Community Development

Our first-hand experience working in the public sector provides us with an intimate understanding of local government context, challenges, and opportunities. The foundation of our work in this arena is inclusive, transparent, and constructive community outreach. Whether our efforts are homeless initiatives, housing plans, fund development, or policy analysis and evaluation, we are eager to help you make your community more vibrant and equitable.

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“Housing Tools has helped our small staff team with technical resources and guidance over the last two years. They have written required plans, provided facilitation to bring together multiple jurisdictions and partners, and most importantly helped the county to advance the County’s No Place Like Home affordable permanent supportive housing complex. Housing Tools offers a mix of expert staff that have easily adapted to the political climate, and diverse stakeholders. Housing Tools has proved a valuable resource to the county in advancing our housing and homelessness prevention needs!”Housing Tools County Health ...
"Amador County Behavioral Health has been working with Housing Tools since 2019 to assist with No Place Like Home and housing efforts in our county. As a behavioral health agency, our department has limited experience with housing projects, as this is not our primary focus. The support, guidance and assistance from Housing Tools has been essential for our department to pursue housing efforts and to engage community stakeholders and leaders in this process. Their expertise and knowledge of similar work in other small rural counties has been beneficial in guiding our process in our community. Without this partnership with Housing Tools, I do not think ...
"It was a pleasure working with Sherry Morgado and her team at Housing Tools. As a Behavioral Health Department, we face many challenges in our day in and day out business, but there is nothing more challenging than housing. Housing Tools efficiently worked with us to develop our Housing Plan, our Plan for Homelessness, and our Site Feasibility Study. They were instrumental in completing our Permanent Local Housing Allocation application and in securing a developer to move us towards our goal of creating affordable housing in our community. I highly recommend this immensely skilled group of professionals.”   
"Housing Tools is a wonderful organization! The staff are professional, knowledgeable, efficient and available. They have been instrumental in guiding our rural frontier county through the complex No Place Like Home requirements, and in our successful applications for numerous housing grants. The level of expertise, professionalism and knowledge they bring to the table has been key to our successes in housing the homeless in our communities”Sarah Collard, Ph.D., County of Siskiyou Health and Human Services Agency Director
"Excellent job across the board - the level of organization and communication was unlike I've seen before. Thank you so much, Housing Tools, and a special thanks to Jessica for her thoroughness and ability to wrangle a group of very busy people!"Housing Tools Local Government Client regarding a community event held via Zoom
"Everything worked out great! The team is so well coordinated, we didn't have to worry about anything. Made it look so easy. I wish all our projects were facilitated by Housing Tools. I look forward to working with you all again."Housing Tools Local Government Client regarding a community event held via Zoom 

Policy and Planning

We guide community planning processes that incorporate comprehensive community outreach and build on community strengths. Our planning work has included Housing Elements, HUD Consolidated Plans, Homeless Plans, and Permanent Local Housing Allocation Plans.

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2014-2022 City of Chico Housing Element

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Siskiyou County 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness

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2020-2024 City of Chico HUD Consolidated Plan and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice

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Solutions to Homelessness

Housing Tools offers expertise in planning and implementing solutions to homelessness, including planning, grant writing, CoC coordination, Point-In-Time counts, Coordinated Entry, Homeless Management Information Systems, program evaluation, and permanent supportive housing development.

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Del Norte County Housing & Homelessness Analysis & Recommendations

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2017 Butte CoC Point-In-Time Homelessness Report

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City of Salinas Project Homekey

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Community Engagement

Housing Tools has developed a public outreach approach that is guided by inclusion, transparency, and constructive problem-solving. We have found this process fosters community interaction and education in a way that builds consensus and community capacity to achieve common goals. Our community engagement work has been implemented for the development of Homeless Plans, Housing Elements, Consolidated Plans, and Specific Area Plans, as well as emergency shelters and housing projects.

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Del Norte County Community Outreach and Education Materials

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Amador County Permanent Supportive Housing Zoom Webinars

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Grant Applications

We will keep you up to date on the latest developments with federal and state funding sources for housing and community development, and we have experience completing a wide variety of funding applications for counties and cities, including CDBG, HOME, PLHA, NPLH, AHSC, IIG, and TOD.

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City of Stockton Transit Oriented Development (TOD)

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City of Redding Infill Infrastructure Grant (IIG)

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Glenn County Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA)

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Grant Administration

Our firm employs an efficient workflow to administer your grants. In particular, we have experience ensuring compliance with HOME and CDBG, including project set up, on-site monitoring and timely submission of reports.

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City of Chico Annual CDBG & HOME Monitoring

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City of Willows HOME Administration

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Site Feasibility Studies

We have completed affordable housing site feasibility studies for a number of counties and cities. These studies have ranged from a focus on one particular site, to analysis of 3-4 sites, to a survey of potential sites throughout an entire county. They incorporate a preliminary investigation of physical features, environmental impediments, policy and zoning framework, proximity to amenities, community integration, and financial feasibility. Housing Tools has developed a uniform system to compare and evaluate multiple sites by development feasibility, financial feasibility, community benefit, and neighborhood integration.

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City of Elk Grove RHNA Sites Analysis

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Siskiyou County Site Feasibility Study

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Compliance Reporting

Housing Tools has developed a Compliance Reporting System to help cities monitor their affordable housing loan portfolio. We have customized Smartsheet cloud-based project management software to facilitate report completion and tracking so that you can maintain compliance with California Health & Safety Code, federal HOME, and local inclusionary ordinance requirements. This system incorporates calendar reminders and monthly reports so you can stay on top of deadlines, and organizes your data so that it’s easy to access and update. We also provide technical support and training for property managers using this system to ensure successful adoption.

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City of Walnut Creek Compliance Reporting System

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