In the News

Worried About Affording Your Home As You Age?  Lilypad Homes Can Help. – In May, 2017, the Money Matters blog interviewed Rachel Ginis about the opportunities that junior units offer to seniors, including generating ongoing income and providing housing for caregivers.  Also noted were the grants Lilypad has received that fund free services for qualifying homeowners. 

Will Sonoma Ease Restrictions on ‘Granny Units’? – On February 9, 2017 the Index-Tribune combined an interview with Rachel Ginis with a report on the status of accessory dwelling unit zoning code changes in both the city and county of Sonoma.  

Lilypad Get Grant to Help Marin Homeowners Create In-Law Units – On February 7, 2017, the Marin Independent Journal reported the $200,000 grant Lilypad Homes received from the Marin Community Foundation and outlined the resulting assistance available to homeowners who want to create private rental apartments in their homes.  

Sonoma County Seeks Expansion of Secondary Housing to Ease Rental Strain – On January 26, 2017, the Press Democrat reported that Sonoma County passed code easing restrictions on accessory dwelling units, and defined junior accessory dwelling units in code, making it easier for homeowners to create affordable rental housing. Rachel Ginis was quoted. 

Albany Shared Housing Workshop – On November 17, 2016, Rachel Ginis joined other panelists to discuss how junior accessory dwelling units fit into the shared housing model and the role they can play in creating more affordable housing. 

The “Light Bulb” Went On Award – On November 4, 2016, Rachel Ginis was given the North Bay Leadership Council’s The “Light Bulb” Went On award to recognize her entrepreneurial and innovative spirit that resulted in a new housing option, junior accessory dwelling units. The video overviews the history of these units, and the broad benefits they can offer to homeowners and renters alike.  

Creating Affordable Communities – On October 13, 2016, several Marinscope newspapers featured an article about AB 2046 and SB 1069, bills recently signed by Governor Brown, that will make it easier to create accessory dwelling units and junior accessory dwelling units.

Creating a Legal Junior Rental Unit – On August 24, 2016, Rachel Ginis and Bob Brown, the Community Development Director in Novato, were interviewed for Sounding Board, a  program produced by Soroptimist International of Novato .  The 28-minute recording covers how junior accessory dwelling units came about, what they are, their benefits, and how Lilypad Homes can assist homeowners in creating them.

Living Small – Rachel Ginis and her small, private living unit, which was formerly the master bedroom of her home, were featured on the KPIX Evening News on July 3, 2016.

Power of Small – A Housing Revolution – On the June 23, 2016 Infinite Earth Radio podcast, Rachel Ginis spoke about Lilypad’s work.  Each week, the podcast shares interviews with visionary leaders who are transforming the future by building smarter, more sustainable, and more equitable communities.  The interview is also available on iTunes.

Advocating for Junior Units in Sacramento – On June 14, 2016, Lilypad founder Rachel Ginis testified before the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, encouraging the passage of AB 2406 to make Junior Accessory Dwelling Units possible throughout California.  Presentation of the bill begins 2:01:06 into the video.

Financing Life Transitions with Real Estate – On a June 2016 segment of the Women on Money television show, Rachel Ginis joined a panel of Marin County women to discuss the role junior second units can play in women’s financial health.

Marin Voice: Junior second units deserve different rules – In the May 24, 2016 Marin Independent Journal Rachel Ginis explained the importance of having a common definition of junior second units that is recognized by municipalities, utility agencies, homeowners, and lenders.

The Power of Small – A Housing Revolution – In March, 2016 Rachel Ginis spoke at the Local Government Commission conference and gave an overview of accessory dwelling units and how they can help to address the mismatch between the existing housing stock and housing needs.  Rachel’s segment starts about 3 minutes into the video.

Marin Voice: Support for Junior Second Units is growing in Marin – In the February 20, 2016 Marin Independent Journal two members of the Coalition for a Livable Marin (CALM) applauded the towns that have implemented ordinances and the agencies that have reduced fees in support of junior second units.

Marin municipalities look to junior second units to ease housing crunch – A Marin Independent Journal article documented the history and current status of junior second units on January 4, 2016.

How to add a rental unit to your home – In an interview  with the Marin Independent Journal, published on September 11, 2015, Lilypad founder Rachel Ginis recounted how the junior second unit concept came into being, and how she created a unit in her own home.

Junior second units move into the affordable housing debate spotlight – A Pacific Sun article described the background of junior second units, the Novato JSU ordinance, and  the controversy over utility connection fees on April 27, 2015.

Lilypad Homes Converts Spare Bedrooms into Tiny Houses – Lilypad and the first Lilypad home were featured in the Tiny House Blog on March 30, 2015.

Marin Voice: Second units could be Marin’s housing answer – Lilypad’s founder Rachel Ginis authored an article in support of second units that was published in the Marin Independent Journal on January 23, 2015.

‘Not so big’ small house concepts gain ground – The first Lilypad home was featured in an article about living small in Tiburon’s newspaper, The Ark, on September 24, 2014.