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Santa Clara County to Study 5 New Sites for Extremely Low-Income Housing

Santa Clara County will consider five new sites on county property for affordable housing projects under Measure A, pushing toward its goal of creating 4,800 new homes by 2026.

Measure A was approved by voters in 2016 and is expected to create $950 million for affordable housing in the region. Completed projects have been slow to emerge, but the county has approved $234 million in funding for about 1,400 new developments in the last two years.

County supervisors on Tuesday approved a referral by Supervisor Cindy Chavez to study about 80 acres of county-owned land for extremely low-income housing.

The sites are located on East Santa Clara Street near the Valley Health Center Downtown San Jose Clinic, six vacant acres next to Valley Health Center in Gilroy, large vacant parcels next to the recently-acquired St. Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy and DePaul Health Center in Morgan Hill, and the future site of "The Hub" center for former and current foster youth at Parkmoor Avenue in San Jose.

Staff will create reports on the five sites, which could include multiple types of housing in addition to extremely low-income units.

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