While there are many types of ADUs, they all serve to provide separate living spaces on existing single-family properties. Because constructing an ADU does not require buying new land, ADUs are a very affordable way to build new housing. 

People build ADUs for various reasons:ADU by Connect

  • To create space for family, elderly parents, or relatives who need to be close but want an independent unit

  • Generate additional rental income

  • Host visiting relatives, guests, etc.

  • Build new housing at an affordable rate 

  • Increase a home’s resale value or home equity

  • Add density to a neighborhood while maintaining its character

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In the media

More city leaders, policy makers, and planning experts across the country are recognizing the benefits of building ADUs. In Los Angeles, adding ADUs to single-family homes contributes meaningfully to the City’s housing stock and plays a significant role in alleviating the housing crisis. Below are articles that demonstrate the unique potential of ADUs to help Los Angeles mitigate its housing challenges.


A picture of an ADU in a backyard

Proposals to erect housing for the homeless often incite panic in gentrifying neighborhoods, but converting garages into habitable dwellings could be a harmonious solution.
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The Weeds Podcast title with DC in the back

Brooking’s Jenny Schuetz joined Matt Yglesias to discuss subsidies, coming reforms, and building houses in America– and why building in California may be the most sustainable way of creating more housing. 
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Homeless woman standing with her shopping cart and belongings

California's homelessness crisis is spiraling out of control. These mayors want to solve it with tiny homes, trailers, and floating apartments.
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ADU Update Report from Berkeley

ADU Update: Early Lessons and Impacts of California’s State and Local Policy Changes
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