SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) — San Jose Mayor Matt Mahan and other city officials held a news conference Wednesday morning to announce a new proposal to scale up the city’s quick-build communities to increase affordable housing.
Mayor Mahan has pledged to provide temporary housing for 1,000 people by the end of the year. The mayor himself has admitted that’s an ambitious number and that he’s not sure the city will be able to reach the goal.
The plan includes directing $50 million to emergency interim housing and safe parking along with $50 million for new permanent affordable housing projects, according to a press release from the mayor’s office.
“This plan combines short-term and long-term strategies and demonstrates that San Jose can and will prioritize immediate solutions to unsheltered homelessness maintaining its commitment to fund affordable housing and working families,” the press release read in part.
“Residents are demanding that we change our approach on homelessness and we’re going to deliver that change. I’m grateful to Vice Mayor Kamei and Councilmember Foley for working collaboratively to scale up basic interim housing for the homeless while maintaining our commitment to affordable housing,” said Mayor Mahan in a statement.
On Wednesday, the mayor didn’t provide specific details on where the funding would come from. He said those details would be provided in the coming days when the updated budget proposal is presented to the city council in June.