Today the Santa Clara County Housing Task Force declared that homelessness in the county has reached “crisis proportions”, and urged the 15 cities in the county to “fund affordable housing development, including development of surplus public land, zoning incentives, impact fees, a revenue ballot measure, and inclusionary zoning.”
“The high cost of housing is a tremendous financial burden for working people in Silicon Valley and is the main barrier to homeless individuals seeking permanent housing,” said Executive Officer of the South Bay Labor Council Ben Field. “Today’s resolution calls on local government leaders to take a number of specific, concrete actions to address this problem.”
Even if some cities in Santa Clara County refuse to fund affordable housing development and reform exclusionary zoning policies, at least the county acknowledges the sudden sky-high cost of housing in the region.
On Wednesday Oakland’s top housing official, Director of Planning and Building Rachel Flynn, stated at a conference of real estate developers on Tuesday that “there is no housing crisis in Oakland” and that due to high rents “people might need to get a roommate, which is no big deal.”