RSG Solutions

Assessing the Impact of Fresno’s Eviction Protection Program

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January 24, 2024 In partnership with the City of Fresno, RSG conducted a comprehensive assessment and prepared a report that showcases the City’s Eviction Protection Program’s successes, challenges, and opportunities for improvement. On May 13, 2021, the City of Fresno took a significant step by adopting an Eviction Protection Program (“EPP”) to safeguard tenants facing […]

RSG Speaking at 2023 California Land Recycling Conference

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September 13, 2023 Join RSG at the 2023 California Land Recycling Conference: People, Partnerships, Progress from September 26–28 in Carson, CA at the Carson Event Center. The Conference is hosted by the U.S. EPA Region 9, CA Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (“DTSC”) Office of Brownfields, and the Center for Creative Land Recycling (“CCLR”) and […]

Compliance Monitoring: Tool for Community Involvement & City Learning

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By Brice Wildemuth, Analyst August 16, 2023 Compliance monitoring of affordable housing units involves the engagement of jurisdiction staff or designated representatives who undertake site visits to ensure strict adherence to city Affordability Agreements based on Housing and Community Development, Tax Credit Allocation Committee, HOME, Density Bonus, or Low and Moderate Income Housing Fund regulations. […]

The Surplus Land Act: Help or Hindrance for Cities Pursuing Community Development?

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July 25, 2023 By Mark Sawicki, Director The original purpose of the Surplus Land Act (“SLA”) was to provide affordable housing developers with notification and opportunity to acquire land from cities and districts where the local agency had no use for the land. Three years ago, the SLA was amended to restrict the definition of […]

Intro to Community Benefits: Cities and Developers

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May 10, 2023 By: Jenny Benitez, Analyst The Purpose of Community Benefits Programs Community benefits programs facilitate an exchange between cities and developers. Cities grant development entitlements to a project in return for specific amenities provided by the developer for the local community. When implemented well, community benefits programs and agreements lead to mutually beneficial […]

EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant Awarded to South Gate

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September 26, 2022 By Cindy Blot, Senior Associate On May 12, 2022, the City of South Gate (“City”) was awarded a $500,000 Citywide Brownfields Assessment Grant from the United States Environment Protection Agency (“EPA”). The grant will be utilized to support redevelopment efforts focusing on three main corridors in the City of South Gate. Environmental […]

Navigating Inspections During COVID-19 Challenges

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August 17, 2021 By Rosa Romero, Associate As part of RSG’s compliance monitoring services, we help communities meet health and safety standards through physical inspections of tenant units. RSG is the voice for tenants who may not be aware of their path to a healthy unit. Our clients place a high trust on RSG to […]

Exploring Collective Ownership

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June 28, 2021 By Alejandra Martinez, Research Assistant As California reopens, residents are eager to get back on track after more than a year of uncertainty. Small businesses, tenants, and landlords in particular are awaiting final state legislation proposals that may allow them to pick-up where they left off before March of 2020. Multiple rounds […]

Housing Scarcity, Economic Recession, and Climate Disaster: California’s Homeless Bear the Brunt of Simultaneous Crises

May 25, 2021 By Jake Nieto, Analyst California is experiencing multiple simultaneous crises. Housing throughout the state is becoming more expensive and less affordable. Temperatures are steadily rising each year and wildfires have been rampant, destroying nearly 40,000 structures from 2015 to 2019. Not to mention the pandemic-induced economic recession, which has decreased employment opportunities […]

Pacoima Culinary Arts and Kitchen Incubator

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By Jake Nieto, Analyst Following the acquisition of a two-story commercial building, the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) retained RSG to conduct market research, evaluate financial feasibility, and make recommendations on the conversion of the property into a culinary arts and kitchen incubator in the neighborhood of Pacoima in Los […]