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?

  • Scott Kravitz
    signed 2016-07-26 20:07:00 -0700
  • Ebony Adagun
    signed 2016-07-26 11:04:53 -0700
  • Natalie Martinez-Vlasoff
    signed 2016-07-26 10:24:35 -0700
  • Nadine Martinez
    signed via 2016-07-14 20:54:39 -0700
  • Barbara Dawson
    signed 2016-06-30 21:59:50 -0700
  • Rebecca Fox
    signed 2016-06-06 21:20:21 -0700
  • Geoff Paulsen
    signed 2016-06-04 01:05:09 -0700
  • Alex.vomwald
    @AlexVomWald tweeted link to this page. 2016-05-31 11:12:22 -0700
    Join with me to support more housing and transportation options in Palo Alto!
  • Alejandro Garcia Del Bosque
    signed 2016-05-31 11:12:02 -0700
  • Becky Richardson
    signed 2016-05-30 11:43:55 -0700
  • Clayton Nall
    signed 2016-05-26 07:20:48 -0700
    Clayton Nall
  • Dipesh Bhattacharya
    signed 2016-05-22 22:15:40 -0700
  • said mentese
    signed 2016-05-22 19:07:15 -0700
  • Soraya Lobos
    signed 2016-05-17 13:36:22 -0700
    I support the housing program in Palo Alto but I do believe that the “laws” for housing should be modified a little in terms of income qualification and the way residents from housing are treated.
  • Noah Gaspar
    signed 2016-05-16 19:44:55 -0700
  • Emil Popov
    signed 2016-05-16 13:16:27 -0700
  • Laure Gueudelot
    signed 2016-05-16 12:27:19 -0700
    Laure Gueudelot
  • Julie Love
    signed 2016-05-16 12:26:55 -0700
  • Susan Lusman
    signed 2016-05-16 12:26:21 -0700
  • Sean Love
    signed 2016-05-16 12:24:26 -0700
  • Matthew Lovitt Buran
    signed 2016-05-16 12:23:37 -0700
  • David McCormick
    signed 2016-05-16 12:22:35 -0700
  • Dennis Lawler
    signed 2016-05-16 12:21:42 -0700
  • Anna Berevamaschi
    signed 2016-05-16 12:20:48 -0700
  • Pk Mueller
    signed 2016-05-16 12:19:17 -0700
  • Jacob Sendowski
    signed 2016-05-16 12:15:12 -0700
  • Glen Segal
    signed 2016-05-16 12:14:22 -0700
  • Evelyn Nicolaov
    signed 2016-05-16 12:12:40 -0700
  • Beth Mills
    signed 2016-05-16 12:08:19 -0700
  • Megan Formato
    signed 2016-05-16 12:07:29 -0700


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