First, San Diego gave its public housing authority, San Diego Housing Commission, free reign to opt out of following federal laws aimed at protecting housing subsidy recipients. As a result, San Diego Housing Commission has and continues to create policies that adversely impact the low-income tenants for whom it receives federal funding to protect. One example – SDHC’s Community Choices program encourages low-income families to spend 50% of their income on rent. [Read more…] about What San Diego is Doing Wrong: Housing Law 101
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If you have arrived in the city without money or relatives living here, you are not alone. Whether you are a runaway teenager or a casualty of unemployment, drugs, alcohol or yet another mentally ill individual, you are not alone in San Diego. [Read more…] about Post-Traumatic San Diego – An insider’s guide to surviving demons and hard luck in “America’s finest city”
A Population Boom and a Housing Crunch. Rising prices and short supply are making it increasingly difficult to pay the rent in San Diego. If you’ve attempted to search for a place to rent in San Diego you’ve probably encountered more than a few roadblocks and had your fair share of frustrations. The challenges multiply if you’ve tried to find something affordable anywhere near where you work. [Read more…] about The obstacles to navigating San Diego’s housing crunch
California’s Bay Area housing disaster tells Southern Californians that our housing crisis will only get worse and doing nothing is both an irrational and irresponsible response. We are faced with deciding to have more neighbors or pay more taxes as we desperately need money to fix our city’s crumbling infrastructure. The conundrum is that we despise taxes and the mere mention of ‘density’ polarizes any discussion into either demands for no new growth or building tall towers.
I believe answers to meet San Diego’s housing demand are found in the following two-tier approach: [Read more…] about Its not Smart Growth… It’s Called Avoiding a Housing Crisis
Nobody likes uncertainty. Certainly not the developers of a billion dollar mixed-use project that encounters community opposition due to traffic impacts. Nor the public transportation agency that runs into fairy shrimp on the future route of a trolley line. Nor the city planners for multifamily housing around a transit station that face a revolt from their single-family neighbors. [Read more…] about In Defense of Uncertainty
San Diego – A new condominium project in Little Italy is undergoing design review at Civic San Diego (formerly CCDC). The project site is 1919 Pacific Highway, sandwiched between the trolley/railroad tracks and Pacific Hwy near West Grape Street, diagonally north across from the County Administration Center, and adjacent to the Marriott Residence Inn. [Read more…] about New 7 Story Condo Project for Little Italy Proposed
San Diego – A new development proposal for the Northeast corner of 8th Ave. and “B” St, just East of Symphony Towers, is in design review at Civic San Diego (formerly CCDC). The site is currently partially occupied by a Brake Depot and the rest of block is surface parking. The site is already partially excavated. It comes before the Pre-Design Subcommittee of the Centre City Advisory Committee (CCAC) on Oct. 3, 2012, [Read more…] about Blue Sky for Hole at 8th & B?
San Diego – Father Joe’s Villages has finished construction of a 12 story 65 unit affordable housing project at 1506 Commercial Street. 49 of the units are reserved for homeless, or persons at risk of being homeless with special needs such as mental illness or HIV/AIDS. [Read more…] about 15th & Commercial Affordable Housing Project Completed
Downtown San Diego is a rapid growing urban metropolis with incredible bay views and spectacular vistas. It is home to nearly 30,000 residence, with a predicted population growth of 90,000 by 2030. But, with an increasing population and an unstable economy, comes an escalating poverty-stricken community as well. The homeless population in downtown San Diego has increased in recent years. Addressing homelessness in such a vibrant city is critical to the prosperity and future of San Diego. The Center City Development Corporation (CCDC) has developed a 5 year plan in hopes of significantly reducing the homeless population in downtown San Diego. [Read more…] about Without a Home