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SV@Home releases roadmap for local affordable housing

SV@Home, a nonprofit advocate for affordable housing, released its “Policy Roadmap: How Do We Tackle the Affordable Housing Crisis?” document May 13 at the launch of Santa Clara County’s Affordable Housing Week.

The document details a collaborative plan that lays out strategies and solutions for addressing the region’s challenging housing market.

“Our housing problems don’t stop and start at city borders, so neither can our solutions,” said Leslye Corsiglia, SV@Home executive director. “This roadmap is a guide for strategic, coordinated efforts within and across our region.”

The strategies specified in the document include identifying and prioritizing the use of publicly owned land for housing, streamlining ordinances for secondary units, modernizing zoning laws and driving additional local funding opportunities.

“Increasing the housing supply in the Bay Area is critical for the sustainability of our region and our ability to provide housing for all segments of our growing population,” said Bob Glover, CEO of the Building Industry Association of the Bay Area.

The Policy Roadmap debuted at SV@Home’s Policy Breakfast, where a panel of experts discussed local and regional solutions. Speakers included Fred Blackwell of The San Francisco Foundation, Amie Fishman of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, Ron Gonzales of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley and Carl Guardino of Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

The Roadmap and Policy Breakfast launched the weeklong conversation, part of Santa Clara County’s Affordable Housing Week 2016. The week is designed to drive community awareness and inspire ideas, conversation and collaboration.

Affordable Housing Week is a collaborative effort across the business, government, advocacy and development sectors. Co-sponsors of the week’s events included Silicon Valley Community Foundation, LinkedIn, Bank of America and Santa Clara County.

For more information, visit siliconvalleyathome.org.

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