Policy

Overview

 
 
 
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Current efforts

The San Diego Housing Federation was an early endorser for Propositions 1 and 2 on the November 2018 ballot, which together raise $6 billion for affordable housing, veterans home loans, and homeless prevention housing. To learn more about these measures, visit the pages for the Veterans and Affordable Housing Act and No Place Like Home. Your support is important and online endorsement is easy! 

City of San Diego Homelessness and Affordable Housing Bond Measure

This year, San Diego Housing Federation, in collaboration with other stakeholders, had 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. Following a successful vote by the San Diego City Council Rules Committee on July 11th that would have advanced the item to the full council for consideration, the Housing Federation decided to request to postpone the item and will instead focus this effort for the 2020 ballot. "While we were polling strongly, going to 2020 is a strategic move that will enable us to support several statewide measures for affordable housing immediately while ensuring the success of our initiative in two years," said SDHF Executive Director Stephen Russell. 

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. In this way, we advocate for the most favorable policies for affordable housing on behalf of our members. We achieve this by many means, 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