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San Jose’s renewed efforts to combat homelessness

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Alex Cotterel
The rate of homelessness in San Jose has greatly increased each year with the city reporting the highest numbers it has seen within the past year.

What you need to know:

  • City leaders have renewed their efforts to alleviate the housing crisis: building new units of affordable housing, scaling up homelessness prevention assistance and expanding basic needs services through their new bills. 
  • By 2025, the city hopes to achieve a 30% reduction in the annual inflow of homelessness, house 20,000 more people through a supportive housing system and serve 2,500 interventions to prevent homelessness through their Homelessness Prevention System. 
  • With California Senator Padilla’s introduction of the new California Housing for All Act, the city, like other California districts, will be provided a historic level of federal funding to combat rising homelessness, if the bill is approved.  

Since San Jose Mayor Matt Mahan and other San Jose leaders declared a homelessness crisis  in October 2023, city leaders have renewed their efforts to alleviate the crisis: building new units of affordable housing, scaling up homelessness prevention assistance and expanding basic needs services through their new bills. 

As of 2023, more than 6,340 people had been declared homeless in San Jose; this is the largest number the city has seen in 13 years. According to the 2022 San Jose City Report, the most commonly reported obstacles to obtaining permanent housing were high rent, lack of housing availability, insufficient income and psychiatric or emotional conditions. To combat this, San Jose partnered with the Santa Clara County Housing Authority to create a community plan to reduce the number of homeless people between 2020 and 2025. They expanded their work in 2015 to 2019, where they helped more than 8,884 homeless families enter shelters and doubled the number of supportive and temporary housing units. By 2025, the city hopes to achieve a 30% reduction in the annual inflow of homelessness, house 20,000 more people through a supportive housing system and serve 2,500 interventions to prevent homelessness through their Homelessness Prevention System. 

So far in San Jose, six interim housing units have opened since January 2020 to help homeless people stabilize their lives and work toward self-sufficiency. 

“Shelters are a good option to combat the crisis,” junior and Intersections Club activities coordinator Nitya Singh said. “But it really depends on the shelters — some don’t have a lot of space.” 

One such unit is the Family Supportive Housing shelter, on North King Road. Beyond the shelter that they provide for families with children, they have branched out into services that promote skill development for future individual living. c

The primary source of funds comes from our wonderful and generous donors and the grants that we apply for,” said Leann Lucas, Development Coordinator of Family Supportive Housing shelter. “We are currently working on trying to find grants from the local government that apply to our residents’ needs.”

Although in March 2023 Gov. Gavin Newsom promised $12.7 million to San Jose to build 200 of these homes, the responsibility now falls on San Jose to handle the developmental and design stages, which is estimated to cost an additional $5 million to $10 million for operational costs and services. However, with California Senator Padilla’s introduction of the new California Housing for All Act, the city, like other California districts, will be provided a historic level of federal funding to combat rising homelessness, if the bill is approved.  

“Housing is a basic human right, not a privilege,” Senator Alex Padilla said at a Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles. “We need significant federal investments to scale up creative and effective housing solutions.” 

Besides housing, San Jose has also expanded transportation and mental health services for the homeless population through accessible VTA Transit passes available through the Salvation Army; mental health groups such as Recovery Cafe San Jose and medical services like the Better Health Pharmacy. 

Homelessness is not something you can throw money at and hope it disappears, even though money is necessary to do anything,” Lucas said. “Focusing on what causes homelessness and providing more resources to prevent it from happening is what is important: making rental assistance, mental health counseling and so many other things more accessible.”

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    MoniqueMar 12, 2024 at 10:41 pm

    How do u sign up for the new housing project on Bradham Ln .San Jose

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    Gary BaileyMar 12, 2024 at 7:24 pm

    Yeah, LM a 62 yr old male that’s homeless in San Jose. I’ve been on a waiting list for housing for quite some time. The problem ( as I see it ) is being a single white male really is blocking me from getting into housing, or getting help from any of these groups that want to help the homeless. Its understandable that women with children should come first, or any parent that has a child or children in their custody. That makes sense. But since our president has allowed an open border policy it has literally crippled our social services agencies by giving priority to those who have come into our country illegally ! This is truly absurd ! While being a single white male who is homeless and have been waiting on a list for housing for so long, l am now ( due to our border crisis ) further down on the list for housing than l was when l first signed up for housing assistance. There are literally so many more people ahead of me now that are waiting for housing assistance that l am unsure if l will ever get any help getting into some stable housing. Now l worked full time for 35 yrs of my life in this country until l was unable to keep working due to health issues. That was 15 years ago and l became homeless about 7 years ago, and have been sleeping in my car for 7 years now, ( and waiting on a list for housing for over 4 years now ). The only times I’ve even heard from ” Home First ” (who is supposed to be working on helping me get into housing) is on the occasional times l have called them to find out if there has been any progress made towards finding me housing. And on every call l make they always have a hard time even finding my case on their computer ! So tell me ; are they really trying to help me find some safe housing ? Or is this just a big sideshow to make our elected officials look like they care, and are actually doing something to really help people like me ?? All l know for sure is that l am very tired of being homeless . And that l cannot afford to pay the high prices for housing on my limited retirement payments that l get from Social security . I am sorry if it sounds as if LM complaining ! But l am just being very real and truthful about this problem, and trying to raise some public awareness as to what it is like for a 62 yr old man who has been hoping for some help to overcome this homeless position l min here in San Jose , California.. Thanks for carrying enough to maybe try to help this problem that I , and so many others are seemingly trapped in …
    Gary Bailey ; homeless in San Jose
    Thank You sincerely !

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