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City Council Workshop – March 11 at 5:45 p.m. – CASA Compact

Come and hear about a 15-year emergency policy package to confront the housing crisis in the Bay Area.


In 1984, the City of Petaluma implemented a comprehensive and aggressive Housing Program, which has been successful in providing 1,336 affordable units. The City has exceeded its General Plan mandate to provide 10-15% of all market rate units as affordable, by providing a 22.5% share of new housing over the last fifteen years.

As an Entitlement Jurisdiction under the Community Development Block Grant Program, Petaluma allocates the majority of its CDBG allocation for housing development and housing-related services, including housing for special needs populations such as the elderly, homeless, and people with disabilities. Both HOME and Emergency Shelter Funds are also available to Petaluma because of our status as an Entitlement Community.

The foundations of the Housing Program are the City’s 2010-2015 Consolidated Plan Strategy, our State-certified Housing Element, and the Redevelopment Agency’s Implementation Plan. Its success is derived from the ongoing support of the community and its decision-makers and the development of healthy public-private-nonprofit relationships.

Equal Housing Opportunity

Two of the Housing Program funding sources are:

  1. The fee collected in-lieu of providing units and,
  2. the Commercial Linkage Fee, collected to mitigate the housing impacts of new, changed or expanded commercial, retail or industrial development.

The City of Petaluma contracts with a number of sophisticated community-based nonprofit agencies which serve as the City’s development and service delivery arm through the city-assisted housing projects and programs. Twice a year, the City of Petaluma conducts a vacancy survey to measure the number of rental vacancies in properties with 30 or more units. These numbers are then compared to the county-wide statistics and used as a measure for future housing needs assessment.

The Housing program is mission-driven, flexible, and simple, allowing it to change with the changing needs of the community. Starting in 1984 with small complexes for the elderly, the program now serves the entire spectrum of housing needs: homeless shelters for both families and singles; shared and transitional housing for those families leaving the shelter; workforce housing for families and singles; homeownership opportunities; and special needs housing. Our housing rehabilitation needs are addressed by Christmas In April*Petaluma.

Petaluma has partnered with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and California’s Housing & Community Development Department on a number of successful projects.

The Housing program is administered by the Housing and Block Grant Administrator and is part of the Community Development Department. Council goals are articulated annually and Requests For Proposals are solicited to address those goals. Responses and funding allocations are judged on the applicants’ ability to achieve community goals, their track record in successful development, and their ability to ensure excellent property and program management.

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1. Community Development Block Grant Program

The City of Petaluma is an entitlement jurisdiction under the Community Development Block Grant program providing funds for projects and programs serving low-income seniors, persons with a disability and households with housing needs. The Block Grant Application is available for download below.




2015-2016 Action Plan and 2015-2020 Consolidated Plan

Analysis of Impediments

Citizen’s Participation Plan

Community Development Block Grant Program

2. Housing Element

The City of Petaluma is located 40 miles north of San Francisco in southern Sonoma County. Bisected by the Petaluma River and under the beautiful backdrop of the Sonoma Mountains, the city remains a unique, geographically defined community with a distinctive character, derived from its geography and physical diversity. Petaluma has a history of maintaining a “small town” atmosphere, even as its population and economic base have become increasingly urban. A burgeoning telecommunications industry has evolved in the last decade, attracted to Petaluma’s abundant resources, business climate, and quality of life. This change in the economic culture of the City has had significant impacts, particularly in the choice, cost and availability of housing.

The City's 2015-2023 Housing Element is the foundation of our affordable housing production and program implementation.

Housing Element 2015-2023

2015 Progress Report on 2015-2023 Housing Element

2016 Progress Report on 2015-2023 Housing Element

2017 Progress Report on 2015-2023 Housing Element

2018 Progress Report on 2015-2023 Housing Element



3. City-Assisted Housing Projects and Programs

As a result of the City Council's policies and budget allocations, the City has provided more than 1500 units of housing addressing the entire spectrum of community needs.

Projects & Programs (1980-2014)

City Assisted Housing Information


4. Fair Housing

The City of Petaluma contracts with the Petaluma People Services Center to provide investigation of housing discrimination complaints. Housing discrimination is the unfair treatment of people based on their race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, national origin, physical/mental disabilities, or familial status. If you or someone you know feels they have been treated unfairly in their search for housing, please contact the Petaluma People Services Center.

Petaluma People Services Center also provides tenant/landlord mediation, information and referral services including an annual fair housing training workshop. Tenants are encourage to contact PPSC with questions or concerns.

To review our current Analysis of Impediment Report, please click here

For more information, please contact:

Don Cohn of Petaluma People Services Center
1500-A Petaluma Blvd., So.,
Petaluma, CA 94952
Phone: 707.765.8488
Fax: 707.765.8482

5. First-Time Homebuyers Program

The City of Petaluma has had a First Time Homebuyer Program since the mid-1980’s. Petaluma is committed to making the owning of a home an affordable, reachable reality for low to moderate income home buyers. The program was created to give low and moderate income families the opportunity to participate in the “American Dream” of home ownership. The program makes housing affordable to families that would otherwise not be able to afford to live in Petaluma.

Program Details

The First Time Homebuyers Program is available for low and moderate-income households. Low and moderate income is from 80% to 120% of the area’s median income. This is determined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is updated each year.

The City of Petaluma has subsidized the first time homebuyers financing with “silent seconds” in the past.  Due to the loss of redevelopment housing funds, this program is suspended until funds are available.  The City of Petaluma is partnering with the Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County to continue to explore opportunities for new first time homebuyer properties in Petaluma. 

Application Process

Contact the Housing Division (707.778.4555) to request a First Time Homebuyer Application or you may download (pdf) the application. You may also contact the Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County to get details of their program or view their website at http://www.housinglandtrust.org

Complete and return the application to the Housing Division at 27 Howard Street, Petaluma, CA 94952.

Your name will be placed on our mailing list and you will be notified by mail when a home becomes available for purchase.

Eligibility Criteria
  1. First Time Home Buyer: You cannot have owned a home as their prinicipal residence within three (3) years prior to applying for this program with certain exceptions.
  2. Owner Occupied: The home must be your principal place of residence and cannot be leased or rented during the term of the City loan.
  3. Families that live or work within the City Limits are given a preference to purchase these homes.
  4. Maximum Income: The household qualifying income for the First Time Homebuyer Program is between 80 to 120% of the Area Median Income (see attached pdf)
Communities in the Program
  • Magnolia Hills – Established in 1988
  • Madison Manor – Established in 1990
  • Cherry Hills – Established in 1992
  • Hillview Oaks – Established in 1992
  • Corona Crescent – Established in 1994
  • Wisteria Homes – Established in 1996
  • Frates Square – Established in 2007
  • Coming Soon - Brody Ranch BMR units
For More Information

To receive more information about the First Time Homebuyers Program contact:

Sue Castellucci, Housing Administrator
City of Petaluma
27 Howard Street, Petaluma, CA
Phone: 707.778.4563
Fax: 707.778.4586
Email: scastellucci@ci.petaluma.ca.us


Dev Goetschius, Exec. Director
Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County
P. O. Box 5431, Petaluma, CA  94955
Phone: 707.766.8875
Email: dev@housinglandtrust.org

6. Housing Program’s Request for Proposals

Petaluma’s Housing Fund consists of two programs – the In –Lieu Housing Program and the Housing Commercial Fee program.  In the administration of the Housing Program, the City has assisted in land acquisition, on-and off-site improvements, rehabilitation, development costs, and a variety of housing programs.  The judicious use of these funds, mostly in conjunction with nonprofit housing organizations, has contributed to Petaluma’s success in meeting the City Council’s goal of providing 15% of the housing stock for our very low, low and moderate income residents, as well as enabling the provision of vital support services.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) explains the parameters of the Program, including agency and project eligibility requirements, proposal submittal requirements and the timeline for funding decisions.  If you have any questions, please contact the Housing Division at (707) 778-4555.

Request for Proposals

Public Notice

Public Notice (Spanish)



7. Housing Successor Annual Report

Senate Bill 341(SB 341) became effective on January 1, 2014, requiring each housing successor agency that assumed the housing functions of a former redevelopment agency to post a report on its website containing information regarding the low and moderate income housing asset funds of the former redevelopment agency for the previous fiscal year. The City of Petaluma assumed the housing functions of the former Petaluma community Development Commission on January 23, 2012.

2013-2014 Housing Successor Annual Report

2014-2015 Housing Successor Annual Report

2015-2016 Housing Successor Annual Report

2016-2017 Housing Successor Annual Report

2017-2018 Housing Successor Annual Report




Contact Information

Sue Castellucci
phone: 707.778.4555

Hours 8 am to 5 pm
Monday through Thursday. Closed Fridays.


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