Affordable Senior Housing for Palo Alto

Palo Alto's seniors deserve a high quality, safe and affordable place to live. But over the last 10 years, housing costs have doubled, making it increasingly difficult for Palo Alto residents on fixed incomes to remain in our community and live close to their children and grandchildren after they retire.

That is why, following nine months of public hearings, discussions and negotiations, the Palo Alto City Council voted unanimously to approve the 60 units of affordable senior housing and 12 single family homes at Maybell and Clemo.

Please join us in supporting this unanimous decision and affordable senior housing by voting Yes on Measure D.

There are hundreds of seniors in Palo Alto on waiting lists for existing low-income senior housing properties and hundreds more who are looking for affordable, independent living. Measure D will ensure 60 affordable senior apartments are created for local seniors who earn roughly between $21,000 and $43,000 per year, or 30-60% of the area median income.

This carefully designed plan has minimal impact on the surrounding neighborhood, traffic, and schools. The senior housing is well set back from the street, adjacent to an existing 8-story apartment building and 66-unit family apartment complex.

The current site was zoned for up to 46 residences – all of which could be multi-bedroom. If this affordable housing project is stopped, the property would likely be sold to a private developer, who could build the maximum number of units – resulting in a much greater impact on the surrounding neighborhood.

Our local seniors need Measure D to ensure they are able to remain in the community they call home and keep local families together. According to the Council on Aging Silicon Valley, nearly 20% of Palo Alto seniors are living near or below the poverty line.

We urge you to vote YES on Measure D to provide high quality, safe, affordable housing for Palo Alto's seniors.

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