More Affordable Housing on Horizon for North County

Residents who have difficulty making ends meet will soon see new affordable housing go up in the City of San Marcos.

The County Board of Supervisors approved a $1.9 million loan Tuesday to Affirmed Housing Group to develop a 2.7-acre site near Creekside Drive and Grand Avenue. Currently the site is a vacant lot.

The loan comes through the County from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The funding will cover about 10 percent of the overall $18 million Eastgate project. The City of San Marcos is providing the land and some of the funding as part of its downtown development plan.  

The housing development will include 42 units: three studios, eight one-bedroom units, 19 two-bedroom units and 12 three-bedroom units. The site will also include a community room and 10,640 square feet of commercial space. Eleven of the housing units will be set aside for low-income veterans and their families and will be monitored by the County’s Housing and Community Development Department.

Services such as financial literacy, computer education and life skills training will be provided on site to all the residents. Veterans will be offered additional services such as intensive case management, help getting education, jobs or benefits and possibly financial aid.    

Eastgate will be located near a bus stop, a park, supermarkets and elementary and middle schools. Construction is expected to begin next February and finish in May 2016.  


Tracy DeFore is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact