Policy

Overview

 
 
 
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Monitoring legislation and regulatory proposals

One of the most critical roles the Federation plays is to monitor local, state and national legislation and regulatory proposals that impact affordable housing and community development, and to advocate for the most favorable policies for affordable housing on behalf of our members. We achieve this in many ways, including meeting with legislators, providing testimony at public hearings, and sending comments and letters regarding key programs and legislation.

2018 Testimony, Presentations and Letters

  • Testimony to the San Diego City Council Smart Growth & Land Use Committee regarding Affordable Homes Bonus Program
  • Presentation to the City of San Diego Planning Commission regarding 2018 housing inventory report
  • Presentation to the San Diego City Council Smart Growth & Land Use Committee regarding preservation of affordable housing
  • Letter to County of San Diego regarding affordable housing as a component of new housing built by general plan amendments
  • Testimony to San Diego Regional Association of Government regarding Regional Housing Needs Assessment determination
  • Testimony to San Diego Metropolitan Transit System regarding Circulate San Diego "Real Opportunity" report and affordable homes near transit

Current efforts

City of San Diego Homelessness and Affordable Housing Bond Measure

The San Diego Housing Federation, in collaboration with other stakeholders, has proposed a $900 million housing bond for the November 2018 ballot. This measure would:

  • Provide homes for approximately 2,500 homeless people currently living on San Diego's streets, waterways and parks
  • Provide homes for close to 2,500 veterans, seniors and disabled persons currently at risk of homelessness
  • Provide affordable homes to help at least 2,500 hard-working low-income families with children stay in their communities
  • Provide the matching funds needed to make San Diego eligible for its fair share of additional state and federal assistance for new construction and preservation of existing affordable housing
  • Create thousands of good-paying construction jobs and strengthen our local economy
  • Funds would be administered by the San Diego Housing Commission and would be subject to independent citizen oversight and annual audits to ensure funds are spent as promised.

Learn more about our proposal by downloading our Fact Sheet. Materials from the June 13 meeting of the Rules Committee of the San Diego City Council include a memo from the City Attorney and a City Council staff report.  In advance of the item  returning to the Rules Committee on Wednesday, July 11, Affordable Housing Advocates has prepared a draft resolution of necessity, draft bond authorization and draft tax rate statement. If moved by the Rules Committee, the item will be heard by the full San Diego City Council in early August for consideration of placement on the November 2018 ballot. 

Check back here for more updates and information as it becomes available.