U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of Community Planning and Development

Consolidated Plan Contact


Yuba City, the county seat of Sutter County, is strategically located in the central valley of California, 40 miles north of Sacramento at the juncture of State Highways 20 and 99. Yuba City is the regional center for commerce and namesake of the Yuba City Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) comprised of Sutter and Yuba Counties.

The economy of the area is based on agriculture, food processing, lumber and wood products. In recent years, the regional economy has experienced further diversification with the establishment of a variety of light manufacturing plants, including food processing, energy and fabrication plants.

Action Plan

The Yuba City area has experienced substantial population growth. The Consolidated Plan presents a strategic vision for housing and community development.

Citizen Participation

The City consulted with a combination of public and private agencies for an accurate depiction of the needs within the community. Agencies consulted include the Consolidated Areawide Housing Authority of Sutter County, Case de Esperanza, the Depot Family Shelter, the Salvation Army, Pathways, habitat for Humanity, Sutter County Social Services and Health Departments, Career Training and Education Center, California Rural Legal Assistance and Rural California Housing Corporation.


As previously stated, Yuba City is experiencing substantial population growth and the 1990 population of 27,437 is a 46.4 percent increase from 1980. The population in the Yuba City MSA reached 123,800 in 1990, an increase of 21.4 percent from 1980. Of the population of 27,437, 19,422 or 70.8 percent are classified as white. 689 or 2.5 percent are classified as African-American. 4,905 or 17.9 percent are Hispanic. 2,117 or 7.7 percent are Asian and Pacific Islanders and 396 or 1.4 percent are Native Americans. Because Yuba City has such a small minority population, there is no area of the City (and no census tract) with a concentration (more than 25 percent) of minority residents.


Based on the population growth of Yuba City, it is projected that the City's population will be 33,100 persons and the Yuba City MSA will contain 147,500 persons by the year 2000. The 1990 Census indicates that 7,340 of the total housing units were constructed prior to 1980, with the majority or 4,453 units built from 1960 to 1980. From 1980 though 1990, 3,087 units were constructed. Based on California Department of Finance Data gathered in April 1992, Yuba City had 11, 534 occupied units. Housing units needed for the City are based on an assumed five percent vacancy rate.

Housing Needs

An increase in housing units is needed to meet the needs of the City's increasing population. In the years 1980 to 1990, the number of over- crowded households increased significantly along with the population.

Housing Market Conditions

Rents for Yuba City have increased over the last ten years. Single family home prices, have increased 71 percent from 1982 to 1990. Of the 565 sales during this period, 260 were under $100,000, while 305 were $100,000 or more.

Affordable Housing Needs

Based on the increase in housing costs, there continues to be a demand for affordable housing units within the City. The Consolidated Area Wide Housing Authority of Sutter County is the principal provider of long-term affordable housing.

Homeless Needs

Programs for the homeless are generally targeted for two client groups: (1) local residents in need of emergency and/or long term shelter and (2) transients. Transients generally only require short-term emergency shelters. There are several non-profit organizations providing short-term shelter. Primary agencies providing such assistance include the Salvation Army Family Service Center, the Red Cross, the Christian Assistance Network and the Sutter County Welfare Department. In addition, there are other local religious organizations that provide some housing assistance. Casa de Esperanza, a private non-profit organization, provides shelter for battered women and children. The shelter takes everyone, including elderly. According to statistics, 7 percent of the clients are 60+ years of age.

Public and Assisted Housing Needs

There are 204 units of public housing in the City of Yuba City, consisting of 93 units of one bedroom or less, 56 units of two bedrooms and 63 units of three or more bedrooms. The units are considered standard with the exception of lead-based paint for 112 units of public housing.

There are 555 units of Section 8 assisted housing within the City, 149 units of one bedrooms or less, principally for the elderly, 315 units of two bedrooms and 91 units of three bedrooms or more. There are no anticipated losses of Section 8 units for any reason, including losses through prepayment or voluntary termination of a federally assisted mortgage.

There are 180 units of FMHA housing in the City, 50 units of two bedrooms and 130 units of three bedrooms. In addition, there are 242 units of other HUD housing. 64 units of Section 236 housing and 74 units of Section 8 assisted elderly units.

A proposal to organization a resident organization is under consideration.

Barriers to Affordable Housing

The City's Housing Element contains a regulatory barriers assessment which describes the City's strategy to remove or mitigate negative effects of public policies that serve as barriers to affordable housing. The City reviews and updates this document every five years. As other barriers are identified, mitigations will be implemented to avoid barriers which restrict or adversely impact the development of affordable housing.

Fair Housing

The City works with the Housing Authority to ensure that fair housing practices are carried out in the community. The City also works with the California Rural Legal Assistance group as a referral for all complaints about housing discrimination.

Lead-Based Paint

The City has no surveys on the number of housing units that may contain lead-based paint. However, it assumes that housing constructed prior to 1980 may contain lead-based paint. The 1990 Census data indicates that 7,240 units were built during that period. The Housing Authority has been awarded a HUD grant of $1.2 million for the abatement of lead- based paint in 112 public housing units. Abatement began in 1995.

Other Issues

The City has joined with the other jurisdictions in the region to consolidate economic development activities within one organization. The Yuba Sutter Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is a private non-profit that will coordinate resources and activities related to improving the regions economic presence. The Career Training and Education Center will actively participate with the EDC on development and monitoring of employment opportunities for low and moderate income persons.

Community Development Needs

Included in the priority community development needs is a recognition of the importance for support of economic development activities. Many of the City infrastructure activities anticipate the demand for additional capacity to improve the economic vitality of the community.

The City prioritizes and identifies community development needs on an annual basis. The capital improvement budget is a yearly exercise which guides City expenditures for necessary improvements over a five year period. As part of the preparation for the plan, projections are made based on the present and anticipated needs of the community. Also included are activities which may be carried out over a longer period of time. All of the infrastructure projects identified are proposed for construction through the year 2000. The ability to preserve and expand the supply of affordable housing is linked to the City's capacity to provide adequate services to the residents. It is the City's goal to ensure that the full range of services are available to maintain an economically and socially healthy community which offers opportunities for all residents, especially low and moderate income.


The City coordinated its Consolidated Plan efforts with various City departments, including planning and public works. In addition, the City coordinated with several non-profit organizations previously discussed.


Vision for Change

Yuba City's vision for change focuses on providing decent housing and expanding economic opportunities for its citizens.

Housing and Community Development Objectives and Priorities

To meet its housing and community development objectives and priorities, the City will interact with the City Redevelopment Agency. Interaction with other City departments, public agencies and private developers will also be undertaken.

Housing Priorities

The preservation of the existing housing stock is a priority. The City's housing rehabilitation program will continue to preserve and improve the supply of affordable housing. In addition, the City will utilize land acquisition to increase the supply of affordable housing in the community. Assistance will be given to the homeless shelter. This assistance will directly benefit and provide shelter for homeless families.

Non-Housing Community Development Priorities

As previously stated, the City has identified its infrastructure needs through the year 2000. As funds become available, additional projects may be added that have not been identified. Many of the City's infrastructure activities anticipate the demand for additional capacity to improve the economic vitality of the community.

Anti-Poverty Strategy

The City proposes to combat problems associated with poverty by offering opportunities for improvement through the activities it has proposed for 1995. These programs are designed to address homeless and special needs identified within the community. These efforts will be carried out in coordination with other agencies both public and private.

Housing and Community Development Resources

The City CDBG entitlement grant is $549,000. In addition, the City anticipates receiving approximately $40,000 in program income from repayment of business loans made from the economic development program. This totals approximately %589,000 for housing and community development activities.

Coordination of Strategic Plan

Yuba City interacts on a continuing basis with various agencies, previously listed and discussed, to plan and serve the needs within the City.


Description of Key Projects

The City proposes to allocate its approximately $589,000 to address the needs of its citizens. Proposed activities include housing rehabilitation, land acquisition, economic development, homeless shelter, and youth recreation.


Yuba City is relatively small, and as a result, activities will be carried out throughout the City.

Lead Agencies

The public and private agencies (mentioned earlier) the City consults with relative to meeting the housing and community development needs of its residents are the lead agencies.

Housing Goals

The 1995 activities represent a broad approach to addressing the housing needs of the City. Housing rehabilitation and land acquisition activities will assist the City in meeting its affordable housing needs, goals and objectives.


MAP 1 depicts points of interest in the jurisdiction.

MAP 2 depicts points of interest and low-moderate income areas.

MAP 3 depicts points of interest, low-moderate income areas, and minority concentration levels.

MAP 4 depicts points of interest, low-moderate income areas, and unemployment levels.

MAP 5 depicts points of interest, low-moderate income areas, unemployment levels, and proposed HUD funded projects.

To comment on Yuba City's Consolidated Plan, please contact:
Laura Duncan
City of Yuba
(916) 741-4601

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