Affordable housing in Sonoma County has been a problem for some time, now after the fire it has reached crisis level. Our County is Strong and with fantastic programs like Habitat for Humanity we can start to rebuild and get our citizens housed and remaining in Sonoma County.
Habitat for Humanity (H4H) has been in Sonoma County since 1984 and going strong. H4H has restored existing properties and built new homes from the ground up, throughout the County for low-income families to help with stable housing. They have a few underway here in Santa Rosa and they are working on 18 more homes across Sonoma County.
After the wildfires, which destroyed 5,130 homes across Sonoma County with over 1,000 of those being in Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park neighborhood, H4H has been working on ways to house our residents. They are looking into using granny or accessory units to house displaced homeowners during the rebuilding and has pledged to rebuild 600 homes lost in the fires.
Along with H4H, the City Council has been hard at work and thinking outside the box. As of December 8th, 2017, the council approved a series of updates regarding, “accessory dwelling unit” rules in an effort to make the requirements of building granny units easier and much cheaper for homeowners to be rented to fire victims. Yes, the City has made it clear that this is being done to create housing for fire victims – NOT lodging for visitors. There will be requirements, like homeowners must rent granny units out for no less than 30 days.
Firma Design Group is a strong supporter of Habitat for Humanity.