South San Francisco

ADU services for homeowners and small landlords

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In December of 2020, the City Council of South San Francisco approved the Genentech Master Plan which included $1 million to advance the production of Accessory Dwelling Units. SSF's Bright in Your Own Backyard ADU Program Services is now accepting applications for motivated homeowners who are ready to turn their dreams into reality.

Hello Housing will provide up to 100 hours of free feasibility and project management support to eligible homeowners and small landlords who want to add an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) or a Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU) to their property.

"A lot of people don't know how to get started.  The fact that Hello Housing can hold the hands of individuals and walk them through the process is really important" -SSF Councilmember Nagales

Here are the basics:

  • Your property must be a single-family home located on a residentially zoned lot in the City of South San Francisco.

  • You must either own and live in the home that you are adding an ADU/JADU to or own no more than one rental property where you want to add and ADU/JADU unit.

  • You must have access to financial resources to design and build your unit.

  • You must enter into a written lease with your tenant(s), who may be friends or family.

  • You must take a landlord training course prior to leasing your unit.

For more detail on eligibility and rental requirements, please be sure to read through The Fine Print.



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Bright in Your Own Backyard is an innovative collaboration between nonprofit Hello Housing, philanthropy, major employers, local government, and homeowners like you. It is a natural next step for San Mateo County and Home for All which have been promoting ADUs through convenings, trainings, fairs and a variety of resources available on their award-winning website, the Second Unit Resources Center.