Local Committee Takes Steps to Remedy Housing Shortage

San Jose Residents for Evergreen Senior Homes Files to Add Housing for Seniors, Veterans

San Jose, California (September 12, 2017) – San Jose Residents for Evergreen Senior Homes – a coalition of senior citizens, veterans, and community leaders – announced their intent to collect signatures to qualify a local initiative for the June 2018 ballot that would allow for the creation of up to 910 residential units, at least 20% of which would be designated as affordable, with a preference given to military veterans.

“The region continues to add new jobs without adding housing. As reported in the Joint Venture Silicon Valley 2016 Index, Santa Clara County added 64,000 jobs and only 5,000 new housing units in 2015. With costs skyrocketing and limited supply, our city is in the midst of a housing crisis,” stated Patricia Sausedo, former San Jose Vice Mayor and former City Councilmember representing Evergreen. “Turning unused, industrial land into an active senior community helps our most vulnerable residents while freeing up more housing in the region.”

The Evergreen Senior Homes Initiative would allow for the creation of a new housing community for independent seniors in San Jose’s Evergreen neighborhood. The proposed site has been vacant for thirty years and currently zoned for industrial use.

“In Silicon Valley, more than one in four residents will be over 60 by 2030– many on fixed incomes. Creating housing options that allow local seniors to age with dignity, while maintaining their independence without displacing them from the region is critical to doing right by some of the most vulnerable members of our community,” said Eddie Garcia, a nearby Evergreen resident and former East Side Union High School Trustee.

According to recent polling by FM3 Research, 64% of San Jose voters support the initiative to build senior homes in Evergreen and just 20% are opposed. In addition, 82% of voters believe that the cost of housing is an extremely or very serious problem facing the City of San Jose.

Francis McVey, Retired Naval Flight Officer and leading San Jose veterans advocate said “Our aging servicemen and women are often overlooked. I am pleased to support such a project, which dedicates housing to those who need it most and gives priority to those seniors who have served our country.”

In addition to ensuring that units are set aside for affordable housing, and prioritizing the needs of military veterans, the Evergreen Senior Homes project also includes more than 30 acres of permanently protected open space – at no cost to taxpayers.

Once the intent to gather signatures is submitted to the City of San Jose, the City has two weeks to develop a title and summary for the initiative. After the title and summary are released, the coalition will begin to gather the more than 22,000 signatures needed to qualify for the June 2018 ballot.

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