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Housing & Community Development

Vern Smith
Housing & Community Development Coordinator

34009 Alvarado-Niles Rd
Union City, CA 94587
Telephone (510) 675-5322
Fax (510) 475-7318
vsmith@ci.union-city.ca.us

Help for Homeowners / Ayuda para Dueños de Viviendas
On Saturday, March 10, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the City of Hayward will host a Help for Homeowners Community Event.  Lenders and HUD-approved counseling organizations will be available to provide free-of-charge, one-on-one consultations to area homeowners who are in the loan modification process or have defaulted on their loans to discuss options available to avoid foreclosure. 

Housing Programs in Union City

The development and preservation of affordable housing is one of the most pressing needs facing the City of Union City. For years, the City has worked with private and non-profit agencies to develop housing for the entire economic spectrum of our community. In developing its Housing Element, the City identified critical housing needs, including the construction of rental and owner housing opportunities for very-low, low and moderate income households, particularly larger families and seniors, and the rehabilitation of housing for very-low and low income households, a significant percentage of which are elderly.

Historically, Union City has done a good job of developing affordable housing. The following table shows the breakdown of affordable housing in Union City.

Altogether, 8.6% of the City's housing stock is directly assisted to be affordable. Furthermore, the City is planning to develop over 265 more units of affordable housing in the next five years.

The City's Housing Rehabilitation Program has been at the center of its successful housing program for many years. Since its inception in the mid-seventies, the program has completed 115 major rehabilitations and over 425 minor rehabilitations. The clients aided with rehabilitation loans represent a broad spectrum, including elderly on fixed incomes and larger families.

During the mid-eighties, the city issued bonds to develop affordable multi-family housing. The result was three projects - Greenhaven, Mission Sierra and Skylark - that included 116 affordable units. Other projects, such as Adrienne Village and Los Robles Apartments, have also received federal funding and account for another 155 affordable units between them.

Total

Owner

Rental

Housing Authority Vouchers

Extremely Low

Very Low

Low

Moderate

1,762

141

908

713

184

1,043

397

138

The City, through its Redevelopment Agency, has recently funded the development of 44 units of affordable senior housing. The project, developed by Eden Housing, Inc., provides housing opportunities for very-low income seniors. The City also supported USA Properties to secure housing tax credits for Vintage Court, a 125 unit senior project. The units are available to low-income seniors at 60% of median income. The Agency also provided funds for the recent Tropics Mobile Home Park sale, which provides 20% (108) very-low income units.

In the mid-nineties the Redevelopment Agency also funded the E street housing project. The project removed blighted, substandard structures in the Decoto Neighborhood and replaced them with twelve, four-bedroom homes. Eight of the homes were sold to moderate-income first time homebuyers and four are rented to low-income families. All of the homes were targeted to larger families, which are in need of affordable housing in Union City.

The City has partnered with non-profit affordable housing developers to create further affordable housing opportunities. Mid-Peninsula Housing built 120 family rental units on Mission Boulevard, and Eden Housing and Elder Care Alliance developed 132 more senior units, including assisted care and Alzheimer units, over 50 % of which are affordable. With for-profit developers, the City is also building 5 units of scattered site, moderate-income single-family units in the Decoto neighborhood, and 8 more Decoto Neighborhood sites for 2 story homes with water conserving landscaping.

The City also passed an Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance that requires that 15% of all new residential development be affordable. As a result of the ordinance, 83 affordable housing units for very-low, low and moderate-income households have been built.  Other developments are continually offering new and varied ownership opportunities for our community.

The Future

The City is currently working with non-profit and for-profit developers to create further affordable housing opportunities. We are working with private and non-profit developers to build 225 affordable family rental units on Mission Boulevard, to be completed by from 2009 through 2013. The Agency is also looking at other potential scattered sites in Decoto to develop even more affordable housing in the future.

The City is also actively looking into a variety of first time homebuyer programs and rental programs that will make it easier for people to find affordable housing. Staff is also working with private lenders and non-profit housing agencies to design programs that will meet the challenges of rising housing costs and housing needs into the future.

For more information...

The City is keeping a list of people who are interested in affordable housing. When new projects or programs are developed, we will send out information about that program and its specific requirements to everyone on our list. To get on the City's affordable housing interest list, send a letter with your name, address and phone number, stating that you are interested in housing programs, to:

Vern Smith
City of Union City Housing Programs
34009 Alvarado-Niles Road
Union City, CA 94587
(510) 675-5322

For information about the City's Housing Rehabilitation Program , call the County of Alameda at (510) 670-5399. The City works in partnership with the County to provide high quality rehabilitation services.

For information regarding down payment assistance, contact NHSSV at (408) 279-2600.

For fair housing questions, please call ECHO at (510) 581-9380.

We realize that the present loan and foreclosure crisis is affecting homeowners in our community.  For important information on your rights and counseling resources, please visit these sites….

Federal Housing Administration  
ECHO Housing
Acorn Housing 
Consumer Credit Counselors of the East Bay  
Project Sentinel  

We're here for you...
The City looks forward to working with you to meet your housing needs.

 

 

 

 

 
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