By Maria Medina

SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — A popular neighborhood park in San Jose could be part of the homeless solution, but the people who live nearby are saying: not so fast.

There’s some outcry from San Jose homeowners in the Cambrian neighborhood who recently found out tiny homes for the homeless could be built right next door to them.

Real estate agent Jessica Hooley moved into the neighborhood three years ago. She says she’s an advocate for the homeless but that she’s opposed to tiny homes in her neighborhood.

But Hooley said, “…we do have to support the homeless and we do have a growing concern about the homeless here. But not in a neighborhood where there’s children.”

She says she chose the Cambrian area because of her neighbors, who she says give the neighborhood “the nice close-knit family feel that we have because of the parks.”

But, now they’ve learned they could be getting new neighbors.

The city is eyeing a parcel of vacant land to build 20 tiny homes where the homeless would live. It’s across from a popular park and adjacent to a home.

Hooley said, “They say it’s going to be about 20 homeless that would be here. But 20 leads to them telling their friends and it could be 60 to 100.”

San Jose’s deputy director of housing, Ray Bramson, says the city is listening to all community input, holding meetings after putting out a list of the nearly 100 city owned or city leased sites where the tiny homes could be built in each of the city’s ten districts.

“It’s a difficult process. There isn’t a lot of available land, “Bramson said.

Bramson explained that “…this first initial list is just city owned parcels. We looked at all of the surplus parcels in the city’s inventory and now we’re going out to the communities, saying ‘hey this is what we have. What else do you think might be a good idea?'”

But Hooley wants more information.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen, who’s going to monitor it. We haven’t gotten all those kinds of details,” she said.

The tiny homes would be taken down in 2022, when the law sunsets. The homes are expected to go up next year.

Comments (11)
  1. We have the same issue in the North Bay. Santa Rosa and Sonoma Co want to install hundreds of these tiny homes. Build it and they will come, is the logic here. If you house all your homeless, more will hear about it and come from all across the land.
    Question: Is it government’s role to house it’s citizens? Is it right for government to collect tax money for this purpose? It depends on if you embrace socialism or not.

  2. We all know there is a huge homeless problem throughout the Bay Area. And we know we need to do something about it. The solution includes getting them off the street, for their sake as well as ours. However until we get past the “not my problem” and “not in my neighborhood” mentality we are not going to solve the problem. I love the idea of these tiny homes. There are many homeless who are gainfully employed, are not addicts, and don’t have mental health issues. They just can’t afford housing. Those would be ideal candidates for these tiny homes. It would give them a chance to get back on their feet and wouldn’t pose a threat to nearby residents. It won’t solve the homeless problem entirely, but it is a good start.

  3. Sean Gill says:

    Typical rich white liberals. They pretend to care about homeless people; they just don’t want them in their neighborhood. Then they always use some lame excuse for their elitism or racism – “well, I mean, I would, but, uh…uh…think of the children!”. What does that mean? I thought homeless people were just like you, just given a bad break. Why don’t you trust them being around your children then?

    1. Sean, Here is the thing about saying, ” I thought homeless people were just like you, just given a bad break.” That is a non-truth used by liberals when you criticize their bad behavior. The truth is each person has a significant level of personal responsibility and in the real world there are consequences for messing up. Blurring the lines of individuality to promote ideology is a main tool of the leftist progressive communist. “For the better good of all” just let government run your entire life.

  4. NIMBY – Not In My Back Yard. Here’s a thought: If a homeless person moves into a Tiny House, are they still considered Homeless?

  5. Guy Kelley says:

    A simple solution. Once upon a time here in the San Joaquin Valley Area, there were many farmers, who need help in the picking of there crops. The Government at the time helped the farmers by the building of labor camps and encouraged the many migrants from the dust bowl areas during the great depression, move into thouse camps to help with the crops harvesting. Then they would move on following the crop locations all the way up into Oregon and Washington States. This was very successful for many years, until for political reasons a single man got it outlawed and banned.

    The camps are still there as well many of thouse crops waiting to be harvested. The homeless would have a clean place to live and work, solving many of the problems they experience. Provided no drugs or alcohol was allowed, education was offered for the children and medical staff provided. They would be give a modest income for there work, provide they did the work adequately, and some would find full time employment within the farmer’s structure, or elsewhere. Problem pretty much solved. Just don’t overthink it !!!!!

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