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become financially responsible. It’s a much more cost effective way for us to deal with the homeless situation rather than just moving them around or closing down encampments which is extremely expensive to do and it has no positive end result. SVI: What will be the geographic breakdown for these 5,000 affordable housing units?

SVI: There are about 500 homeless veterans.

at this salary, many people cannot afford housing.

Ash: There used to be about 700 or 800. Now it’s actually dropping below 500. The plan was to provide housing for all of them by 2018 which is the 100th anniversary of Veteran’s Day. My understanding is that we will house every homeless veteran by this year. Everyone wants to house our veterans so it’s easy to get financial support

When we talk to the CEO’s in Silicon Valley, the number one issue is the housing cost. It doesn’t just impact the engineers. It impacts an entire workforce, for example people in the kitchens, the cafeterias, the janitors, the security officers etc., all of them are a part of the Silicon Valley infrastructure and ecosystem. We need to provide housing opportunities for all of our workforce. Some of the affordable housing funds can go towards these families.

Ash: San Jose is taking a huge part and I would love to see other cities build some transitional housing in their communities. There’s nothing to be afraid of, I know SVI: Okay, great. people have certain Do you feel that the impressions of affordgeneral population able housing or the here, they’re against homeless but once development? they’re in a supportAsh: Yes. I think that ive housing environit’s not just here, I Charlotte Park is a new affordable housing community coming to San ment they’re no Jose, California. This four-story apartment building will offer 200 affordable think many places, a lot longer homeless and multifamily apartments with 235 parking spaces. ~ Source: Roemcorp.com of people are against they are not scary. developments. Once they have their I’m hoping other cities in the even from the private sector. In home at their neighborhood they’re county will take advantage of that terms of other populations, affordvery wary and have concerns and build supportive housing. able housing means a lot of differwhenever anything around them Geographically, I don’t want to see ent things in different parts of changes. People don’t like changes. it all on San Jose. the country and state. In Silicon We are used to the traditional Valley, an entry level engineer, a SVI: It’s not committed? nurse, a firefighter and many other one or two story homes. The new developments have a much higher professions qualify for affordAsh: No. But the city of San Jose density. We cannot continue the able housing. There are differjust broke ground on a supportway we spread out in the ‘60s, ent levels of housing support in ive housing community. Another ‘70s and in the ‘80s. Many people our program: affordable housing, one will be built soon. There are at low income housing and moderate are going to object to some of the least two or three in San Jose right density levels being built but we income housing, very low and now being built that will ultimateextremely low income. The afford- don’t have much of a choice. ly house several hundred homeless able housing program addresses all individuals. Again, Measure A goes those levels. We don’t want to build on every a long way in helping us build even hillside. We need to keep the open more, but I do think it needs to be spaces of nature free from developThe transitional houses will spread out around the county and ment. We want to keep some of the focus more on the extremely low allow all communities to be part of income or those that have zero beauty that we have and it’s more the process in constructively and economically feasible to build income. Even in Silicon Valley lovingly dealing with our homeless when someone makes $60,000 to higher density in the City and it’s situation. less of a drain on city resources $70,000 a year can qualify for low income housing because we know continued on page 10 S I L I C O N VA L L E Y I M P R E S S I O N S | J u n e 2 0 1 7

Silicon Valley Impressions Magazine summer2017  

SVI summer 2017 edition. Affordable housing issue, include interviews with Ash Kalra and Dave Cortese about Silicon Valley affordable housin...

Silicon Valley Impressions Magazine summer2017  

SVI summer 2017 edition. Affordable housing issue, include interviews with Ash Kalra and Dave Cortese about Silicon Valley affordable housin...