Housing

Supervisors Approve $25 Million for Seven Affordable Housing Developments

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The Board of Supervisors today authorized the County to enter into negotiations and award up to $25 million to developers for seven properties that will create 503 new units of affordable housing that will help decrease homelessness in the region.

The units from the seven housing developments will go to:

  • Homeless families
  • Families in need
  • Homeless veterans and with special needs
  • Seniors and older adults with extremely low incomes
  • People with developmental disabilities
  • People with mental illness or a history of substance abuse
  • Domestic violence survivors

The properties will be located throughout the county in the cities of San Diego, Poway, San Marcos and Vista. Construction is expected to be completed by Dec. 2021.

“This is good news for so many families in San Diego,” said Supervisor Ron Roberts. “(The developments) are going to be extremely important in providing affordable housing.”

The Board’s vote authorizes the County’s Health and Human Services Agency to move forward with negotiations and award up to $25 million in gap funding to six developers who responded to a Dec. 7, 2017 Notice of Funding Availability. Seven others also submitted proposals.

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Currently, there is an affordable housing crisis in San Diego County, impacting families, seniors and those experiencing homelessness. The County and its many government and social service partners annually help thousands of people find a stable place to live.

Today’s action stems from three initiatives unveiled in June of last year by Sup. Roberts and Vice-Chairwoman Dianne Jacob to spur the building, renovation and acquisition of affordable housing for low-income households.

Along with the $25 million from reserves, other initiatives include assessing up to 11 county-owned properties for suitability of affordable housing units—three are currently in the works—and a $500,000 innovation fund to underwrite affordable predevelopment and planning activities.

 

José A. Álvarez is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact