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Housing Strategy

Housing affordability is a central concern in the Bay Area. As such, the City is studying ways to positively impact local housing conditions for Sunnyvale’s residents and workers, focusing on issues such as affordability, accessibility and preservation. Our goal is to develop a Housing Strategy that will identify potential improvements to existing housing programs as well as approaches to increase affordable housing stock and improve housing affordability in the City.

Contact

Jenny Carloni, Housing Officer, 408-730-7250

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Progress

To develop Sunnyvale's Housing Strategy, the project team will conduct a thorough review of existing City policies, study several housing-related topics and gather input from various stakeholder groups and residents, through both outreach meetings and online surveys.

The analysis will include:

  • Rent stabilization programs for Sunnyvale mobile home parks
  • Age-friendliness of housing in Sunnyvale
  • Strategies to increase the affordable housing supply, such as a land acquisition financing program for non-profit developers and reinstating an updated rental inclusionary ordinance consistent with AB 1505
  • Strategies to help with the demand for affordable housing, such as homebuyer, tenant, and financial literacy education programs

This project is scheduled to conclude with a report to the City Council by spring 2020.

Upcoming Meetings

Join us at our open-house style meetings. Learn about the findings from the current analysis of Sunnyvale's housing needs. Provide input on potential tools for addressing those needs.

Sunnyvale Housing Needs and Potential Tools
When: Thursday, October 24 at 6 p.m.
Where: Community Center Community Room, 550 E. Remington Drive

Join this final community open house to provide input on the draft housing strategy. Learn about how Sunnyvale proposes to address its current and future housing needs. 

Prioritizing Sunnyvale's Housing Needs
When: Thursday, November 21 at 6 p.m.
Where: Community Center Ballroom, 550 E. Remington Drive

Background

The City Council selected the Housing Strategy as a Study Issue on Feb. 17, 2017. The Housing Strategy Study Issue was proposed to holistically examine the overall local housing context given growing concern about housing affordability and availability in Sunnyvale and our region. The project will analyze strategies that the City can most effectively implement and assist the largest number of residents or those seeking housing or both. The general goal of the Housing Strategy, as outlined in the Dec. 12, 2017 Report to Council, is to identify potential improvements to existing programs and approaches to increase affordable housing stock or improve housing affordability in Sunnyvale or both. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2020.

In 2018, the City selected BAE Urban Economics of Berkeley as the lead consultant to develop the Sunnyvale Housing Strategy, with PlaceWorks assisting with community outreach. The City approved a public engagement plan in fall 2018 and community outreach events are scheduled to begin February 2019. Initial workshops will focus on mobile home park program opportunities and updating the inclusionary housing ordinance for rental developments.

Last Updated: Oct 9, 2019
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