We will be adding more FAQs as the project progresses. If you don’t find your answer here, please contact us directly.

FAQ Answers:

General Questions

Is there a cost to receive housing?

The cost of living in one of our Cottages will need to cover utilities and the lease of the land which will be significantly lower than market rate.

Who will manage the application process?

Our fiscal sponsor, Burbank Housing, will manage the application process. Burbank Housing has the expertise and resources to provide the best service for our community. If you are interested in signing up for early registration to get on our list for one of our homes please visit our How It Works page and fill out the form.

What are the eligibility requirements/process for applying for housing?

Priority for our first Pilot Neighborhood will go to those closely affected by the 2017 North Bay Fires. Eligibility requirements will be established and handled by Burbank Housing. Please check back for updates regarding eligibility.

What are the eligibility requirements to place a modular unit on your own land?

Homes for Sonoma is looking to make a larger impact for our community. The more land available the more homes we can build. We are looking for owners with over 4 acres of land. We are working with the City and County around permitting requirements. If you would like to purchase one of these units to place on a smaller parcel please contact [email protected]. The permitting process for single homes will need to go through the City of Santa Rosa or County of Sonoma.

Where are the neighborhoods located?

Our Pilot Neighborhood is located at 2155 Giffen Street in Santa Rosa. We are working with a community partner to finalize this 8 acre locations. If you have land that you would be interested in leasing please contact Dan Blake at [email protected]

Who will manage the neighborhoods?

Our fiscal sponsor, Burbank Housing, will manage the neighborhoods. Burbank Housing has the expertise and resources to provide the best service for our community.

Do I need to be a US citizen to qualify for housing?

If you lost a home or your housing was affected by the fires you qualify.

Who are our partners?

Our partners range from generous angel investors to expert architects and designers to County leaders in education. Take a look at our partners page for more information.

What does being a partner involve?

Being a partners meaning offering something significant to our goals. If you are a builder you are willing to provide a volunteer team to build a cottage. If you are a community leader you donate your time to help fund a community garden within a neighborhood. Your time, money or resources make you a partner.

What is the pet policy for housing?

Our furry friends hold a large space in our hearts. We even plan to offer outdoor spaces for our furry friends to play.

Questions about the Cottages

What is in a Home for Sonoma? What is included in each home?

Each Home will be constructed by a team of Contractors and volunteers for families who lost their home in the fires. The homes are constructed offsite and shipped to the site largely complete. They will be installed in transitional housing villages and as Accessory Dwelling Units at existing homes that were not damaged. Each home will include the following items:

  • Architecture and engineering
  • Permitting and inspections
  • All building construction including:
    • Building shell
    • Exterior finishes
    • Interior walls
    • Plumbing fixtures and piping
    • Windows and Doors
    • Roofing
    • Interior finishes
    • Cabinetry
    • Electrical system
    • Heating/cooling system
  • Furniture
  • Site infrastructure including water, sewer and electricity service.
  • Neighborhood infrastructure including parking, play areas, gathering spaces, etc.
  • How will the Homes for Sonoma neighborhoods work?

    We are working with public, private and non-profit landowners to find temporary locations for these homes. The Homes for Sonoma team will provide all of the necessary utility and infrastructure upgrades to support the installation of temporary homes. This would include our own volunteer constructed homes as well as other quickly constructed homes such as manufactured homes and container homes.

    How long will it take to build (a single unit on my land/an entire neighborhood)?

    Our goal is to have the first neighborhood of 40-50 homes of different types in place in the next 2-3 months. We are planning to build one set of 5-10 homes with a volunteer crew in 2-4 weeks. We anticipate multiple volunteer crews in different locations to increase production.

    Can I customize, bedrooms, bathrooms, layout, colors, etc.?

    There will be a limited number of options in floor plan and configuration of the homes to streamline production and make sure we can build them quickly.

    Does it come furnished?

    Our plan is to provide survivors with a turn key cottage. We are working to get most of the furniture included in the unit donated. Our plan is for each unit to include a small washer and dryer and other standard things like beds, refrigerators, stoves, etc.

    Can I visit a live demo?

    We will be constructing a live demo at 180 Studios Southwest Santa Rosa in November.

    Are the units sustainable, fire resistant, energy efficient etc…?

    Cottages are designed to be sustainable and energy efficiency and exceed the requirements of the CA Green Building Code. The units will have primarily non-combustible exterior materials in compliance with the Wildland Urban Interface requirements.

    Is there a foundation?

    Cottages will have a temporary wood foundations per state approved designs for installation in transitional housing neighborhoods and can be installed on a permanent stem wall foundation for permanent installations now or in the future.

    Volunteer and Workforce Questions

    What is the process/requirements of applying as a skilled volunteer to lead a build team?

    We are currently contracting an expert partner to help build and lead teams. If you would like to be involved please contact [email protected]

    What is the process/requirements of applying as a volunteer to build?

    We are currently contracting an expert partner to help build and lead teams. To volunteer for one of our build teams please contact [email protected]

    What do I bring?

    If you own basic carpentry tools, please bring them:

    • Hammer
    • Tape measure
    • Speed square
    • Cats paw nail puller
    • Pencils
    • Skilsaw
    • Impact driver and/or drill
    • Framing nailgun
    • Portable compressor

    If you do not have tools, we will set you up with what you need for the particular task that you are assigned.

    What do I wear?

    Please dress for a construction site, ie: Jeans or other work pants, work boots, work gloves, safety glasses, hearing protection, dust mask. No open toed shoes.

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