Author Archives: Alison Cingolani

Alison is a strong believer in the power of evidence-based policy and the importance of quality research. She believes that now more than ever, policymakers need access to nuanced, accurate, accessible data to make effective housing policy that engages and respects our communities. Alison is proud to be a part of this work at SV@Home as Policy and Research Associate. Alison holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Central Florida and has an eclectic background in high revenue business leadership, communications, research and analysis, and community activism. As a current student in San Jose State University’s Master of Public Administration program, she has focused her study on housing legislation and policy. A long-time Bay Area resident living in a vibrant East San Jose community, Alison loves being involved in hands-on organizing and service. Her favorites are enjoying a great local adventure with her family, taking a class, hiking with friends, or curling up with a great book.

Evaluating a Housing Element for Feasibility

Housing advocates can help ensure Housing Element plans meet state requirements by reviewing each jurisdiction’s housing element in detail to evaluate it for feasibility. This process is focused on the ways that cities can appear to be in compliance with housing element law while encoding barriers to permitting and economic feasibility. One required component of […]

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High Opportunity Areas

High opportunity areas are places that currently have strong economic, environmental, and educational outcomes. Locating affordable housing in high opportunity areas would result in more racial integration of neighborhoods, and offer new economic opportunities to low-income people. High opportunity areas should be a top factor in considering the share of total housing need allocated to […]

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RHNA Methodology

ABAG’s  Housing Methodology Committee began to hold public meetings in October of 2019 to decide how to divide the HCD’s Regional Housing Need Determination among the Bay Area’s 101 cities and 9 counties. The Methodology Committee is made up of members from every county in the region and includes elected officials, housing and planning staff […]

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San Jose lawmakers approve new fee caps for developments

SV@Home’s Policy Manager, Mathew Reed, cautions San Jose councilmembers against setting a premature and arbitrary linkage fee cap in San Jose. The long-awaited professional analysis that was supposed to be the basis for the decision is due to be released next month.    BY: Janice Bitters┃San Jose Spotlight PUBLISHED: June 18, 2020   If developers […]

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Bay Area’s state-mandated housing goals to more than double as cities lag behind

BY: Janice Bitters ┃San Jose Spotlight PUBLISHED: June 19, 2020 Ready or not, the Bay Area’s new state-mandated housing development goals have arrived, and the numbers are bigger than ever before. Bay Area municipalities are expected to be responsible for planning, zoning and approving a combined 441,176 new homes between 2023 and 2030, according to […]

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Staedler: Park space vital for dense urban development

SV@Home believes that a truly urban Diridon Station area offers tremendous opportunity for the full variety of uses supported by the community.  While the station area is adjacent to a significant amount of existing parkland, we are confident that the varied interests can be accommodated – including 15,000 homes of which 25% will be affordable. […]

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Local bans on residential evictions extended into August

Leslye Corsiglia, Executive Director of SV@Home, encourages county supervisors to decouple the county’s eviction moratorium ordinance from the governor’s executive order in order to provide clarity and certainty to both tenants and property owners. By KEVIN FORESTIERI │ Mountain View Voice PUBLISHED: May 30, 2020, 11:26 am Cities and counties throughout California are racing to […]

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Affordable Housing Month 2020 Past Event Recordings

SV@Home is excited to convene our regional housing partners throughout Santa Clara County in celebrating a virtual Affordable Housing Month 2020! Full of virtual events, activities for all ages, and invigorating conversations, AHM 2020 brings our community together to learn, engage, and act on how we can work to make Silicon Valley a more affordable […]

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San Jose Diridon Station plan forges ahead as planners adapt to COVID-19

The vast majority of San Jose’s staff recommendations align with SV@Home’s Housing Vision for the Diridon Station Area, including up to 3,225 affordable housing units. But as SV@ Home’s Mathew Reed points out, without a commercial linkage fee that could help fund affordable homes, it’s unclear how the city can meet its housing goal. By […]

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Our Housing Vision for the Diridon Station Area- Call to Action!

In August 2019, SV@Home unveiled a Housing Vision for the Diridon Station Area, which outlined the opportunity to create a vibrant, active transit hub at Diridon Station that would provide a wide range of housing opportunities to people of all income levels. Since then, we have continued our engagement through the Station Area Advisory Group, […]

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