Tag: Homelessness

San Jose Councilperson Attempts End-Around to Bring in Controversial "Crime Free Housing Plan"

Today at the City's Rules Committee there will be a vote for the controversial Crime-Free Multi-Housing Program - a program that would facilitate the evictions of entire families for an arrest, not even a conviction of a crime through a new partnership between landlords and SJPD. While the housing department will be recommending that the program not be adopted after a community input process where the majority of the public said no to this program, they are also recommending that the biggest proponents of the program initiate a pilot program in Khamis's District 10.

The Degrading Experience of Trying to Rent in Silicon Valley

With the entire Bay Area facing a housing crisis, more and more people like writer Cynthia Cruz are struggling to find a place to call home. Cruz is a mother, just received her masters degree and has a full time job. The only thing she has found in her search for a home in the very place where she grew up is a degrading and dehumanizing experience.

Santa Clara County Public Defender Voices Strong Opposition to the "Crime Free Multi-Housing Initiative"

In a letter sent to San Jose Mayor Liccardo, the Santa Clara County Public Defender Molly O'Neal memorialized her office's strong opposition to the controversial Crime Free Multi-Housing Program, which would allow tenants to be evicted if they, or a guest, is identified as having engaged in any illegal activity. In the letter, featured below, she writes that the program is, "out of line with recent criminal justice reforms designed to help formerly incarcerated individuals reenter the workforce, turn around their lives, and ultimately step out of the revolving door of incarceration." The recommendations from the Housing Department and SJPD about this program will be heard by the City's Housing & Community Development Commission Meeting on Feb 11th & March 10th with an opportunity for public comment.

The Broken Man of the Silicon Valley

Emerald Ip had just left a San Jose City Council meeting where she spoke about the need for stable housing and shared that she had been left without a roof over her head after her SJSU admission was rescinded, when an interaction at the bus stop left her asking, what are we really innovating here in Silicon Valley? At the bus stop outside city hall, Ip and a friend turn a good deed into an impromptu interview with a man who could have been anyone - a man chewed up, spit out and forgotten by Silicon Valley.
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