Since Jan. 1, 2022, SB 9, known as the “California HOME Act,” is in effect throughout the state of California. The law allows homeowners to either build two 800-square-foot homes on their lot or divide their lot in two for a total of four homes on a formerly single-family plot. Boosters say it will address the state’s severe affordable housing shortage, create generational wealth and give more rental and ownership opportunities to people priced out of desirable neighborhoods.
“It’s a first small step toward correcting 50 years of mistakes in California cities, where they down-zoned all the property and all the urban areas to single-unit housing and unleashed a historic housing crisis that just gets worse by the year,” says Matthew Lewis, director of communications for California YIMBY (which stands for “Yes in My Backyard”).
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