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Emergency Bridge Housing Communities (AB 2176)

On Monday, December 4, 2017, Gensler Architectural Firm unveiled two design concepts for emergency sleeping cabins and two conceptual site designs for Bridge Housing Communities.  Gensler presented a conceptual cabin and site design during the press conference.  For additional information, contact Ray Bramson by email or by calling 408-535-8234.

For additional information on memorandums and reports distributed on the Bridge Housing Communities, see the Reports and Memos page.

Homelessness, as well as the lack of available housing for extremely low-income populations, continues to be pressing issues for the City of San José and Santa Clara County as a whole.  According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, among the 48 Major City Continuums of Care, Santa Clara County has:
  • The third highest rate of unsheltered homelessness;
  • The third largest number of chronically homeless person;
  • The fifth largest number of unaccompanied homeless youth;
  • The fifth largest number of homeless veterans; and
  • The seventh largest number of homeless persons on any given night.

The City's strategy in addressing the homelessness issue combines coordinated services and housing that include: 1) Essential Services; 2) Interim Housing Solutions; and 3) Permanent Housing Solutions.  The City has invested funds in 533 new permanent apartments to house formally homeless individuals however it will take three to four years before people can move into their homes.  Homeless advocates, neighbors, and environmentalists have asked what can be done to get people off of the streets more quickly.

On September 27, 2016, AB 2176, authored by Assembly Member Nora Campos, was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.  Effective January 1, 2017, the bill amended the Shelter Crisis Act to authorize a five-year pilot program allowing the City of San José, upon a declaration of a shelter crisis, to create emergency Bridge Housing Communities (BHC) as one model of interim housing for homeless residents. Over the past several months, the Housing Department has been trying to identify viable sites in an attempt to identify one Bridge Housing Community in each District.  Each site is expected to house no more than 25 people within 20 Emergency Sleeping Cabins.  The number may fluctuate based on the constraints of the site.  Each site will also have community restrooms, showers, a cooking facility and common space for residents, and onsite case management that will work with the residents.  The Housing Department is targeting early 2018 to select sites and begin the development process. 

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