Contact: Kelly.dewolfe@UnitedWayMCCA.org with questions.
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) Workshop
UWMC and MBEP will co-host a countywide ADU Workshop on Wednesday, September 29th. Homeowners, builders, finance partners, and affordable housing advocates will convene for a virtual ADU Conference to promote infill housing in Monterey County and to equip homeowners with the tools they need to pursue a financially feasible and affordable ADU project.
The conference will cover the following topics:
• ADU Policy Paper : MBEP and UWMC will present an ADU policy paper, a guide to assist homeowners and city staff in navigating ADU State law, and provide recommendations and insights gleaned from local experts
• Prefabricated ADUs: What are the opportunities and considerations? Design/build companies will outline pros and cons, provide information on new and existing products, how-to instruction and tips, and share a sample budget to show how you can save on your ADU project
• ADU Financing: Finance and housing experts will provide information on funding opportunities including loan programs/products, and other financing/appraising strategies
Expanding Affordable Housing in Monterey County
United Way Monterey County’s Role: United Way Monterey County’s housing efforts address the shortage of affordable housing throughout Monterey County and focus on streamlining local policies and providing information to encourage the development of affordable ADUs. ADUs are secondary units built on residential lots, also known as granny units or in-law suites.
Monterey Bay Economic Partnership’s role: Founded in 2015, Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) consists of over 85 public, private, and civic entities located throughout Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties. MBEP’s Housing initiative consists of a broad coalition of community members, local employers, and organizations to advocate for and catalyze an increase in housing of all types and income levels in the region. In 2018, MBEP partnered with Envision Housing to publish a Housing Policy White Paper, outlining several ways local governments can increase housing production, one of which is to encourage comprehensive pro-ADU production policies. In 2019, MBEP partnered with United Way Monterey County and others to establish an ADU Initiative and Advisory to support the development of pro-ADU policies and production county-wide.
To learn more about Monterey County’s ADU Initiative, please visit: https://www.unitedwaymcca.org/adu-initiative
MEET OUR PRESENTERS
Housing Policy Specialist, HCD
CEO, Monterey Bay Habitat for Humanity
Mr. Rishi received his B.S. degree with honors in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi University, and his M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from Walter J. Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.
Satish has lived and worked in seven countries, and currently lives in Santa Cruz, California with his wife Maureen. In his free time, he enjoys tennis, skiing, hiking, and reading.
Chief Lending Officer, Silicon Valley Housing Trust
Home Loan Officer, Umpqua Bank
Hillary is a fourth-generation Oregonian whose family came across the Oregon Trail. She cherishes her deep Pacific Northwest roots and is passionate about the social and natural opportunities of living on the West Coast. A huge hockey fan, Hillary travels with friends to see live games in arenas across the U.S. and Canada. She treasures time with her immediate family and her Shiba Inu, Dragon.
Director of Lending & Sales, Central Coast Federal Credit Union
Executive Director, R3
Eric’s key passion is for the homeless, ex-prisoners, and dispossessed and restoring the lives of those who are broken and without hope. He has served on many non-profit boards, including Community Homeless Solutions – the largest homeless housing agency in Monterey County – and is currently the
interim Executive Director for the organization.
With R3, Mr. Johnsen leads the organization in its’ regional expansion and its’ focus on turnkey housing and support services for village communities from design, planning and development, financing, permitting, community engagement, construction of manufactured housing units, site planning and preparation, and coordination of wrap-around services. With this comes social enterprises as well as the early stages of an ADU development social enterprise for building, managing, and placing ADU units throughout Northern California. Eric is also actively involved at Shoreline Church with community outreach and collaboration between local churches.
CEO, Ecologic Architects
Originally trained in Architecture in Vienna, Austria, Thomas moved to Big Sur to pursue an apprenticeship with renowned Architect Mickey Muenning. Since 2009 Thomas has been an instructor at UC Santa Cruz, where he teaches Sustainable Building Design and founded the educational program titled the Tiny House Design Lab – a Project-based design/build workshop associated with the UCSC Sustainability Minor Degree Program. He has also developed curriculum and taught at local institutions including Monterey Peninsula College, Rancho Cielo Construction Academy, San Jose City College, and Hartnell College teaching subjects relating to ecological building design, sustainable master-planning, and smart systems.
In 2018 Thomas completed the publication of the Zero-Net Energy Tiny House Manual – a 90 page, grant-funded project through the California Workforce Development Board. This publication serves as a textbook for designing small and portable spaces which can provide affordable housing and off-grid zero-net-energy utilities. The publication includes several prototype tiny house projects and designs that Thomas completed together with local institutions and his students.
Since the ADU policies and codes began, Thomas and his team have designed and built several ADUs in various settings. From 1200sf 4 bedroom 2-story homes to JADU Garage conversions, to 50sf portable MicroPods, Thomas and his team work with clients to find the optimal development solution based on their needs and the local design constraints. Ecologic also provides engineering, permit coordination, and construction management services to get projects designed, engineered, approved, and built with sustainability in mind.
Contact Thomas and EcoLogic Architects at www.EcoLogicArc.com or cell: 831-920-8333 for more information. Get your project launched today by booking a free pre-design consultation to review your project design goals.