Posted by on May 25, 2017 8:13 am
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(BANT) – The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors this week approved a three-year lease agreement that will lead to the development of 12 “tiny houses” for homeless people.

The tiny houses pilot project, known as the Community Housing of Sonoma County Veterans Village, will be located on 30,000 square feet of unimproved land at 665 Russell Ave. in Santa Rosa that is adjacent to veterans housing at the Sonoma County Administration Center complex.

The county owns the land and is providing it at no charge, and Community Housing Sonoma County will own the tiny houses.

Tenancy at the Russell Avenue site could be extended beyond three years, or the pre-built, modular structures could be relocated to a site owned by Community Housing Sonoma County on West Hearn Avenue in an unincorporated area of Sonoma County.

The project is consistent with the Board’s goal of identifying housing solutions for all, and will demonstrate whether the combined housing and service model is a viable way to provide non-traditional housing structures for the homeless, according to the county’s Community Development Commission.

The total development cost of the tiny house project is $1,029,565.

“We are going to put roofs over heads that would have otherwise been on the street,” Board Chair Shirlee Zane said. “It is clear we need more housing, and we need it now. I look forward to seeing Tiny Houses built and filled this fall,” Zane said.

Officials said Sonoma County needs 17,144 affordable homes for low-income individuals and families. Median rents have increased more than 16 percent since 2000 but median-renter household incomes have decreased six percent. Officials say the county’s lowest income renters spend 68 percent of their income on rent.

3 responses to Sonoma Co Approves ‘Tiny Houses’ Village For Homeless

  1. Dr. Jellyfinger May 25th, 2017 at 9:14 am

    A year from now we can compare the before and after photos.
    Expect a lot of dead plants, empty cans, bottles and shopping carts.

  2. IDoToo May 25th, 2017 at 10:33 am

    I am very excited about this effort to solve the problem and will look forward to hearing about it’s success. I think this is the humane thing to do, since most Californians are being priced out of the housing market and more and more jobs available are minimum wage. Most working people are but a few paychecks away from homelessness. The gulf between the haves and the have nots continues to separate the two populations into those with tax shelters and those without homes. Hopefully, a long-term solution to the root of the problem will be forthcoming sooner rather than later, one that is equitable to all, but this is certainly a step in the right direction. Tragically, the San Francisco Bay Area was replete with small, affordable rentals and homes for sale until it was “developed.” They were bulldozed to make way for high rises and housing tracts in the suburbs with endless interconnected streets and the only distinguishing feature the difference in color. Absolutely wish them great success in their effort to solve the problem of homelessness.

  3. Mika May 25th, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    So 12 homeless will be off the street for 3 years. That will make a huge impact. Then what? There will be 1,000 on a waiting list to get in!