Community Development

Our first-hand experience in working in government agencies provides us with an intimate understanding of local government context, challenges, and opportunities. The foundation of our work in this arena is inclusive, transparent, and constructive community outreach. Whether our efforts are homeless initiatives, housing plans, fund development, or policy analysis and evaluation, we are eager to help you make your community more vibrant and equitable.

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“Housing Tools has helped our small staff team with technical resources and guidance over the last two years. They have written required plans, provided facilitation to bring together multiple jurisdictions and partners, and most importantly helped the county to advance the County’s No Place Like Home affordable permanent supportive housing complex. Housing tools offers a mix of expert staff that have easily adapted to the political climate, and diverse stakeholders. Housing Tools has proved a valuable resource to the county in advancing our housing and homelessness prevention needs!”Housing Tools County ...
“Test 123 Housing Tools has helped our small staff team with technical resources and guidance over the last two years. They have written required plans, provided facilitation to bring together multiple jurisdictions and partners, and most importantly helped the county to advance the County’s No Place Like Home affordable permanent supportive housing complex. Housing tools offers a mix of expert staff that have easily adapted to the political climate, and diverse stakeholders. Housing Tools has proved a valuable resource to the county in advancing our housing and homelessness prevention needs!”Housing ...
“Housing Tools has helped our small staff team with technical resources and guidance over the last two years. They have written required plans, provided facilitation to bring together multiple jurisdictions and partners, and most importantly helped the county to advance the County’s No Place Like Home affordable permanent supportive housing complex. Housing tools offers a mix of expert staff that have easily adapted to the political climate, and diverse stakeholders. Housing Tools has proved a valuable resource to the county in advancing our housing and homelessness prevention needs!”Housing Tools County ...

Policy and Planning

We guide community planning processes that incorporate comprehensive community outreach and build on community strengths. Our planning work has included Housing Elements, HUD Consolidated Plans, Homeless Plans, and Permanent Local Housing Allocation Plans.

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2014-2022 City of Chico Housing Element

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Siskiyou County 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness

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2020-2024 City of Chico HUD Consolidated Plan and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice

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Solutions to Homelessness

Housing Tools offers expertise in planning and implementing solutions to homelessness, including planning, grant writing, CoC coordination, Point In Time counts, Coordinated Entry, Homeless Management Information Systems, program evaluation, and permanent supportive housing development.

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Del Norte County Housing & Homelessness Analysis & Recommendations

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2017 Butte CoC Point-In-Time Homelessness Report

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City of Salinas Project Homekey

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Community Engagement

Housing Tools has developed a public outreach approach and process that is guided by inclusion, transparency, and constructive problem-solving. We have found that this process fosters community interaction and education in a way that builds consensus and community capacity to achieve common goals. Our community engagement work has been implemented for the development of Homeless Plans, Housing Elements, Consolidated Plans, and Specific Area Plans, as well as emergency shelters and housing projects.

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Del Norte County Community Outreach and Education Materials

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Amador Permanent Supportive Housing Zoom Webinars

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Grant Applications

We will keep you up to date on the latest developments with federal and state funding sources for housing and community development, and we have experience completing a wide variety of funding applications for counties and cities, including CDBG, HOME, PLHA, NPLH, AHSC, IIG, and TOD.

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City of Stockton Transit Oriented Development(TOD)

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City of Redding Infill Infrastructure Grant (IIG)

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Glenn County Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA)

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Grant Administration

Our firm employs an efficient process and approach to administer your grants. In particular, we have experience ensuring compliance with HOME and CDBG, including project set up, on-site monitoring and timely submission of reports.

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City of Chico Annual CDBG & HOME Monitoring

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City of Willows HOME Administration

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Site Feasibility Studies

We have completed affordable housing site feasibility studies for a number of counties and cities. These studies have ranged from a focus on one particular site, to analysis of 3-4 sites, to a survey of potential sites throughout an entire county. They incorporate a preliminary investigation of physical features, environmental impediments, policy and zoning framework, proximity to amenities, community integration, and financial feasibility. Housing Tools has developed a uniform system to compare and evaluate multiple sites by development feasibility, financial feasibility, community benefit, and neighborhood integration.

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Site Feasibility Studies

City of Elk Grove RHNA Sites Analysis

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Siskiyou County Site Feasibility Study

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Compliance Reporting

Housing Tools has developed a Compliance Reporting System to help cities monitor their affordable housing loan portfolio. We have customized Smartsheet cloud-based project management software to facilitate report completion and tracking so that you can maintain compliance with California Health & Safety Code, federal HOME, and local inclusionary ordinance requirements. This system incorporates calendar reminders and monthly reports so you can stay on top of deadlines, and organizes your data so that it’s easy to access and update. We also provide technical support and training for property managers using this system to ensure successful adoption.

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City of Walnut Creek Compliance Reporting System

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