EQUITABLE HOUSING AND NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES

The Franklin District currently includes a mix of for-sale and rental housing, including single family homes on small to very large lots, family compounds of two to three homes, large apartment complexes, small apartment buildings, quads, duplexes, and rental cottages – some in excellent shape and some that could use a lot of repair. The District is also close to three light rail stations at Fruitridge Rd., 47th Avenue, and Florin Rd., providing opportunities for increasing housing near major public transit.  
 
Our engagement efforts found housing affordability a key priority for both residents and business owners. Over 50% of all residents responding to the high school surveyors, and 60% of renters and parents with children under age 12, ranked affordable housing as their top priority among potential neighborhood improvements. Business owners ranked their top priorities as neighborhood feel (54%) followed by affordable housing (34%).  
 
A variety of housing-related strategies and actions are identified below. Together these strategies can help maintain and increase affordable options, enable residents to stay in the District, improve substandard conditions, and avoid displacement. The Playbook’s four main strategies are:   

I. Housing Acquisition and Preservation

II. New Development

III. Build Resident Financial Capacity to Afford A Home

IV. Increase Homeless Support Systems 
 
These are described in more detail in the following sections.

Housing Acquisition

and Preservation Strategies

Background and Findings 

The Franklin District has had a number of apartment buildings and rental complexes go on the market recently. Strategies to help buy and preserve properties and keep rents stable could help maintain housing affordability for District residents. Dilapidated properties could also be acquired and rehabbed to provide needed supportive housing for at-risk populations such as veterans, youth who are aging out of the foster system, people with disabilities, etc.

Current/Future Projects

  • Rents and property values in the Franklin District are increasing
     

  • Over 67% of District households are renters
     

  • Area Median Income in the District is only about $34,300

New Development Strategies

Background and Findings 

Some homes in the District have large lots where owners could add an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) for family members or as a rental for more income. The District also has a number of large vacant properties that could be sites for developing new housing options.  

Current/Future Projects

There are already several housing projects that are in various stages of planning and development in and near the Franklin District. These include:
 

  • Mixed-use project at 3935 Franklin Blvd. (14 student apartments and 4,820 sf of retail)

  • Moderate income Victoria Park development on 47th Ave (113 single family homes, 17 multi-dimensional

    units, 30 townhouses over 26,520 sf of retail)

  • Mutual Housing and Habitat for Humanity development on 46th Ave. (108 affordable apartments, 18 single

    family homes requiring sweat equity from the eventual homeowners)

  • A senior independent living building on 38th Ave. (13 individual rooms with shared facilities)

  •  Mixed-use development at SacRT’s Florin Road Light Rail Station (size TBD)

Strategies to Build Resident Financial Capacity to Afford a Home

Background and Findings 

Spending money just for housing, utility bills, and transportation quickly consumes families’ budgets. Some District residents are also currently underbanked or unbanked and use local payday lenders at high interest rates.

Current/Future Projects

  • Rents and property values in the Franklin District are increasing
     

  • Over 67% of District households are renters
     

  • Area Median Income in the District is only about $34,300

Strategies to Increase Homeless Support Systems

Background and Findings 

The number of homeless individuals is rising in the District, with increasing reports of camping out and vandalism especially behind local businesses. The Playbook includes both short-term strategies to increase access to basic services that can help increase dignity and reduce neighborhood blight and damage to properties and businesses, and long-term strategies (here and above) to create more housing options that can help people move off the streets.

Considerations for implementing strategies

  • Programs exist in other cities and countries that provide mobile restrooms, showers, and laundry services targeted to people who are homeless

  • Residents and businesses are often concerned that providing services will act as a magnet for more people who are homeless to come to the District

  • Working with Neighborhood Associations, residents, and businesses to address issues and concerns will be critical for the success of any endeavors related to homelessness

  • Any new housing options are likely to be difficult to develop and will need strong partnerships and political will

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