Tuesday, November 26, 2013

California's SB 2

There is growing support in cities throughout California for sanctioning legal tent cities and transitional villages for the unhoused, similar to the ones discussed on this blog.

After delving into ORS 446.265 here in Oregon, I have become more interested in unique state and local regulations that can be utilized for sanctioning legal tent cities and transitional villages for the unhoused, similar to the ones discussed on this blog. I've also been witnessing growing support for this kind of development in cities throughout California, so wanted to dig a little deeper into the potential there.

California's Housing Accountability Act, commonly referred to as the "anti-NIMBY law," prohibits cities from rejecting a housing development if the site is identified in local zoning and general plans for residential use at the proposed density, or if there is a failure to to accommodate the city's fair share of housing for all income groups.  While it is commonly thought of as a tool for promoting affordable housing, SB 2 adds emergency, transitional, and supportive shelter to the uses protected under this act.

SB 2, passed in 2007, "ensures that zoning encourages and facilitates emergency shelters and limits the denial of emergency shelters and transitional and supportive housing under the Housing Accountability Act." This means that cities must zone for emergency needs, and if someone comes forward and shows those needs aren’t met, then citizens have a right to set up an emergency site.

More specifically it requires the following:

Monday, November 25, 2013

Humboldt County Visitors

A primary goal of Opportunity Village is to provide precedence to other cities facing a similar, seemingly intractable dilemma - a growing homeless population coinciding with significant cuts to government funding of social services.  Open now for just under three months, the project has already attracted visitors from throughout Oregon and California, and as far as Madison Wisconsin.

Recently, a group of advocates from Humboldt County visited to learn more.  They filmed their tour of the village and also, upon their return, they hosted a radio program on Redwood Community Radio where we discuss the building of the village.

Redwood Community Radio Program: Listen

Opportunity Village Tour: Watch