Fix Palo Alto's Housing Crisis!

Please join eight former Mayors and over 1000 community members in asking City Council to exercise leadership and address Palo Alto's housing shortage now!


1,500 signatures

The cost of living in Palo Alto has skyrocketed. As a result, we are seeing long-time neighbors move because they can no longer afford the rent. It is not unusual for Palo Alto workers to commute in from areas as far as Stockton, Gilroy, and Tracy, putting severe strain on our roads and our climate. We are on the path to being a city composed only of long-time landowners and wealthy newcomers.

This situation is the result of city policies that have discouraged new housing while encouraging more office space. As a result, Palo Alto has the nation’s highest median rent and the region’s highest jobs-to-housing ratio. City Council has taken measures to address the jobs side of the equation by limiting office growth. Now, it is time to address the housing side of the equation.

A true fix will require a long-term focus and deep commitment; we believe, though, that we can maintain the character of our community while making changes to alleviate this imbalance. Council can show leadership by crafting policy to achieve the following goals:

1. Encourage construction of more studio apartments and other naturally affordable smaller units. 

2. Encourage buildings composed of apartments and condos over ground-floor retail. Current policy requires developers to build office space into any new four-story building in a commercial district.

3. Make it easier for homeowners to build second units on their property, especially to accommodate multiple-generation households and caretakers.

4. Allow car-light and car-free housing in walkable, transit-accessible areas for residents who are able to not own a car.

5. Facilitate the development of new senior housing, including alternative models such as co-housing, home sharing, and mixed-use senior communities with retail and services.

We ask the City Council to plan for more housing so that Palo Alto can be the community of opportunity it has historically been: a family-friendly city that welcomed interesting thinkers and doers of all ages and all incomes.  Many of the above ideas were implemented successfully in Palo Alto’s South of Forest (SOFA) plan.  We know that this can be done!

To find out more see our blog post.

Will you sign?

  • Catherine Crystal Foster
    signed 2015-12-05 18:11:28 -0800
  • Chandramouli Chandrasekaran
    signed 2015-12-05 16:52:44 -0800
  • Linda LaCount
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-12-05 16:08:16 -0800
    Join with me to support more housing and transportation options in Palo Alto!
  • Linda LaCount
    signed 2015-12-05 16:07:55 -0800
  • Dorothy Bender
    signed 2015-12-04 22:36:04 -0800
  • Chrissy Coolidge
    signed 2015-12-04 22:24:40 -0800
  • Elaine Jek
    signed 2015-12-04 22:21:18 -0800
  • Karin Shupen
    signed 2015-12-04 22:20:17 -0800
  • Gabe Fossati
    signed 2015-12-04 22:19:03 -0800
  • Vittorio Fossati-Bellani
    signed 2015-12-04 22:18:14 -0800
  • Chris Cocca
    signed 2015-12-04 22:10:29 -0800
  • Lisa Altieri
    signed 2015-12-04 22:09:18 -0800
  • Cybele LoVuolo-Bhushan
    signed 2015-12-04 22:08:16 -0800
  • cristina ballerio
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-12-04 22:06:28 -0800
    Join with me to support more housing and transportation options in Palo Alto!
  • cristina ballerio
    signed 2015-12-04 22:05:30 -0800
  • Shira Shaham
    signed 2015-12-04 22:00:46 -0800
  • Ellen Forbes
    signed 2015-12-04 16:31:31 -0800
    The League of Women Voters of Palo Alto is pleased to join this diverse group of citizens who share our concern for the city’s housing and transportation needs—and are actively seeking solutions! Ellen Forbes, President
  • Elizabeth adibi
    signed 2015-12-04 15:08:46 -0800
  • Vera Peress
    signed 2015-12-04 12:42:04 -0800
  • Russ Glenn
    signed 2015-12-04 12:14:15 -0800
  • Serena Chang
    signed 2015-12-04 10:21:47 -0800
  • Ellen Smith
    signed 2015-12-04 10:10:21 -0800
  • Iqbal Serang
    signed 2015-12-04 10:03:19 -0800
  • Doris Petersen
    signed 2015-12-04 09:55:50 -0800
    I am already a member. Thank you for your good work bringing community together. Doris
  • Biquan Luo
    signed 2015-12-04 09:40:19 -0800
  • Wieneke van Sonderen
    signed via 2015-12-04 08:34:15 -0800
  • Elizabeth Taft
    signed 2015-12-04 07:57:35 -0800
  • Diane & Joe Rolfe
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-12-03 21:49:29 -0800
    Join with me to support more housing and transportation options in Palo Alto!
  • Peter Mackreth
    signed 2015-12-03 20:24:57 -0800
  • Angela Harrell
    signed 2015-12-03 20:18:53 -0800


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