Even More Solutions For Backyard Homes

Can we combat the affordable housing crisis by building homes in our backyards? The movement to create accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, comes in different shapes.

The cover of “A.D.You!” — a guide for homeowners created by the City of Evanston and the Evanston Development Cooperative. (City of Evanston)

Cities everywhere are exploring solutions to the affordable housing crisis, and one idea is taking many forms: adding another unit to a single-family home. 

In this episode of the Next City podcast, in partnership with Shelterforce, we journey from the Bay Area to Durham, North Carolina as we explore iterations of accessory dwelling units. These are smaller homes added to the main home, or built next to it. Essentially, ADUs add apartments without apartment buildings. And they’re usually less pricey to rent — while providing homeowners with new cash flow.

The episode is based on our webinar “Taking the ADU Model to the Next Level,” and it features Harold Simon of Essex Community Land Trust, Sherry Taylor of Durham Community Land Trustees, Nikki Beasley and Domanic Green of Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services, who discuss the combination of ADUs and land trusts as a solution to the problem of affordable housing in cities. Each program shares the same intention — to include the community in planning and to create more affordable homes for rent.

To learn more about combining ADUs with a land trust or supportive services for homeowners, listen to this episode below or subscribe to Next City’s podcast on Apple, Spotify or Goodpods.

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