Unincorporated Alameda County

A trusted partner to help support  motivated homeowners

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Alameda County Board of Supervisors approved funding to bring Bright in Your Own Backyard to the unincorporated county. In partnership with Alameda County Housing and Community Development ("HCD"), Hello Housing will provide up to 100 hours of free feasibility and project management support to participating homeowners who want to add an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU or a Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU) to their property. Bright in Your Own Backyard will be launching in unincorporated Alameda County in late 2021.

"Having support each step of the way made all of the difference in our project."  We would still be stuck if it weren't for the help from Hello Housing." Mike - Homeowner

Here are the basics:

  • Your home must be located in unincorporated Alameda County (Ashland, Castlewood, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, Happy Valley, Hillcrest Knolls, San Lorenzo, and Sunol as well as unincorporated areas of other cities such as Hayward, East Pleasanton and South Livermore).

  • You must own and live in your home.

  • 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 can be friends, family members, or someone new to you.

  • The rent for your newly constructed unit is subject to reasonable rent caps for a 3-year period.

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

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

Interested?

Interested, but want to better understand what support we are offering?

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More Questions?  Check out our answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

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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 Alameda County seeking to support homeowners with the support needed in navigating a complex process.