Sunday, January 31, 2016

Tiny housing solution studies, San Mateo County

The Daily Journal (San Mateo County), Bill Silverfarb, 1/28/16.  "County funds tiny house study: San Mateo County Board of Supervisors OKs $500K to explore innovation affordable housing strategies."

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Small, but living with that certain Bay Area style.
Beats being homeless or moving to Fresno.
"The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved a $500,000 expenditure Tuesday to fund 'innovative' affordable housing solutions as rents continue to soar in the area.

One grant to Samaritan House, Mental Health Association and MidPen Housing for $75,500 will fund a best practices analysis to produce a model for a tiny house community for homeless people in transition. .... MidPen Housing and Hello Housing were also awarded a $200,000 grant to help buy single-family homes and preserve them as affordable housing. 

....  The Center of Community Innovation at the University of California at Berkeley was awarded $66,620 to find parcels in unincorporated county lands that may be suitable to construct accessory dwelling units.  ....  The Housing Leadership Council was awarded $32,880 to explore whether new or more frequent bus routes along key corridors would affect the eligibility for Housing Tax Credits or “cap and trade” funds for certain parcels.
....  The other grant awarded was to Forsyth Street and Enterprise for $125,000 to produce a feasibility and options report for finding a dedicated funding source to build more affordable housing. One proposal the group will study is whether a housing bond is feasible. .... The $500,000 comes from the county’s Housing Innovation Fund."  Read article.

Reference, accessory dwelling unit (ADU)Investopedia, "A legal and regulatory term for a secondary house or apartment with its own kitchen, living area and separate entrance that shares the building lot of a larger, primary house. The ADU may be attached to an existing house or garage, or it may be built as a stand-alone unit, but it usually uses the water and energy connections of the primary house and may be rented separately." Related, example design.  Good home design Interior Design and Architecture,"...small apartment in Manhattan." 

Note photograph from New Hd template images/best small apartment interior design.

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