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Accessory Dwelling Units: Building a More Affordable California

California has long been in a housing crisis. Housing is difficult to come by and even more challenging to build. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), commonly known as ‘granny flats,’ ‘in-law units,’ or ‘secondary units,’ provide one solution to combat this crisis. Because ADUs do not require paying for land, new major infrastructure, or parking, they are seen as an affordable tool for adding much-needed housing to the market. In recent years, California has enacted new laws making it easier for homeowners to develop and fund ADU projects. In addition to loosening restrictions and pressuring local agencies to permit ADU construction, California is also creating pathways to ADU construction through a new ADU Grant Program. The ADU Grant Program, administered through the California Housing Finance Agency, provides up to $40,000 towards pre-development and non-recurring closing costs associated with the construction of an ADU.

To learn more about ADUs and potential grant-building opportunities, click here.