11 Dec Hoping to build an ADU? New grants can help low-income Californians get started
State officials have revived a popular grant program to help lower-income California homeowners build accessory dwelling units by covering some of the upfront costs. But funding is limited, so demand for aid may soon outstrip the supply of dollars.
The California Housing Finance Agency’s ADU Grant Program offers up to $40,000 to qualified homeowners to cover pre-construction costs of an ADU, including planning and permit fees for the structure. The program exhausted its initial $100 million months ago, causing the agency to stop taking applications; now, $25 million more is available for homeowners seeking help.
Photo: Michael Wolff looks over plans for an accessory dwelling unit he is building for his father in Santa Rosa in this September 2019 file photo.(Lea Suzuki / San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)