Alameda County launched a program to add 18 affordable housing units in unincorporated areas and to simplify the process of adding spouses’ apartments to single-family homes.
The pilot project – the Accessory Dwelling Unit (or ADU) program – is expected to lead to the development of 18 housing units, also known as grandma’s apartments, through a lottery system with an application deadline of November 27 as demand is expected. be high.
The program follows a similar move in San Francisco, where in March supervisors waived fees for building inspections, plan reviews, filing records and additional fees for son-in-law employees.
The Alameda County Program will also offer free consultancy and project management services to over 100 homeowners looking to build an additional housing unit on their private property.
It will initially serve unincorporated areas of the county such as Ashland, Cherryland, Castro Valley, Castlewood, Fairview, Happy Valley, Hillcrest Knolls, Sunol and San Lorenzo, as well as unincorporated areas in Hayward, Pleasanton and Livermore.
Officials hope to eventually offer the program throughout the district.
“We need to continue to find creative housing solutions to keep households stable and resilient across the county,” said Housing Director Michelle Starrath.
“With ADU, we can increase our naturally available housing stock by creating new homes in existing neighborhoods. By offering personalized guidance, we can ensure that homeowners get the support they need to successfully build a new home that is safe and legal, ”she said.
Interested homeowners must apply online at hellobright.org/one-stop-shop-ac by November 27th. Property owners who meet the basic selection criteria will participate in a random lottery and go through a remote verification process in order to start the lottery. In November.
The district will partner with Hello Housing, a nonprofit group, to manage the program. More information is available on his website hellobright.org.