March 3, 2017

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HOUSING TOPICS

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), sometimes called secondary units, granny units, in-law units, and backyard cottages,…

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Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH)

It’s the law in California! In July 2020, President Trump issued an Executive Order formally…

Affordable Rental Housing Finance

Affordable rental housing has many of the same cost components as market-rate housing: land, development…

Area Median Income & Eligibility for Affordable Housing

The area median income (AMI) in Santa Clara County in 2022 is $168,500, an increase…

At-Risk Rental Properties

The California Housing Partnership Corporation (CHPC) tracks all income-restricted apartments that have been developed with…

CASA – The Committee to House the Bay Area

After 18 months of intense work, dialogue and debate, the Committee to House the Bay…

CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act)

This 1972 State statute, much amended over the years, requires that all but small development…

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Commercial Linkage Fees

Commercial Linkage Fees (CLF) are a standard tool used by local communities for generating affordable…

Community Land Trusts

A community land trust (CLT) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation that is defined in federal…

Condo Conversions

Condominium (also known as “condo”) conversion refers to the conversion of multi-family rental units from…

Costs of Development

Financing the development of housing is complex, and financing affordable housing development is even more…

Ellis Act

The Ellis Act, adopted in 1985, establishes limits on how cities can regulate the way…

The Cahil Park townhouses located at Laurel Grove Lane and Cahil Park Drive in San Jose were built with modular construction.

Existing Affordable Housing Assets

SV@Home has compiled data from the 16 jurisdictions in Santa Clara County to determine the…

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Fair Housing

Federal Law Under federal law, it is illegal to discriminate in the sale or rental…

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General Plans

Every city and county in California is required by the State to adopt a General…

Glossary of Affordable Housing and Development Terms

20% Housing Funds – See Low- and Moderate-Income Housing Fund. ABAG – See Association of…

Homekey Initiative Motel Conversions

On June 30, 2020, Governor Newsome announced the $600 million Homekey Initiative, a hotel/motel conversion…

Homelessness

According to the 2019 Santa Clara County Homeless Census and Survey (also known as the Homeless Point-in-Time Count),…

Housing Development Process

The housing development process is complex and time-consuming even under the most favorable of circumstances.…

Woman, child and dog in front of townhomes

Housing Elements

Every city and county in California is required by the State to adopt a  General Plan that…

Housing Impact Fees

An impact fee is a charge levied by a local community on new development that covers the…

Inclusionary Housing

Inclusionary housing policies require or encourage developers to set aside a certain percentage of housing…

Jobs and Housing

Santa Clara County and to other parts of the Bay Area faces a significant jobs-housing…

Jobs and Housing in the Development Pipeline

The housing crisis in Silicon Valley and throughout the greater Bay Area has, by universal…

The Orchard office towers

Jobs and Housing Pipeline in San Jose

San Jose is experiencing a tremendous amount of development and pre-development activity. (Pre-development projects have…

Just Cause Eviction Protections

Just Cause Eviction Ordinances require that landlords have a reason to evict a tenant. These…

Measure A Housing Bond

As of December 31, 2020, the Measure A program has committed over $499.35 ​million of…

Measure E in San Jose

The San Jose City Council placed Measure E on the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary…

1145 Martin Ave. Duplex

Missing Middle Housing

The term “Missing Middle Housing” refers to housing that is naturally more affordable because of…

Mobile homes

Mobilehomes

Mobilehomes are often a source of naturally affordable housing.  Mobilehome park residents often own their…

Regional Collaboration

Housing must be considered through a regional lens. Planning for housing city by city or…

Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA)

Every seven to eight years, the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) process is used to…

Rent Stabilization

Rent Stabilization – commonly called Rent Control – places a cap on annual allowable rent…

The Cahil Park townhouses located at Laurel Grove Lane and Cahil Park Drive in San Jose were built with modular construction.

Santa Clara County’s Housing Shortfall

Determining the precise amount of housing needed is challenging, as it must include not only…

Santa Clara County: Community Plan to End Homelessness

Despite progress in Santa Clara County to create a supportive housing system that helps thousands…

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School Enrollment Decline & the Housing Element

Contact Alison Cingolani for more information. View The Missing Piece: How New Homes Can Help…

Soft-Story Buildings

Soft-story building construction is a term used to describe low-rise, multi-story, wood-frame apartment structures with…

North Bayshore

Specific Plans

Cities are required by State law to adopt General Plans that lay out plans for…

Surplus & Underutilized Public Land

One of the most challenging issues affordable housing developers face is acquiring land, particularly when…

Transit Oriented Communities at BART Stations

Transit-oriented development (TOD) is high-density residential and non-residential development located near rail transit stations and stops…

Magnolias Affordable Housing Project entry plaza, rendering by SERA Architects

Understanding Housing Affordability

Santa Clara County is an expensive place to live. For both renters and homeowners, housing…