The San Diego Housing Federation, in collaboration with other stakeholders, seeks voter approval for 'Homes for San Diegans', a $900 million housing bond on the November 2020 ballot that will work in the following areas:
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, transition age youth, 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 additional state and federal assistance for this new construction and the preservation of existing affordable housing.
Create thousands of good-paying construction jobs and strengthen our local economy.
Bond 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.
Numerous studies have established that San Diego faces a housing crisis. Median rent has increased 36 percent since 2000, while median renter income has increased only 4 percent over the same period.
The lack of affordable housing displaces seniors, veterans, transition age youth, and people with disabilities in substandard housing and homelessness.
Combined with a shortage of support services for those struggling with mental illness and substance abuse, it has contributed to a public health crisis and impacted the quality of life for residents in every neighborhood.
Public opinion polling commissioned by the Housing Federation and conducted by EMC Research, the same firm that provided opinion research for successful housing bonds in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda Counties in 2016, shows San Diego voters are ready to address the housing crisis.
“To provide affordable local housing and prevent displacement of vulnerable populations, including low- and moderate-income households, veterans, seniors, and persons with disabilities; provide supportive housing for homeless people; and help low- and middle-income households purchase homes and stay in their communities; shall the City of San Diego issue up to $900 million in general obligation bonds to acquire or improve real property, subject to independent citizen oversight and regular audits?”
71% of voters support the $900 million general obligation bond described above, with only 22% opposed.
84% of voters think "local government should be doing more to address affordable housing in the San Diego area.”