Housing Affordability

159

apartments owned and operated by the County’s Housing and Community Development Services at five housing sites for low-income families, the elderly and disabled.

10,300

households get rental assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher program.

San Diego County is experiencing a housing crisis and residents in the low- and middle-income brackets are bearing the brunt of it. Over half of renters are spending more than 30 percent of their income on rent, which leaves little money for food, education and health care. Only one-quarter of San Diegans can afford to buy a median-priced home.

 

To help increase the supply of housing stock for middle-income households, the County began working last year to reduce permit processing time and costs and simplifying the building process through regulatory relief for zoning, subdivision and grading ordinances.

 

The County also decided to set aside funds to update 15 community plans in the unincorporated area to help expand housing options for residents of all income levels.

 

For low-income residents, paying rent is a hardship that drives some toward homelessness. The County provides rental and housing assistance, but rental units are scarce. As a result, the County plans on funding over 1,200 affordable housing units in the next few years. The County preliminarily awarded Section 8 project-based vouchers to developers for 81 new units for older adults in Vista, and 54 new units in Poway.

 

Developers will use the County’s $25 million housing trust fund as gap funding to build hundreds of homes in several affordable housing developments around the region. The County has already entered into negotiations with developers for several different properties located in the cities of San Diego, Poway, San Marcos and Vista. The units will go to homeless families and veterans, older adults with extremely low incomes, those with special needs and others at risk for homelessness. Construction could be completed by December 2021.

 

The County also identified six excess County properties with the potential for affordable housing. Developers have submitted proposals for affordable housing developments at two sites, the former Family Court downtown and the old crime lab in Clairemont. Between the two properties, there is a potential to create over 500 housing units. At least half must be affordable.

 

Meanwhile, construction is underway on a new 61-unit affordable development for older adults in Ramona and a 28-unit affordable development  in Carlsbad begins rehabilitation this fall.

San Diego is a tough housing market for low and middle-income residents. Meet one couple struggling to find a home.

…thank you again for all your help in getting me CalFresh it helped me so much and my family we are able to make it this month without having to worry about food and not having enough money to buy it…”

- Client

Northeast Family Resource Center

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159

apartments owned and operated by the County’s Housing and Community Development Services at five housing sites for low-income families, the elderly and disabled.

10,300

households get rental assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher program.

159

apartments owned and operated by the County’s Housing and Community Development Services at five housing sites for low-income families, the elderly and disabled.

10,300

households get rental assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher program.