Santa Clara County seeks affordable housing with new group

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) – Over the past two decades, Santa Clara County has experienced significant economic growth, but despite this, many county residents continue to live in what authorities call “poverty. concentrated ”.

According to the county, in neighborhoods like eastern San Jose and Gilroy, poverty rates have exceeded 20%.

At Tuesday’s supervisory board meeting, county leaders moved forward with discussions on establishing community development corporations (CDCs) on the East Side of San Jose and Gilroy to support housing development. affordable.

“CDCs generally differ from our affordable nonprofit housing companies in a number of ways,” said Ky Le, deputy director of Santa Clara County.

“Usually, the development of affordable housing is part of a larger strategy to improve the conditions of the community or its residents,” Le added.

“For developers of affordable non-profit housing, it is primarily focused on affordable housing, although there are ancillary positive community impacts associated with non-residential spaces.”


CDCs first emerged in the 1960s as a product of efforts to mobilize citizens for tenants’ rights and against race-imposed living conditions, urban renewal, and private divestment.

The number of CDCs nationwide has grown from about 200 in the mid-1970s to over 4,000 in 2010.

However, the numbers have declined in recent years due to a decrease in federal funds.

“CDCs provide an opportunity for significant community participation and responsiveness, and can develop a better understanding of the complexity of community needs and the stabilizing role of additional affordable housing,” said Matthew Reed, SV director of policy. @Home in an email in support of CDC.

However, unlike other places across the country where these organizations have decades of experience – Massachusetts, Chicago, a number of cities in New Jersey and more locally San Francisco – Santa Clara County does not a long history of established CDCs. “

Economic production

According to a 2020 Urban Institute report, community development companies produced an average of 96,000 affordable housing units and 75,000 jobs per year.

In addition, the CDC has produced a total of more than 1.2 million housing units nationwide.

The CDC has produced a total of more than 1.2 million housing units nationwide.

As a result, states and localities have benefited from the presence of CDCs.

In Massachusetts, the CDC built or preserved 1,043 homes, created or preserved 4,054 jobs, provided 63,359 families with housing and other services, and invested a total of $ 436.9 million in real estate and community assets in 2020.

Similar achievements have been attributed in other parts of the country.

“The success stories in Philadelphia, Massachusetts and New Jersey in the staff report reiterated why CDCs really are a no-brainer,” said supervisor Otto Lee.

“I am frankly shocked that this model has not been implemented here [in Santa Clara County] all these years.

The county administration will now conduct community engagement activities to assess the interests of local nonprofits and other groups to form CDC and other fundraising needs.

The county could implement a “CDC grant program” by early 2022.

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