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Reflecting on “Can We Get an Amen for Housing?”


On February 15th, we were thrilled to host "Can We Get an Amen for Housing?", a Town Hall event that ignited discussions among more than 100 passionate community members about the pressing issue of workforce housing in our Valley.  We’re grateful to the Vintage High School Chamber Singers for opening the evening with their songs,…

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A Beacon of Hope in the Housing Crisis


We believe that our Valley is only as strong as its most vulnerable residents. Unfortunately, significant barriers—like the high cost of housing—stand in the way of local families’ ability to thrive. Napa Sonoma ADU Center exemplifies our entrepreneurial approach to bringing new solutions to local challenges. We launched the ADU Center in 2020, with co-funding…

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An interview with Redwood Credit Union’s Brett Martinez


Last year, we partnered with Redwood Credit Union to support their launch of a new type of construction loan that could make building an ADU more accessible to more people in Napa and Sonoma counties. As part of this effort, NVCF established a $100,000 loan-loss reserve fund to help RCU defray any actual monetary loss…

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The Crescent housing project to go before Napa City Council


May 1, 2023, Edward Booth, Napa Valley Register Napa city commissioners and resident have recently expressed strong support for The Crescent housing project, which would bring more than 160 housing units to Napa County’s former Health and Human Services campus at 2344 Old Sonoma Road. Tuesday evening, the City Council is set to consider approving…

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You Do ADU, Part 5: Avoiding costly delays in your ADU project


April 26, 2023, Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times We’ve all seen the stories about egregious delays and cost overruns affecting seemingly every public construction project, large or not-so-large. But anyone who’s done major home improvement work will tell you that delays and budget-busting surprises plagued them too. ADU experts agreed that the key to avoiding unexpected delays and…

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You Do ADU, Part 2: How to pay for your ADU


April 5, 2023, Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times Once you’ve decided to build an ADU, the real fun starts: finding a way to pay for it. That won’t be an issue if you’ve got enough money in the bank to buy a Ferrari — go ahead and start interviewing contractors. Everyone else will have to…

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Napa County affordable loan program for ADU construction officially launches


March 17, 2023, Edward Booth, Napa Valley Register Napa County’s first-in-the-country forgivable loan program for accessory dwelling unit construction has officially launched, the county announced in a Friday press release. The loans are intended to make it easier for people to build ADUs, which are living quarters that can be attached or detached from a…

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ADUs take center stage at Napa tour events


Dec 1, 2022 by Edward Booth in the Napa Valley Register   Napans curious about Accessory Dwelling Units recently had four chances to check out three different prefabricated models and learn more about ADUs from people involved in the different stages of the ADU construction process. Across the four events — which were scattered throughout…

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