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 include people with developmental disabilities on the Measure A housing bond, which finances affordable housing for "vulnerable populations". If the proposal passes, 5% of the $800 million, already dedicated to creating affordable rental housing, will be used to help a more diverse population by including people with developmental disabilities .  

The lack of affordable housing remains the greatest single barrier to the ability of a person with developmental disabilities to live in the community with supportive services provided by the Regional Center.  In Santa Clara County, 62% of adults with developmental disabilities are living at home with aging parents. A continuing net decline in licensed care homes in the county leaves many aging parents asking:  "What will happen when I pass away or become too frail to care for and house my adult child with developmental disabilities?”

Initial implementation of Measure A limited funding eligibility for affordable rental housing for people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. Most adults with developmental disabilities are still living at home with aging parents, which excludes them from this Measure.

Fortunately, many cities and affordable housing developers want to include rental units for residents with developmental disabilities in their affordable housing plans. However, without the ability to compete for county Measure A funds, the pipeline of affordable housing that is inclusive of people with developmental disabilities is under threat.

So, what can we do? We can stand together and make a difference! Our community will call on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors to dedicate 5% of the Measure A housing bond proceeds to finance affordable housing that is inclusive of people with developmental disabilities. Our drive is not fueled by money, but by the goal of inclusion to ensure happiness and a home for everyone. 

To endorse the campaign for 5% of Measure A funds to be used for affordable housing for people with developmental disabilities and to sign up to tell your housing story at the September 11th Board of Supervisors meeting, please click the link below.