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According to The Mercury News, the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors is expected to approve funding for more than 1,000 new and rehabbed affordable homes using money from a $950 million bond fund that was passed two years ago. “That’s going to get people off the streets,” said Ky Le, director of Santa Clara County’s Office of Supportive Housing, “and provide them the stability they need in order to address their health issues, in order to address their employment and vocational needs.” California shuttered redevelopment agencies in 2012, forcing cities and counties to ask voters for money to fund affordable housing projects.

In Alameda County, voters in 2016 approved Measure A1, authorizing $580 million in bonds for affordable housing. So far $81 million of that money has gone toward building 1,100 affordable homes, said Wilma Chan, president of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. San Mateo County voters in 2016 approved extending a half-cent sales tax through Measure K, which so far has led to the completion of more than 200 new affordable units and financed hundreds more still in the pipeline. In Oakland, voters approved a $600 million infrastructure and affordable housing bond in Measure KK — at least $13.5 million of which the city put to use last year to fund at least 600 affordable units.

This year in San Jose, a $450 million affordable housing bond failed at the polls with 64 percent of the vote — just under the 66 percent it needed to pass. At the same time, state voters passed Propositions 1 and 2, authorizing $6 billion in state-wide bonds for affordable housing and home loans.

In Santa Clara County, Measure A squeaked by in 2016 with 68 percent of the vote — just over the two-thirds needed to pass. County officials expected to allocate about $95 million of those funds each year, but if supervisors approve the latest nine projects Tuesday, the county will have committed almost three year’s worth of money in a year and a half. And with those nine new projects, the county will have met 30 percent of its 10-year goal to add 4,800 affordable units to its housing stock.

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