Preservation and At-Risk Affordable Housing

On July 6, 2017, California Housing Partnership and San Diego Housing Federation held a workshop “Strategies for Expiring and At Risk Affordable Housing in San Diego County.

San Diego County needs 142,052 more affordable rental homes to meet the needs of its lowest-income renters. Compounding upon this deficit, over 1,900 rent assisted homes have been lost in the County since 1995. Today, renters need to earn more than 3 times the local minimum wage to afford the median asking rent of $1,940 in San Diego County. San Diego County’s lowest-income renters now spend 69% of income on rent, leaving little left for food, transportation, health expenses, and other needs. While these renters struggle to make ends meet, the County is at-risk of losing more than 1,800 affordable homes in the next five years.

At this special event, Danielle Mazzella, Housing Data Analyst with the California Housing Partnership, presented detailed information on at-risk affordable housing throughout San Diego County. Following the presentation, Anne Wilson, Senior Vice President with Community HousingWorks, led a discussion on the data findings. Workshop attendees shared ideas for local solutions, including advocating for cities to have a housing coordinator dedicated to identifying and monitoring at-risk affordable housing, as well as state legislation aimed at addressing the issue.

Workshop presentation can be found here. Local preservation strategies discussed can be found here.