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Build Small, Live Large: Oregon Says Yes to Tiny Houses

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Build Small, Live Large - Summit Encourages Oregonians

by Eric Tegethoff, Public News Service

PORTLAND — A bill passed in the Oregon Legislature earlier this year says cities must allow a mix of housing types, referred to as inclusive zoning, rather than the traditional single-family zoning.

A conference next month will explore how tiny homes can be a big part of life. The Build Small Live Large 2019 summit is a biennial event, looking this year at housing affordability.

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Eli Spevak is the founder of Orange Splot, a contracting company that builds clusters of tiny homes and affordable housing units. He’s speaking on several panels about the new landscape for smaller housing.

“A lot of times, single-family zoning encourages new homes to be all 2,600 square-foot – that’s about the average size in Portland,” Spevak said. “And we know that the demographic changes and increasing cost of housing – it’s important to have smaller, less expensive housing options that the market can provide, if the zoning code allows for it.”

Carmel Perez Snyder, director of advocacy and outreach with AARP Oregon, is on a panel delving into the accessibility issue for tiny homes.

She said tiny homes often are associated with young people and include designs, such as a loft you have to climb into, that don’t take into account people with mobility issues. But she noted as the country ages, it’s important to think about incorporating universal designs into these smaller homes.

“Because a lot of older adults are finding that they want to literally downsize to something smaller,” Snyder said. “It works better for them, it’s more affordable, or they just want to have a smaller carbon footprint.”

The first Build Small Live Large summit was held in 2012. Spevak said the driving force behind it was people looking for ways to cut down their carbon footprint. He said a greater mix of smaller housing types in residential areas would help the climate.

“It turns out that almost 80% of the climate impact of a house over its lifespan has to do with conditioning the space and keeping the water, which scale with how big the house is,” he said.

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Newsom Visits SoCal Homeless Shelters to Listen to Those in Crisis

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KOREATOWN (CBSLA) — Gov. Gavin Newsom toured Southern California homeless shelters Tuesday as he continues to fight to add $750 million to tackle the homelessness crisis.

The governor started his day in Riverside before visiting a board and care facility in Koreatown where he listened to the stories and concerns of residents living there.

Newsom said that homelessness has increased in California by 16.4% from this time last year, a jump of just over 151,000 people — 108,000 of whom are unsheltered. He said he and other state law makers have taken action to help across the state.

“In the next few weeks, this city and […]

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A Map of All the HHH-Funded Housing Projects Slated for This Year

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Here’s a Map of All the HHH-Funded Housing Projects Slated to Open This Year

LOS ANGELES (LA Mag) — The $1.2 billion bond measure got off to a slow start, but 15 projects are set to be completed in 2020

Last week, city and county officials gathered to celebrate the grand opening of a new, 62-unit supportive housing project in South Los Angeles.

Located at the corner of 88th and Vermont in the Vermont Vista neighborhood, it was the first housing development to be build with funding from Proposition HHH, a $1.2 billion bond measure passed by Los Angeles voters more than three years ago.

The proposition, which originally promised to fund 10,000 units of supportive housing for the chronically homeless over ten years, has fallen far short of its original goals, as projects have been beset by bureaucratic delays and skyrocketing construction costs.

So far, only 118 housing projects […]

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Funding Approved for Affordable Rental Housing Projects

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LOS ANGELES — Over the past week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved funding for 10 affordable multi-family rental housing developments (projects) selected through the No Place Like Home (NPLH) Program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) Round 2019-1.

The 10 projects will receive a total of $100,200,000 in NPLH funds. On April 30, 2019, the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA), in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH), issued its first NPLH NOFA in the amount of $207 million.

While an initial amount of $207 million was made available, over $500 million in project funding was requested for 68 projects. After the completion of technical review, the LACDA recommended a total of 58 projects to receive funding to the LACDA’s Board of Commissioners, which will increase the County’s supply of affordable supportive housing by 3,600 units.

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