March 19, 2018

3-19-18 Newsletter


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Affordable Housing Week 2018

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Affordable Housing Week 2018 #ItsTime4Yes

Throughout Affordable Housing Week—May 11 to May 18—there will be tours and sessions that offer opportunities to learn, engage, and explore affordable housing solutions underway in Santa Clara County. The week culminates on May 18 with a policy luncheon featuring a distinguished panel of speakers that will explore regional approaches and solutions to the housing crisis that are underway locally and throughout the nine-county Bay Area.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Los Angeles Times reporter Liam Dillon and includes Steve Heminger, CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission; Caitlyn Fox, director of policy and advocacy for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; Maya Perkins, executive director of the newly formed  Bay Area Forward; and Ken Rosenberg, former  Mountain View mayor and current city councilmember. Register early as attendance will be limited.

Affordable Housing Week Policy Luncheon speakers

Thank You to Our New & Returning Members

Silicon Valley Bank • Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA) • Armanino • Sunlight Foundation
• Kyle Knutson • Thida Cornes

City of San Jose

 The City of San José is currently accepting applications for a vacancy on the Housing & Community Development Commission to be appointed by Council District 1.

The deadline to submit an application is  Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 11:59 PM.  

Around the Region


Cupertino Hosts Community Meeting on Vallco Mall

On Tuesday, March 15th, Opticos, the consultant for the City of Cupertino’s Vallco Special Area Specific Plan, provided an overview of existing conditions in the planning zone area and considered guiding principles for the next phases of the community driven planning process.

Palo Alto

Palo Alto Planning & Transportation Commission Votes Against Affordable Housing Overlay

On a 4-3 vote on March 14th, the Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Committee (PTC) voted not to advance a proposed Affordable Housing Combining District (also known as an overlay zone).

San Jose

San Jose City Council Takes Action on Evergreen Senior Homes Initiative

While SV@Home has taken action to oppose the Evergreen Senior Homes Initiative, no action has been taken on the new Charter Amendment proposed by the City Council.

San Jose Leaders Consider Changes to Housing Authority

The San Jose City Council has voted to terminate its agreement with the Santa Clara County Housing Authority (SCCHA) should the County take action to change the governance structure of the SCCHA.

Public Meetings​

Diridon Station

Diridon Station Area Advisory Group

Wednesday, March 21 @ 8:00 PM
San Jose City Hall
Committee Rooms 118-120
200 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA

The agenda includes presentations and disussion on the City’s planning goals for the Diridon Station Area, SAAG’s role and operation, and future community engagement activities.

The meeting also provides a space for public comment.  Key to this process is community voices, and we encourage housing supporters to attend the meetings and speak up about the need to create housing opportunities as jobs are added to the City.

As a SAAG member, SV@Home is pleased to join more than 30 other organizations in providing feedback, advocating for more housing, significant affordability, and an integrated, mixed-use urban design.  Join SV@Home at this meeting to speak out for housing near Diridon Station!

New development in the Diridon Station Area may add 6-8 million square feet of employment space and an estimated 20,000 workers to the area west of Downtown.  More housing—especially affordable housing—is needed to house new workers and their families.

Accessory dwelling units

San Jose Accessory Dwelling Unit Community Meetings

Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 5:30 PM
Almaden Community Center
San Jose, CA
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 Monday, March 26, 2018 @ 6:30 PM
Alum Rock Community Library
San Jose, CA
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Thursday, March 29, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Willow Glen Community Center
San Jose, CA
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The City of San Jose Planning Department is hosting 3 community meetings to discuss proposals and gather public comments on Zoning Code updates for Secondary Units (also known as Accessory Dwelling Units, or ADUs) in the City of San José.

Your participation in the planning process will help us consider the community’s input. RSVP is not required but is helpful. Please let the City know if you are interested in participating in this community meeting by emailing

CASA Technical Committee

March 28, 2018, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
375 Beale, First Floor, Yerba Buena Room
San Francisco, CA

First discussion of proposals from sub-committees. The meeting agenda will be released on March 21 on the MTC CASA website.

Upcoming Events

Housing Trust Silicon Valley Investor Briefing

March 23, 2018, from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA

This annual luncheon brings together about 500 attendees from across the housing and real estate industry, local and state government officials, and the business community to reflect on recent accomplishments and challenges in the affordable housing landscape and to make new plans.

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Urban Land Institute of San Francisco: Housing the Bay

On March 23 ULI SF will organize summit panels and presentations focusing on innovative solutions in  financing, construction, policy, and public process. Speakers from around North America will share lessons learned, successful case studies, and best practices with Bay Area leaders. See ULI’s site for session details.

Sessions include:

  • Developing Housing for the “Missing Middle” – New Financing Tools and Strategies
  • Can Impact Fees and Housing Live in Harmony?
  • Lightning Talks: Breaking through the Housing Deadlock
  • The Way Forward for Housing

Nonprofit Housing Association of Northern California

22nd Annual Affordable Housing Leadership Awards

Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 3 as NPH recognizes the inspiring individuals and organizations that are building opportunities for diverse, vibrant and equitable communities across the Bay Area.

Sign up for the NPH newsletter or visit the event page updates.

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