March 5, 2018

3-5-18 Newsletter


Calling All Artists!

Affordable Housing Week 2017 poster

Winning entry from Affordable Housing Week 2017 created by Adrian Avila.

SV@Home in partnership with San Jose’s arts community is once again sponsoring a poster contest for Affordable Housing Week.

The deadline for submitting artwork is March 12.

If you are an artist or have artistic friends, family, or co-workers, please pass along this information about the contest.

Become a Sponsor

Sponsors are essential in making Affordable Housing Week and SV@Home’s robust 2018 program a success.

See our sponsorship form or contact Gina Lee.

Pledge early to ensure inclusion in AHW promotion and materials!

Plan an Event

Jump in and plan an event or two! Last year we had panels, movie nights, housing tours, resource fairs, first-time home buyer workshops, and much more.

See our previous e-blast for more ideas.


We’re looking for volunteers to help us make Affordable Housing Week a success by preparing materials, registering attendees, or other activities.

Contact Mathew Reed if you’re interested in helping!


Yes on SB 3

Yes on SB 3

Yes on the Veterans & Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018!

Last year, the California legislature heard our demands for new public financing of affordable housing and took action.

A result of these efforts was Senate Bill (SB) 3, which placed the $4 Billion Veterans & Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018 on the November ballot.

Now it’s time for us to support the measure by getting involved in the campaign.

Start by signing the campaign petition here!

This is a great opportunity to generate new funding for our work, but it’s going to take all of us to get across the goal line in November.

Welcome Peter!

SV@Home is excited to welcome our new communications manager, who will be working to change the dialogue around affordable housing!

Stop by our office to meet Peter or visit the staff page on our website to learn more about his background and experience.

Silicon Valley at Home

thank you

New Members

Thank you and welcome to our new and renewing 2018 members:

  • California Community Reinvestment Corporation
  • The John Stewart Company
  • Community Economics
  • Bank of the West
  • Destination: Home
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • Stanford University
  • Tech CU
  • Sunnyvale Councilmember Gustav Larsson



Public Weighs in on
Vallco Special Area Specific Plan

The consultant team for the Vallco Special Area Specific Plan hosted an environmental impact report (EIR) scoping meeting on February 22, during which members of the public could weigh in on potential development scenarios that should be considered for the Vallco Special Area. The EIR will analyze the impacts that each of the selected scenarios will have on the environment, such as population growth, traffic, and air quality.

Vallco environmental impact report meeting

Mountain View

Mountain View Raises
Inclusionary Zoning
Percentage to 15%

In a win for affordable housing in Mountain View, the city council voted unanimously on February 13 to strengthen its Below Market Rate (BMR) Program for rental units—often referred to as inclusionary zoning. With this vote the council reactivated its rental program, increased the percentage requirement for affordable housing to 15%, modified the Rental In-Lieu Fee (now set at $34.57 per sq ft, adjusted annually by the CPI), and added a flexible alternative mitigation option.

Mountain View Seeks Affordable Housing Solutions in East Whisman

Last week, a majority of the Mountain View council expressed support for allowing flexibility regarding ways to meet a 20 percent affordable housing goal during a study session on land use policy issues in the East Whisman Precise Plan Area.

Santa Clara

Santa Clara Convenes
El Camino Real Specific
Plan Advisory Committee

SV@HOME joined with 20 other organizations and community members to talk about how to create a walkable commercial corridor complemented by thousands of new housing units in Santa Clara during the inaugural meeting of the El Camino Real Specific Plan Community Advisory Committee (CAC) on Tuesday, February 22.

El Camino Real Specific Plan Area

Santa Clarans Identify Affordable Housing
as Top Priority

What would make El Camino Real an inspirational place that would reflect our vision for the next generation? That was the question considered by an engaged group of 30 community members at a community meeting in Santa Clara co-sponsored by SV@Home on Tuesday, February 27.

San Jose

Diridon Station Area Advisory Group Hears Calls for Affordable Housing

SV@Home joined more than 30 organizations last week to provide community input on a future Google development at Diridon Station during the first meeting of the Diridon Station Area Advisory Group (SAAG).

SV@Home Opposes
Evergreen Senior Homes Initiative

In its current form, the Evergreen Senior Homes Initiative fails to further the tenets of smart housing development that SV@Home promotes.

VTA to Initiate Mixed-Use Joint Development at Blossom Hill & Curtner Station

The Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) board of directors voted on March 1 to issue competitive developer Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for two of its joint development (JD) sites in San Jose—Blossom Hill Station and Curtner Station, which are currently underutilized park and ride lots.

Public Meetings​


What’s Next for Vallco? Existing Conditions! 

Tuesday, March 13 at 6:00 PM
Cupertino Community Hall
10350 Torre Avenue, Cupertino

Opticos and the Vallco Precise Plan consultant team will share a summary of the existing conditions regarding site and context analysis of land uses, urban form, transportation, parking, and infrastructure as well as economic and market analysis.

Detailed information regarding the entire planning process can be found at

Palo Alto

Today! North Ventura Coordinated Area Plan Kickoff

Monday, March 5 at 6:00 PM
Palo Alto City Hall
250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto
Agenda Item 15
(estimated to be discussed at 8:05 pm)

The City of Palo Alto has launched a planning process for the North Ventura Area, which includes the 15-acre “Fry’s site.”  Preliminary goals for the plan area include “adding to the City’s supply of multifamily housing including market rate, affordable, “missing middle,” and senior housing in a walkable, mixed use, transit-accessible neighborhood with retail and commercial services, open space, and possibly arts and entertainment uses.”

This is the time to weigh in on the future of the North Ventura area!

View the staff report.

San Jose

Evergreen Senior Housing 

Tuesday, March 6 at 1:30 PM
San Jose City Hall
200 E. Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA
Agenda Items 3.3 & 3.7

On Tuesday, the San Jose City Council will consider two items related to the Evergreen Senior Homes Initiative—adoption of a resolution to place the initiative on the June 5 ballot (Item 3.3) and discussion of potential June 5 ballot measures (Item 3.7).

While SV@Home strongly SV@Home supports the expansion of the South Bay’s housing supply and the development of affordable housing as a means to resolve the Bay Area’s housing crisis, we are opposing the Evergreen Senior Homes Initiative due to several of its features that cause us concern.

Upcoming Events

Modular Construction: Can We Build Affordability
by Building More Affordably?

Thursday, March 15, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
1020 Enterprise Way, Sunnyvale

Co-presented by Silicon Valley at Home
& Terner Center for Housing Innovation

In order to relieve the State’s cost and supply pressures, California needs to build 3.5 million new units by 2025.  Legislative fixes are underway at the State level, and many of Santa Clara County’s elected leaders are actively working to respond to the housing crisis’ impact on our communities.  Policy changes are critical, but are there new solutions we can leverage to lower the cost of construction?


  • Carol Galante, faculty director, Terner Center for Housing Innovation (moderator)
  • Jay Bradshaw, Northern California Carpenters Regional Council
  • Rick Holliday, CEO, Factory OS
  • Rosalynn Hughey, acting director, San Jose Department of Planning, Building & Code Enforcement
  • Geoffrey Morgan, executive director, First Community Housing

North County Happy Housers

Friday, March 16, 5:30-7:00pm
Tied House
954 Villa St, Mountain View

SV@Home’s Happy Housers are an opportunity for people from all corners of the housing world to meet and exchange ideas. For our March Happy Housers, we are heading north from our usual haunts to Castro street in Mountain View.

We will be joined by North Bay leaders including Mountain View Mayor Lenny Siegel and Cupertino Mayor Darcy Paul, among others.

Join us and the north county mayors for drinks and conversation with fellow housers, advocates, and policymakers on Friday, March 16th! Further guests TBA.

Committee to House the Bay Area

CASA Technical Committee

Wednesday, March 28th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
375 Beale, First Floor, Yerba Buena Room
San Francisco

CASA continues its work to develop game-changing solutions to the region’s housing crisis with the first discussion of proposals from sub-committees scheduled to take place this month.

Look out for the event on SV@Home’s events page—we will add the agenda packet to the event page as soon as it is available (about one week prior to the meeting).

You can also view the meeting live on MTC’s public meeting page:

Forty Years of Proposition 13: Truth and Consequences

Wednesday, March 7, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Prologis Ventures
Pier 1, Bay 1
San Francisco, CA

The year 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of Proposition 13, which capped property taxes in California and dramatically changed our state’s fiscal and development landscape.

The Urban Land Institute of San Francisco has organized a panel to discuss the “truth and consequences” of Prop 13: how it governs the collection and distribution of property taxes and how this affects funding for needed improvements to local communities and schools across California.

Urban Land Institute of San Francisco

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