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Health and Safety Code - HSC


  ( Division 31 repealed and added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 610. )


  ( Heading of Part 2 amended by Stats. 1981, Ch. 996. )

CHAPTER 15. Family Housing Demonstration Program [50880 - 50895]

  ( Chapter 15 added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 30, Sec. 5. )

ARTICLE 3. Congregate Housing [50890 - 50891.5]
  ( Article 3 added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 30, Sec. 5. )


The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:

(a)  That in addition to the need for housing described in this chapter as community housing developments, there is an additional critical need for smaller scale congregate housing suitable to single-parent households in which families share large, multibedroom houses with common living areas and who share child care, cleaning, cooking, and other household responsibilities.

(b)  That congregate housing can be constructed or converted at little more cost than conventional housing, and at less cost than conventional apartment houses. The purposes of this housing can be achieved through a combination of innovative and traditional designs, including, but not limited to, the construction of “flexibility” houses where only the exterior walls and those around the kitchen and bathroom are permanent, or the use of large rooms with interior sliding doors or screens to provide for personal or social spaces.

(c)  That this type of housing can reduce reliance on public assistance; increase self-reliance and joint problem solving; assist single parents to obtain and keep employment; provide fulfilling activity for elderly or handicapped persons; provide for more economical use of housing stock; and ensure the use of scarce family resources in a manner which maximizes the health, safety, and development of children and younger single parents. Notwithstanding all of these benefits, there are no public programs that assist in the provision or financing of this housing, and private financing or provision of this housing is almost nonexistent.

(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 67, Sec. 29. Effective July 6, 1999. Operative July 6, 1999, pursuant to Sec. 45 of Ch. 67.)


In implementing this article, the department shall comply with all of the following requirements:

(a)  The department shall apply the requirements and priorities of subdivisions (a), (b), and (e) of Section 50888.3 and Sections 50887 and 50889.5 in the selection of congregate housing developments for funding.

(b)  The procedural and substantive requirements of Article 4 (commencing with Section 50893) shall apply to congregate housing, to the maximum extent feasible, as determined by the department, given the nature of congregate housing.

(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1311, Sec. 10. Effective September 25, 1990.)


Each congregate housing development shall, to the maximum extent feasible, as determined by the department, incorporate the design, social, and economic development components of Sections 50888.5 to 50889, inclusive, considering the size, design, and purpose of these units. These selection and occupancy criteria shall, in addition, include an agreement by the residents to undertake joint responsibility for maintenance and the social and economic components of the housing. The department may require professional management and maintenance of each project to supplement that provided by the residents of the housing development.

(Added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 30, Sec. 5. Effective March 14, 1988.)

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