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Home First provides housing opportunities to anyone who is homeless or at risk of losing a home in Santa Clara County. The group has offered more than 5,000 individuals a place to stay.

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San Jose Mayor’s Budget Targets Homelessness, Public Safety

03/14/2023

San Jose Mayor Matt Mahan's top issues‚ÄĒhomelessness, public safety, growth and blight‚ÄĒhaven't changed since he took office, but tackling them is going to require an aggressive approach.

Empty San Jose Offices Could Convert to Housing

03/10/2023

As major cities like San Jose and San Francisco struggle after the pandemic pushed people to remote work, discussion of converting empty offices to housing is gaining traction.

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California’s Unhoused Are in The Eye of The Storm

Across the state, some of the most vulnerable include the unhoused, whose numbers have increased by at least 22,500 in the last three years to about 172,000.

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Explaining California in 2022: Our 10 Best Explainers of the Year

2022 was a year that needed a lot of explaining. And California Local was there. Here are our 10 most important explanatory journalism stories from the year gone by, from immigration to cryptocurrency to wealth inequality and more.

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Omnibus Spending Bill Includes $3.5M for Homeless Shelters in San Jose

Mayor Sam Liccardo announced Saturday that San Jose will receive $2.5 million for the SureStay Hotel in San José to provide transitional housing for individuals experiencing homelessness and another $750,000 for Marbury Bridge Housing.

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California’s New Slate of Animal Welfare Laws

New laws banning toxicity testing on dogs and cats, and making rental housing more pet friendly are among a slate of new animal welfare legislation signed by Gov. Newsom in September.

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Camping ban near Gilroy schools may move forward

Crews recently cleared a homeless encampment underneath a bridge on IOOF Avenue that crosses Miller Slough, where parents of students from the adjacent schools have frequently expressed their concerns over safety for their children. But with limited shelters already at …

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County Pledges ‚ÄėHousing First‚Äô Mindset

Santa Clara County is the 100th community to join the federal initiative ‚ÄúHouse America,‚ÄĚ which pairs local governments with federal funding to address homelessness with a ‚Äúhousing first‚ÄĚ mentality.  Since its launch in September 2021, local jurisdictions across the country ‚Ķ

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Lack of shelter space limits options

The Gilroy Police Department got the OK from the city council on July 5 to enforce no-camping ordinances on public property, but it comes with a number of caveats that may render the decision moot. Those experiencing homelessness, however, say …

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Homelessness and Crime in California: Even More Complex Than You Think

The links between homelessness and crime are complex, and the idea that unhoused individuals present a danger to their community seems to be exaggerated.

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A Real Solution to the Housing Crisis

Gov. Newsom and the state legislature should consider allocating $40 billion of the state's $97 billion surplus to subsidize the building of low-income housing.

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Students at Charter School Serve Their Unhoused Neighbors

As homeless numbers continue to rise in Santa Clara County, 7th grade students at Charter School of Morgan Hill used project-based learning to help their community better understand this crisis. They created Project MERCY to assist unhoused neighbors, and help …

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