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Home sweet tiny home for some in San Jose

Housing & Development

By Pat Morris | Mar 10, 2020

Up to 40 of San Jose’s estimated 6,100 homeless people will have a clean, private, safe place to stay for up to two months while they transition into permanent housing, per a report in Curbed San Francisco.

Construction delays have meant that, so far, only eight people have moved into the tiny-home “cabins” built by Habitat for Humanity on land owned by Valley Transit Authority, but Mabury Bridge officially opened on Feb. 27 anyway, the outlet said. The entire project cost $2.2 million, and a second facility is slated to open on Felipe Avenue later this year.

The community, encased by a fence, offers neat rows of painted 800-square-foot structures that contain room for a bed, a desk and a shelf. The little houses have no kitchen facilities but do offer HVAC.

Communal spaces, according to the report, include a kitchen, bathrooms, showers and rooms with computers, job boards and internet access.

Although the San Jose City Council approved the project in 2017, it was delayed by squabbles about where to put the housing, with neighborhood residents expressing concerns about crime, sanitation and other potential problems, Curbed said.

Residents, however, are thoroughly screened, and the homes are open only to those who have been approved for permanent housing but need a place to stay while they wait. The site offers round-the-clock security as well.

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