Assessing Rent Stabilization to Safeguard Affordable Housing

In a 2017-2018 annual report, only 6 percent of San Jose residents described availability of affordable housing as “excellent” or “good.” To that end, the San Jose City Council created a Rent Stabilization Program, and, to ensure the program’s success, Housing Department officials are seeking to evaluate the program and its impact on residents.

To support this work, San Jose is partnering with FUSE Executive Fellow Lorie Fiber to develop a forward-looking, data-driven strategy that strengthens the Rent Stabilization Program. Lorie is working with diverse stakeholders to understand their perspectives on the program, while researching best practices for affordable housing in other cities. The resulting plan will include an evaluation framework and measurable outcomes, allowing officials to understand and communicate the program’s impact to stakeholders.