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City’s ADU Program Could Get Additional Funds

Published on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 | 5:43 am

An example of an ADU (accessory dwelling unit. [Image courtesy State of California]
The City Council adopted a resolution that could bring much needed funds to expand the city’s 2nd Unit ADU program.

The council unanimously adopted a resolution approving a $2.5 million grant application for California Department of Housing and Community Development’s (HCD) CalHome program funds.

The grants would provide financing for the rehabilitation and construction of accessory dwelling units (ADUs).

The pilot program offered homeowners comprehensive assistance to finance, design, permit, and construct new accessory dwelling units (ADUs).

Through the program, homeowners applied for a loan of up to $150,000 to construct a new ADU in their backyard or convert their garage, with a requirement to rent the unit to a Pasadena rental assistance client for seven years. Low-income homeowners also applied for a $75,000 loan to bring an illegal garage conversion up to code.

During a 30-day application period, the City received 35 applications. Due to the program’s limited funding, only five applicants were selected.

Those projects are currently in the design phase. The recommended resolution would enable the city to submit an application to the CalHome program for $2.52 million in grant funding.

The CalHome program supports existing homeownership programs aimed at very low-, low-, and moderate-income households.

“The goal is to increase homeownership, encourage neighborhood revitalization and sustainable development, and maximize the use of the existing housing stock through various activities.”

CalHome accomplished that by assisting single-family homeowners to construct or rehabilitate accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and junior accessory dwelling units (JADUs).

HCD is accepting applications through a notice of funding availability (NOFA) for its CalHome program, granting up to $5 million per application.

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2 thoughts on “City’s ADU Program Could Get Additional Funds

  • Are you aware that the City has no plans to ensure that structures built through the ADU’s permit process are ever actually used as ADUs, and nor are there any fines associated with simply using them as offices or studios, which the City of Pasadena would never have approved as such? ADUs serve a very real purpose in a housing market like ours, which prices out many people, but if homeowners are using the ordinance to gain a home office or studio by claiming it’ll be an ADU, that’s just wrong.

  • If the city really wants ADU’s they need to come up with less cumbersome regulations that will allow the countless older units to be legalized. Right now the process is so cumbersome and expensive that most do not disclose they have one and those that do contact the city for help soon regret doing so





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