Author Archives: Anna Salvador-Rodriguez

Anna is excited to join the SV@Home team as a Planning Associate. Anna is a California native from the Central Valley, who moved to San Jose in 2017. She previously served with City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley as a Site Office Associate, where she acted as a project manager and systems builder. Anna received a Master of International Development from the University of Pittsburgh. During her graduate work, she focused on regional governance and affordable housing at local, national, and international scales. She has previously worked with local governments in California in a planning capacity, and is looking forward to engaging the local community on topics related to housing. Anna also enjoys attempting to play sports and eating breakfast for dinner.

Accessory Dwelling Units: A Moderate-Income Housing Strategy

Permitting numbers provided by individual cities at the beginning of 2019. Some good news to report– the City of San Jose doubled the number of ADUs that were permitted between 2017 and 2018 and more than quadrupled the number permitted in 2016. The city’s updated ADU ordinance, which became effective in July 2018, focused on […]

Legislature Acts on 3Ps Package

With the June 15th constitutional deadline for adoption of the State budget just around the corner, we are on alert with the expectation of significant funding to support local efforts to respond to our affordable housing and homelessness crises. We have reason for hope. Governor Newsom’s May budget revision called for, among other items, a […]

Countywide RHNA Annual Progress Reporting: Falling short on affordable housing production

Annual reports show county’s cities are falling short on affordable housing production even as they surpass targets for market-rate development Recent reports on housing production for 2015-2018 show that the cities in Santa Clara County continue to fall far short of affordable housing goals, while on track to meet or exceed their targets for market-rate […]

Welcoming Sonia Avitia as SV@Home’s new Operations Manager!

As Operations Manager at SV@Home, Sonia brings with her more than 25 years of professional experience in operations management and leadership development with corporate, nonprofit and government agencies. She worked alongside Senator John Vasconcellos for 14 years as he chaired the Public Safety, Education, and Economic Development committees, as well as the Senate Subcommittee on Aging. […]

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Welcoming Mario Lopez as SV@Home’s New Policy & Legislative Associate

As Policy & Legislative Associate, Mario will take the lead on building up the newly established SV@Home Action Fund focused on local campaign work. He will also track regional policy proposals and state legislation that impacts the interests of the South Bay. Mario is a social policy innovator and political strategist. Throughout his career, he has leveraged a racial justice, equity, and cultural […]

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15 Cities and the County: All in on the RHNA Subregion

As of Wednesday, February 6th, when the Cupertino City Council took action, all 15 cities and the County have voted to join the RHNA Subregion. The Cities Association of Santa Clara County coordinated the effort, first gauging interest from all cities, then asking them to formally join. SV@Home is supportive of the formation of a […]

Gilroy: Roadblock to Multi-Family Development Approvals Set to Expire

The Gilroy City Council voted on Monday, February 4th to end a 45-day interim Urgency Ordinance preventing approval of any multi-family residential development projects in the city. The Council enacted the ordinance on January 7th, 2019 due to concerns that entitling multi-family development may be in conflict with housing priorities that the city is currently in […]

Morgan Hill: Adopts In-lieu Fees for Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

On October 17th, the Morgan Hill City Council took action to set in lieu fees for its Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, which was approved in July of this year. For projects outside of the downtown, Morgan Hill’s ordinance requires that 15% of the homes be affordable. For those that are located in downtown, 10% of the […]

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San Jose: A Future for the San Jose Hospital Site & the East Santa Clara Master Plan

On September 20th, residents of neighborhoods east of San Jose’s City Hall came together to discuss their hopes for the former San Jose Hospital site located at 725 East Santa Clara Street bounded by East Santa Clara Street, North 14th Street, East Saint John Street, and North 17th Street. The 13.39-acre site is currently owned jointly […]

RHNA-Subregion: Discussions Throughout the County

In 2015, the Cities Association of Santa Clara County identified study of a potential RHNA Subregion as a priority. What is a RHNA Subregion? Every jurisdiction receives a Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) that determines the number of new housing units it needs to plan for in its Housing Element.  Typically those numbers are provided to […]