Silicon Valley at Home (SV@Home) presented the Bay Area Legislative Caucus and the City of Mountain View with awards in recognition of their contributions toward increasing the supply of affordable housing during SV@Home’s May 18 policy luncheon, the concluding event of Affordable Housing Week 2018.
The “Bringing It Home” awards recognize housing champions who took impactful action to increase affordable housing opportunities for South Bay residents.
The first award went to the Mountain View Community Development Department staff and its leader, Randy Tsuda, for the many years they spent working on the North Bayshore Precise Plan.
The plan, which was approved in December 2017 by the city council, will double the number of affordable homes in Mountain View by adding a total of 9,850 new homes in the North Bayshore area including 2,000 affordable homes.
Hailed as a blueprint for addressing the Bay Area’s housing crisis, the plan was supported by a broad coalition of local and regional community-based organizations.
Another award went to the Bay Area Legislative Caucus, which was instrumental in shepherding a package of housing bills through the state legislature. These new laws address California’s high cost of housing through the provision of new funding for affordable housing, measures to streamline the residential development process, and other innovative solutions.
The Bay Area Legislative Caucus consists of the 27 members of the California state assembly and senate that represent the Bay Area’s nine counties.
In the South Bay these legislators include State Senator Jim Beall and State Assemblymembers Ash Kalra and Mark Stone, both of whom accepted the award at the luncheon on behalf of the caucus.