Responses for Housing

1: What are your most significant housing-related challenges?
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Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre Finding affordable housing that aligns with today’s salaries....not everyone makes six fingered incomes.
02/16/2020
Anonymous from Other Rigidity. If I lose my current apartment my rent will go through the roof.
02/14/2020
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre Affordability and reasonable access to transit.
For East Bay Everyone 02/13/2020
Kevin Burke from Alamo Housing is unaffordable throughout Contra Costa County. 3% growth in 17 years is pitiful. The result is people like me who graduated high school in 2006 are delaying buying homes and starting families.
02/13/2020
Anonymous from Other cost of housing, and property taxes
Martinez 02/11/2020
Anonymous from Crockett
Crockett 01/12/2020
Anonymous from Other Cost: A single-family home in Antioch, more than an hour and a half, sometimes two hours from San Francisco at rush hour, with 3 beds, two baths costs 450k+, some upwards of $500k+. Extremely unaffordable, even in the outskirts. One city over, Brentwood, a single family home can normally go for 800k+, and I've even seen a few go for $1m+. The middle class should not have to devote their lives, working until they die, to pay off their house.
Antioch 12/21/2019
Anonymous from Alamo
12/02/2019
Anonymous from Alamo Personally, I am lucky enough not to have any challenges. but obviously, the housing prices in the Bay Area are out of control. My children can't afford a home in most areas of the county or the entire Bay Area. That's not right but it's not a problem Contra Costa can solve alone. The high tech industry has made this an area-wide issue. How much more is the taxpayer supposed to take on in paying for affordable housing to be built when it's not our fault that things are out of control?
11/27/2019
Anonymous from Other Affordability; housing costs are increasing faster than income. Can't afford to buy near job/transit
Concord 11/07/2019
Marianne Callahan from Contra Costa Centre There is not enough affordable housing in the central county and more affluent cities where there is more work. Also, lack of rent protections push working families and other people out to the edges of our county and thus create more traffic. i can't stand to see new single family homes built. I would like more attractive, high density affordable housing close to jobs and transport. Also,many people want to invest and purchase their affordable housing so it cannot all be apartments, but should include townhouses. Also, many people are interested in smaller living and would like to downsize but there is nothing to buy.
09/21/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre Walnut Creek's city-wide height limits approved by the voters in the 1980s needs to be revised, along with its bad policies requiring off-street vehicular parking near transit, making it more unaffordable and worsening climate change, and its bad policies that don't encourage childcare facilities in neighborhoods (without requiring vehicle trips to/from). encourage higher density / efficient land use within 3-miles of BART stations (because first-mile/last-mile has been lengthened now with electric mobility options), including Countrywood Shopping Center at Bancroft Rd & Treat Blvd. Homeowners Associations (HOAs) have too much power: can ban all rentals, increase monthly dues an unlimited amount so that accessory dwelling units are infeasible to use (AB 670 only addresses single-family zoning districts and only construction instead of use).
10/20/2019
Heather no community selected There is to much traffic, Adding more houses will not improve the quality of life.
09/16/2019
Amanda Joseph from Rodeo Due to unincorporated areas not providing community services like some of the other big cities our houses don’t build equity as quickly
10/08/2019
John Jordan from East Richmond Heights I have a house and a cottage on a 161,000 square foot lot. This is the same as 32 5,000 sq. foot lots. I have 3 adult children that need housing. I, and a few neighbors, are not permitted to create a second or third house. We are on Park Ave., near Alvarado Park. This is NOT agricultural land. This is city. Also, it's depriving the county of tax revenue from additional housing.
10/02/2019
Anonymous from El Sobrante
10/02/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre Cost containment of rental pricing. Needs to be linked to cost of living and should not exceed the cost of living index.
09/21/2019
Connie Skoog from Other I am lucky that I paid for a house to retire in that was cheaper than the house I sold (closer to Oakland and SF). The only challenges I personally have are the fact that cities allow developers to build houses BEFORE helping build schools, roads, emergency services, etc. This leaves the existing community in a mess, which creates anger at development....should be at cities. I do feel for young people who cannot find decent rentals nor afford housing. City and county need to make sure the community is not suffering with crowded schools, traffic jams and so on for years after the new people move in. Why can't they get the roads built first...get the emergency services figured out and the schools started BEFORE those houses are put into their crowded neighborhoods?
Unincorporated CCC (mailing address Oakley) 09/19/2019
2: In your community, are there housing types that you feel are in especially short supply (housing for seniors and people with disabilities, entry-level housing, shelters for the homeless, etc.)?
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Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre None. Open space and recreation is in short supply.
02/16/2020
Anonymous from Other Transitional and permanent supportive housing; first-time-buyer housing; housing near transit; middle-density housing like duplexes to fourplexes, bungalows, townhouses
02/14/2020
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre shelters for the homeless, housing for those with low income. housing near transit stops.
For East Bay Everyone 02/13/2020
Kevin Burke from Alamo More affordable housing types like duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes, where you don't need to also pay for a garage and a backyard. Those housing types would be affordable to essential community members like teachers.
02/13/2020
Anonymous from Other housing for seniors and people with disabilities, shelters, low-income housing
Martinez 02/11/2020
Anonymous from Crockett
Crockett 01/12/2020
Anonymous from Other Not really. In Antioch at least, there is enough supply for the demand of housing, but I would suggest building a few more multi-family buildings.
Antioch 12/21/2019
Anonymous from Alamo
12/02/2019
Anonymous from Alamo I believe that certain areas of Contra Costa that have been rural or "quiet" communities, should be allowed to stay that way. To have an entire county that's like downtown Concord or Richmond or even Walnut Creek makes living here undesirable for many people. We can JUST be housing and business packed together, mile upon mile. Leave the open spaces, the hills behind Danville, the countryside between Lafayette and Martinez, the quiet streets of Alamo alone! Don't try to build on every square inch of land and think that by putting in a park now and then that solves the problem.
11/27/2019
Anonymous from Other Affordable housing at various tiers (below market, very low etc.)
Concord 11/07/2019
Marianne Callahan from Contra Costa Centre Anyone can see we need housing support for seniors and the homeless and the mentally ill. We need to move away from single family homes and design affordable, more high density, attractive, living around transportation and jobs. I am a senior that would love to move closer to my city center ( Concord) but there is nothing small and affordable to buy there.
09/21/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre missing middle, middle-income level affordable housing, duplexes, triplexes, 4-20 unit buildings
10/20/2019
Heather no community selected NO
09/16/2019
Amanda Joseph from Rodeo
10/08/2019
John Jordan from East Richmond Heights Low cost housing, owner occupied or rental.
10/02/2019
Anonymous from El Sobrante Mental health homes/institutions
10/02/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre Yes
09/21/2019
Connie Skoog from Other Entry-level housing is in short demand and so are shelters for homeless (with the services they need such as drug addiction, etc). Many people in my unincorporated area of CCC divide up their houses into rental areas illegally. Then their neighbors must complain for anything to happen. I think if you have standards for making part of your property rental property, then people with the room and the money to do it properly can do it. Then you can focus on making sure those who don't do it safely and legally are punished.
Unincorporated CCC (mailing address Oakley) 09/19/2019
3: How can the County help increase access to affordable housing?
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Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre Stop the large builders from overbuilding the expensive Uber chic housing complexes...not everyone needs luxury! Perhaps have the county purchase some of the vacant lands or old homes in need of repair and repurpose or build for real affordability. Stop the cycle of maximum return and maximum units on a single lot.
02/16/2020
Anonymous from Other Foster density around transit, fourplexes as minimum allowed density everywhere, foster greater housing supply public and private and at all levels of income.
02/14/2020
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre increase housing supply, increase public transit availability
For East Bay Everyone 02/13/2020
Kevin Burke from Alamo Modify zoning codes to permit fourplexes to be built where it is currently legal to build only single family homes. Each unit of the fourplex would be more affordable than the single family home, plus the County can use the impact fees and increased property tax revenue to fund and build more affordable housing.
02/13/2020
Anonymous from Other provide incentives for people to provide and build low-income housing
Martinez 02/11/2020
Anonymous from Crockett
Crockett 01/12/2020
Anonymous from Other Encourage building companies to build multi-unit housing like in Bay Point. Increase the density of homes, especially along public transport such as BART. Follow SB 50's goals.
Antioch 12/21/2019
Anonymous from Alamo Improve mass transit - stop putting in new houses necessitating more CARS.
12/02/2019
Anonymous from Alamo The State or the voters need to spend more money on housing for the mentally impaired. I'm sure there is a lot of waste in the county and state coffers but that will never be found, so the voters will have to agree to pay for more of this housing and treatment.
11/27/2019
Anonymous from Other Require more landlords to accept Section 8, fast track/streamline affordable developments over market rate/for-profit developments. No more parking minimums! Enact parking maximums. Ordinance to un-bundle parking from rental costs
Concord 11/07/2019
Marianne Callahan from Contra Costa Centre We need to build more affordable housing. High density housing that people can buy and rent. There is a market for small living near transit centers for people that want to buy but don't want or need a giant home.
09/21/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre
10/20/2019
Heather no community selected Our infrastructure should be dest with first, not building more, we need to improve our transportation issues and roadway improvements before more housing is built. We are a state of houses first then you think of infrastructure.
09/16/2019
Amanda Joseph from Rodeo I think we have more than enough affordable housing
10/08/2019
John Jordan from East Richmond Heights Allow me and my neighbors to create more housing, by changing our zoning to 5000 square feet, instead of 435,600 sq. feet (10 acres, or 87 5,000 lots) for 3 units.
10/02/2019
Anonymous from El Sobrante Better jobs. People who don't have jobs or decent paying jobs cannot afford housing
10/02/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre Stop all unnecessary building unless it helps to grow housing stock. Nothing frivolous should be built unless the needs of the community are met. No soccer stadiums when people needs a roof over their heads.
09/21/2019
Connie Skoog from Other You can change codes so that people with the room on their property can build "mother-in-law" cottages or install "tiny homes" with full utilities. Also allow people who can afford to buy a lot can live in "tiny homes" until they are able to build regular houses, or live in them forever, as long as they keep their lots landscaped and neat. You can also allow more duplex-type construction, so some can buy one side of a duplex or buy both and live in one. The county and the cities within the county need to carry on with the concept of building more affordable housing near transportation hubs, such as BART. The BART in Antioch not only was HORRIBLY short on parking (unreal, who did that???) but there seems to be nothing planned for apartments across the street from BART like they have in Pleasanton and many other places in Alameda county!!!
Unincorporated CCC (mailing address Oakley) 09/19/2019
4: Would you support construction of more housing in your community, even if it meant increasing density?
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Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre No.housing causes traffic issues and there is nowhere in Ccco that you can traverse anymore without traffic jams. I abhöre my daily routines in the car. It used to be a nice county...now it’s jammed and getting rude and ugly with big city problems.
02/16/2020
Anonymous from Other Yes, absolutely
02/14/2020
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre Yes.
For East Bay Everyone 02/13/2020
Kevin Burke from Alamo Yes, absolutely.
02/13/2020
Anonymous from Other yes
Martinez 02/11/2020
Anonymous from Crockett No. We do not have the resources to support more growth (water, public infrastructure, etc..) and it comes at the expense of the environment (loss of open space, increased pollution, negative impact on climate change.) We face a drought every year and there are more dead animals on the road. Traffic continues to get worse. Creating denser housing in our communities is not going to help.
Crockett 01/12/2020
Anonymous from Other Yes, especially near public transit. California is in a massive housing deficit, and we need to keep increasing the amount of housing to keep the cost of living liveable.
Antioch 12/21/2019
Anonymous from Alamo
12/02/2019
Anonymous from Alamo No
11/27/2019
Anonymous from Other Yes!! Improve/increase transit frequency, walking and bicycling infrastructure and safety, provide walkable/transit-able services (shopping, jobs, etc.)
Concord 11/07/2019
Marianne Callahan from Contra Costa Centre Yes!!!
09/21/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre accessory dwelling units
10/20/2019
Heather no community selected NO
09/16/2019
Amanda Joseph from Rodeo
10/08/2019
John Jordan from East Richmond Heights Yes. That is what is needed. The people in my community are low to middle income. We all need more housing. The days of not allowing building near where there are existing building are over. That's part of how we got the current problem. Density is what we need.
10/02/2019
Anonymous from El Sobrante In the appropriate area
10/02/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre Yes
09/21/2019
Connie Skoog from Other Yes, I would IF YOU GET LOANS OR GUARANTEES AND PUT IN THE TRANSPORTATION, ROADS, SCHOOLS AND OTHER SERVICES IN FIRST!!! What is wrong with government that they are always about 20 years behind....like they were for Highway 4 improvements and BART and so on???? My area gets a fraction of the money spent on emergency services as other places in CCC, yet my area is growing like a weed. Governments always say, more taxes mean better services. Make sure the services don't come years too late and people will be OK with construction of more places to live.
Unincorporated CCC (mailing address Oakley) 09/19/2019
5: Are there actions you feel the County should take to combat homelessness?
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Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre Lower rents. No more greedy landlords. Bring sfo businesses into the county so people don’t have to spend a third of their income commuting....could go to rent. Mind the cost of living. We are not Beverly Hills. Have compassion for those down on their luck....create halfway houses....buy old empty buildings and convert them into living units. Create training centers for entry level jobs. Allow naval weapons station to be used for rv overnight parking with portable and showers so they can clean up, have some dignity and look fo jobs. Realize that a $15 per hour job won’t cover the new rents . NO MORE ABSENTEE OWNERS. NO MORE STOCK MARKET SPECULATION IN THE HOUSING MARKET,
02/16/2020
Anonymous from Other Housing first commitment and more funding for PSH
02/14/2020
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre Build more houses, put the homeless people in the houses. Housing is a human right.
For East Bay Everyone 02/13/2020
Kevin Burke from Alamo Permit more housing to be built.
02/13/2020
Anonymous from Other more shelter beds, more low-income housing
Martinez 02/11/2020
Anonymous from Crockett
Crockett 01/12/2020
Anonymous from Other More shelters in high-poverty communities. Encourage people to donate to food banks. More money to food banks.
Antioch 12/21/2019
Anonymous from Alamo
12/02/2019
Anonymous from Alamo Yes. First of all, loitering is against the law. But our governments, local and state, seem to be ignoring the fact that sleeping on the streets, using people's lawns and front steps as bathroom, panhandling, etc. are all illegal. I'd like to see our governments do their job. That said, we need to build MANY more facilities for the mentally impaired. So many people on the streets need to be in facilities for mental illness, drug abuse, alcoholism etc. And as always, the taxpayers will have to fund it all.
11/27/2019
Anonymous from Other Increase the supply of affordable housing, implement Housing First practices. Outreach to "undersheltered" - not just the obviously out-on-the-streets people but families that are packed into 2 b/r apartments, chronic couch-surfing, sleeping in cars, etc. To the extent possible, require/encourage payment of livable wages
Concord 11/07/2019
Marianne Callahan from Contra Costa Centre We need navigation centers that move people off the street. The county needs to build shelters that provide transitional housing. Also, we need healthcare for all so that people can address their addiction and mental health issues.
09/21/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre compassion, mental health services, job placement, apprenticeships
10/20/2019
Heather no community selected no
09/16/2019
Amanda Joseph from Rodeo More resources and programs to transition the homeless into independent living
10/08/2019
John Jordan from East Richmond Heights All of the above. Much of what is now zoned agricultural is not farmed. Zone it for multiple units. El Sobrante has a bunch of that on the Dam road and other places. They seem to work fine. People can live in them. Historically the purpose of zoning has been to prevent the creation of housing so that people wouldn't have to have other housing in their neighborhoods. The idyllic large suburban house on the large lot. Fortunately we seem to be over it. Even people like me, who have that, who now are protected from having neighbors. I, like many people, don't want to protect myself from providing housing for everyone that needs it. Which is lots of people. Zone areas near public transit, highways, etc. for much denser housing. It's the 21st century. We're going to have neighbors. I particularly endorse what you are doing, which is updating zoning before the state preempts the county with their much more limited local knowledge.
10/02/2019
Anonymous from El Sobrante It's got to go up the ladder to corporations taking enormous profits and not paying workers or sending manufacturing to other countries. People are homeless because we've lost our middle class or because of mental illness. We need facilities/treatment for mental illness.
10/02/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre More affordable housing. More job placement assistance.
09/21/2019
Connie Skoog from Other Yes, don't wait until families and singles are on the street. When a house is close to being foreclosed, there should be a service to help people figure out what they can do next. When you release a person (especially young person with a drug problem) out of jail or some sort of institution, a service should help them figure out what to do....counsel the family if they are willing to think about letting them live with them....have some housing available for families and others who are in transition, where they can co-habit with others like themselves, so they have a community to help them transition. Once a person is on the street, it is not only hard to find them, but they lose hope and turn to crime or at least go downhill fast. That is not when we can best help them. Even if you try to help some people who end up keeping their house or going back to happily live with their families, that will go better with some help.
Unincorporated CCC (mailing address Oakley) 09/19/2019