Affordable housing projects to fight homelessness advance in San Jose

SAN JOSE — From tiny homes for the homeless to apartments for artists and kids leaving foster care, San Jose officials have advanced an array of housing projects aimed at keeping people off the streets in a city where average rent has soared above $2,500 a month.

The City Council this week moved forward with three affordable housing projects and a fourth one — slated for East San Jose — is on the way. And in the next couple of weeks, elected leaders will consider allowing churches to house homeless people permanently, and will discuss where to place up to 200 “tiny homes,” micro housing units with a bed and locking door and shared bathrooms and showers.

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“The reality is 70 percent of the county’s homeless population is here,” said Ray Bramson, the city’s homeless response manager. “We have a lot of developable land and lots of support from our mayor and council.”

Tackling homelessness has emerged as a top priority in other large Bay Area cities, but local advocates say San Jose is leading the march.

Jennifer Loving, who runs the nonprofit Destination: Home, said San Diego and other major cities rely on San Jose’s model to develop their programs.

“Our community is a leader in the nation when it comes to data assessment prioritization and the Housing First model,” Loving said, adding that San Jose and its partners use data to set goals and measure success in real …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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