San Jose invites public input for Sept. 2 Housing Element Update kickoff

As part of San Jose’s ongoing efforts to engage with residents and stakeholders on the future of the City’s housing blueprint, the City is inviting the community to join an introductory virtual community meeting to gather input on the Housing Element plan.

Residents can tune in tonight, September 2 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. to learn more about the update process and participate in breakout sessions with members of San Jose city staff.

The City’s Planning Division and Housing Department are working together to map out what the 2023-2031 Housing Element will look like. During this process, these groups will be working to identify the City’s housing needs and opportunities and establish clear goals and objectives to inform future housing decisions.

The ongoing Assessment of Fair Housing, as well as a status report on the consideration of Opportunity Housing as part of the Four-Year Review of the General Plan will be key topics of discussion alongside opposing plans such as Councilmember Matt Mahan’s Smart Growth San Jose proposal.

Additionally as part of the process, the City anticipates four phases of community engagement from now until the final draft document is presented to City Council in late 2022. These engagements will include public meetings, focus groups, surveys and pop-up events.

Tonight’s meeting is a part of a county-wide collaborative effort called Let’s Talk Housing to support public education around the Housing Element process and to provide meeting facilitation services.

For those who would like to join the meeting, use the following Zoom registration link