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City eyes multiple strategies for shrinking the housing gap

East Palo Alto plans to add 500 new affordable units in five years

by Sue Dremann

Even as the city of East Palo Alto is reviewing proposals for more than 558 new market-rate apartments, condos and single-family homes, it is also embarking on an ambitious plan to build 500 deed-restricted affordable-housing units by Dec. 31, 2023.

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Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@paweekly.com.

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Posted by Cinder
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 12, 2019 at 12:04 pm

Anything for BMR homes in the planning??


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 12, 2019 at 2:28 pm

Posted by Cinder, a resident of East Palo Alto

>> Anything for BMR homes in the planning??

Yes, described in the article.

But, I'm not sure why they are building so much "market rate" housing. What we need is BMR housing.


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Posted by M&M
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 12, 2019 at 3:17 pm

Anon - what do you mean by "they" regarding market rate housing? The city isn't looking to build that. As the article says, it's reviewing proposals for market rate housing - from developers. All types of housing is needed, including market rate. What's wonderful is that the city is focusing on more BMR housing, as officials know the city is no longer considered very affordable. We're not seeing this in Portola Valley, Atherton, Woodside. We're certainly not seeing this eagerness in Menlo, which had to be legally carried, kicking & screaming, to do their part with affordable housing.


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Posted by Yasmin
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 12, 2019 at 11:29 pm

East Palo Alto is in dire need of more section 8 projects based housing. BMR unit's rents raise yearly. It’s similar to the balloon loan, one day your bound to pop and force to move out, Ask the families living at Peninsula Park Apartments & Nugent Square under the BMR program. The BMR rent raises yearly unlike people's income. Don’t be fooled by the name BMR. The BMR program is like the wolves in sheep clothing. Section 8 project based housing is sustainable, if families experience a sudden loss in income, they’ll have the opportunity to request for a rental reduction. BMR doesn’t offer the same type of protection nor flexibility if families are unable to pay the rent under BMR, they can expect an eviction notice.


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Posted by Rich
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 13, 2019 at 6:44 pm

They need to raise the Section 8 income law. People earning 110k or less should qualify for sec8.


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Posted by Newell Resident
a resident of Woodland Ave. area (East Palo Alto)
on Jul 23, 2019 at 10:41 am

Are they still preserving the existing rent-controlled apartments?

Never heard of another builder doing that so, if so, thats pretty awesome


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2019 at 5:28 pm

Posted by M&M, a resident of East Palo Alto

>> Anon - what do you mean by "they" regarding market rate housing? The city isn't looking to build that. As the article says, it's reviewing proposals for market rate housing - from developers.

M&M -- I'm sorry, but, I tend to see most city governments and office-space-developers as all part of the same team. Cynical, or, realistic-- you decide. I refer to the actors as "they". Either way, "they" keep building new office space, and then, "they" act surprised when everybody who works in that space has to commute from Modesto. So, a "crisis" is declared, and, for every 10,000 new jobs, 100 new housing units are built. Well, I'm sorry, but, I've seen this same sorry process going on since the late 70's. And, I don't know what is worse-- are "they" all that corrupt, or, are "they" all that incapable of seeing the obvious arithmetical error? Either way, it is demoralizing.

-No more office space.-


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