San Jose Promises 10,000 Affordable Homes By 2022. So Far, They've Built 64

Matt Bigler
September 26, 2018 - 2:07 pm
Advocates for the homeless say that the shuttered San Jose City Hall should be turned into housing.

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SAN JOSE -- For San Jose officials to accomplish their stated goal of building 10,000 affordable homes by 2022, they only need to see 9,946 more constructed. 

One year since Mayor Sam Liccardo announced the ambitious plan to relieve the demand for housing, only 64 sub-market rate homes  — or less than one percent of the goal — have been built. The slow progress was first reported in the Mercury News

In their defense, San Jose housing officials said that roughly 600 homes are under renovation and an additional 270 are in development.

Affordable housing advocates are displeased. Councilman Don Rocha said that the city needs to consider quicker alternatives such as giving a green light to encampments similar to Hope Village, a site with amenities for homeless people, or tiny houses.

"It really truly takes political will," Rocha said to KCBS Radio. "If we're committed to it as a city council in the city, we can find spots [for construction]. I truly believe that."

Written by Arooba Kazmi.