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Contra Costa County- Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP)- Stakeholder Meetings

Attend a community meeting to discuss opportunities to strengthen our homeless crisis response system in the county. The Contra Costa Council on Homelessness and Contra Costa Health, Housing and Homeless Services is facilitating stakeholder meetings throughout the county to present new ideas and gather input on how to best utilize Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) dollars that are targeted to those unsheltered in our community.

West County
Date: Monday, October 1, 2018
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Bermuda Room, Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA

East County
Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Location: Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F St, Antioch, CA

Youth Forum
Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Richmond Community Foundation,  1014 Florida Ave #200, Richmond, CA

Central County
Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Location: Garden Room, Concord Senior Citizens Center, 2727 Parkside Circle, Concord, CA

For more information, please see the HEAP overview sheet, and the Contra Costa Health Services webpage, or contact Jaime Jenett, Continuum of Care Planning and Policy Manager with Contra Costa Health, Housing, and Homeless Services, at jaime.jenett@hsd.cccounty.us or 925-608-6716. 

CDBG FY17-18 CAPER Available for Public Comment

The City of Walnut Creek's draft Federal Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for 7/1/17-6/30/18 is now available for public review and comment. The City Council will hold a public meeting on 9/25/18 at 6:00 pm in the Council Chamber, City Hall, 1666 North Main Street, Walnut Creek to consider approving and authorizing submission of the FY17-18 CAPER. Comments received about the report by 5:00 pm 9/25 or during the Council meeting will be included in the City's submtital to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Download the draft CAPER (PDF) here.

Fair Housing Community Online Survey

Please share your thoughts on fair housing through this online community survey.  Contra Costa County and the cities of Walnut Creek, Antioch, Concord, and Pittsburg, as well as the housing authorities of the County of Contra Costa, Cities of Pittsburg & Richmond, are currently working together to conduct a regional fair housing analysis (an Assessment of Fair Housing). This process will help the region to better understand its fair housing issues through data and mapping, community participation, and policy analysis. This process will also draw up solutions to help address residential segregation, housing discrimination, and access to safe, stable housing.  This analysis looks more closely at housing as it is experienced in real life. It also examines the connection to other issues, such as environmental health, good schools, jobs, and transportation access. We encourage people within the community to make their experiences and views on these issues heard. In addition, the shared information will help to inform the planning process within the County and participating cities. Please join us and be sure to fill out our fair housing survey, available here. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/contracostasurvey

Housing Affordability Survey Results Are Out! Walnut Creek released a community survey asking the public for their thoughts on housing affordability and affordable housing in Walnut Creek. The survey was available from the beginning of November to the end of December 2017 and we received 1,111 responses. Please click here to see the results.

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What is affordable housing?

In the United States, the term affordable housing is used to describe housing, rental or owner-occupied, that costs at or below 30% of one's income. California has added approximately 820,000 new jobs while only building 63,500 new homes since 2011. As a result of supply not meeting demand, housing prices have risen to the point where many low and moderate income families and households cannot afford to rent or buy a home, leading to a housing affordability crisis.

Benefits of Affordable Housing

Communities thrive when people have safe and stable housing; when they live near their jobs, good schools, and amenities; and when families can build roots and meet diverse neighbors.

Supports Economic Vitality

Affordable homes can attract and retain employees to a community,  a selling point and a competitive advantage for employers.

Reduces Congestion

Affordable homes allow the local workforce to live close to their jobs. Shorter commutes allow workers to spend more time with their families while the community benefits from a reduction in traffic congestion, air pollution, and expenditures on roads. Affordable housing residents tend to own fewer cars and drive less often.

Ensures Diversity of Housing and Residents

A healthy mix of housing options, from market-rate and affordable rental housing, single-family homes, duplexes, as well as developments for seniors, ensures opportunities for all individuals to improve their economic situation and contribute to their communities.

What is the City doing about housing affordability issues?

The City is dedicated to finding housing affordability solutions through its various policies and programs.