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SB 35, passed in 2017, streamlined the approval of affordable housing. Unfortunately, SB 35 is set to sunset in 2026. SB 423 would permanently extend SB 35 and expand it to more fully cover mixed-income housing developments. This would require that cities approve housing developments that meet certain criteria, thereby helping us ensure that more affordable housing gets built more quickly.
Please email your state representatives and/or call your state senator and advocate for SB 423.
Advocate for Public Transit
Public transit is a vital piece of our vision for housing. We envision denser communities that are both walkable and have great public transit. Unfortunately, transit ridership is growing back only gradually from the pandemic, and federal relief funds are about to run out. Public transit in California is about to encounter a fiscal cliff: without state funding to help bridge the gap, transit agencies will have to make extreme service cuts.
Please sign this petition, email your state legislators, and/or call your state legislators and advocate for public transit.
Missing Middle Housing
Missing middle housing is a key part of meeting San Jose’s housing needs. The city is currently falling far short of the level of housing production needed. One reason for this is that most of the city remains largely off limits to new housing development and almost no space is dedicated to the lowest-cost housing type: low-rise multifamily housing. Legalizing missing middle housing across San Jose neighborhoods can help San Jose meet its housing goals and produce more housing affordable to working and middle class families.
Missing middle housing will make San Jose’s housing policy more equitable and inclusive. Many of San Jose’s best-resourced neighborhoods, with great schools and job access, are currently off limits to all those who cannot afford a million-dollar-plus mansion. Restrictive housing policies were often established with exclusionary intent, and their presence today helps maintain historic patterns of exclusion. Legalizing missing middle housing in San Jose’s highest opportunity neighborhoods will help give more people from more walks of life access to the great resources available there.
The city of San Jose is currently updating the housing element of its general plan, and now is an important time to prioritize and support missing middle housing. Please sign this petition and/or contact San Jose city council and advocate for the city to:
- Strengthen implementation of SB 9 and advance further missing middle housing opportunities. These programs will help San Jose better meet its housing needs while advancing equitable access to more neighborhood resources.
- Implement these crucial policies as quickly as possible and prioritize feasibility, streamlined approval processes, and incentives for more deeply affordable housing.
- Establish design standards, promote prototypes for market-feasible missing middle housing, and identify and implement pre-approved designs eligible for the same kind of streamlined approval as ADUs as soon as possible.
Interim Housing with Supportive Services
The County of Santa Clara and LifeMoves proposed creating a interim housing program at Benton Street and Lawrence Expressway. The program will house approximately 130 people and will include on-site support services for the people staying there.
In order for this project to move forward, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors must vote to lease the land and co-sponsor a HomeKey application with LifeMoves. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors is planning to discuss this proposal at their meeting on Tuesday 6/2. Please email BoardOperations@cob.sccgov.org before 6/2 and/or attend the meeting on 6/2 and advocate for this important proposal.