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.

"The greatest benefit we experienced was the assurance and piece of mind by having an expert with us at every decision point" -Katharine Homeowner

Here are the basics:

  • Your home must be located in unincorporated Alameda County.

  • You must own and live in your home.

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

  • You must live in one of the units when you complete construction

  • You must enter into a written lease with your tenant(s)

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

Details about the program, homeowner eligibility requirements and how to apply will be coming soon

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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.