The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday millions of dollars to address housing and homeless issues to aid people who are living on the streets. “Facing the challenges of the homeless must be a shared responsibility in order to make progress in housing and sheltering the 4,000 or so who, each night, have nowhere to go,” board president Dave Cortese said in a statement.
The board also unanimously approved a resolution that declares a homelessness crisis in the county, county officials said. “We hope this resolution will prompt all our cities and agencies to take similar action and pursue policy changes to raise revenue for affordable housing,” Cortese said.
The county’s Housing Task Force, on which supervisors Cindy Chavez and Mike Wasserman serve, recommended the numerous items passed Tuesday by the board. Other options the task force is calling on cities to look into include inclusionary zoning that requires home developers to make a portion of their units affordable, residential or commercial fees and zoning changes that would allow for second units on existing lots, according to county officials.