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?

  • Sheraden Nicholau
    signed 2016-04-13 08:46:27 -0700
  • Patricia Kinney
    signed via 2016-04-04 11:00:14 -0700
  • Fred Kohler
    signed 2016-04-03 11:45:48 -0700
  • Sara Janzen
    signed 2016-04-03 11:44:49 -0700
  • Alison Morantz
    signed 2016-04-03 11:43:57 -0700
  • Maisson Fayad
    signed 2016-04-03 11:41:53 -0700
  • Nour Fayad
    signed 2016-04-03 11:41:00 -0700
  • Kj Chang
    signed 2016-04-03 11:39:06 -0700
  • Anural Agrawal
    signed 2016-04-03 11:38:15 -0700
  • Lusa Orviss
    signed 2016-04-03 11:37:26 -0700
  • Michael Hodos
    signed 2016-04-03 11:36:23 -0700
  • Vija Lusebrink
    signed via 2016-04-03 11:30:44 -0700
    It is a high time to address this issue!!!
  • Matt Laroche
    signed 2016-03-29 15:58:51 -0700
    Lived downtown Palo Alto 2006-2011, very much agree with the need to grow Palo Alto
  • Judy Kleinberg
    signed via 2016-03-29 00:33:11 -0700
    Make that 9 former Mayors! Apparently I was missed when you were signing up former mayors and I was (and still am)a staunch affordable/sustainable housing advocate during my years on the Council, and helped save Buena Vista while Mayor.
  • Carol Leonard
    signed via 2016-03-28 20:47:26 -0700
  • Gina Dalma
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-03-28 19:18:31 -0700
    Join with me to support more housing and transportation options in Palo Alto!
  • Gina Dalma
    signed 2016-03-28 19:18:16 -0700
  • Leah Russin
    signed 2016-03-28 12:37:10 -0700
  • Linda Lopez Otero
    signed 2016-03-26 00:21:37 -0700
  • Tatiana Bliss
    signed 2016-03-24 10:46:05 -0700
  • Klara Ernyes-Kofler
    signed 2016-03-23 23:04:22 -0700
    Wake up! the minimum wage in Palo Alto is $ 11 for mostly part time jobs.No benefits no insurance.How can those individuals afford to pay rent?More common sense please!
  • Walter Bliss
    signed 2016-03-23 22:39:28 -0700
  • Melissa Alpan
    signed 2016-03-21 18:00:46 -0700
    We also need homes and apartments for families.
  • Maya Powis
    signed 2016-03-21 09:52:47 -0700
  • Manish Katyal
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-03-21 09:13:40 -0700
    Join with me to support more housing and transportation options in Palo Alto!
  • Manish Katyal
    signed 2016-03-21 09:13:07 -0700
  • Nadav Gur
    signed 2016-03-21 08:12:24 -0700
  • Donald Anthony
    signed 2016-03-20 05:36:58 -0700
  • Katrina Currier
    signed 2016-03-19 23:24:48 -0700
  • Michael Cudahy
    signed 2016-03-19 23:24:13 -0700


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