Insight into transit-oriented affordable housing in Calif.

  • Date: 06/06/2024

First Community Housing is a nonprofit created to develop, construct and manage affordable housing for San Jose and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. It serves low-income populations including individuals, families, older adults and those with special needs like chronic illness, mental health and developmental disabilities. Since 1986, the nonprofit has developed housing for more than 1,700 households, and it has another 1,400 homes on the way. Its latest development, however, is unique.

To start, the mobility hub at Betty Ann Gardens provides access to shared electric vehicles on site at significant discounts, chargers and e-bikes. Along with being located adjacent to a BART station, the hub also has a “transit screen monitor” that displays real-time information about a variety of transit options, including the location of the nearest e-scooter to rent, the location of the nearby transit stops and when the next buses are expected to arrive.

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