Taking the ADU Model to the Next Level, a Shelterforce and...
How can we get more accessory dwelling units built, keep them affordable, and make them forces for increasing racial equity?
Shelterforce’s Top 10 Stories of 2022
Background explainers, affordability restrictions, and race and belonging topped the list of our most-read pieces of the year.
Why ADUs Can’t Solve the Nation’s Housing Crisis
While accessory dwelling units are a valuable tool to add more rental housing, they also come with limitations.
Going Statewide to Boost ADU Development
ADUs are typically regulated at the local level, but advocates argue statewide legislation is what’s actually needed to get to scale. California has been aggressively leading the way.
Affordable ADUs: How It’s Being Done
In the face of limited financing options, local governments, nonprofits, and social enterprises are experimenting with ways to make affordable ADUs a reality.
How Financing Barriers Keep ADUs Expensive
Most homeowners have neither the capital nor the credit to self-finance an ADU or get a loan to build one. If financing doesn’t change, ADUs will stay niche and expensive.
ADUs: Laws and Uses, Do’s and Don’ts
As ADUs gain national attention, cities are searching for the best ways to legalize their development and encourage construction.
ADUs: Defined, Disambiguated, and Debated
Accessory dwelling units are being touted as a way to provide more affordable rental units for tenants, and additional monthly income for homeowners. But some cities allow them, others don’t. So what are ADUs exactly?
What’s an Accessory Dwelling Unit?
The cost of housing has skyrocketed across the United States. As a response, some states and localities have legalized accessory dwelling units in hopes of expanding the supply of affordable housing. But what are ADUs?
What Does It Take to Get ADUs Built?
In our new series—ADUs Explained—we’ll look at some of the major policy considerations in legalizing accessory dwelling units, how they get built and financed, and the role they can play in our affordable housing landscape.