Council’s ADU Work Gets Big Boost from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

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The Bay Area Council has been at the forefront of the revolution to make accessory dwelling units (ADU), aka granny or in-law units, a key solution in addressing California’s historic housing crisis. The Council was the leading advocate for legislative reforms that are making building ADUs easier, faster and less expensive. And the Council helped launched The Casita Coalition, a statewide organization of industry, government and nonprofit leaders focused on expanding the supply of ADUs, advancing new small housing technologies and seeking new reforms.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) has recognized that leadership by committing an anticipated $400,000 grant to support and expand the work of The Casita Coalition, whose President, Denise Pinkston of TMG Partners, is a former Chair of the Bay Area Council’s Housing Committee. The funding will be provided over three years and will enable the Casita Coalition to hire dedicated staff, improve its website, and broaden its outreach activities.

“A safe, stable, and accessible home is core to our vision for a world that is inclusive, just, and full of opportunity. CZI sees the development of ADUs as one promising way to address housing affordability in California,” said Michelle Chung of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. “We are excited to support the Casita Coalition in uniquely filling a need in the nascent ADU space and broader housing policy landscape: the Coalition’s focus on connecting practitioners with decision makers to spur implementation of policies and practices will help remove first-order barriers to ADU adoption and help scale model policies, practices, and investments across the state.”

To that end, please keep on the lookout for a job announcement as the Coalition initiates its search for their first hire. Please visit their newly launched website: To learn more, please contact Xiomara Cisnero.

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