To our members:
The weather is changing, and just like the welcome October sprinkles, this week’s message turns our attention to a number of active policy issues we are following closely on behalf of our members. You’ll see that with several important links at the top of this message, most notably the City’s surprise action to locate a permanent homeless housing project in the middle of SoFA and the equally surprising preliminary redistricting maps released by the City that would divide downtown between different council districts.
Also, the City of San Jose is asking you to complete a survey to help it update its Housing Element.
As for the City’s official housing policy document, the Housing Element Update will reflect current housing needs, identify sites for new homes, and list housing policies to implement over the next eight years. The next cycle will run from 2023 to 2031, and per new state laws, will focus on fair housing. Technical work and community engagement is now under way.
The City plans to release a draft in mid-2022, go to Council in late 2022, and submit the document to the State for certification by the January 2023 deadline. For more information about the Housing Element, go to sanjoseca.gov/housingelementupdate.