Also: Home market shows signs of stability; Midstate receives honorThe Sonoma County Housing Coalition released its annual housing progress reports just in time for affordable housing week.
The study looks at the Regional Housing Needs Allocation, which is a state-mandated process for determining how many housing units are needed, including affordable units, and how the cities are doing in meeting those goals.
The California Department of Housing and Community Development determines the total housing need for a region, and ABAG distributes the need to local governments.
This allocation of need shows local governments the total number of housing units, by affordability, for which they must plan in their Housing Elements for the period 2007-2014.
In the progress report, put out annually, each city in Sonoma County was looked at and a status was given to each in terms of where they are for meeting their affordable housing goals set for 2014.
Sebastopol is 119 percent of the way to meeting its goal. Healdsburg is 99 percent. Windsor is 44 percent. Rohnert Park is 41 percent. Sonoma is 27 percent. Santa Rosa is 26 percent. Cloverdale is 23 percent. Petaluma is 18 percent. Cotati is 9 percent.
All in all, the county of Sonoma is 26 percent on the way of meeting its goal.
Paula Cook is the executive director of Community Housing Sonoma County and is on the board of the housing coalition.
“The impact of the housing report is that jurisdictions are focused on meeting their affordable housing need and are aware that we support their implementation of their housing element. It is an effective tool, and we have seen the positive impact.”
A number of events are taking place in the North Bay to honor Affordable Housing Week:
Monday, May 10
7:30-10:30 a.m. -- 2010 Affordable Housing Breakfast & Discussion at the Flamingo Conference Resort at Fourth Street and Farmer’s Lane, Santa Rosa. Cost: $35/person (includes full breakfast buffet)
Wednesday, May 12
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. -- Groundbreaking for Amorosa Village I and Amorosa Village II: Multifamily rental community in southwest Santa Rosa, 150 units under construction. 2740 Dutton Meadow, Santa Rosa
12 p.m. -- A Visual Tour of Sonoma County Affordable Housing: This event will be presented by Mark Krug of the Sonoma County Community Development Commission. The event will be held at SSU in the Cooperage.
1 p.m. -- Napa Valley Community Housing is hosting a fundraising golf tournament to raise money for its efforts toward offering affordable housing to low-income families across the Napa Valley. The event includes lunch and is followed by a dinner and silent auction featuring a variety of great wines and other unique items. It is at the Eagle Vines Golf Club.
7 p.m. -- Unlock the Door to Affordable Rents, co-sponsored by Sonoma County Task Force for the Homeless: A presentation will be given by the Housing Authorities of Sonoma County, the city of Santa Rosa and Burbank Housing Management Corp. For additional information, call 707-953-8988. It is in the Sonoma County Library Forum Room.