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Re: County makes 'significant' progress in homeless housing | News | Palo Alto Online | But see comments on the City of Palo Alto’s beyond dismal performance— in providing housing for low or very low income persons ........

From: domainremoved <Roberta>
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2018 21:49:09 -0700

Ridiculous!

On Wed, Jul 11, 2018 at 12:17 PM, Aram James <abjpd1_at_(domainremoved)

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> https://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2018/07/11/county-
> makes-significant-progress-in-homeless-housing
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> County makes 'significant' progress in homeless housingNew report claims
> more than one-third of goal has been realized or is in progress
> Sue Dremann
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> Santa Clara County has made considerable strides toward reaching its goal
> of creating 6,000 units of new, affordable housing for homeless individuals
> and families, according to a report
> <https://www.sccgov.org/sites/osh/ContinuumofCare/ReportsandPublications/Documents/EndingHomelessness2017.pdf>
> released Tuesday.
>
> Since January 2015, the county added 1,449 new housing units for homeless
> persons. It has another 840 in the pipeline, according to the Office of
> Supportive Housing's Ending Homelessness: The State of the Supportive
> Housing System in Santa Clara County 2017 report. The study is the first in
> a series of 10 annual reports regarding homelessness and focuses on
> supportive housing, the $950 million 2016 Measure A affordable-housing bond
> and progress toward the county's 2015-2020 Community Plan to End
> Homelessness.
>
> In 2017, the county had an estimated 7,394 recorded homeless persons. Of
> those, 74 percent were unsheltered -- meaning they had no protection from
> the elements. But the problem is much greater. A 2015 county study
> <https://destinationhomesv.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/er_homenotfound_report_6.pdf>,
> Home Not Found, identified 46,225 residents in the county who experienced
> homelessness at some point in 2012 alone and received some form of county
> medical, behavioral health or other social service. Serving these
> individuals has been costly. The county spends $520 million annually in
> support services for homeless persons, according to the U.S. Department of
> Housing and Urban Development's 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report
> <https://www.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/2017-AHAR-Part-1.pdf>.
>
> The rental market and lack of income are the primary barriers to regaining
> housing, according to the county's 2017 Homeless Census and Survey
> <https://www.sccgov.org/sites/osh/ContinuumofCare/ReportsandPublications/Documents/2017%20Santa%20Clara%20County%20Homeless%20Census%20and%20Survey%20Report.pdf>.
> Sixty-two percent said they can't afford rent, 56 percent had no job or
> income and 23 percent had no money for moving costs. Job loss and eviction
> were among the leading causes of homelessness. Evictions are the primary
> cause, rising by 11 percentage points from 2011 to 2017, according to the
> survey.
>
> The cost of housing has far outstripped wages in the county --
> particularly for extremely low- and low-income renters. According to the
> county report issued Tuesday, an affordable unit for an extremely
> low-income renter (in which the household pays no more than 30 percent of
> their income for housing costs) would be $628 for an individual, $716 for a
> two-person household and $885 for a four-person household.
>
> The county 2017 fair market rent averages $1,773 monthly for a one-bedroom
> apartment and $2,200 for a two-bedroom apartment, however. Housing costs in
> Palo Alto are far worse. The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is
> $2,620 and a two-bedroom unit is $3,617, according to the online trend
> tracker RentCafe.
>
> Voters approved the nearly $1 billion Measure A bond measure to help fill
> some of the need by providing funding for approximately 4,800
> affordable-housing units. So far, the county has approved six developments
> with housing designated for persons leaving homelessness, but none of them
> are in the northern section of county. The locations include three
> developments in San Jose and one each in Cupertino, Gilroy and Morgan Hill,
> which are scheduled to open between May 2019 and February 2021. Another
> 134-unit development in San Jose, Second Street Studios, is expected to be
> completed by this September.
>
> The county plans to support a total 120 developments through the next
> decade, according to the July report. Of the 1,449 housing units built as
> of Dec. 31, 2017, 946 are permanent supportive housing -- housing that
> provides social, medical and other services -- and 503 are rapid rehousing,
> which gets people off the street quickly. Housing currently in the pipeline
> will supply an additional 655 units of permanent supportive housing, 87
> rapid-rehousing units and 62 others of which use has not yet been
> determined.
>
> But data in the county's July report supports a June 21 Santa Clara
> County Civil Grand Jury finding
> <https://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2018/07/06/grand-jury-calls-for-denser-housing>
> that Santa Clara County cities are not supplying adequate housing --
> particularly of the type that helps keep people from homelessness.
>
> Palo Alto ranked dismally when it came to meeting its 2007-2014 Regional
> Housing Need Allocation, a state-mandated process Bay Area counties use to
> identify and project the number of housing units needed to meet the needs
> of people of all income levels in each county. Palo Alto issued building
> permits for just nine low-income units, or 2 percent, of its 543-unit
> allocation, and 156 permits, or 23 percent, of the 690 units for very
> low-income housing. For the 2015-2023 cycle through 2017, it has added 58
> low-income units, or 13 percent, for low-income housing; and 20 units, or 3
> percent, for very low-income residents, according to the Association of Bay
> Area Governments.
>
> A large part of the report is dedicated to support services that help keep
> people in housing by providing case management, job assistance, medical and
> mental health services and other needs. These programs are provided in both
> short-term and permanent housing. The report points to the overall success
> of such programs. Since the county implemented the 2015-2020 Community Plan
> to End Homelessness, 5,154 people have found permanent housing through
> various programs.
>
> Of the clients in permanent supportive housing, 90 percent remained stably
> housed for at least a year between July 2011 and the end of 2016. Only 6
> percent of all clients who left permanent supportive housing for other
> permanent housing in 2015 had returned to homelessness within two years
> (four out of 65 persons). And 72 percent of clients who were in short-term
> housing programs in 2017 went on to obtain permanent housing.
>
> New programs aim to build on those numbers. In 2018, the Special Needs
> Direct Referral program will work to house people with medical or
> behavioral needs who don't meet federal standards for chronic homelessness.
> Santa Clara Valley Medical Center's Supportive Housing Program also helps
> medically fragile persons who are identified as high users of county
> emergency services. The program is a collaboration to provide housing, case
> management and high-quality health care. Enrollment, which began in
> November, will serve 70 clients.
>
> Related content:
>
> • Webcast: Grand jury's housing report
> <https://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2018/07/06/webcast-college-terrace-centre-grand-jurys-housing-report>
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