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Housing and Community Development

Improve and Conserve the Existing Housing Stock


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Conserve and improve the condition of the existing affordable housing stock, which may include addressing ways to mitigate the loss of dwelling units demolished by public or private action (Government Code Section 65583.(c)(4)).

Required Components of Programs

Effective programs reflect the results of the local housing need analyses, identification of available resources (including land and financing), and the mitigation of identified governmental and nongovernmental constraints. Programs consist of specific action steps the locality will take to implement its policies and achieve goals and objectives. Programs must include a specific timeframe for implementation, identify the agencies or officials responsible for implementation, and describe the jurisdiction’s specific role in implementation.

Program Requirements

Affordable housing is a valuable resource and the housing element must include programs to conserve and improve the existing housing stock. Improvement includes physical activities that upgrade the housing stock, such as rehabilitation. Conservation includes both maintenance activity (such as code enforcement in deteriorating buildings), improvements to the housing stock (such as weatherization programs that reduce housing costs), and other actions, policies, and programs that conserve the affordability of housing (such as a mobilehome park preservation ordinance). Policies and programs should be tailored to the results of the analyses and specific local situations.

Policy and Program Options



Sample Program Format

Description of the specific actions, jurisdiction’s specific role in implementation and demonstration of commitment to implement
Objectives: (Quantified, where possible)
Responsible Agency: 
Funding Source(s)
: (Where appropriate)

Sample Programs

Sample Program 1: Housing Rehabilitation Programs

The Housing Rehabilitation Program provides loans, and rebates to income-qualified households to correct health and safety code violations and make essential repairs. The maximum loan limit is $50,000 with a minimum equity requirement of 10 percent. The Housing Rehabilitation Program is available to lower-income households (<80 percent area median income) and has the following components:

In addition, the city will explore the potential to implement a loan program for accessory dwelling units. This program will allow eligible homeowners to obtain a loan from the city to construct a small second-unit on their property, under the city’s existing accessory dwelling unit provisions.
Objectives: Provide 20 rehabilitation loans or grants annually. Explore potential for accessory dwelling loan program by the end of FY 2018-2019. Evaluate program through the Housing Element Annual Report process.
Responsible Agency: Community Development Department
Funding Source(s): Community Development Block Grant and HOME funds

Sample Program 2: Single-Family Housing Acquisition and Rehabilitation

This program utilizes HOME funds to enable lower-income households (up to 80 percent of area median income) to purchase their first homes. The city will select a nonprofit by January 2018 to acquire and rehabilitate deteriorated single-family homes. Assistance will be provided in the form of a loan secured by a deed of trust. The rehabilitated homes will then be sold to income-qualified first-time homebuyers. A potential source of housing for this program will be CalTrans excess right-of-way programs. The city housing department will initiate discussions with CalTrans on how to access and purchase excess units.
Objectives: 100 units over the planning period. Acquire and rehabilitate five, single-family homes within the five-year period through CalTrans. Continue to evaluate potential program options and the suitability of this program in a higher cost market like the city is currently experiencing. Provide ongoing assistance and evaluate program through the Housing Element Annual Report process.
Responsible Agency: Community Development Department
Timeline: Ongoing loans and initiate discussion with CalTrans by December 2018
Funding Source(s): HOME

Sample Program 3: Multifamily Housing Acquisition and Rehabilitation

The Comprehensive Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy includes acquisition and rehabilitation of deteriorated multifamily housing developments, with the goal of generating privately initiated improvements in some of the other complexes in the neighborhood. Under this program, the city will develop a list of nonprofit developers and send them a meeting invitation to discuss the city’s objectives and resources. The city will then select a nonprofit developer to purchase a deteriorated multifamily, rental property. The property will then be rehabilitated, with the options to combine some of the smaller units into larger family units. Relocation assistance will be provided to existing tenants who have to be temporarily or permanently relocated.
Objectives: Support the rehabilitation and revitalization of at least two properties or 100 units in the planning period. Provide ongoing assistance and evaluate program through the Housing Element Annual Report process.
Responsible Agency: Community Development Department
Timeline: Develop list of nonprofit developers by December 2018 and select a developer by June 2019.
Funding Source(s): Local Funds

Sample Program 4: Code Enforcement Program

Develop and maintain a multidisciplinary code enforcement program to ensure building safety of residential neighborhoods through enforcement of building codes on a compliance and building-permit issuance basis. Establish a coordination task force including housing, building, housing finance agency, planning, utilities, police, fire, waste management, and other public safety agencies to do cross-referrals and joint neighborhood projects. Create a brochure to provide information about rehabilitation loans and housing assistance programs for use by property owners who are cited and tenants in need.
Objective: Promote maintenance of existing housing stock and protection of existing tenants and lower-income households
Responsible Agency:
Building and Housing departments
Timeline: Establish task force by June 2019. Create brochure by December 2019 and provide information as part of ongoing code enforcement activities
Funding Source(s): Community Development Block Grants

Sample Program 5: Mobilehome Park Preservation Program

The city will continue to implement the Residential Mobilehome Park zoning ordinance that sets conditions on changes of use or conversions of mobilehome parks. The city will also assist lower-income residents to research the financial feasibility of purchasing their mobilehome parks to maintain the rents at affordable levels. Where appropriate, assist the park residents or nonprofit to purchase the park to maintain affordability.
Objective: Continue to regulate the conversion of mobilehome parks.
Responsible Agency: Planning Division
Timeline: Inventory mobilehome parks and provide information to mobilehome park residents regarding potential resident purchase of parks and assistance available by June 2009. Evaluate and determine feasibility of assisting park residents in purchasing a mobilehome park by December 2019. Apply for Mobilehome Park Resident Ownership Program funds by June 2020.
Funding Source(s): Housing Trust Fund, Mobilehome Park Resident Ownership Program

Sample Program Implementation