On the Issues: Housing - Joe Simitian


Joe knows first-hand that a safe and stable home is essential to reaching personal and financial aspirations. He spent part of his early childhood in a government housing project that allowed his single mom to stabilize and figure out the next steps for the family.

For too many people in our region, a reliable place to call home is out of reach, and purchasing a home is a far cry from reality. Undaunted, Joe has made significant inroads: he has led the county in funding for affordable housing (Measure A), protected existing low-income housing, and expanded access to shelters.

In Congress, Joe will double down on these local wins and scale our housing successes nationally.

With Joe’s support, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors proposed and voters approved Measure A, a $950 million bond measure for affordable housing that funded 5,000 units in nine cities and provided housing for more than 14,000 people.

Joe convinced Santa Clara County to commit $40 million to help develop over 800 units of affordable housing (in Milpitas, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale), 140 units are set aside for individuals with disabilities.

Joe successfully advocated for a 110-unit housing development for teachers and school employees in Palo Alto, serving half a dozen districts in northern Santa Clara County and southern San Mateo County. At Joe’s urging, the Board approved acquisition of a second site in Cupertino to serve educators in the West Valley.

Joe sponsored a proposal that funded 28 new affordable housing units for local agricultural workers in Morgan Hill.  

Joe led the coalition that saved the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park, which preserved 117 units of affordable housing, prevented the eviction of more than 400 low-income residents and ensured that the affordable housing site would be protected in a lasting way.

Joe led an effort to provide rental assistance and a home-sharing program to bring together homeowners with extra space and tenants in need of a home.

Because of Joe’s advocacy, a new cold-weather shelter in Sunnyvale was developed. In Mountain View, Joe led local efforts to create a new North County cold weather shelter for women and families.

Under Joe’s leadership, safe overnight parking was approved and funded in Mountain View and in Palo Alto, providing security and peace of mind for car, van and RV dwellers.