Learn to ADU

They’ve been called backyard homes, granny flats, in-law units, backyard cottages, secondary units, tiny houses, and more. Whatever you prefer to call them, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) have been garnering a lot of buzz in and around our community since January 2017 when new State laws took effect that created new opportunities for housing. In fact, the new ADU Ordinance was adopted on April 30, 2019 and took effect on May 30, 2019.

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  1. Design
  2. construct
  3. Finance
  4. lease
  5. Protect
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ADU Educational Webinar

Learn what it takes to Design (SB9 v ADU), Construct, Finance, Lease, and Protect your ADU.

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landlord tenant rights and responsibilities training

  • Certificate issued upon completion
  • Meets your lender's requirement for Landlord Education Certification.
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landlord tenant rights leader lead training

  • Certificate issued upon completion

Complete a live webinar training with the local Fair Housing Agency to learn the rights and responsibilities of both the tenant and the landlord.

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a guide for tenant landlord rights and responsibilities

Download the State of California guide for tenant landlord rights and responsibilities


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CALHFA ADU Grant provides up to $40,000 to reimburse pre-development and non-reoccurring closing costs associated with the construction of the ADU. Predevelopment costs include site prep, architectural designs, permits, soil tests, impact fees, property survey, and energy reports.

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As a social enterprise, HPP CARES CDE has achieved significant and wide-ranging accomplishments in recent years. Working under the National Coalition for Equities' (NCFE) umbrella, our focus has been on advocating for a strong community voice among federal and state regulators and major private sector corporations. We've dedicated ourselves to addressing public policy issues, particularly those related to wealth and income inequality impacting affordable homeownership and small business growth.

Through collaborative efforts with NCFE, HPP CARES CDE has expanded outreach initiatives, leading to increased corporate social responsibility and consumer protection awareness. Our endeavors have enabled us to engage with a broader audience, forge partnerships with numerous companies, and engage with regulators, all with the goal of supporting deserving individuals in achieving sustainable homeownership, fostering successful small businesses, protecting consumers, and empowering California communities.

At HPP CARES CDE, we are committed to championing opportunities for people of color to become integral partners in our mission to reduce income and wealth inequality, thereby contributing to the creation of stronger futures for all minority groups.