In the summer of 2015, SV@Home opened its doors with the vision of a Silicon Valley where all people had access to a safe, secure, and affordable home. While we know our job is far from done, we can look back over the past six years and celebrate the important progress that’s been made. From opening up more land for housing, to ensuring that land use plans and developments prioritize affordability, to supporting the development of new affordable homes, to advocating for proactive housing solutions, to increasing the funding available to build new affordable developments, SV@Home has worked tirelessly to respond to the housing challenges in Santa Clara County and beyond. The map below shows highlights of our policy work. Click on an icon to see the results (and click farther if you want to learn more)!
In addition to our policy and research work, we have prioritized education and learning opportunities for everyone from policy wonks to those just beginning to learn about housing, hosting dozens of forums and workshops each year and coordinating May’s annual Affordable Housing Month. We incubated the Coalition of Housers (CoHo) to provide career development opportunities for emerging housing leaders. We worked hard to change the narrative around housing with fact-based messaging and compelling personal stories. And we created a new 501 (c)(4) nonprofit called the SV@Home Action Fund to support legislative solutions and manage ballot campaigns.
We look back on the past six years with gratitude for all of the people who worked alongside us to achieve these wins and implement these strategies. We know that none of our successes would have been possible without the strong coalition of partner agencies, the development community, our local government staff, and the many many individual supporters (affectionately known as housers), all of whom come together with the mutual goal of providing housing for our community members. Thank you all!
Interested in SV@Home’s history? Check it out here!
- Housing Development
- Land Use Plans
Successfully advocated for 15,000 homes at Diridon Station with 25% affordability.
North Bayshore Plan
Advocated for, and achieved, 9,850 new homes on this 122-acre site with 20% affordability.
Supported a housing-rich Lawrence Station plan with 5,935 new homes and the study of up to 20,000 new homes at Moffett Park.
North 40 Specific Plan
Led a coalition for a major development including much needed affordable housing in Los Gatos.
Surplus Land Act
Worked alongside partners to ensure charter cities followed State surplus lands laws to prioritize affordable housing development on public land.
Supported the development of more than 2,400 new homes at this former mall site, with 50% affordability.
Built a coalition in support of this innovative development with 361 new homes and an urban farm.
Partnered with the City of Palo Alto to support a new tenant alliance and to adopt proactive anti-displacement measures.
Collaborated with local partners to support the city’s first comprehensive Housing Strategy, including a groundbreaking mobilehome rent stabilization policy.
Provided technical expertise to support more and deeper affordability in Santa Clara housing developments.
Emergency Rental Assistance Fund
Advocated for the local eviction and homeless-prevention program, which provides as much as $300,000 in emergency rent and deposit assistance a year.
Worked in Morgan Hill and cities throughout the County to gain approval of robust inclusionary ordinances.
Section 8 Housing Discrimination
Advocated for protections for voucher holders to ensure their access to housing opportunities across the County.
Worked with VTA to support 35% affordability systemwide and minimum of 20% affordability per project on all VTA-owned land.
Commercial Linkage Fee
Led the successful coalition in support of San Jose’s new fee to support more housing development.
The SV@Home Action Fund ran the winning campaign to create a new source of funding for affordable homes in San Jose, which will bring on average between $30-40 million per year.
Part of the team that got the votes for this $950 million ballot measure supporting housing opportunities for our most vulnerable neighbors.
SV@Home Action Fund
Created this new nonprofit to support legislation and run ballot campaigns, including the successful Measure E campaign.
Co-led the regional body which created a 10-point housing plan to respond to the Bay Area’s housing crisis.