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- March 4, 2022

The waiting game

How seniors can get their names on the waitlist for affordable housing

by Chris Kenrick

Affordable housing is the top request that Palo Alto senior services agency Avenidas receives on its help line, says social worker Thomas Kingery.

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Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of another community
on Mar 4, 2022 at 2:31 pm

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Almost always missing from articles like these are properties that fall under the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee regulations. Every state has a similar agency that regulates Tax Credit properties, and the database of properties can be found at: Web Link Choose whatever state you want to find a rental in the lower left corner, and leave all of the other options on the page in the default positions unless you are trying to refine a category and you know how to use the website to do that. After you choose a state, CA for example, click on the "retrieve project data" button at the bottom near the center, and it will load all of the LIHTC "affordable housing" properties in CA. You can search using your browser function to find terms like Palo Alto. Here is where you can learn what the current income limits are for LIHTC properties in Santa Clara County: Web Link I don't think there's a 2022 list yet because HUD changes their income limits every April. And yes, it is a convoluted process to determine where LIHTC properties exist and whether you qualify to live in one. Which is probably why these articles usually skip mentioning LIHTC properties. I used this property guide about 8 years ago to find an "affordable" apartment. I know there's a way to streamline the process but I've forgotten it and no longer have the bookmarks but there IS a way to simplify the search. One thing I know for sure is LIHTC properties are always growing, because they offer tax credits to the landlord, and the incentive to receive them is to keep the rent affordable. I found over 200 LIHTC properties from Palo Alto to San Jose on the HUD chart just now. 22 of them are in Palo Alto.

Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of another community
on Mar 4, 2022 at 2:42 pm

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The link above to find the income limits is corrupt, and I can't make it work. To get around that, click on the "select a new state" button using the link above, and go from there.

Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 7, 2022 at 11:05 am

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The City of Palo Alto would be good and responsible to manage its own housing wait lists that could streamline the process of affordable housing lists. It's ridiculous that seniors, families, unhoused have to navigate a broken system of confusion. Equivalent to the Bay Area's dis-connected mass transit systems. The city of Palo Alto's development and planning department is massive and top heavy is salaries. Can't they dedicate underling staff to manage such a list within their boundaries?? A drop down for Alto only creates more work for their 501(c)3 staff and a headache for interested parties. Palo Alto can do better. And since 2013 Measure D Referendum halting housing which would have stabilized many local seniors, the city owes such a basic service to its residents!! Our city and county is nearing a humanitarian crisis of unhoused and climate change war zone of weather elements and unsafe flimsy street side shelter (non). Act now to save a single life from another loss from a senior citizen freezing to death on our streets. Shame on Palo Alto! BTW Mayfield Place accepts seniors. Yet it's so poorly run and shabbily built (2017), I would not recommend anyone seek shelter here.

Posted by Me
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Mar 7, 2022 at 11:14 am

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“Applicants can wait months or years.” These people should have bought houses back in the day instead of spending all their money. My dad worked for the government (notoriously low salaries), my mom stayed at home and they afforded a $75K house in 1975, now worth $3.5 million.

Americans spend too much money and don’t think about their futures. They should be working two jobs while they are young.

Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Mar 7, 2022 at 11:50 am

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Posted by Citizen
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 7, 2022 at 1:33 pm

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Posted by Green Gables
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 7, 2022 at 1:44 pm

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ME is correct about spending money and not buying a house.
BTW the City of Palo Alto and any other government agency is inefficient so do not put housing into their hands.
If a person is an immigrant and has no income, finding a HUD sponsored facility is the best as taxpayers foot the bill for rent.

Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 7, 2022 at 2:24 pm

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Just tried to register for the event. Full and have been “waitlisted” hahaha. Shame on PA. Avendeias is grossly understaffed and under funded! Shame. This should take place at Mitchel Park Library huge 500 capacity room. No room for the weary rickety housing clan and fam.

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