housing Bond funding, we need more strategies to meet extremely low income (ELI) housing needs. All Bay Area cities should join Santa Clara County and San Jose in prioritizing ELI housing. (Pictured: Housing Bond progress and goals)

WHY

Please join the Housing Ready Communities Action Network and ask San Jose City Council to allocate at least 45 percent of affordable housing funds to extremely low income housing. The agenda item is 4.3 and is to be heard at the meeting beginning at 1:30pm on April 9, 2019.

Making this strong commitment to extremely low income (ELI) housing not only benefits the most vulnerable residents in our community (who are far too often left behind), it also helps us address the largest gap in our housing inventory.

According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, the San Jose metro area has a deficit of 38,689 units that are available and affordable for ELI households. As a result, we only have about 30 affordable and available units for every 100 ELI households.

This huge gap is a key reason why 73% of ELI renters are severely cost-burdened and spend more than half of their income on rent. In contrast, only 41% of very low-income households and 11% of low-income households are severely cost-burdened. Clearly, the need for more affordable housing is greatest among our lowest-income households, and that’s where we should prioritize our limited affordable housing dollars.

Let’s ensure that San Jose remains a community that’s affordable for people of all means. To do this, ask council to allocate 45% of affordable housing funds to ELI housing, and to vote in favor of proposals from Councilmembers Arenas, Davis, Esparza and Jimenez.

MORE INFORMATION

Read the opinion article by Desination: Home CEO Jennifer Loving, published in the Mercury News on April 7.

WHAT TO WRITE

What you write as part of your email message is completely up to you. To get you started, feel free to use some of the language from our recent newsletter. Make sure you add your name, organization and city district number to the bottom of your message.

ONE MORE THING

If you would like to go the extra mile, forward this Action Alert to others who might be interested in participating.

Monthly Meetings

Although meetings of specific importance will be added individually to the calendar, these monthly meetings may be of interest on an ongoing basis:

Housing, Land Use, Environment, and Transportation (HLUET) Committee – Typically meets at 10am on the third Thursday each month. As a regular agenda item, the County Office of Supportive Housing presents its monthly system data report at these meetings. For details, select HLUET Committee in the drop-down menu in the left sidebar on the County of Santa Clara website.

Housing and Community Development Commission – Typically meets at 5:45pm on the second Thursday of each month. For details, see the Commission calendar on the City of San Jose website.