With Silicon Valley housing prices among the highest in the nation, Mayor Liccardo has pushed to increase the supply of affordable housing to help those in our community who are continually struggling to keep up with rising costs. In particular, he led the charge to adopt inclusionary zoning and affordable housing impact fees. Together, these policies require new market-rate apartment or condominium developments to reserve a percentage of new units for affordable housing or pay a one-time in-lieu fee to help fund the construction of new affordable housing. Visit the Housing Department's website for more information on the City's affordable housing programs.
There are currently about 700 homeless veterans in Santa Clara County, many of whom remain on the street for a long period of time and are more likely to have post-traumatic stress disorder or a physical disability. In 2015, Mayor Liccardo, Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese and Destination:Home launched "All the Way Home," a campaign to end veteran homelessness by the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day in 2018. The campaign is currently pursuing a number of strategies to house homeless veterans, such as offering incentives to landlords to accept veterans housing vouchers and engaging faith organizations to identify housing opportunities in their communities.Visit Destination:Home's website for more information on the All the Way Home campaign.
In parallel to the city’s efforts to increase the stock of available affordable housing, San José has pursued unconventional options for more rapidly housing homeless individuals. In particular, Mayor Liccardo has been an early and leading advocate of acquiring underutilized motels and converting them into short-term transitional homeless housing. The City has already acquired two motels, which are set to begin housing homeless individuals in 2017 and Mayor Liccardo will continue pursuing opportunities to grow this program.Read Mayor Liccardo's original motel conversion proposal to help combat homelessness and crime.
For years, some of the most significant corridors into San José have accumulated garbage, debris, and graffiti — presenting visitors with an unpleasant first impression of the city. To address this enduring problem, Mayor Liccardo joined with the Downtown Streets Team and numerous other private sector partners to launch the Gateways Project. The project engages homeless individuals to help clean and beautify “gateways” into San José in exchange for housing, vouchers and job training. The City continues to explore opportunities to expand the Gateway Project to new areas, assisting more people and beautifying more neighborhood districts. Read more about the Gateways project on the Downtown Streets Team website.
With San José housing costs continuing to rise and forcing far too many of our residents on the street, microhousing units of 100-250 square feet offer a unique opportunity to quickly house those most in need. Under Mayor Liccardo's leadership, the City is working with project partners to develop pilot microhousing projects, including proposals to house individuals in modular structures on a city-owned site as well as smaller "tiny home" developments.
According to one Destination:Home study, just 10 percent of the homeless population accounts for 61 percent of the cost of services such as emergency medical response. Under Mayor Liccardo's leadership, the City of San José has partnered with the Santa Clara County Superior Court, the District Attorney’s Office, the Office of Probation, the Public Defender to pilot an “Opportunity Court” to target intensive services to those most in need, Modeled after other successful programs, this service streamlines court appearances and provides case management and intensive supervision for homeless individuals who pose the most persistent need for policy and emergency response. During its last year, only one of the 25 individuals who used this program has re-offended, and the City continues to explore opportunities to expand this program to reach even more individuals.