Nov. 15 forum to address housing needs

When some people hear the term “affordable housing,” they picture urban blight. It’s a phrase advocates for such housing want to avoid as they look to address what they see as a systemic problem in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and across the Bay Area.

Members of the Los Altos Women’s Caucus are sponsoring a forum focused on affordable housing solutions in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills 5:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the headquarters of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, 2440 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View.

Co-sponsors of the event include the League of Women Voters, GreenTown Los Altos and the Los Altos-Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women.

There remains a sizable gap between the number of housing units classified as “affordable” and the target number of such units set by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG). As of last April, Los Altos identified 210 units as affordable. The ABAG target for Los Altos is 477 units by 2023.

Scheduled speakers include Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian; Leslye Corsiglia, executive director of SV@Home; and Julie Mahowald, chief financial officer of the Housing Trust Silicon Valley.

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