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Residents Fear Increased Crime and Drug Use Near Temporary Housing in San José, But the Evidence Shows Otherwise

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A pink child's toy car sits in front of a line of small housing units made out of shipping containers.
Shipping containers converted to homes line the perimeter of the Evans Lane interim housing facility located on city-owned land, in San José, on Jan. 30, 2023. (Beth LaBerge/KQED)

San José Mayor Matt Mahan has been pushing to build more emergency interim housing as a cost-effective approach to get unhoused residents off the streets more quickly. It’s intended to be a temporary step toward more permanent housing.

But one big roadblock to building it? Local housed residents, who say they want to see solutions to homelessness…just not in their own backyards.

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Guest: Guy Marzorati, politics and government correspondent for KQED


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