The first rule of inexpensive housing is to by no means lose what already exists. That lesson applies to the R.V. Park of San Rafael, situated at 742 Francisco Blvd. West close to the interchange of highways 101 and 580.
Like most cell residence parks, this website gives everlasting inexpensive housing for its 40 residents. Name them cell residence or leisure car parks, nearly all of them are privately run.
Some are mom-and-pop companies catering to long run tenants. Others are owned and managed by company entities in search of to maximise their funding’s return.
The operators personal the land, present water, electrical energy and safety. People then hire a pad from the homeowners and transfer into their leisure car, cell residence, trailer or semi-mobile manufactured home. As a result of most residents are typically both low-income employees or retirees on fastened incomes, that is as everlasting as any rental tenancy.
In housing phrases, these residents are “precariously housed.” Increase their rents they usually might discover themselves all of a sudden homeless. Not like these camped below freeways, cell residence tenants have a tendency to not have important psychological diseases. They’re merely lower-income of us.
I simply drove down Freeway 101 to California’s Central Coast with an eye fixed out for cell properties. Each group from Salinas to Paso Robles had well-maintained cell residence parks on the outskirts of city. They’re now as they’ve at all times been, a traditional non-public sector supplier of “inexpensive” housing for the working poor.
The dilemma in San Rafael is that the property supervisor, Concord Communities of Stockton, despatched a letter making an attempt to lift rents within the face of the Mission Metropolis’s “cell residence” hire stabilization ordinance.
The proprietor maintains the ordinance doesn’t apply since their website caters to “leisure automobiles.” Whereas that’s a distinction finest left to the courts, Concord and the belief jumped the gun by issuing a letter stating their intention to shut the power in 2023 since they’re shedding cash. Presumably they’d both promote it or convert it to a extra worthwhile use.
Each the tenants and proprietor are in a tough spot. Low-income residents can’t afford hire will increase. House owners can’t run a long-term enterprise at a loss.
The general public’s curiosity is to advertise inexpensive housing, maintain the precariously housed from turning into homeless and achieve each on the lowest value.
This is a chance for a win-win. San Rafael, working with the county, ought to, utilizing out there state funding, buy the slender 1.26-acre website at truthful market worth. Its present assessed land worth is $2.8 million.
The expense concerned in constructing or subsidizing new everlasting housing for low-income of us is gigantic. Given the price of vacant California land, building bills, cumbersome laws and calls for by organized labor, per unit prices for brand new items vary between $500,000 to $1 million as not too long ago occurred in Los Angeles.
If the San Rafael R.V. Park has 35 pads, the general public’s value on the appraised worth can be barely greater than $81,000 per pad.
This could possibly be a mannequin for a number of Marin areas.
Use state and native funds put aside for inexpensive housing and homelessness by creating new cell residence amenities in acceptable spots. Set rents at legally outlined inexpensive ranges. Supply pads to those that have already got or can afford cell properties. This could embody these with RVs parked on Binford Highway in unincorporated Marin County close to Novato’s Airport, the working poor and retirees on fastened incomes who’ll discover buying a well-used cell residence an attainable purpose.
As an alternative of pricey public workers doing the job, contract with respected companies to handle the amenities, acquire rents and supply satisfactory safety.
Since cell residence residents aren’t, in contrast to these camped below freeways and in parks, disproportionately affected by extreme psychiatric diseases, the costly “supportive” side of everlasting housing isn’t required.