Goal H-6: Provide housing choices that serve the needs of “special needs” populations, including seniors, homeless, female-headed households, large families, and persons with disabilities, including developmental disabilities.
The City of Hayward is a diverse community with people of all backgrounds, lifestyles, family types, and income levels. Many residents also have special housing needs. State law requires the housing element to address the needs of specific “special needs” groups, including seniors, persons with disabilities, large families with children, female-headed households, and people who are homeless. Meeting the needs of these residents requires a broad range of strategies for housing and other services. This section also addresses student and faculty housing. Hayward is home to Chabot College, California State University, East Bay, and various professional and vocational schools. Policies in this section support the production of student and faculty housing in Hayward, to enhance Hayward’s reputation as a great college town. Several policies in the Community Health and Quality of Life Element also support aging in place for senior residents and people with disabilities.
The City shall address the housing needs of special populations and extremely low-income households through emergency shelters, transitional housing, supportive housing, and single-room occupancy units.
The City shall promote housing, along with supportive services, for households with special needs, including seniors, persons with disabilities, single-parents, and persons who are homeless.
The City shall consider providing funding to residents for home retrofits that improve accessibility.
The City shall continue to implement a reasonable accommodation process for persons with disabilities to request exceptions or modifications of zoning, permit processing, and building regulations to ensure housing is accessible.
The City shall support the efforts of the Alameda Countywide Continuum of Care Council in its efforts to meet the needs of homeless families and individuals.
The City shall support the efforts of non-profit and community organizations that provide emergency shelter and other assistance for the homeless population, including alcohol and drug recovery programs.
The City shall facilitate and encourage the development of a range of housing types for seniors that are readily accessible to support services.
The City shall facilitate and encourage the development of larger rental and ownership units for families with children, including lower- and moderate-income families, and the provision of services such as childcare and after-school care when feasible.
The City shall engage and work with Chabot College and CSU East Bay to update campus master plans and provide housing accommodations for students, faculty, and employees that reflect the housing needs and preferences of their respective institutions.
The City shall support the development of student and faculty housing within the City’s Priority Development Areas (excluding the Cannery Transit Neighborhood).