Housing + Development

Santa Clara County’s growing number of homeless youth struggle to access assistance

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Jaritza Hernandez became homeless at 18, when her husband lost his job and the rent for their apartment rose. They couldn’t keep up with the bills, especially when they needed to pay for all the costs associated with their new baby, Alexa, who has epilepsy. With no support from their families, the family of three ended up living in the back of their car for six months before they could find stable housing.Hernandez wasn’t prepared to become homeless.“I’m only 20 years old. I wasn’t trained for this. I wasn’t prepared for this life. No one told me that you could be homeless. No one told me how hard it was…

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Facing crowded roads and construction, Cupertino establishes traffic impact fee

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CUPERTINO — The City of Cupertino unanimously passed an ordinance Oct. 3 that directs funds to reducing traffic congestion in the area, which has grown busier since construction of Apple Inc.’s new headquarters was approved in 2013.Almost all new developments in the city — residential, retail, office or hotel — will pay a traffic impact fee to fund road improvements, public transit and bicycle safety projects.Cupertino joins its neighbors, including San Jose and Sunnyvale, in adopting fees to offset the traffic burden caused by new businesses and housing units.But compared to other Bay Area cities where technology companies are headquartered, Cupertino lacks the public transit infrastructure to offset traffic caused…

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