What was the impetus for this project?

To meet the City's Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA; see "What is RHNA?" below) and help alleviate our local housing crisis, the City has adopted a program to sell or lease City-owned parcels to affordable housing developers, with a goal of contractually requiring developers to construct at least 327 deed-restricted affordable housing units on City-owned parcels by 2028. The four Sunset Heights parcels were added to the program in 2022, after Pierson Properties & Development, LLC came forward with a proposal to swap three of the City-owned Downtown parking lot sites originally included in the program for the Sunset Heights property. The City acquired the Sunset Heights property from Pierson in early 2022, and officially added the site to the housing program in October 2022. On September 5, 2023, City Council entered into an agreement with RCHDC for development of Sunset Heights with a minimum of 80 affordable dwelling units (a.k.a. residences).

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1. What is the project timeline?
2. Who is RCHDC?
3. What was the impetus for this project?
4. What is the City's Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA)?
5. How is Eureka doing in terms of RHNA goals?
6. What is considered affordable housing?