Why a California Plan to Build More Homes Is Failing

California state Sen. Toni Atkins is working to fix some of the obstacles homeowners meet when trying to build under SB9. A middle-aged lady sitting in front of the California State Flag wearing a red outfit

By Christine Mai-Duc, Wall Street Journal Only a few dozen people have built housing under a law allowing them to construct duplexes alongside single-family houses When California legislators voted in 2021 to eliminate zoning laws that require neighborhoods to have only single family homes, supporters celebrated it as a tool to alleviate the state’s crippling housing shortage. Opponents … Read more

Renting Forever and Trying to Create a Strong Financial Future

A couple playing air hockey on an apartment complex's community center, an open airy space with huge floor to celling windows and comfortable couches

By Paulette Perhach, New York Times Either by choice or because they are priced out of the market, many people plan to never stop renting. Building wealth without home equity requires a different mind-set. As in any other market, predicting the future of rent charges is impossible. Rents could deflate as they did during the pandemic … Read more

Take the Housing Issues Survey in English, Spanish, or Chinese

The Chinese and Spanish version of a flyer for a housing Survey, a bunch of hands on top and two separate QR codes on bottom

Alameda County is engaging in an assessment of what the highest housing needs are throughout the county. As a part of this process, we have created a website (www.housingneedsac.org), held community feedback sessions, given presentations to community and stakeholder groups and will be presenting our findings in our report to the Board of Supervisors to … Read more

2024 Housing Preservation (Capital Expenditure) Projects RFP

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The County is releasing $3 million in funding through federal Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF). Through this RFP, Alameda County seeks exceptional projects that meet the County’s stated goal to expand the supply of affordable housing to serve the neediest households throughout the County through construction, preservation, and rehabilitation of affordable rental … Read more

New Bidder’s Conference: RFP for Organizations to Serve as Program Administrator for Anti-Displacement and Homelessness Prevention

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HCD is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) from organizations interested in serving as the Program Administrator for a countywide Anti-Displacement and Homelessness Prevention Housing Stabilization Services Program, Alameda County Housing Secure.

The Gap Report: A Shortage of Affordable Homes

A map of the USA showing what each state has for the lowest-income renters. The darker red indicate the worst states, including: AK, AZ, CA, CO, FL, NJ, NV, TX, VA, VT, WA.

No State Has an Adequate Supply of Affordable Rental Housing for the Lowest-Income Renters The U.S. has a shortage of 7.3 million rental homes affordable and available to renters with extremely low incomes – that is, incomes at or below either the federal poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income, whichever is greater. … Read more

New Housing Needs in Alameda County Website Live

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Check out our new Proposed Regional housing Bond website, Housing Needs in Alameda County, or https://housingneedsac.org/. There you’ll be able to request a listening and sharing session for your community group, share a story, and take a survey about your thoughts on housing in Alameda County.