San Francisco, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Bay Area universities and homeless advocates released a report on Thursday revealing the various barriers homeless San Franciscans face when accessing housing…..  The report’s authors, the Coalition on Homelessness and researchers with the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University and Santa Clara University surveyed 600 temporarily housed San Franciscans, with a focus on transgender people …..  Participants revealed inequities that homeless transgender people face to obtain housing, poor shelter conditions, crowded living spaces and strict curfews, created even more barriers to housing. Fifty-eight percent of participants said they would prefer a legal homeless camp with basic amenities like showers and toilets while 34 percent reported having substance abuse issues…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Paso Robles, CA – Sept. 2, 2020      The temporary camping facility for homeless residents has been operational at the Borkey Flats site for a few weeks. The site has restrooms, showers, and a safe needle exchange program, and a safe parking area….. The City’s Community Action Team (CAT) has been visiting homeless encampments in the riverbed. They have visited 15-20 camps and informed individuals of the new camping site and of the city’s intent to clean up the riverbed to mitigate fire risk and protect water quality…… To date, three encampments have been cleaned up of all debris and waste products. The camping site has not seen high levels of utilization to date, but the city has seen a drop in fire activity since the CAT team has been active and cleanup has begun….. The city will need to move the Borkey Flats encampment in the winter given that it is in the flood plain, and continues to work with homeless service provider partners to identify long-term solutions…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER    …..     …..
Oxnard, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The Vagabond Inn in Oxnard could soon transition from an affordable hotel option to permanent supportive housing for 70 of the county’s homeless residents, thanks to a state funding effort that aims to house California’s most vulnerable homeless individuals….. The Vagabond Inn is under consideration for funding under Project Homekey, the next phase in the state’s efforts to protect homeless residents who are high-risk for COVID-19. In July, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced $600 million in funding for cities and counties to convert motels, hotels and other housing types into permanent housing…..  “This is an opportunity that allows us to both respond to COVID-19 and respond to homelessness and the long-term need to provide housing,” said Oxnard Housing Director Emilio Ramirez…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Stanton, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The County of Orange and Jamboree Housing Corporation submitted three applications as co-applicants and in partnership with the City of Stanton under the State Homekey program, all located in the City of Stanton, for a total request of $28.1 million in funding…..   The County recently received word that the State reserved funding for both The Tahiti Motel and Stanton Inn and Suites applications….. Two of the motels identified for funds in the City of Stanton include The Stanton Inn and Suites, on Katella Avenue and the Tahiti Motel, on Beach Boulevard. A third motel is in negotiation with the motel owner, they say. By the end of the project, 132 new affordable homes will be available for those experiencing homelessness.   Although this does not yet represent an award from the State, it is one step closer to securing funding to make the Homekey program work…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..     …..  
Sacramento, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Gov. Newsom said Wednesday that California is making an “unprecedented” effort to address homelessness, two days after lawmakers failed to pass a bill to massively increase housing production….. The governor said the state has placed more than 22,000 homeless Californians in 16,400 hotel and motel rooms amid the pandemic, and is giving cities and counties $600 million to purchase the rooms and convert them into permanent housing….. Local governments also got another $628 million in emergency homelessness aid….. “It’s self-evident that this has to be our top priority and it is,” said Newsom……   A bill heading to Newsom’s desk would create a state Office to End Homelessness, led by a new “homelessness czar.” But the governor said Wednesday he already has a homelessness czar — a seemingly fluid title, given that he’s used it to refer to six people in the past two years, including himself……      HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..
Paso Robles, CA – Sept. 2, 2020      The temporary camping facility for homeless residents has been operational at the Borkey Flats site for a few weeks. The site has restrooms, showers, and a safe needle exchange program, and a safe parking area….. The City’s Community Action Team (CAT) has been visiting homeless encampments in the riverbed. They have visited 15-20 camps and informed individuals of the new camping site and of the city’s intent to clean up the riverbed to mitigate fire risk and protect water quality…… To date, three encampments have been cleaned up of all debris and waste products. The camping site has not seen high levels of utilization to date, but the city has seen a drop in fire activity since the CAT team has been active and cleanup has begun….. The city will need to move the Borkey Flats encampment in the winter given that it is in the flood plain, and continues to work with homeless service provider partners to identify long-term solutions…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER    …..     …..
Stanton, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The County of Orange and Jamboree Housing Corporation submitted three applications as co-applicants and in partnership with the City of Stanton under the State Homekey program, all located in the City of Stanton, for a total request of $28.1 million in funding…..   The County recently received word that the State reserved funding for both The Tahiti Motel and Stanton Inn and Suites applications….. Two of the motels identified for funds in the City of Stanton include The Stanton Inn and Suites, on Katella Avenue and the Tahiti Motel, on Beach Boulevard. A third motel is in negotiation with the motel owner, they say. By the end of the project, 132 new affordable homes will be available for those experiencing homelessness.   Although this does not yet represent an award from the State, it is one step closer to securing funding to make the Homekey program work…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..     …..  
Oxnard, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The Vagabond Inn in Oxnard could soon transition from an affordable hotel option to permanent supportive housing for 70 of the county’s homeless residents, thanks to a state funding effort that aims to house California’s most vulnerable homeless individuals….. The Vagabond Inn is under consideration for funding under Project Homekey, the next phase in the state’s efforts to protect homeless residents who are high-risk for COVID-19. In July, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced $600 million in funding for cities and counties to convert motels, hotels and other housing types into permanent housing…..  “This is an opportunity that allows us to both respond to COVID-19 and respond to homelessness and the long-term need to provide housing,” said Oxnard Housing Director Emilio Ramirez…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Sacramento, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Gov. Newsom said Wednesday that California is making an “unprecedented” effort to address homelessness, two days after lawmakers failed to pass a bill to massively increase housing production….. The governor said the state has placed more than 22,000 homeless Californians in 16,400 hotel and motel rooms amid the pandemic, and is giving cities and counties $600 million to purchase the rooms and convert them into permanent housing….. Local governments also got another $628 million in emergency homelessness aid….. “It’s self-evident that this has to be our top priority and it is,” said Newsom……   A bill heading to Newsom’s desk would create a state Office to End Homelessness, led by a new “homelessness czar.” But the governor said Wednesday he already has a homelessness czar — a seemingly fluid title, given that he’s used it to refer to six people in the past two years, including himself……      HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..
San Francisco, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Bay Area universities and homeless advocates released a report on Thursday revealing the various barriers homeless San Franciscans face when accessing housing…..  The report’s authors, the Coalition on Homelessness and researchers with the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University and Santa Clara University surveyed 600 temporarily housed San Franciscans, with a focus on transgender people …..  Participants revealed inequities that homeless transgender people face to obtain housing, poor shelter conditions, crowded living spaces and strict curfews, created even more barriers to housing. Fifty-eight percent of participants said they would prefer a legal homeless camp with basic amenities like showers and toilets while 34 percent reported having substance abuse issues…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..

Bill To Reduce Restrictions On Accessory Dwelling Units In California Gains Steam

By: Aaron Norris
May 30, 2019 —

As housing costs soar, a California state legislator is working to make it easier for homeowners to build accessory dwelling units on their properties to provide residents with more affordable housing options.

Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) have gone by a wide variety of names: granny flats, in-law units and backyard cottages among them. They can serve a wide variety of uses such as a guesthouse for extended family, a home office, a short-term vacation rental or an apartment for a non-family member.

A bill from Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to lower governmental fees charged to homeowners who want to build an ADU and to lessen the restrictions on how it can be used is now advancing to the California State Assembly after passing through the California Senate on May 22.

It is the latest of a multiyear effort by Wieckowski and other legislators to reform ordinances and permitting surrounding ADUs. California has seen nine different bills on accessory dwelling units in 2019.

SB 13 will make it easier for California homeowners to convert their garage into a living space or construct a small accessory unit in their backyards to provide more housing for seniors, college students, teachers and other workers,” Wieckowski said in a prepared statement. “It is focused on the barriers that continue to hinder the construction of ADUs – excessive development impact fees, restrictive owner-occupancy requirements and no pathways to bring unpermitted units up to code.”

Out of California’s 482 cities, Wieckowski reports that only 200 have passed local ADU ordinances as of May 2019. Currently, if a city has not created a local ADU ordinance, the city code defaults to the language of SB 1069.

The need for additional regulation would prohibit cities from placing an untold number of restrictions into their ordinances, making the process of getting an ADU permit burdensome, expensive and, in some cities, nearly impossible.

One city, for example, was requiring a homeowner to have a lot size of at least 15,000 square feet, which is unusually large for most cities. Others were requiring extra off-street parking, charging thousands in impact fees, or letting the permit applications languish with no action. In cases where cities require owner-occupancy restrictions on title, cities are inadvertently even making lending more difficult.

A report by the University of California, Berkeley’s Terner Center of Housing Innovation says development fees are hampering the construction of ADUs as these small properties are often charged the same impact fees as new home construction. These impact fees can cost up to $50,000 in some cities.

SB 13 would require cities to send ordinances to the Community Housing Department for review. If the city is not compliant, the city must fix the issue or face being reported to the office of the Attorney General for violation of the law. Unlike previous bills, SB 13 attempts to give the state more teeth to force compliance.

The owner-occupancy change in SB 13 is a big win for real estate investors and landlords who are well positioned to take advantage of adding ADUs to projects and more likely to do so if the rules are clear, projects are timelier, and costs are reduced.

Investors doing fix and flips have the know-how, access to skilled labor and availability of private funding for projects. Renovating the primary residence and building an ADU simultaneously helps match the aesthetic of the home and the neighborhood which should go a long way to satisfy the city as well as NIMBYs not necessarily keen to additional neighbors. Higher sales prices will also increase local tax dollars.

Landlords have the most significant chance to impact housing if SB 13 passes. They have the same skills to see ADU projects added to existing inventory with the added benefit of being experienced property managers in a very tenant-friendly state. Landlords may have missed that SB 1069 allows ADUs on duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes.

If the recent lawsuit by the state of California against Huntington Beach is a sign of how serious California will be in the coming years on affordable housing, there’s no reason to think SB 13 and bills like it attempting to simplify the process and cost won’t succeed. ADUs are an effective option for adding much-needed, affordable housing. If California can push this through the process, other states will likely follow.

Article courtesy of Forbes

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