As the executive director of SOMOS Mayfair, I am reaching out to clarify our position on Santa Clara County’s Measure A funds and the implementation on critical permanent supportive and affordable housing projects.
A dated comment made in 2017 by one of our staff members was used in a recent editorial piece in your paper, Editorial: Unshackle Measure A. The statement was made two years ago and does not reflect the status of where the referenced Quetzal Gardens housing project is now.
We are excited to share that the project is moving forward as a 100 percent affordable, mixed-income housing project with units dedicated to rapid rehousing, permanently supportive housing and one- to three-bedroom family units that will serve people making 30 percent to 60 percent of the area median income.
Additionally, 100 percent of the commercial ground space will be dedicated to community benefits, housing SOMOS Mayfair’s nonprofit staff and community based programming, as well as supports for our local, family-owned small businesses.
Further, we understand and support the county’s position in retaining ownership of the land for Measure A funded projects, as we have unfortunately witnessed examples of nonprofits and organizations going out of business, or changing business models, disrupting service delivery to children and families and affecting the sustainability of programs and community benefits.
Through this mechanism of retaining land ownership, we expect that Measure A funds will support the housing needs voters approved and protect these community benefits over the long haul—irrespective of the developer and operator.
Camille Llanes Fontanilla