A civil grand jury is calling for greater affordable housing oversight throughout Sonoma County.
The grand jury released a 13 page report that found the county and its nine cities were lacking in oversight and on-site visits. They concluded “insufficient personnel, budgetary limitations, and relatively low incentives” have left the county’s housing authorities able to, at best, deliver “inconsistent and inadequate” compliance monitoring. The jury also gave the local governments several recommendations including developing agreed upon standards and procedures for monitoring affordable housing, resuming on-site visits by October 1st, providing enough staff to conduct monitoring, and training developers and managers of affordable housing on monitoring procedures by January 1st, 2023.
The report can be found by clicking here.