Affordable Housing

In one of the nation's most expensive housing markets, Supervisor Cindy Chavez is the primary architect of the groundbreaking $950-million Measure A – a housing bond passed by voters in November 2016 to end homelessness in Santa Clara County.

There are already hundreds of units of new housing under construction. These will house and support people who are homeless, mentally ill, disabled, seniors and veterans. In addition, a new first time homebuyer program was launched in early Fall 2018 to help get more people their own house.

Please use the Office of Supportive Housing's Housing Ready Community's Toolkit (click on the banner below) to find out more information about the projects underway and the first time homebuyer program.


Take Action


We have a lot of work to do, but believe that the resources and common sense solutions in the new Housing Ready Community's Toolkit can help you to join the effort to make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring in Santa Clara County.

To make a difference and support these efforts, please take some time to learn more about the challenge we face and solutions that work, look through the tools, review the FAQs and sign up to receive action alerts.

Visit the Office of Supportive Housing

In other affordable housing developments:

  • Since land to build affordable housing is so scarce, Supervisor Chavez has proposed a creative, new partnership with area school districts and community colleges to explore ways to build affordable homes on their land.
  • Under Chavez's leadership, the county is now developing the nation's third LGBTQ-focused homeless shelter for youth, many of whom have been kicked out of their homes. It is expected to open in early 2019 in San Jose with beds, showers and meals for LGBTQ youth and adults.

Supervisor Chavez making news about affordable housing in Santa Clara County

Cindy Chavez next to Governor Gavin Newsom
Cindy Chavez raises hand while speaking to others
Cindy Chavez addressing the media
A homeless man sitting on the ground
Affordable housing for seniors
Cindy Chavez with her two other friends

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