Get involved, they say. But no one ever says how to get involved. That's why HAT wrote this article for the Mendocino Coast Real Estate Magazine. It's lengthy, so grab a cup of tea, make yourself comfortable, and discover the many ways you can help.
There are many ways and a number of people working on the housing crisis in Mendocino County. This group is approaching the problem from the homeless perspective. handupnothandoutmendo.com/
In July of 2002, the Mendocino Institute published a paper titled: Mendocino Coast: The Crisis in Affordable Housing. The Mendocino Institute was organized 2 years earlier as a not-for-profit research and educational center to focus on several projects, one of which was working with The Mendocino Coast Community Coordinating Council (MC4) to create a needs assessment of affordable housing on the North Coast.
The paper starts with a comment by Supervisor David Colfax (Fifth District), speaking at an MC4 event on affordable housing, in which he describes the housing situation on the coast as an emergency. What made it an emergency? The paper details widespread homelessness, substandard housing, the short supply of subsidized housing, senior housing that's at or near capacity, endless requests for working class rentals, and the gap between wages and what it costs to rent or own a home. And these were just some of the issues they describe; the list was extensive and disheartening.
Local lore is that the housing problem started when Georgia Pacific closed their mill; I was surprised to see this paper was published a few months before the last mill workers were let go (the mill closed in September of 2002).
It's 17 years later and it's still an emergency with no solution in sight.
Read the complete paper here: mendocinoinstitute.org/AffordHousing.html
Simplicity Village in Chico gets real. Maybe a model for Mendocino's north coast? Rents expected to be just $200 a month.
Have you rejected the idea of a container house, or other factory built home because you feared it might not meet the requirements of local building agencies? Well the good news is California's Department of Housing and Urban Development has a Factory-Built Housing Program that not only ensures the health and safety of persons using or purchasing factory-built homes (FBH) or FBH building components, they also publish a Handbook for Local Enforcement Agencies, Builders, and the General Public to assist local building agencies and the public in their understanding of the manufacture, assembly, installation, post-installation alteration and code enforcement upon factory-built homes, their systems and their components.
Oregon's supporters and critics are weighing in on residential zoning changes. Do you think changes like the ones they're considering would be good in Fort Bragg or Mendocino County? www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-single-family-zoning-housing-house-bill-2001/?utm_source=Sightline%20Institute&utm_medium=web-email&utm_campaign=Sightline%20News%20Selections
Have you ever considered living in a co-housing community? Would it be more interesting if your house included a rental unit to help you off-set the cost? HAT isn't working on a co-housing project at this time, but we could if there was enough interest. Watch this video to see how it works in Ann Arbor and let us know what you think.