HELPFUL HOPEFUL HOUSING SUMMIT ACTION AGENDA HHH Campaign 2020-Accessory Dwelling Units Press Release - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: 12 March 2020 Contact: Mary Anne Bowie Phone: 941.321.0424 Email: BowieFAICP@gmail.com Web: https://www.arlingtonparkneighborhoodassociation.org/ Helpful Hopeful Housing Attendees Targets Accessory Dwelling Units as Solution # 1 Sarasota, FL --- HHH Campaign 2020 - Accessory Dwelling Units is the title of the Action Agenda resulting from the Helpful Hopeful Housing Summit. According to The Jericho Project Executive Director Mary Anne Bowie, FAICP, “We believe everyone deserves a permanent and safe place to live that is within their budget.” HHH Campaign 2020 will: engage the full community; build a wide network of multi-sector partners; assist 10 cities and two counties in streamlining their regulations; partner in a design-build competition; partner in creating a unique public/private financing pool; and result in 35 existing homeowners leasing new homes to new residents for one dollar a square foot. Commenting upon HHH Campaign 2020, Jon Thaxton, Senior Vice President for Community Investment at Gulf Coast Community Foundation, indicated: “Accessory Dwelling Units are proven nationally to be one of the most fundamental and effective forms of affordable housing. If our local governments want affordable housing, then this is a way to start it because ADUs are an effective use of existing infrastructure.” Accessory Dwelling Units, or ADUs, are placed in the yard of existing single-family homes. Variously called granny flats, garage apartments, guest houses, extra living spaces, cottages, and recently “tiny” homes, they are distinguished by legally having a stove, as well as a bathroom and kitchen facilities. They range in size. For instance, Sarasota County now allows a maximum of 750 square feet for an ADU and of 1200 square feet for a guest house, the state of California requires a minimum of 800 square feet, which happens to be the maximum size recommended by the Florida Housing Coalition in a report accepted by the City of Sarasota County and Sarasota County. The ten cities and two counties in our region all have different requirements for ADUs, sometimes with confusing and conflicting language. Usually, the process to actually obtain or build an ADU is difficult for homeowners to implement. HHH Campaign 2020 wants to turn local governments into advocates for ADUs, by encouraging streamlined regulations and processes. HHH Campaign 2020 seeks to stimulate the local small building industry with a dream of having small homes made widely available for placement in side or rear yards by local contractors. Most importantly, HHH Campaign 2020 wants to add to the inventory of homes for two cohorts most likely to live in an ADU: the elderly and the one or two employed people who need a home close to their work.
Bowie noted, “Building our communities requires citizens to let their voices be heard and to be active in creating solutions. We cannot and should not rely only upon our governments and agencies to add many more living units to our now crisis-level missing inventory of affordable homes. Housing is one of the social determinants of health. Everyone who has to drive three hours round trip to commute or pay more than 50% of their income to have a home is living everyday with stress and anxiety. Working together, we can make it possible for everyone to have a roof over their heads that is within their budget.” “First, we are calling for help in the form partnerships with local governments and with other organizations. We are seeking large donations and small donations, volunteers, invitations to speak to government leaders, to non-profit Boards, or to neighborhood and homeowner organizations. We look forward to co-creating programs with you. Earmarked Affordable Housing Funds are now sitting idle at counties and cities because it requires an action agenda to change the status quo. We look forward to having you be the one to make a difference,” Bowie continued. Richard Morris, president of The Jericho Project, explained that “HHH Campaign 2020 is addressing ADUs and this is the first of five years of affordable housing campaigns. Future campaigns will address shared housing, co-housing or pocket-neighborhoods, duplex/triplexes, and manufactured homes on very small lots. These all are solutions designed to diversify our housing types.” The Jericho Project, Inc. will serve as the lead organization for HHH Campaign 2020, which will be led Bowie. The Helpful Housing Summit was held February 18, 2020, hosted by The Arlington Park Neighborhood Association and The Jericho Project, both 501c3 organizations. To see a portion of the proceedings, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrfmttDQAXw. (Search You Tube at Helpful Hopeful Housing. To request a speaker for your organization, contact Mary Anne Bowie at HelpfulHopefulHousing@gmail.com Visit https://www.TheJerichoProjectFL.org to view the entire HHH Campaign 2020 document and to make a donation.
HHH Campaign 2020 – Accessory Dwelling Units We, the hosts, attendees, speakers, and supporters of the February 18, 2020 Helpful Hopeful Housing Summit recognize that we are among the multiple government, non-profit, for-profit and citizen organizations and individuals that do care if people have a bed to sleep in and home to live in that is permanent and safe. Once ADUs are understood region-wide as one of the easiest and tangible solutions for providing homes, then we hope to see more permissive ADU local regulations and more helpful and clear governmental processes for ADUs. Whereas, ---Every one of the twelve governments in our Sarasota – Manatee region has recognized that increasing the number of affordable housing units is a priority; ---At the Helpful Hopeful Housing Summit, supporters identified problems, solutions and actions to provide more affordable housing by suggesting improvements to the governance, economic and social justice climate of our region; ---The region’s government entities include: Manatee County and Sarasota County and the Cities of Anna Maria, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Ellenton, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, North Port, Parrish, Sarasota, and Venice; ---Most of the twelve governing entities have some zoning regulations in place that permit the construction of an Accessory Dwelling Unit, hereafter known as ADU, on a single-family lot in at least some portion of land within their borders; Permittable ADUs range in size from smaller than 600 square feet to over 800 square feet; ---New home development is a vital part of our economy and the building industry is eager to build homes that are easy to permit, without regulatory hassle; Our region has the opportunity to encourage leading edge, creative, innovative, affordable homes that include sustainable design, energy efficiency, and universal design principles; ---Our region can become a leader in social equity and governance, bringing positive state and national attention to our area; and It is our intention to diversify the local economy by adding ADUs, thus creating fair-wage jobs, new mortgage investment opportunities, and rental income to homeowners who become new landlords; Therefore, ---we present this Helpful Hopeful Housing (HHH) Campaign 2020 and invite all supporters. HHH Campaign 2020 will be a collaborative program of our supporting organizations and individuals. ---We will add our strength to the existing networks of affordable home champions. We will continue to educate our population on the language and best regulations of housing affordability utilizing the excellent resources of AARP and others. ---We will have a regional contest to build more housing inventory. ADU design and build competition will inspire a variety of innovative, sustainable and green designs and result in construction of at least 35 new homes by end of 2020; ---With committed partnerships, we will create a public/private financing mechanism; We will conduct a lottery to select winning homeowners; ---We will provide easy permitting; supervision of construction; mortgage from a public/private financing pool; ---and we will create a Parade of ADU Homes; and --- Selected Homeowners will commit to: providing permanent space in their yards; renting the ADU on an annual basis at the cost of $1 per square foot until mortgage is paid off; and being part of the Parade of Homes
Prepared by Co-hosts of the Helpful Hopeful Housing Summit: The Jericho Project, Inc. and Arlington Park Neighborhood Association, Inc., in collaboration with attendees and supporters of the Summit. Contact HelpfulHopefulHousing@gmail.com for additional information.