Join SV@Home for a discussion on increasing affordable housing options by allowing duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes across San Jose.
Right now, 94% of San Jose’s residential land is zoned only for single-family housing. According to the US Census Bureau, only 50% of San Jose residents live in a single-family home. That means that the remaining half of our San Jose residents are excluded from 94% of San Jose’s residential land. Opportunity housing can reverse this lasting effect of exclusive zoning polices.
What is opportunity housing? It’s San Jose’s unique term for allowing duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes across all our city’s neighborhoods. Once common in San Jose, these homes have been prohibited over the last few decades, even as we have faced a shortage of new homes and rising housing costs, pricing more families out of the city. Opportunity Housing typically creates more affordable housing by design since units are usually smaller than a single-family home.
The City’s General Plan 4-Year Review Task Force, made up of stakeholders and community leaders from every council district, has recommended that the city develop a policy to allow opportunity housing in neighborhoods currently restricted to single family homes in neighborhoods across the city.
Join SV@Home to learn more about this proven strategy to create homes of all shapes and sizes, integrated into communities, and more affordable for working families, seniors, or young families — and how you can get involved! Our speakers will be:
- Jessica Setiawan, Planner, City of San Jose Housing Department
- Kiyomi Honda Yamamoto, Lead Policy Attorney – Housing, Silicon Valley Law Foundation
- Aaron Eckhouse, Regional Policy Director, California YIMBY