What are JADU’s?

Imagine unlocking the potential of your home by creating a Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU) within its walls. JADUs provide an exciting opportunity to expand your living options without the need for major construction or increasing the planned occupancy of your single-family residence.

With JADUs, you can transform existing space within your home, such as a garage or unused area, into a separate living unit of up to 500 square feet. By repurposing these spaces, you can offer additional housing options for your family, generate rental income, or provide a comfortable living space for guests.

One of the advantages of JADUs is the ability to share certain facilities. They can utilize the central systems of the primary dwelling, which means lower development costs for you. Additionally, JADUs may feature a basic kitchen equipped with small plug-in appliances, creating a self-sufficient living space within the limited square footage.

It's worth noting that JADUs can also share a bathroom with the main residence, reducing the need for additional plumbing and minimizing the strain on utility services and infrastructure. By seamlessly integrating with your existing home, JADUs have minimal impact while maximizing the utilization of available space.

Whether you're seeking to enhance your home's functionality, accommodate multigenerational living, or contribute to housing affordability, JADUs offer a flexible and cost-effective solution. They allow you to make the most of your home's potential without compromising on comfort or expanding the planned occupancy of your dwelling.

Potential State Grants for Homeowners

Looking to build and occupy an ADU? Good news! The CalHFA ADU Grant Program is here to lend a helping hand. Eligible homeowners can receive up to $40,000 in financial assistance to reimburse predevelopment costs associated with ADU construction. This program aims to make ADU projects more affordable by providing reimbursement for expenses like architectural plans and permit fees. With the CalHFA ADU Grant Program, homeowners can turn their ADU vision into a reality without breaking the bank.

https://www.hcd.ca.gov/grants-and-funding/programs-active/calhome - Unlocking opportunities for homeownership and ADU development, the HCD CalHome program channels state funds to local public agencies and nonprofit corporations. With a focus on supporting first-time homebuyers, this program offers mortgage assistance for purchasing homes with ADUs or JADUs. Additionally, it provides financial aid for owner-occupied rehabilitation, including the renovation of existing ADUs or JADUs. For those looking to build, repair, or reconstruct ADUs and JADUs, the program offers valuable assistance. Lastly, homeownership development project loans cover predevelopment and carrying costs during construction, promoting the growth of ADUs and JADUs. The HCD CalHome program empowers individuals and communities by providing financial support at critical stages of homeownership and ADU development.

https://www.hcd.ca.gov/grants-and-funding/programs-active/local-early-action-planning - Empowering local jurisdictions and fostering housing planning, the HCD LEAP program offers state grants to support the development and improvement of ADU ordinances. By complying with Section 65852.2 of the Government Code, local jurisdictions and eligible partnerships can access financial assistance to enhance their ADU regulations. This program encourages the creation of well-defined, comprehensive ADU ordinances that align with state guidelines. Through the HCD LEAP program, communities can pave the way for increased ADU development, expanding housing options and addressing local housing needs.

https://www.hcd.ca.gov/grants-and-funding/programs-active/local-housing-trust-fund - Matching funds to local and regional housing trust funds. Funds may also be used for the construction, conversion, repair, reconstruction or rehabilitation of ADUs or JADUs (HCD LHTF program)

https://www.hcd.ca.gov/grants-and-funding/programs-active/regional-early-action-planning-grants-of-2021 - Grants to council of governments (COGs) and other regional entities for activities relating to housing planning and activities including establishing Prohousing Policies such as adopting ADU ordinances or other mechanisms that reduce barriers for property owners to create ADUs (HCD REAP program)

https://www.hcd.ca.gov/grants-and-funding/programs-active/sb-2-planning-grants - Grants to local governments including eligible partnerships for housing planning and to encourage ADUs and other innovative building types through ordinances, outreach, fee waivers, pre-approved plans, website zoning clearance assistance, and other homeowner tools or finance tools (HCD SB2 program)

https://www.hcd.ca.gov/grants-and-funding/programs-active/community-development-block-grant - Federal funds allocated to non-entitlement jurisdictions, and non-entitlement jurisdictions that partner with non-federally recognized Native American communities for community development activities including single- and multi-family rehabilitation and potential local ADU rehabilitation and planning programs. Applicants must be income qualified in low- to moderate-income households for rehabilitation and areas for planning. Contact your local jurisdictions for more information.