Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Program

Small Homes, Big Impact is a new pilot program from Housing Trust offering free educational workshops and financial assistance to homeowners seeking to build an accessory dwelling unit (ADU).

ADUs are secondary dwelling units to the primary home and can be built as attached units, detached or convert an existing bedroom or accessory dwelling unit like a garage, depending on what is allowed by the city you live in.

ADUs are a great way to create rental income or provide housing to family such as aging parents and adult children.

The workshops intend to answer the following five questions:

  1. Can I build an ADU on my site? We’ll discuss development standards so you can determine what and where you can build on your site.
  2. How do I get a permit to build an ADU? We’ll discuss the design and entitlement process.
  3. How do I hire a builder and manage construction? We’ll discuss bidding and contracting.
  4. How do I pay for an ADU? We’ll discuss financing options so you can determine what’s best for you.
  5. I’m a landlord, now what? We’ll discuss property management and state and local laws and regulations.

The workshops are once per quarter and are led by local ADU Practitioners (land use consultants, builders, designers, architects, lenders etc.) during a full day course, typically on a Saturday.

The financial assistance program is currently being developed, it will consist of a planning report grant and a construction loan. We hope to roll out these products in early 2019.

If you would like to receive program updates, please register on our ADU interest list below.

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