Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


A housing needs assessment was conducted for the City of Pacific Grove (the City), working with the Community Development Department. The City, like many communities throughout California, suffers from a lack of diversity, as a direct result of the shortage of affordable housing for every income level. The contributing factors are the cost of building in California, supply, and demand, as well as the approval process and unintended use of Accessory Dwelling Units. The consequences of this housing crisis in Pacific Grove are commuting and unsatisfactory living conditions. There was a live workshop held at the Community Center in Pacific Grove where the public was provided a chance to listen to the professional panel and ask questions. The workshop was recorded and posted on the City’s website for future reference. The information in the presentation was focused on education on the development process of ADU/JADU, financing the projects, design and contracting, and property value. The workshop was a success with over fifty community members active and engaged in the panel discussion. A recommendation to the City is to create a way to have an RSVP available for future workshops; because it was very difficult to gauge and prepare for the turnout of this event. It is also recommended that the City conduct a follow-up workshop after January 2022 that incorporates more information on the new SB9 law that was recently passed that addresses subdividing properties.