Could California force homeless people to accept shelter space against their will? Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who lead a state homlessness task force, recently proposed a way to do just that. Their “right to shelter” plan would first boost the supply of shelter space statewide — requiring cities and counties to build more beds — and then legally obligate homeless people to accept one if offered. No legislation has been proposed yet…
Read more from the source: Can California Force Homeless People Into Shelters? Civil Rights Groups Call Plan Legally Questionable.
Facebook Engages in Housing Discrimination via Its Ad Practices, U.S. Says
The Department of Housing and Urban Development sued the company for violating the federal Fair Housing Act by limiting who sees ads based on characteristics like race, religion and national origin.
Report: Bay Area developers see headwinds in housing market
A new report forecasting the real estate market in California shows a fairly sunny outlook for the Bay Area, though it notes the region may be facing some headwinds where it matters most: housing. The report, called the Commercial Real Estate Survey, is released semi-annually by prominent California law firm Allen Matkins and the UCLA...
Rents Keep Climbing in San Jose, California's Industrial Market
Market Stat: City Maintains Title of Most Expensive Industrial Market in US
San Jose Bans Landlords From Rejecting Renters with Housing Vouchers
The measure prevents landlords from refusing to rent units based on an applicant's legitimate source of income, including government-issued housing voucher
Bramson: A troubling boom on the streets
My great grandmother was born in New York City in 1902, lived there all her life, and died in 2006. After raising two children and then losing her husband at a relatively young age, she worked as a bookkeeper until she was 88 years old, helping her kids get through college and start their own...
San Jose approves new law barring Section 8 voucher discrimination
Tenants say they face rampant discrimination but landlords worry about navigating more bureaucracy.
Santa Clara County OKs building low-income housing on vacant county land
There are nearly 80 acres of county-owned land sitting vacant – near hospitals and public transit – and now county lawmakers will look at turning it into apartments for homeless residents. Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez presented a proposal at the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday to look into building extremely low-income housing on that...
District 4 Homelessness and Housing Forum
Councilmember Lan Diep's office is holding a forum on Monday, August 26 (change of date from previously) about the city's response to homelessness and housing. It will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Berryessa Community Center, 3050 Berryessa Road, San Jose, CA 95132. Attendees will hear from panelists and will have the opportunity to have their questions answered. Please submit your inquiries below.
California needs permanent housing. Temporary shelters aen't long term fix
California needs permanent housing and should pursue housing first policy. Temporary shelters aen't long term fix for homelessness
Santa Clara Co. offers to subsidize housing for developmentally disabled residents.http://bit.ly/300NHHF Santa Clara County Offers to Fund Housing for Disabled Residents Supervisor Joe Simitian called the spending plan a “smart, humane and cost-effective” way to prevent homelessness. sanjoseinside.com
How States and Cities Can Fight the Housing Crisis, Together
At first glance, the housing challenges in our two states couldn’t seem more different. California’s economy ranks as the world’s fifth largest and is home to several of the most expensive housing markets in the nation. Michigan, on the other hand, is often cited as the standard for rust belt decline. Its major cities and small towns are still recovering from the disruptions of the global economic shifts that led to deindustrialization and job loss. Yet, when we look a little deeper, we find ...
Residential Impact Fees in California
As California continues to grapple with the devastating effects of the housing crisis, more attention is being paid to the rising cost of building new homes. The median home value in California has almost reached $550,000, (1) reflecting both the limited supply of homes as well as the high cost of development. In some cases, the cost of building affordable housing in California has topped $600,000 per unit, or more. Strapped for revenue, localities are increasingly turning to development fees...
“An Open Letter to our Community from Chief Kimberly Petersen on the Proposed Temporary Housing Navigation Center.” from Fremont Police Department (CA)
The safety and security of our community is the Fremont Police Department’s highest priority. I am writing this letter to address questions we’re hearing from the community ...
Bidding wars plummet as Bay Area housing market cools – East Bay Times
As the Bay Area housing market cools, rates of bidding wars plunge.
The Major Challenge of Inadequate US Housing Supply
In the last 10 years, since the Great Recession, the economy has expanded greatly, but the housing market still has not recovered. Since 2011, residential housing construction has increased, but only gradually.
Home prices rise in nine of 10 U.S. markets
Although a recent CoreLogic report indicated that home-price appreciation decelerated in June, new data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed that a vast majority of U.S. markets still saw home-price increases. In the second quarter of this year, NAR reported that prices rose in 91% of the markets it tracks, with 162 of 178 metro areas recording price gains. That’s up from 86% in the first quarter of 2019. On the whole, NAR said, home prices are “mildly reaccelerating,” es...
Zillow, Redfin home flipping revenues are soaring. Here’s what it means
More revenue isn’t necessarily good if you’re ultimately losing money.
California Legislature should not allow financialization of housing
California Legislature is pushing legislation giving Wall Street a greater hold on housing, making housing less affordable. Homes are not a commodity
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How renting could affect your health
Private rented homes are more likely to have damp than social rented or owner occupied homes, and less likely to have central heating.
Why San Jose Could Catch New York City In Co-Living Development – San Jose Community NETWORK
Bisnow The Bay Area’s largest city could see thousands of co-living units coming, starting with the sector’s largest project ever if it opened today. Source: Why San Jose Could Catch Ne…
Housing crisis looms large
When the state Legislature returns to Sacramento this month after its summer vacation recess, it will have just four weeks to do something meaningful about California’s single most important issue – a housing shortage that takes a heavy economic and psychological toll on many Californians and is getting worse. While legislators enjoyed their summer break, the Public Policy Institute of California issued a rather startling report that “the first half of 2019 saw a substantial decline in the nu...
The Case for Rent Control
If you’ve taken introductory economics, you’ve likely heard some bad things about rent control. Most economists (e.g., 81%) don’t like it. Generally, economists argue rent control…
Hotop: Where is the accountability over Silicon Valley's housing crisis?
“Rents at all time highs!” “Homeless population growing” “Incomes not keeping up with rents” We’ve all seen these headlines the last few years and understand there’s a problem. However, there’s a bigger underlying problem that hasn’t been adequately addressed. These headlines go all the way back to the 1970’s. In 2003, San Jose’s Housing Department...
Presidential Candidates Raise Important Housing Issues During Second Democratic Debates
On Tuesday and Wednesday in Detroit, 20 Democrats took the stage at the second round of the DNC’s 2020 Presidential Primary Debates. Taking their case to the American people, the candidates laid out their vision for the future of the United States’ economy. As the candidates discussed their various plans for reducing income inequality, promoting racial equity, and ensuring better outcomes for the nation’s next generation, key housing policy points bubbled to the surface, highlighting the impo...
Downtown San Jose Intersection Transforming Into Site For High-Rise Housing Amid Concerns – CBS San Francisco
The housing crisis has sent communities scrambling to increase their housing stock and now, developers are flocking to downtown San Jose where the activity at one intersection promises to transform the entire area.
Santa Clara receives $6.2M from San Jose following bitter lawsuit
Santa Clara officials are deciding how the city will spend $5 million earmarked for affordable housing that the city has received from San Jose this week as part of a lawsuit settled last year. Though the money will go toward affordable housing, the city hasn’t yet identified specific projects or initiatives for the funds. San...
One Way to Unlock the Housing CA Needs? Encourage More Varieties of Infill
(Photo: Will Buckner/Flickr) Editor's Note: This story is Part 1 of Unlocking Infill, a California Economic Summit series on the complexities of infill development. If you have ideas for topics that should be covered in this series, we want to hear them. Send your idea to firstname.lastname@example.org. California is increasingly focused on promoting infill development to meet greenhouse gas targets and satisfy consumer demand for walkability and short commutes. Gov. Newsom’s budget adds to that focus with a...
'Sue the suburbs' group tries to force cities to approve housing
A tiny San Francisco-based nonprofit is suing Bay Area cities that it says are illegally denying housing projects.
Silicon Valley’s Hottest Neighborhood for Foreign Buyers
The Bay Area housing market is red hot, but one neighborhood in Silicon Valley is even hotter for foreign buyers: Old Palo Alto.
Can California Force Homeless People Into Shelters? Civil Rights Groups Call Plan Legally Questionable.
Could California force homeless people to accept shelter space against their will? Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who lead a state homlessness task force, recently proposed a way to do just that. Their “right to shelter” plan would first boost the supply of shelter space statewide — requiring cities and counties to build more beds — and then legally obligate homeless people to accept one if offered. No legislation has been proposed yet...
Housing, restaurant project set to sprout in downtown San Jose
A mixed-use housing and retail complex that will bring downtown San Jose more than 100 new homes and an enticing restaurant concept is set to begin construction within weeks near the city's convention center.
Single-Family Zoning in the San Francisco Bay Area
In mid-June, the New York Times publishedten zoning mapsof major American cities. These brilliantly rendered maps illustrate the degree to which single-family zoning dominates our urban areas, not just suburban communities. For example, the Timesfound that 70 percent of residential land in Minneapolis, 75 percent in Los Angeles, 81 percent in Seattle, and 94 percent in San Jose is zoned for single-family homes. The problem here lies not with single family homes, but with single-family zonin...
Housing policy in the 2020 presidential campaign, explained
A crisis of low incomes and a parallel crisis of tight supply.
California has the most homeless people of any state. But L.A. is still a national model for helping them
With tens of thousands of homeless people living on the streets, Los Angeles officials have increasingly found themselves as the subject of criticism for what many Angelenos see as a failure to keep up with a problem that seems to be getting worse. But across the country, L.A. isn't considered to be a failure. To the contrary, at last week's National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Washington, D.C., attendees repeatedly held up both the...
California rent control bill could impact 1.2 million LA homes
AB 1482 would bar property owners in California from increasing rent more than 7 percent, plus the cost of inflation, in one year.
Real problems with US housing market is regulation, land cost
The problem with America's housing market isn't labor and material costs; it's increased local regulation and onerous zoning laws.
Editorial: Amid political paralysis, housing shortage poised to get worse
The latest data on building permits in California show the first sustained decline since the recession, reflecting state and local officials’ failure to deal with the crisis.
Permits for new Bay Area homes, apartments drop sharply https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/08/01/permits-for-new-bay-area-homes-apartments-drop-sharply/
Permits for new Bay Area homes, apartments drop sharply
Despite a pressing demand for new homes, condos and apartments, residential building permits in California fell 16 percent in the last year, dropping for the first time since the recession nearly a decade ago. In the Bay Area, permits to build new homes and apartments tanked — falling nearly 50 percent in San Mateo County compared to the prior year, 30 percent in Alameda County, nearly 10 percent in Santa Clara County and 7 percent in Contra Costa County, according to a new analysis by the Pu...
Kanye West is building domed housing in pursuit of breaking down class barriers
Kanye West's passion for architecture is no secret. Almost a year ago he announced his YEEZY Home venture which emerged as a low-income housing endeavor composed of prefabricated concrete modules. We've also seen him pop up at the GSD and SCI-Arc to explore the academic depths architecture has to offer. In 2010, West cited a lamp design by Le Corbusier as a guiding inspiration for his hit single All of the Lights. About five years ago he spoke at length of a previous partnership with Rem Kool...
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