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Multi-Generational Housing Affordability and Accessory Dwelling Unit Assessment
Student Researcher: Lucy Rollins
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Homebuilders are beginning to construct single-family houses that include an internal suite and calling these multi-generational homes. The internal suite includes all of the elements of an attached ADU, but, at present, is not considered a second dwelling unit in California. In addition, homeowners of these types of houses report providing the suite to family members and others at no cost, creating a new type of affordable housing in suburban development. This Capstone explores this home type and presents the argument for considering multi-generational second units as attached ADUs so that California jurisdictions can count them as affordable second units toward the housing allocation given to them by the state.