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San Joaquin County Housing Digest

Advocates Oppose Plans to Close Homeless Camp


Residents and supporters of self-governing homeless "Camp Resolution" marched to Sacramento city hall on May 15 in opposition of city plans to close the camp.

Housing Development Project Proposed for Lockeford


Development of hundreds of homes is being proposed for North Tully Road.

These Californians Just Got Protection From Big Rent Hikes


Tenants in many new privately owned, low-income units will be protected from double-digit increases. So will some in existing units, after a state committee on affordable housing imposed a rent cap.

Tracy Senior Housing Project Approved


In a unanimous vote in their April 2 meeting, the Tracy City Council approved a very-low-income 110-unit senior housing project at 301 West Street.

Multi-Story Townhomes Coming to Northern San Joaquin Valley


Denser housing is planned for the River Islands planned community and in the area surrounding the Manteca central district.

Manteca Extends Contract With Homeless Center


The His Way Recovery House operates the center at 555 Industrial Park Drive and will soon provide 50 beds in two modular dorms.

River Islands Advances South County Development Planning


The Lathrop Planning Commission is reviewing plans for River Islands neighborhood designs which includes a football stadium, lakes, parks, housing and hundreds of thousands of square feet of commercial use space.

New Website Features Information on Care of Backyard Chickens, Sheep, Goats


The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources advisors has published a new website with information resources for small acreage landowners raising livestock.

Stockton City Council Approves Housing Project


With Mayor Kevin Lincoln recusing, the City Council voted 6-0in favor of the South Pointe Village housing project, a housing development of at least 520 units on the inner harbor’s south bank.

Guide to the California Senate Candidates' Views of Housing and Homelessness


No issue matters more to Californians than housing and homelessness. Catch up on where the major Senate candidates stand on the subject.

Robocalls, Ringless Voicemails and AI: Real Estate Enters the Age of Automation


As agents hunt for business in Southern California's slow real estate market, some are trying out new ways of tracking down leads. Others are quitting the industry.

How Much Can Your Rent Go Up in California? Check This Website


California Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta announced consumer tools to help tenants and landlords understand how much rent can rise under a state law.

Is Housing Health Care? State Medicaid Programs Increasingly Say ‘Yes’


States are plowing billions of dollars into a high-stakes health care experiment that’s exploding around the country: using scarce public health insurance money to provide housing for the poorest and sickest Americans.

Motel Transforms into Homeless Housing, After Two Years and $31 Million


A former Best Western motel has reopened in downtown Sacramento after being converted into permanent housing for nearly 100 unhoused individuals.

Manteca Rent Highest From Lodi to Merced


Manteca is the most expensive place to rent an apartment along the Highway 99 corridor in the three-county Northern San Joaquin Valley region. The average apartment in 2023 in Manteca rented for $2,087 a month.

Repairing Sidewalks Can Cost Property Owners Big in California


California state law dictates that property owners are responsible for repairing damaged sidewalks. In Sacramento, this has left some owners facing bills of thousands of dollars or tax assessments from the city.

Nursing Homes Must Inform Patients of Reasons for Forced Discharge


New law is meant to help nursing home residents understand the reasons for their discharge, and inform them of their rights to appeal.

They Lived in Their Home Almost 30 Years. But California’s ‘No Fault’ Eviction Law May Now Leave Them Homeless


María Vela’s family has lived in East L.A. nearly 30 years, but new owners of her duplex asked her family to vacate by Christmas. Most evictions are due to nonpayment of rent, but owner move-ins also cause family displacement.

Galt City Council OKs Housing Development at Historic Lippi Ranch


The site of Galt’s first winery will soon be home to nearly 100 new homes.

Domestic Violence Shelters Play a Key Role in Fighting Homelessness. Now They Face Deep Funding Cuts


Federal funding for domestic violence shelters and housing programs is declining. Advocates want the state to step in, but with a record projected deficit new spending is unlikely.

Unhoused Veterans Score Legal Victory in Suit Against VA


Federal judge David O. Carter has declined to dismiss a lawsuit that could force the Veterans Administration to house veterans experiencing homelessness in the Los Angeles area. Carter’s 41-page ruling could pave the way for a trial in mid-2024.

Established Manteca Sees More New Housing Built


There have been 96 housing units—the equivalent of a good-sized subdivision—built or started on small parcels during the last four years located in an area what could best be described as the city of Manteca circa 1970.

Manteca Prepping for a City of 236,000 People


Manteca’s population could be 160 percent larger by the year 2057. That is based on the city continuing forward with its current annual growth rate of 2.8 percent.

Former South LA Oil Drilling Site Could Become Affordable Housing


The Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust recently paid almost $10 million for a 1.86-acre site formerly used for oil drilling. It could be converted into a community center, park and affordable housing.

Coyotes More Likely To Turn Up at Wealthier Properties in San Francisco


A coyote recently was found at the $27 million Russian Hill home of AI mogul Sam Altman. This relates to a study, which found that coyote sightings were more frequent in higher-income areas of San Francisco.

Thousands of Migrant Farmworker Apartments Sit Vacant for Months


Even though California is facing a crippling housing shortage, one potential source remains untapped. The state allows thousands of apartments used for part of the year by farmworkers to otherwise sit vacant for three to six months.

State Might Soon Require Replacing Broken A/C Units


California energy regulators are considering requiring homeowners to replace broken air-conditioning systems with heat pumps or HVAC systems that are more energy efficient. The change would go into effect in 2026.

How San Diego Hacked State Housing Law to Build ADU ‘Apartment Buildings’


A 2021 state law has radically changed the housing equation in San Diego. Advocates, developers, and policymakers are split on whether it should be exported to other jurisdictions.

California Isn’t Losing Residents Everywhere


Redfin data shows that tens of thousands of more people look to leave California than buy homes in the Golden State. There’s an exception, however: the Sacramento region, which remains one of the hottest homebuying markets in the country.

Deadlines Loom as Tracy Strives to Complete Housing Plan


A four-hour discussion showed that the city still has a complex process ahead of it to create a plan for how new housing should develop in Tracy.

Tracy’s Plans for Future Housing Up for Discussion Oct. 24


Over the next eight years the city of Tracy must add nearly 9,000 new homes and apartments, most of them for low and very-low-income residents, if the city is to comply with state expectations for regional housing needs.

Tiny Homes for the Homeless—Do They Help Solve the Problem?


Tiny homes are increasingly California cities’ shelter option of choice — but how far they go in solving homelessness is a contentious question.


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