The Issue Of Affordable Housing

1256 Words Jan 12th, 2015 6 Pages
On the 9th of December of 2014, I attended a San Jose City Council meeting in the council chambers in the San Jose City Hall. The topic of discussion was the issue of affordable housing in San Jose. There are nearly 5,000 homeless people in San Jose. There are thousands more on waiting lists for affordable housing, some using more than 50 percent of their daily income for rent, or in danger of losing their homes. Homelessness impacts our community, our environment, and our homeless neighbors. Addressing the issue of homelessness is a constant battle between respecting the rights and also meeting the needs of the homeless individuals. This was continuously brought up during the City Council meeting. The members were discussing the proposition to divert 2.6 million dollars from affordable housing to another use. With the popular homeless encampment, “The Jungle” having been closed just earlier that week, a variety of displaced citizens came to talk about why the money should be kept to fund affordable housing. Many spoke about how hard it was to find housing and once given a voucher for housing, it can take up to 3 months to just find a housing complex that has openings on their waiting lists, which can take up to 2 years just to be considered. Those vouchers do expire, so if homeless individuals do not find housing in time, they will be left with nothing. Homelessness is not just a big issue in San Jose, but in the country. Although San Jose is one of the largest cities in…
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