we can assure you that California’s housing crisis isn’t caused by a lack of architectural imagination. For decades, Single-family zoning and lengthy review processes have made it nearly impossible for multifamily projects to pass through permitting, while neighborhood groups protest every proposed development. And the typical Californian mode of building— suburban sprawl — has devastating effects on community, climate, and social cohesion. We were determined to find a way to address these problems and create more homes.
Our first solution was to build accessory dwelling units, which let homeowners expand their property value while adding much-needed housing options to the rental market. After California relaxed its ADU restrictions in 2017, this was the most effective way to add backyard homes.
In September 2021, however, everything changed.
Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 9 into law, significantly expanding urban infill opportunities within the state. Now, all urban single-family zones must allow two primary homes on a lot, plus the ADUs and JADUs already granted under state law. Qualifying lots can be split into two, and modest housing can be built on the smaller resulting lots. And, most importantly, the review process is streamlined, with no public hearing or nebulous, subjective feedback from planning departments or NIMBY neighbors.
We knew this was the moment we were waiting for, the catalyst to usher in the housing revolution.
We all need to work together at scale to solve the housing crisis by fundamentally changing our approach to zoning and development.
With SB 9 and Homestead, we have the power to help:
And we are dedicated to supporting SB 9 and everyone it benefits.