Housing First is known as a homelessness strategy where permanent, affordable housing is build as quickly as possible to stabilize the situation. We need to expand this strategy beyond homeless communities as the housing affordability situation is also at crisis proportions.
A growing number of people, including developers, environmentalists and stressed-out renters, are saying, 'Build, already.' The new coalition is beginning to make progress.
San Diego hosted the sixth annual California Economic Summit in early November 2017. The state’s largest public-and private-sector network convened 500 leaders from across the state to move forward plans and strategies around workforce preparation, housing and community development, infrastructure and working landscapes. The detailed plan is titled Roadmap to Shared Prosperity which focuses on improving the workforce pipeline, increasing the supply of housing and expanding regional water management.
Housing, water, jobs on economic summit agenda. (by Mary Lydon) San Diego will be in the spotlight as we host the sixth annual California Economic Summit. The Summit will feature the leading California 2018 gubernatorial candidates and the state's three higher education leaders, among others to discuss developing a policy agenda to meet the issues of income inequality, economic security and upward mobility.
A little-known local nonprofit hopes to play a key role in solving San Diego’s housing crisis with several new initiatives, including an aggressive proposal to accelerate construction of some low-income apartments. The Local Initiatives Support Corporation, which gives developers seed money to buy land for housing projects in low-income areas, is proposing to establish a $50 million regional housing affordability fund to make construction of such housing cheaper and faster. LISC also plans to accelerate construction of granny flats in San Diego by funding pre-approved architectural plans that would allow people to bypass the often lengthy design and approval phases.
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Lori Holt Pfeiler and Dan Silver on Jan 30, 2017 — San Diego is in the middle of a major housing crisis, but so far we’ve failed to address it. Voice of San Diego has covered some of the big housing failures: Poway’s rejection of affordable homes for veterans, Encinitas’ unwillingness to do its fair share in meeting state housing goals and development proposals that promote urban sprawl. Commentary - in-story logoBut one of the biggest factors holding San Diego up is its inability to first come to terms with the region’s housing need. Post-recession, San Diego County now faces a deficit of 60,000 units, with low- and middle-income housing hardest hit. We should be building 14,000 units every year to meet demand and even more to make up the deficit.
The rejection of Measure T in Encinitas and Measure B countywide sent a message that many county residents simply aren’t open to new development – whether it happens in established metro areas, or in rural spaces. The failure of two measures in November tells us a lot about why the county isn’t making headway in dealing with the region’s housing crisis. The rejection of Measure T in Encinitas and Measure B countywide sent a message that many county residents simply aren’t open to new development – whether it happens in established metro areas, or in rural spaces. The fact that the proposals even went to the ballot drives home the paralysis elected officials face when it comes to building more housing.
The fight for more housing has a new war room in San Diego. Increasingly, even well-off professionals are finding they can no longer afford to live in the San Diego area. In October, the county’s median home price was the highest in a decade — $507,500 — according to CoreLogic, a data analysis company. Part of the problem, housing experts say, is simply a shortage of units that is driving demand. As the number of San Diegans has risen, new housing construction has failed to keep pace. And one reason for the lack of construction? The residents of San Diego. In many cases, housing proposals fail because residents pressure officials to reject them on the grounds that they would spoil neighborhood character.
In this week’s podcast, Andrew Keatts and Scott Lewis talk about the vote-wrangling between Councilman David Alvarez and Councilwoman Myrtle Cole to become the next Council president. Also: A determined new coalition says it wants to solve the region’s affordable housing crisis. Three new San Diego City Council members will be inaugurated next week. The new Council’s first big decision will be a tense one: Who will be the next City Council president? In this week’s podcast, hosts Andrew Keatts and Scott Lewis talk about the behind-the-scenes vote wrangling between Councilman David Alvarez and Councilwoman Myrtle Cole to become the next leader and the interesting split it’s caused among two of the city’s most powerful progressive institutions.