Upcoming Event:

All About Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

Join us May 15 for a panel discussion on ADUs. Find out what they are, benefits, costs, and considerations for homeowners in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, 

7-8:30 pm (doors open 6:30) at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road. 

Hosted by the Los Altos Affordable Housing Working Group as part of an ongoing series exploring possible affordable workforce housing solutions for Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Panelists include:

  • Craig Mizushima, Chief Impact Officer with Housing Trust Silicon Valley, a non-profit familiar with all aspects of local affordable housing. 
  • David Klein, founder of Modern Empathy, a company that designs and builds ADUs.
  • Greg Popovich, Goldbar Builders, LLC, a contracting firm specializing in ADU’s and affordable housing solutions.
  • Eoin Matthews, co-founder of Point, a company that offers shared equity financing for ADUs.
  • Jon Biggs, City of Los Altos Community Development Director, who will offer the city’s perspective on ADU’s.

Panelists will address ADU:

  • Benefits
  • Design/architecture
  • City rules and regulations
  • High-level project costs
  • Financing options
  • Practical tips on what works for ADUs

Home Sharing in Los Altos:
How it Works and Benefits to Homeowners, April 2, 2019

Home sharing is an excellent way Los Altos can use existing housing resources to expand opportunities for affordable housing. We currently have over 13,000 homes in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, many with two or more spare bedrooms.

The program included the following six panelists who addressed both the need for home sharing and home sharing solutions.

Susan Castillo with Catholic Charities described their proven program that matches people needing rooms with homeowners. The program offers background checks and pairs people based on their interests and needs. Homeowners can benefit both financially and socially through companionship with their tenant. 

To find out more, see https://www.catholiccharitiesscc.org/house-sharing

Erin Green, Director of Student and Staff Services at Los Altos School District described the challenges she faces with teacher hiring and retention with the local cost of housing.  She encouraged homeowners with detached units or rooms with separate entrances to register soon for new teachers starting in August. 

Register at http://tinyurl.com/lasdhousing

Kathryn Fisk, Chief Human Relations Officer at El Camino Hospital pointed out that many of the health care workers have 2-3 hour round-trip commutes because of expensive local housing. 

Homeowners who would like to rent to a healthcare worker or caregiver can register at:  https://www.elcaminohospital.org/landing/staff-housing

Thuy Nguyen, President of Foothill College talked about the impact of the housing crisis on Foothill students. A recent survey showed that a significant number of community college students have experienced homelessness, perhaps sleeping in cars, RV’s or couch surfing.   The college will be having a summit on student housing on June 14th.

Rachael Bruketta, HubHaus project manager described their innovative co-living approach that is an alternative to renting an expensive apartment while creating a community of intelligent, working professionals. 

More info can be found at thehubhaus.com   

Finally, Barbara Liedtke of the HIP Housing program in San Mateo detailed how the program has successfully matched seniors in homes for over 27 years. 

Affordable Housing Solutions for Los Altos, January 31 2019

Randy Tsuda, President and CEO with Palo Alto Housing and Mitali Ganguly, Associate Planner with Opticos Design.

Randy spoke about successful experiences in Palo Alto and Mountain View, and Mitali spoke about the “missing middle” component of affordable housing.

We invite you to watch these informative speakers on the following video.