No Place Like Home Program Comments Task Group


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Wednesday, May 24
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

San Diego Foundation, Hoffman Room
2508 Historic Decatur Road
Hoffman Room
San Diego, CA 92106

Guidelines for the implementation of the No Place Like Home (NPLH) program have been released by the California Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD).

Comments to HCD are due May 30th, so the San Diego Housing is convening a task group of stakeholders to share their understanding of the program and suggestions regarding implementation.

We would like to have the benefit of stakeholders from different sectors to help us best represent our region’s concerns in our comments to HCD and, to the extent possible, coordinate some of our responses.

A draft agenda for the working session will be forthcoming.

This will be a brown bag affair, so feel free to bring your lunch. Coffee and water will be provided. Ample parking is available for free.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Nunn or Stephen Russell.

Call for Workshop Proposals – Due Friday, June 16, 2017


2017 Annual Affordable Housing and Community Development Conference

Call for Workshop Proposals Now Open!

San Diego Housing Federation’s annual Affordable Housing & Community Development Conference brings together more than 350 developers, builders, architects, lenders, property managers, service providers, elected and agency officials and staff, community and business leaders to share innovative approaches to affordable housing, community, and economic development. We invite you to share your expertise with us at this conference as a workshop presenter or convener.

This year’s conference will focus on the topic: Standing Firm on Shifting Sands: New Ideas for Challenging Times

To the degree possible, workshops should focus on responses to recent changes in the social and political environment; these include increasing housing instability for a growing number of individuals and families and addressing uncertainty of programs that have long supported affordable housing and community development. In these changing times, what forward-thinking solutions can be examined to preserve the positive impact affordable homes have on human health, families, financial mobility or children’s educational outcomes; or its role as a driver of economic growth, workforce development and neighborhood revitalization?

Workshop Tracks and Guidelines Information

Workshop Application

All workshop proposals are due to Sarah Mirabelli on Friday, June 16, 2017.


Workshops should be designed for 1 hour and 15 minute duration. You must designate the last 10 minutes of your session for Q and A.

  • Moderators need to just moderate and not be one of the presenters themselves
  • No more than four total panelists (3 presenters and one moderator).
  • Speakers or panelists must register at a reduced speaker rate if they are attending any part of the conference in addition to their workshop. Travel expenses will not be reimbursed.
  • All presentations/handouts will be posted online and will need to be received by August 4, 2017 to be online ahead of time.
  • Sessions need to be well rounded and present multiple perspectives, if necessary. Sessions designed to sell or promote one company’s product will not be accepted.

 Workshop conveners will be notified of acceptance by July 21, 2017.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 – Pre-Conference Institutes
Thursday, October 26, 2017 – Conference

San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
333 W Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101

For more information on the Conference, visit us here.

Please contact Sarah with any questions.

Outstanding Resident Leader

This award recognizes an individual residing in affordable housing in our region who, over the past year, has played an important role in promoting the creation of more affordable housing and/or enhancing how affordable housing improves the lives of residents and local communities. This individual is someone who has promoted the cause of affordable housing through advocacy with elected or appointed officials or bodies; by educating and mobilizing neighbors; and/or by serving as a spokesperson for affordable housing with the media or other public outlets. Please be sure to describe what specific actions this individual has taken to become an exemplary resident leader. Please include any extra insight as to why this person should be more deserving than others. What makes this person special or unique?

The Nominees Are:

Angela Nugent

Angela has demonstrated resilience, strength, and devotion as an affordable housing advocate for her family and seniors. She participated in the Community Leadership Institute in Ohio and was part of the Community HousingWork’s Resident Popular Educator training in 2016 where she learned to effectively communicate with legislators. Most recently, Angela utilized these skills by sharing her story on the importance of affordable housing in Sacramento at Housing California’s Lobby Day and Conference. She demonstrated the potential impact of community residents to change public policy on behalf of themselves, neighbors and communities. 

Miriam Rodriguez

Miriam is dedicated to helping families that struggle to maintain housing every day. She is a full-time volunteer at her children’s local school and is driven to empower communities in need. It is her personal commitment to have San Diegans live peacefully, feel loved and respected, and have access to a safe and affordable home. She has participated in various resident leadership trainings, learning how to effectively communicate with legislators. She has traveled statewide to bring awareness to the housing crisis in San Diego and has made it a personal goal to eliminate homelessness and address housing shortages in San Diego. Miriam is a fierce advocate of housing advocacy efforts and is staying involved at the local and state level.

Elizabeth Reyes

Elizabeth Reyes is a force of nature. As one of the first members of San Diego’s Resident Popular Educators, she continues to attend resident trainings and continues to be passionate about helping her community. Elizabeth was trained on how to tell her story and effectively communicate with legislators about key policy initiatives. She has written letters, spoken at in-district meetings with local representatives and attended Lobby Day twice. Every week she helps with the Community ESL program and has assisted with Spanish translation and reaching out to inform residents about the ESL program.

Margo Velez

Margo Velez is a resident leader at MAAC’s President John Adams Manor (PJAM) in the Oak Park community of San Diego. She is the glue of her community. She always has a smile on her face and is always pleased to give neighbors a moment of her day to build and strengthen her community. She is a key leader in the Resident Core Team at PJAM and helps with the food bank and other community events there. She also has grown into a key leader in San Diego’s Residents United Network and is a powerful force for change.

Outstanding Service to Residents

Any individual employee (property manager, resident services coordinator, maintenance worker, landscaper, daycare worker, etc.), volunteer, team or program of an affordable housing complex who provides excellent service to residents. Please note this category is open to anyone in an affordable housing community providing excellent service to residents. This may include a volunteer, resident or other member of the community that provides excellent service to the residents. This award can apply to an individual or a team of individuals. Please include any extra insight as to why this person or project should be more deserving than others. What makes this person or project special or unique?

The Nominees Are:

Martiza Davila Nash

Maritza is a Resident Service Coordinator who provides services to the STEP Center participants by offering the bundling of service model of Income Supports, Workforce Development and Financial Education. Through her efforts Maritza has been able to help many individuals find a job and stabilize their families through hard times. She provides the upmost customer service and is a true asset to the housing communities she supports. She has lead voter registration and is working to improve public safety, transportation and affordable housing. Maritza is involved in various community roundtables, where she shares best practices and resources with other agencies in San Diego County. She has been called to assist other agencies by sharing her work and best practices with others. Maritza has and will continue to promote exceptional service to the participants that she serves.

Rickie Ann Brown

Rickie Brown is resident manager of approximately 120 affordable housing units where she provides excellent service to residents. Her strong commitment to helping residents empower themselves is extraordinary. It’s her personal mission to make sure residents live in a dignified fashion. It is her challenging upbringing that makes her passionate about providing excellent advocacy work for her residents in San Diego. Rickie’s actions go above and beyond her role in her employment position. Rickie is a renter in City Heights and dedicates herself to providing resources, and safe and secure housing for residents. She has advocated locally and statewide, bringing much attention to the housing crisis as well as utility policy injustices, through her ability to passionately speak to Sacramento representatives, senators and legislators.

Housing on Merit Resident Services Team

Housing on Merit’s (HOM) Resident Services Team successfully coordinates services for 401 households in San Diego. They are responsible for maintaining service provisions at two affordable housing communities: Rio Vista Apartments located in San Ysidro, and Vista La Rosa Apartments in Nestor, positively impacting approximately 1,000 residents in 2016. The Team takes a unique approach to providing resident services by establishing effective community partnerships throughout San Diego County. Understanding that often times resident services must function under budgetary constraints, these partnerships play a vital role in filling resource gaps. This approach not only meets the needs of residents but also empowers and educates residents on social services in their respective communities. The Team has and continues to make meaningful impacts in the lives of residents through their strategic visioning of service provision. The Team goes beyond meeting immediate needs, to empowering residents and promoting self and family growth.

St. Paul’s PACE at Celadon Team

St. Paul’s PACE at Celadon Team has been effective in building trusting relationships with a formerly homeless senior population that has been marginalized by society. Building this type of relationship allowed St. Paul’s PACE to fulfill a community need to help homeless seniors access permanent housing, healthcare services and social supports. Through PACE, seniors have found a sense of self-worth, peace, safety, and community as well as relief from addictions and a mental health crisis. St. Paul’s PACE at Celadon Team have come to love and respect these seniors and know that their work is making a positive difference in the community.

Tracey Davis

In nearly a decade of working with Wakeland’s residents, Tracey Davis has shown compassion, resourcefulness and persistence in making sure the residents have the resources they need to accomplish their personal and professional goals. Tracey is respected at Wakeland for her leadership and ability to inspire both the residents and the staff who work with them day-to-day. Beyond that, Tracey is a true life-long learner who is always looking for ways to enhance Wakeland’s programs and expand her skills.

Outstanding Advocate

Individual or organization who has contributed time, energy, leadership, and dedication to the cause of affordable housing. If this individual or organization was particularly useful on a specific affordable housing development project, please make sure to describe in detail how they were helpful on that project. In addition, you can include their ongoing or career commitment to the cause of affordable housing.

The Nominees Are:

Colin Parent

Colin Parent has worked on housing policy at many levels of government, including at the California Department of Housing and Community Development, the San Diego Housing Commission, and most recently as an elected councilmember with the City of La Mesa. He is also an advocate through his “day job” as Policy Counsel at Circulate San Diego. In 2016, Parent successfully advocated for the City of San Diego to adopt the Affordable Homes Bonus Program (AHBP). While he was the Director of Policy at the San Diego Housing Commission, Parent formed the “Density Bonus Working Group” in 2014 that developed the initial draft for the AHBP. He recruited developers, architects, City staff, and housing advocates to craft a win-win policy to promote both deed-restricted affordable and market rate homes. Parent authored the initial proposal from that working group, which largely described the program that was ultimately adopted two years later.

Emily Serafy Cox

Emily Serafy Cox is tireless and dedicated to the cause of affordable housing, where she utilizes her skills to push forward key advocacy efforts. Emily is able to communicate effectively with decision makers about the importance of affordable housing issues and teaches these skills to residents to build power. Emily’s advocacy comes from the heart. She has a passion for community building and can be seen when working with residents one-on-one, or strategizing with partners across the state to take bold action. She has a great ability to truly engage others in this work and to take her time and effort to explain what policies mean and how they can have an effect for change. Her passion allows residents to channel their voice for change.

Housing You Matters Coalition

Housing You Matters is a broad based coalition working together to find solutions for making homes at all price points and more economically feasible to develop. In a very short period of time this coalition has brought a very unusual group of organizations, representing thousands of San Diegans and businesses together to catalyze the building of housing for all income levels in our region that is sustainable, equitable and more affordable. Housing You Matters has its eye on the future for our children and grandchildren, to create a prosperous economy and healthy environment for all.

Michael McConnell

Michael McConnell’s leadership around the issue of homelessness includes working on local advisory boards, including the Campaign to End Homelessness, 25 Cities Leadership Initiative, Regional Task for the Homeless, San Diego Grantmakers’ Homelessness Working Group and as a co-founder of the San Diego Funders Together to End Homelessness. He is chair of the Data Advisory Committee of the San Diego Regional Continuum of Care Council. His Homelessness News San Diego feed on Facebook has attracted over 20,100 followers and he is often quoted in local print publications as a local thought leader on strategies to end homelessness.

Monica Rivas Cruz Robledo

Monica Rivas forms part of the CHCDC Leadership Collaborative, training and learning different critical advocacy skills to remain sharp and on target when she speaks at city council hearings on important issues such as affordable housing and families with disability issues. For her, it’s a personal goal to have safe, affordable housing because she has two young daughters. Monica loves to remain engaged in any and all community development work in order to be an excellent role model for her two daughters. Monica has made it a personal goal to eliminate homelessness, hunger, and discrimination against low income families in San Diego.

CSH Supportive Housing Award

This award recognizes an outstanding supportive housing project, organization, or individual leader in San Diego. Nominations are invited for housing developments completed in San Diego County between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 (at least Temporary Certificate of Occupancy obtained in 2016) that have a focus on supportive services to enable people to end their homelessness, especially special needs populations including:

  • People living with HIV/AIDS
  • Child welfare involved families
  • People with chronic health needs
  • People with substance use disorders
  • People with lived experience of mental illness

Nominations are also invited for individuals or organizations, including supportive housing tenants, advocates, and public or private partners that demonstrate innovation and leadership in the supportive housing movement.

The Nominees Are:

Coordinated Entry System/Regional Task Force on the Homeless

Formerly known as Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement (CAHP), the Coordinated Entry System (CES) is federally mandated for all federally funded Continuum of Care and Emergency Solutions Grant programs, in addition to some Section 8 homeless dedicated vouchers. Most importantly, CES establishes a process that ensures all people experiencing a housing crisis have fair and equal access, and are quickly identified, assessed for, referred, and connected to housing and homeless assistance based on their needs and strengths, no matter where or when they connect with services.

East County Golden 15 – County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency

The East County Golden 15 project is an example of a targeted, hands-on effort by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency to provide permanent housing for individuals with serious mental illness. Through the efforts of dedicated staff, County Behavioral Health Services and Housing and Community Development Services partnered to provide outreach and support to homeless individuals living in East County in order to provide access to fifteen tenant-based subsidies, as well as outpatient treatment services. The program provides a model that can be replicated countywide that links to regional efforts to end homelessness through participation in the Coordinated Entry System (CES).

Hotel Churchill

Housing Development Partner’s Hotel Churchill is focused on ending homelessness in San Diego with 56 units housing formerly homeless veterans, 16 units end homelessness for adults with a history of the justice system as well as transition aged youth with serious mental illness. It demonstrates incredible dedication from all partners who worked collaboratively through every phase of the project, from pre-development to lease-up and project stabilization. It has high quality design and development, with close attention to features that tenants highly value, such as very large windows, little noise transfer between units, and community space that is actively used.

 Project One for All – Supervisor Greg Cox and Supervisor Ron Roberts – County of San Diego

Project One for All was announced by Supervisors Greg Cox and Ron Roberts in January 2016 and represented an unprecedented commitment to providing housing resources and mental health services to homeless San Diegans with serious mental health illness. Project One for All provides access to a coordinated range of services with the goal of ending homelessness for people with serious mental illness in San Diego County. The County will be providing services to approximately 1,250 people in San Diego County who are homeless and have serious mental illness and regional Housing Authorities have committed over 1,100 housing subsidies. Project One for All will increase outreach, housing, and treatment services to reach this goal.


Projects or programs that increase the supply of affordable housing, but don’t fit within the standard awards categories.

The Nominees Are:

Alpha Square, Chelsea Investment Corporation/CivicSC

Alpha Project is a newly completed project that includes 203 studio apartments for low and very low income individuals in Downtown San Diego. The project, built on a 20,000 square foot site at the corner of Market and 14th Street in the East Village, consists of a single six-story building with one level of subterranean parking. All 203 studio units are fully furnished with internet access, cable television and telephone service for all residents. Alpha Square’s residents include formerly homeless men and women and others with special needs. Services on-site include street-front retail and commercial space on the building’s ground floor, along with case management, financial support and access to long-term treatment and other services for all residents through Alpha Project’s numerous programs and those of more than a dozen community-based partners.

Health and Human Services Agency, County of San Diego

Project One for All (POFA) addresses the behavioral health treatment and housing needs of homeless individuals with Serious Mental Illness. Following the principles of County’s Live Well San Diego vision, POFA is taking innovative steps to integrate regional systems and increase collaboration between the various entities that form our regional collective impact team. The County has incorporated a free standing Public Housing Authority into its Health and Human Services Agency with the goal of braiding treatment and housing to change the lives for one of our most vulnerable homeless populations. In just the first six months, POFA has outreached to 489 people, 330 people have received treatment and 254 people are off the street and housed in either bridge or permanent housing.


ElderHelp’s HomeShare program is ideal for low-income seniors who want to stay living in their home, and it’s a boom for the home seeker who can’t afford most of the rents in the County. It’s a financial arrangement that benefits both the home provider and the seeker, each of whom is most likely financially strapped. The senior receives additional income to help make ends meet, while the home seeker sees the opportunity for financial stability with the underpinning of reasonable rent. Quite often a HomeShare match becomes more than a financial arrangement. Both parties in the best matches understand it involves daily give-and-take, with kindness and tolerance and reasonable expectations the order of the day. The unplanned outcome for these matches is the forging of a true friendship, which holds value beyond measure.

You Got Mail LLC

This privately funded mixed-income project incorporated an existing concrete and steel structure built in 1951, the architect created the project with a vision of homage to the local landmark, while complementing widespread revitalization of the area without the use of any public money. Closed by the postal service in 2011, the adaptive re-use of the structure incorporates local-serving retail, restaurant and creative office spaces along with 33 market rate and affordable housing units. The new residential building “hugs” the original structure, creating an urban pocket park in the site’s core; inviting residents as well as the passersby. For almost 60 years, the North Park Post Office represented a universal mail system and community hub – within its walls the bonds of communication, friendship, family, and community were strengthened, and national and world business entrusted. The legacy lives on with this reinvention of an urban communal interface.

SDG&E Energy Efficiency & Sustainability Award (Retrofit)

Affordable housing development in San Diego County that has taken unique steps to promote energy efficiency and/or sustainability in their design and construction between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 (at least Temporary Certificate of Occupancy obtained in 2016).

The nomination shall include a list of energy efficiency, renewable generation, and other measures utilized to achieve energy savings of at least 10% above existing (baseline) conditions and meet any green building certifications or utility program criteria.

Nominations should also mention participation in any green building certification programs, such as: LEED for Homes, LEED New Construction, LEED Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance (EBOM), ENERGY STAR® qualified homes, or GreenPoint Rated, and/or utility programs such as California Advanced Homes Program, Energy Upgrade California™ Multifamily program, and the Multifamily Energy Efficiency Rebate program.

The Nominees Are:

Manzanita, Community HousingWorks

Manzanita, Community HousingWorks’ eighth investment in the City of Escondido, shows how the renovation of one property helps energize and transform the lives of hundreds and improve a neighborhood. In 2014, Community HousingWorks purchased Manzanita, formerly Cypress Cove, in order to preserve and extend affordability and to invest in major renovations. Using tax credits, state bond financing, and HOME funds from the City of Escondido, CHW completed $8.83 million in renovations in 2016, replacing major systems including new roofs, HVAC, hot water plumbing and state of the art green upgrades and solar technology.

With the new community center, residents have access to CHW’s award-winning adult classes that increase their financial well-being, and to programs for kids designed to improve school performance and next-generation success.

SDG&E Energy Efficiency & Sustainability Award (New Construction)

Affordable housing development in San Diego County that has taken unique steps to promote energy efficiency and/or sustainability in their design and construction between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 (at least Temporary Certificate of Occupancy obtained in 2016).

The nomination shall include a list of energy efficiency, renewable generation, and other measures utilized to exceed the California Title 24 Energy Standard (Title 24 Part 6) by at least 15%., including third-party verified Home Energy Rating System measures (if any).

Nominations should also mention participation in any green building certification programs, such as: LEED for Homes, LEED New Construction, LEED Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance (EBOM), ENERGY STAR® qualified homes, or GreenPoint Rated, and/or utility programs such as California Advanced Homes Program, Energy Upgrade California™ Multifamily program, and the Multifamily Energy Efficiency Rebate program.

The Nominees Are:

Iowa Street Apartments, San Diego Interfaith Foundation

San Diego Interfaith Housing Foundation’s 120-unit Iowa Street Seniors development at 3939 Iowa Street in North Park completed October 2016, was a labor of perseverance and ingenuity. Challenges included overcoming and navigating a land seller’s complex bankruptcy process while self-funding the $2,575,000 site purchase. Community input insisted upon a contemporary design, respecting place and character while maximizing density amid existing substandard infrastructure. The result was smart growth, intelligent design and fiscal prudence culminating in a wonderful 5-story mix of one and two-bedroom units with a range of affordability levels starting at extremely low 30% Area Median Income up to 35%, 40%, 50% and 60% AMI eligibility. Boasting environmentally sustainable features, critical resident services, and tranquil inner courtyards filled with unique artwork and landscaping and home to local non-profits in three commercial office spaces, it is living proof of the substantial demand for community oriented, affordable and beautifully designed senior housing in North Park.

Promenade at Creekside, Opportune Southern California Ventures

Promenade at Creekside is a 65-unit affordable (30-60% AMI) and mixed use community with both commercial and multi-family residential uses. It is the first project in the new San Marcos Creek Specific Plan (SMC), designed to create a downtown for San Marcos. This mixed-use project redefines smart-growth development. Numerous legislative, administrative and logistical issues were overcome with great cooperation between developer, community, state and local agencies. Individual residences and commercial spaces are expressed with varied facades, roof lines, finish materials and colors. The development is designed with drought tolerant planting, well water for irrigation, recycled materials, low-flow plumbing fixtures, high-efficiency lighting, energy-star appliances, photovoltaic panels, cool roof and increased building insulation and is LEED platinum. The design provides much needed affordable housing for families in the heart of the city with access to commerce and recreation.

Outstanding Development Partner

Lender, Architect, General Contractor, Engineer, Title Company, Consultant, Attorney or other entity that provided unique or outstanding support on an affordable housing development project. Please make sure to describe how they provided the support on a project or projects and what made them an excellent team member for the development team.

The Nominees Are:

John Ahlswede, Sun Country Builders

John Ahlswede and his team at Sun Country Builders have served honorably, for many years as General Contractor – doing so with integrity, dedication and commitment to high-quality construction that goes above and beyond the typical General Contractor-Developer relationship. In conjunction with his partners, John has helped to create 1,747 affordable homes that serve the community by giving families, seniors and veterans a high-quality and secure place to call home.

With a career that spans three decades building affordable housing, John brings a high level of expertise and skill to his work. Moreover, combined with his collaborative approach and flexibility in partnerships, he has made Sun Country Builders the “go-to” General Contractor for our affordable housing developments.

Joseph Wong Design Associates

Joseph Wong Design Associates (JWDA) is an exceptional example of an architecture firm that provides quality partnership in the creation of affordable housing here in San Diego and beyond. The firm’s staff and its Founder, Joseph Wong, design beautiful, livable buildings that suit the unique needs and requirements of our industry while also providing a place that anyone would be proud to call home. JWDA provides high levels of support in the staff’s attitude and approach to their work. The employees are “problem solvers” who have the integrity to follow through on all promises.