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Former Supervisor Efren Carrillo is now director of governmental and community relations at Burbank Housing in Santa Rosa. The organization is grappling with the reality that an already tight housing market has gotten worse since the North Bay fires. Carrillo talked about affordable housing with KRCB news director Steve Mencher.

Tiny Homes Project Nearly Ready to Begin Building

Mar 23, 2017

fter being announced last year, a project to build a dozen tiny houses for homeless vets is hoping to break ground this summer and test the viability of a novel form of affordable housing. 

Project Manager John “Yohan” Morgan says the initial residents will each be encouraged to put their personal stamp on their small new homes.

Housing Aid for New Teachers

Mar 2, 2017

Training new teachers for local schools isn’t enough. The Sonoma County office of Education is also partnering in efforts to help secure housing for them.

Learn more about the Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County here.

Rachel Ginis

With rents continuing to rise and available housing stock dwindling, finding affordable housing in the Bay Area is increasingly difficult. Two North Bay groups have come up with creative ways to help more people keep a roof over their head. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports. 

Learn more about how to legally build additional dwelling units in California at Lilypad

Information on how to apply to SHARE Sonoma County's programs are available online.

Greenway Vision Coming Into Focus

Oct 17, 2016

Eight years into the process of creating the proposed southeast Greenway in Santa Rosa, ideas for what it will actually look like are taking shape. An online survey, reviewing three possible alternatives, is underway.

Follow this link to take the Greenway planning survey. Sign up for the Oct. 26 walking tour of the property here.

Planning Underway to Improve ‘The Springs’

May 20, 2016
Sonoma County PRMD

Long overlooked by the rest of Sonoma County, the south end of the Valley of the Moon is now charting a revitalized future. But the extensive community input process will eventually have to reconcile their sometimes conflicting desires.

  At the first community planning meeting, held Feb. 29, a lengthy wish list was developed for the future of the Springs area, recounts Sonoma County staff land use planner Yolanda Solano.

Tiffany Camhi

After nearly a year of numerous reports and public meetings, Santa Rosa is making another move towards imposing rent control. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports Santa Rosa city council voted four to three to begin drafting a rent stabilization program. 

  

Jobs, Housing and Inter-State Migration Assessed

Apr 3, 2016

   California is creating new jobs at all income levels, but lower wage workers are leaving the state as housing costs soar.  A new report examines these interlocking trends.

Check out the entire interactive Compare 50 database here.

County Sets Parameters for Chanate Redevelopment

Feb 2, 2016
Sonoma County

  A commercial center, new county offices, major street improvements, a sizable park and a variety of new homes and apartments are anticipated in the redevelopment of 117 acres around Santa Rosa’s old Community Hospital buildings. County supervisors unanimously approved a big step toward that vision Tuesday afternoon.

  Due to steep slopes and other considerations, only about a third of the entire Chanate campus is deemed suitable for building. But those sites are ripe for higher housing densities, notes Supervisor David Rabbitt.

Pressing for Action on Homelessness

Jan 19, 2016
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  The drama of Monday’s overnight  “Solidarity Sleep-Out” to raise awareness of homelessness in Sonoma County became a multifaceted discussion of the issue on Tuesday.  

  Events such as those of the past two days not only raise awareness about the issues of homelessness, they also serve to combat inaccurate stereotypes about the people who are shelterless, and how they wound up in that state, notes Georgia Berland, Executive Director of the Sonoma County Task Force on the Homeless.

  Rebounding real estate prices and an ultra-tight rental market are squeezing out some multi-generation North Bay families. Solange Echeverria reports on this quiet erosion of the region’s middle class workforce.

The video produced by the Marin Association of Public Employees can be seen below.

The newest addition to   KRCB television’s Health Connections series is a long-form documentary titled Place Matters. It’s an exploration of how myriad social inequalities affect community health—using Santa Rosa as a case in point. 

Resources Expanding for Sonoma County’s Homeless

Sep 28, 2014

  As winter approaches, hundreds of homeless individuals and families in Sonoma County will have some additional resources available this year—although they are still not enough to serve that sizable population.

  Roughly a third of the homeless population in Sonoma County are young people, under the age of 25, so there is a critical need for services tailored for them, says Georgia Berland, Executive Director of the Sonoma County Task Force on the Homeless.

Sustainable Housing Discussion in Petaluma

Sep 22, 2014

  Homelessness and the cost of rental housing are both going up in Sonoma County, which isn’t a good combination.  The question of how to maintain cultural and economic diversity in the face of these conditions is the focus of a North Bay Sustainability Mixer in Petaluma tomorrow night. Here’s a preview.

COTS' Mike Johnson will be one of four scheduled speakers at that gathering and mixer, which begins at 7 pm. You can find more information about it here.