| by Kenneth Chase | 4 comments

Tiny Apartments Could Help Ease Sacramento’s Affordable Housing Crisis


VERY INTERESTING TO HEAR MORE TONIGHT. WE’LL SEE YOU TONIGHT AT 10:00. TO A NEW ATTEMPT TO REDEFINE DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO. LOCAL RENT PRICES ARE THROUGH THE ROOF. ONE LOCAL BUILDER SAYS HE HAS A SOLUTION. OFFER TINY, INEXPENSIVE APARTMENTS FOR WORKING PEOPLE. THEY’D BE $#00 A MONTH. THEY’RE NOT CATERING TO LOW- INCOME WORKERS. LEMOR ABRAMS IS IN DOWNTOWN GET GETTING ANSWERS. — GETTING ANSWERS. JUST UP THE STREET FROM THE CAPITOL BUILDING IS AN EXPENSIVE HOUSING, BUT THEY WANT TO OFFER INEXPENSIVE HOUSING IN THE DOWNTOWN CORE. TIM BURKE IS A LOCAL BARISTA MAKING MINIMUM WAGE PLUS TIPS. THE INCREASING RENT IS GETTING TOUGHER AND TOUGHER TO LIVE IN DOWNTOWN. THE SOLUTION TO TIM’S PROBLEM MAY LIE NEXT DOOR AT THE CENTURY OLD GOLDEN HOTEL. THE OWNER, LEONARD KAUN, IS CONVERTING 26 HOTEL ROOMS INTO APARTMENTS THAT FEEL LIKE HOSTELS FOR $600. AT 800 J A TOP ONE BEDROOM UNIT IS ABOUT $2,000. PEOPLE DON’T NEED A LOT OF SPACE. HE’S CREATING A SACRAMENTO UNIT FOR MICROUNITS. TO CREATE AFFORDABLE HOUSING. IT DOESN’T MEAN SUBSIDIZED HOUSING FOR LOW-INCOME RENTERS. THERE’S NO MINIMUM INCOME TO GET IN. ANYONE WHO EARNS APPROXIMATELY THREE TIMES THE RENT CAN QUALIFY. LEONARD CALLS THEM WORKING PEOPLE, LIKE TIM. THEY WANT SOMETHING THAT’S CLOSE. THEY WOULDN’T NEED A CAR. SWAP OUT A CAR FOR CONVENIENCE. IT’S GOT GOOD BONES. THE BARE BONES BASICS, 150 SQUARE FEET. IF YOU WANT TO USE THE BATHROOM IT’S THROUGH THAT SMALL DOOR. BUT THEY’LL HAVE TO SHARE IT WITH THREE OTHER PEOPLE. FOR NOW TIM’S HOLDING OUT HOPE FOR RENT CONTROL LEGISLATION IN SACRAMENTO. IT WOULD LIMIT THE AMOUNT LANDLORDS COULD HIKE UP THE RENT RATES. LEONARD HOPES TO BEGIN RENTING THESE UNITS IN THE FALL JUST IN TIME FOR A BARBERSHOP AND RESTAURANT ON THE FIRST FLOOR. SO, THANKS VERY MUCH. FOR MORE ON THE HIGH RENT PROBLEM AND THE STRESS ON THE HOUSING MARKET CHECK OUT A

4 Comments

AREG

Aug 8, 2017, 4:16 pm Reply

Shared restroom though

Bruce Villa

Nov 11, 2017, 7:01 am Reply

Government needs to get back into the housing business until this insane price surge ends.

Sheila P. McKinzie

Jun 6, 2018, 7:57 pm Reply

Rent control is the answer, who’s going to rent that when people are paid the same & a lot are leaving Sacramento.

Live your Values

Nov 11, 2018, 12:16 am Reply

600 is too high for that

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