San Jose approves affordable housing projects

In June 2023, San Jose City Council approved four projects that would shelter ~1,000 more San Joseans as part of Mayor Matt Mahan’s goal to build more interim housing sites.

A drone view of the Blossom Valley neighborhood.

The great 408 continues to expand.

Photo via @very_bad_badla

In San Jose’s most recent point-in-time count, the city’s homeless population decreased by ~500 people, and city officials are looking to keep that trend going.

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, four projects were approved that would offer ~300 interim homes for San Jose’s unhoused community. Here’s the breakdown:

🚐 Safe parking site

  • Location: A 6.3-acre site at 1300 Berryessa Rd.
  • Cost: $24 million over five years
  • Details: The industrial site will contain 85 RV spaces and 35 car spaces.

🏘️ Tiny homes

  • Locations: Cerone VTA Yard + Cherry Avenue
  • Cost: $17 million over five years
  • Details: Funding will come from state dollars, and each site will contain 100 tiny homes.

🏠 Temporary shelter

  • Location: A 2-acre site on Via Del Oro Street + San Ignacio Avenue
  • Cost: $3.4 million annually
  • Details: An anonymous philanthropist will donate sleeping cabins for the city to fund, design, and operate for five years.
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