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Housing Department Releases Memorandum on Bridge Housing Communities - December 8, 2018
The Housing Department has released its memorandum and recommendations for the Bridge Housing Communities project to be discussed at the City Council meeting on December 18, 2018.
The communities are intended to provide interim housing opportunities to unhoused adults in a safe, private, and secure environment. Through an array of onsite supportive services, community engagement, and direct contributions, residents will be empowered to build stability and self-sufficiency while bridging from homelessness to permanent housing.

Notice of Intent to Adopt a Negative Declaration for the Bridge Housing Communities (BHC) Project
- (November 9, 2018)

Since January 1, 2017, the Housing Department has been working with its partners to develop the Bridge Housing Communities project in accordance with Assembly Bill 2176. At the December 12, 2017 meeting, the City Council directed staff to initiate an environmental review and proceed with community outreach on the highest ranked sites as outlined in staff recommendations. The Housing Department initiated the environmental review required under 
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the top two candidate sites and also completed community outreach by conducting two town hall meetings and hosting a series of BHC workshops.
The City of San José is the lead agency and has prepared an initial study for the Bridge Housing Communities project in compliance with CEQA requirements. This initial study evaluated potential environmental impacts of the proposed project. Publication of this initial study marks the beginning of a 30-day public review and comment period which is November 9 through December 8, 2018 (Notice of Intent). During this period, the initial study will be available to local, state, and federal agencies; interested organizations; and the public for review. The initial study and supporting documents are available on the city's website.
What's Next?

After the public review period, the City of San José will consider the adoption of the initial study/negative declaration for the project at a City Council meeting on December 18, 2018.
Staying Connected

Bridge Housing Communities Workshops

The City's Housing Department is hosting four Community Workshops throughout the month of July 2018 to share information and gather community input on the development and operations of the City's first proposed Bridge Housing Communities (BHC).  Participants will have an opportunity to:
  • Gain valuable insight into the City's current housing and homeless crisis
  • Learn more about the efforts to end homelessness in the region
  • Receive an overview of Bridge Housing Communities
  • Share thoughts and concerns

Workshop Purpose

The purpose of the workshops is to share ideas and facilitate constructive conversations with engaged community members on the development and operation of BHCs.  The goal of these workshops is to provide opportunities for the neighbors, homeless residents, faith based organizations, schools, and local businesses to participate in the development process and to gain a better understanding of these unique communities.  The workshops are another step in the community outreach and engagement process with the goal of creating a more integrated BHC.  Workshops will be conducted in small group settings of no more than 50 people who have expressed an interest in participating in ongoing BHC discussions.


Housing Department staff and its BHC Partners will give a brief overview of housing and homelessness in the region and provide background information on the proposed Bridge Housing Communities in San José.  Workshop participants will break out into small groups to discuss:
  • The proposed BHC site plans and design
  •  Proposed BHC operations and services
  • Ongoing community engagement


Registration is required for workshop participation.  The BHC workshops will be hosted in neighborhoods adjacent to the top candidate sites to gather input from stakeholders within the immediate neighborhood (within a 1,500 foot radius of a proposed site).  Resident living in the immediate neighborhood will receive priority registration and half of the workshop seats will be reserved for neighboring residents of the two candidate sites.  If you would like to attend the workshop, please RSVP through Eventbrite (see below) or you can call 408-535-8234 to receive assistance with registration.  Workshop materials will be available on July 12, 2018.

Translation Services        

Translation services will be available at the BHC workshops.  Workshops will offer snacks and beverages.

  • For the workshops located at 1608 Las Plumas Avenue, Spanish and Cantonese/Mandarin interpreters will be available.
  • For workshops located at 2072 Lucretia Avenue, Spanish and Vietnamese interpreters will be available.

If you or someone you know require interpretation services different from the ones listed above, please call 408-535-8234 to request an accommodation as soon as possible, but at least three business days prior to the meeting. (Spanish & Vietnamese)

Presentation during the July 2018 meetings.
 Date Time Location
 Wednesday, July 11, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm Environmental Innovation Center
1608 Las Plumas Avenue, San José, CA 95133
 Saturday, July 14, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm Vietnamese Community Center
2072 Lucretia Avenue, San José, CA 95122
 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm Environmental Innovation Center
1608 Las Plumas Avenue, San José, CA 95133
 Thursday, July 26, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm Vietnamese Community Center
2072 Lucretia Avenue, San José, CA 95122

Updated FAQs as of December 13, 2018 are available in English for viewing, and in Spanish and Vietnamese.

If you have any questions, please call 408-535-8234.

If you have questions or concerns, please email .

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