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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.

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.
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