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Housing Assistance Fund For County/SEIU 1021 Employees

Sonoma County entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021 in order to fund one or more programs to assist represented employees with housing cost issues. Since July 1992, County employees who work in SEIU-represented job classifications have had one penny ($.01) per each hour of their compensation paid into a Housing Assistance Fund. The County provides a dollar for dollar match for all employee deposits into the Fund.

A joint labor/management Housing Assistance Committee (HAC) meets quarterly to monitor the operation of the Housing Assistance Fund, formulate and implement occasional program changes. The Fund finances one program, the First Time Home Buyer that provides up to $50,000 in secondary mortgage financing at below-market rates to assist SEIU employees in purchasing their first home. Repayments for all loans are made through payroll deductions. The Fund previously supported two other program, the Rental/Mortgage Assistance Program, or RMAP, and the Housing Rehabilitation Program. Those two programs are now suspended due to a lack of funding availability.

Click on the following links for additional information and application forms for these two programs.

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Frequently Asked Questions about the Housing Assistance Fund

First Time Homebuyer Program

Rental/Mortgage Assistance Program

Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program

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