Social Policy: Housing (1975, 1983, 2012)

Social Policy: Housing (1975, 1983, 2012)

Support of measures to encourage the cities and county to adopt regulations, programs and projects which will increase the affordable housing stock for all income groups.
Position In Brief: 
    1. Support of decent, safe and sanitary low-cost housing for all low-income people in Humboldt County with individual needs to be considered in the planning, a choice of housing whenever possible, and more effective housing authorities. Priority should be given to:
        • Special needs for the elderly, handicapped and large families.
        • Complete use of available funds.
        • Professional resident manager.
        • Advertisement of vacancies on commissions as they occur.
        • Consideration of the qualifications of potential members of commissions.
        • A thorough orientation program for all members of commissions.

       

    2. Support implementation of a County Housing Element with priority given to:
        • Broader public education on housing.
        • Comprehensive planning for housing including new sites, existing stock and needs inventories.
        • Utilization of the Article 34 referendum of the California State Constitution (requirement for voter approval of low-income housing projects) if the need is determined.
        • Implementation of the State Housing Law regulations pertaining to limited-density owner-built rural dwellings providing that health and safety standards are not compromised.
        • Implementation of an alternative owner-built ordinance providing that health and safety standards are not compromised.
        • Investigation of the need for a Just Cause Eviction ordinance. Publicity of the availability of the Housing Condition Advisory Service provided by the County Building Department.

       

    3. Support implementation of housing regulations contained in Article 10, Title 25 of the California Administrative Code on State Housing Law which allow the owner to build under more flexible codes than the full uniform code for rehabilitation and reconstruction of existing homes in Community Service Districts provided that this contributes to increased health, fire and structural safety; does not increase unit density in the area; and a housing condition survey be required first.
    4. Support adoption of local ordinances allowing supplemental living units which conform to appropriate health, safety, and planning guidelines.
    5. Support establishment within cities of mixed zones to allow for variety of housing types and densities.
    6. Support education of the public regarding content, variety and availability of housing programs and opportunities, i.e. targeting areas of greatest need; sending out information with utility bills; using public service announcements, press releases, public meetings, Housing Advisory Boards and Area 1 Agency on Aging.
    7. Support of additional city and county public housing should be based on criteria such as needs assessment survey, waiting list for available public housing units, the percentage of low income families in the population, the vacancy rate, overcrowding and homelessness.
    8. Support of city and county housing projects involving private/public cooperation in their financing, administration and development with consideration given to factors such as the impact of the project on schools, suitability of the site, design quality, affordability for moderate as well as low income people, and provision for a variety of types of occupancy.
    9. Encourage cities to explore giving incentives to private developers to build more affordable housing. Some possible examples for city exploration are: city-provided infrastructure, consideration of smaller lot sizes, land write-downs and revolving or payback funds.
Issues: 
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Humboldt County