Growing Local Excitement Around Second Units
Seventy-five homeowners participated in The East Palo Alto Second Unit Resource Fair early this month. The event was organized by the EPA Garage Conversion Initiative, a collaborative supported by Get Healthy SMC. The feedback received by homeowners, primarily from East Palo Alto and few others from neighboring cities, was positive as they were able to get concrete information on the feasibility of building a second unit in their lot and talk directly to City of East Palo Alto staff about questions or concerns. Access to financing support to build second units was highlighted as a challenge. The Initiative will continue to work to find policy solutions to streamline second unit processes and financing options for low- and moderate-income homeowners in order to produce more affordable rental units.