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Building in-law units in Almeida County can be easy.

By City News

Almeida County has launched a program that will include 18 affordable housing units in non-exclusive areas and simplify the process of incorporating in-laws units into a family property.

The pilot – called the Accessory Developing Unit (or ADU) program – is expected to develop 18 in-laws, also called nanny units, through the lottery system. To be high.

The program follows a related initiative in San Francisco, where in March supervisors waived building inspection, plan review, record keeping and site surcharge fees for in-laws.

The Almeida County Program will also offer free consultation and project management services to more than 100 homeowners who wish to build an additional housing unit on their single family property.
It initially included non-county areas of the county, notably Ashland, Cherryland, Castro Valley, Castlewood, Fairview, Happy Valley, Hillcrest Knolls, Sanol and San Lorenzo, as well as Hayward, Pleasanton and Livermore. Will serve areas.

Officials hope to eventually offer programs across the country.

“We need to find creative housing solutions to support the sustainability and vitality of homes throughout the county,” said Michelle Start, director of housing.

“With ADUs, we can naturally increase affordable housing stock by building new homes in existing neighborhoods. By providing customized guidance, we can ensure that homeowners build a new unit successfully. Get help for what is safe and legally allowed.

Interested homeowners submit an online application. Until November 27. Property owners who meet the Baseline Eligibility Criteria will be entered into a random lottery and will undergo remote screening in the form of lottery numbers starting in November.

The nonprofit group will partner with Hello Housing to manage the county program. More information is available on its website.

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