A Heartbeat Away from a Housing Crisis:  Measure A housing for People with Developmental Disabilities

On September 11, 2018,  the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors will vote on a proposal to allow $40 million of the Measure A housing bond proceeds approved in November 2016 to be used to finance affordable housing for people with developmental disabilities. This amount represents 5% of the $800 million that is dedicated to creating affordable rental housing for “vulnerable populations”.  

Currently, the County is only spending Measure A housing bond funds for affordable housing projects that house people drawn from the County's Continuum of Care database of homeless people, people episodically homeless, and people who have received a notice terminating their housing. This is an important need, but it excludes most adults with developmental disabilities, almost two-thirds of whom are living at home with aging parents and are thus only a heartbeat away from a housing crisis.

People with developmental disabilities, families, friends, service providers, and advocates need to make their voices heard on this issue.  Tell us what you can do to make a $40 million difference for people with developmental disabilities on September 11, 2018.  

 
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Our Mission

To enhance the lives of people with developmental and other disabilities and their families by creating and supporting quality, affordable housing opportunities.

 

Part of Housing Choices' work is collaborating with housing developers who create responsible, sustainable, comfortable, and beautiful homes. 

 
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On March 7, 2018, Housing Choices residents went to the Sacramento State Capitol to advocate for affordable housing on Lobby Day. 

 

Opening new doors for people with developmental disabilities