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Incentivize Investment in Accessory Dwelling Units
The Future of Housing
STRATEGY #1: Incentivize Investment in Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

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"This strategy alone will not solve any single issue,
but the cumulative impact of this strategy across multiple
social, economic, and ecological issues is incalculable.”


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Why ADUs?
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Homeowners add Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) for many different reasons. For some homeowners
it is an income-generating investment. Some enjoy the benefits of multi-generational living. Others realize both the health and economic benefits of caring for loved ones at home, and others invest in an ADU to secure those benefits for themselves in the future. In any case, adding an ADU is an investment.

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Many communities prohibit ADUs. However, legal or not, almost all communities have ADUs "tucked in."




Why Incentivize Investment in ADUs?
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In urban areas, ADUs help fill the housing gap for entry-level millennials, people with disabilities, veterans, service workers, and others who prefer small rental units near employment centers and health services.
In rural areas, ADUs help fill the housing gap for multi-generational farm families and farmworkers.
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The Social, Economic, & Ecological Benefits of ADUs
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For decades, researchers and policy makers across the country have promoted ADUs as an important component of a comprehensive housing strategy. More recently, researchers have identified multiple social, economic, and ecological benefits of ADUs:

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Social Benefits of ADUs:

• Increased housing choice near employment centers
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• Increased housing choice for multi-generational families
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• Increased access to goods and services for people who are mobility challenged
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• Increased opportunities for seniors to “age-in-place” and "age-in-community"
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• Increased neighborhood “walkability” & safety

Economic Benefits of ADUs:
• Help revitalize distressed neighborhoods
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• Increase patronage of neighborhood business
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• Support generational transition of family farms
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• Increase employment and small business start-ups
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Ecological Benefits of ADUs:
• Reduce development pressures on natural resources
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• Reduce commuter hours & CO emissions
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• Smaller dwellings = less energy use
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Why So Few?: An Unmet Market Demand for ADUs
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Over the years, many municipalities have mounted ADU initiatives. None have produced enough ADUs to meet even a small fraction of the demand suggested by survey research and census data. Most recently AARP reports that 31% of adults would consider adding an ADU:
Three Barriers to ADUs:

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Researchers have repeatedly identified the same three barriers to successful ADU initiatives:
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1. Municipal codes that discourage ADUs
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________2. Lack of financing options for construction of ADUs
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________3. Lack of technical resources useful to the average homeowner

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Overcoming the Barriers: The National Incentivizing Investment in ADUs Initiative
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Design Coalition Institute and the Wisconsin ADU Coalition are part of a multi-state, multi-sector partnership working to overcome the three barriers to ADUs: The National Incentivizing Investment in ADUs Initiative. We are:

#1: Developing an ADU professional education program for municipal officials.
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#2: Facilitating a series of multi-sector roundtables to develop new financing options for ADUs.
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#3: Developing a website with ADU technical resources for homeowners.


For more information about how we are working to overcome the barriers to ADUs, forward to the "National Incentivizing Investment in ADUs Initiative" page >>

Accessory Dwelling Unit Bike Tour
(8.5 minute YouTube video)

A fun and very informative video documentary of an ADU Bike Tour organized by our ADU colleagues in Portland Oregon. Includes interviews with homeowners, architects, and planners and tours of five very different types and uses of ADUs. Used with permission by www.accessorydwellings.org a one-stop resource for all things ADU on the West Coast.


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