Housing

"Our housing crisis is so serious that no one can address it alone. Working together, government, the private sector, non-profits, and the faith community can work to ensure that everyone has a safe place to lay their head at night – from temporary stays in emergency shelters, to eventually a place that is home."

–Supervisor Simitian

Housing

  • North County ​Teacher Housing – Supervisor Simitian championed a housing development for teachers at a Santa Clara County-owned site in Palo Alto, with a goal of building at least 60 units of affordable housing in partnership with five nearby school and community college districts. The Board unanimously supported the effort and named Mercy Housing as the County’s development partner in cooperation with Abode Communities. In October 2019 the Supervisor announced a $25 million donation to the project from Facebook, which will increase in the number of homes built and allow the inclusion of additional school districts in southern San Mateo County.  ​Learn more  
  • West Valley Teacher Housing Takes First Step – Based on interest from local cities and schools, Supervisor Simitian and colleague Supervisor Otto Lee asked County Administration to pursue options for developing teacher housing in the West Valley. The proposal followed the Board’s approval of a pilot educator workforce housing project in Palo Alto serving school districts in northern Santa Clara County and southern San Mateo County. Simitian said news of that approval led school district and city officials in the West Valley to reach out to see if a similar project might be possible in their region.  Learn more
  • Buena Vista Mobile Home Park -- In a multiyear effort to save the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto, Supervisor Simitian led a coalition of nonprofits, government stakeholders and community advocates in preserving 120 units of affordable housing, preventing the eviction of 400 low-income residents, and ensuring fair compensation for the owner of the land.  Learn more  
  • House-Sharing Exchange --  Supervisor Simitian proposed a housing match program to help home-dwellers with a room to spare connect with vetted renters needing a place to live. The County-funded exchange will be run by Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County.  Learn more
  • Keeping People Housed: Emergency Rental Assistance --  Supervisor Simitian initiated funding to target homelessness prevention. This funding allows at least 400 additional families seeking short term assistance each year to remain sheltered. As many as 83% of residents who receive emergency assistance stabilize their finances and remain housed.  Learn more
  • Affordable Housing for People with Disabilities -- In 2018 and at Supervisor Simitian's urging, the County committed $40 million to build affordable housing for developmentally disabled adults, a County population that has grown over 47% in the past decade.  People with developmental disabilities have unique housing and resource needs; this housing includes supportive services specifically for those living with developmental disabilities and will be targeted for those in the very low or extremely low income brackets. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors awarded funding for three housing projects in 2019, one each in Palo Alto, Sunnyvale and the City of Santa Clara.  In 2020, Supervisor Simitian identified an additional County-owned site in Palo Alto that was coming available.  He proposed, and the Board has agreed, to consider using this site for extremely low and very low income housing, which would include specialized units for developmentally disabled adults.  Learn more
  • Housing for People Experiencing Homelessness -- Acting boldly and acknowledging that smaller incremental steps would not accomplish enough, the Board of Supervisors initiated a $950 million bond measure for developing affordable housing in the County. Measure A was approved by County voters in 2016, focusing funding on projects for the homeless and those subsisting on less than 30% of the area’s median income. By the end of 2018, the County had approved 1,921 units for construction, ahead of the planned schedule.  Learn more
  • Supportive Interim Housing Sites – Supervisors Joe Simitian and Otto Lee issued a challenge to partners throughout the public and private sector to join the County in supporting the creation of supportive interim housing sites. The Board ultimately approved a “Challenge Grant” of up to $40 million to jump start as many as 16 sites/projects for homeless individuals. The challenge grant(s) can be leveraged by non-profits like LifeMoves and/or other qualified applicants to catalyze the development of supportive interim housing sites across the County.  Learn more
  • Housing for Farm Workers Fills a Much-Needed Gap – In 2021, County Supervisor Joe Simitian and colleague Supervisor Mike Wasserman sponsored a proposal that directed County staff to identify options for providing affordable housing for agricultural workers in southern Santa Clara County. In June 2022, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved funding for the development of 28 new affordable housing units for local agricultural workers. The units will be incorporated into the affordable housing project known as The Magnolias in Morgan Hill. In addition, the County is looking to develop a Farm Labor Housing Pilot Loan Program.   Learn more
  • Working Together to Bring Los Altos Affordable Housing – In April 2021, Los Altos’ first all-affordable housing project took an important step forward with the selection of a nonprofit development partner to work with Santa Clara County. Simitian who represents Los Altos on the Board of Supervisors, has “been pushing for more Measure A dollars and affordable housing units to make their way to the North County and West Valley communities.” County funding to support development of affordable housing comes from the County’s Measure A Affordable Housing Bond, a $950 million affordable housing bond measure approved by the voters in 2016.  Learn more

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