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San Jose Community and Economic Development Committee Meeting
November 18, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Two important agenda items at today’s San Jose Community & Economic Development Committee (CED) meeting: Agenda Item 2) Affordable Housing Development Siting Policy; and Agenda Item 3) Commercial Linkage Fee for Affordable Housing.
Location: Wing Rooms W118 – W120 in the Rotunda building at San Jose City Hall.
Notes from Destination: Home (on Agenda Item 2):
“We look forward to the Committee’s upcoming discussion on the development of a new Affordable Housing Siting Policy. As the City begins this important work, we believe that the objective of this new Affordable Housing Siting Policy must be to accelerate the production of more affordable housing throughout our community.
The need for more affordable housing has never been greater. According to the 2018 Housing Element Annual Progress Report released in March, San Jose is only 13% of the way to meeting its 2014-2022 RHNA affordable housing goal. The shortfall is even greater at the lowest-end of the affordability spectrum (San Jose is only 5% of the way to its Extremely Low Income goal), leaving the overwhelming majority of low-income households severely rent burdened and pushing even more families and individuals into homelessness.
At the same time, residents in many parts of our city lack access to affordable housing options. If we are to truly build a healthy and equitable community, we must take steps to ensure that more of our neighborhoods contain quality, affordable housing opportunities. That’s why it’s critical that we develop a policy that will facilitate the construction of much more affordable housing, in many more locations throughout the city.
Therefore, as part of their work on a new Affordable Housing Siting Policy, we urge the City to explore potential policy and land use changes that would allow the expedited development of affordable housing on any site near transit, services and other amenities. This is one of the most impactful actions the City could take to accelerate housing production and ensure that we have more affordable housing options for residents throughout our community.”
Notes from Sacred Heart Housing Advocacy Coalition (on Agenda Item 3):
“We need money for housing, and the Commercial Linkage Fee is a great and fair way to get it. We need to act quickly and boldly. We appreciate City staff for having a good timeline and bringing back recommendations to City Council by January 2020.”