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Daniel Harris

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    Photo by Mike Boening Photography on Flickr. Much of the world will forever know San Jose, Calif., not as the “Capital of Silicon Valley,” but as the longed-for destination in Dionne Warwick’s 1968 hit, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” The song, which flew to the top of the charts and sold more than a million copies worldwide, celebrates “a place where I can stay … and ... find some peace of mind.” In 2015, those goals are much more elusive. Start talking with anyone in this city of a million -- from the homeless to hometown executives -- and all conversational roads lead to housing. The conversations are usually less around the where, but the how: How many jobs do you work to afford your place? How far is your commute? How much over the asking price did you pay? On one end of the market, San Jose/Santa Clara County hosts the nation’s fifth-highest homeless population, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Until recently San Jose was home to “The Jungle,” one of the largest homeless encampments in the nation, until the city closed it -- this in the center of Silicon Valley, home of groundbreaking innovation that is changing our world.