Volunteer Opportunities Available


SDHF is looking for volunteers for the 2017 Annual Affordable Housing and Community Development Conference. Click here for more information.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email Sarah with your contact information and availability for the dates of October 25 and 26, 2017.

For questions, please contact Sarah Buchanan Mirabelli, Director of Events and Membership via email or at (619) 239-6693.

Breakfast Keynote Announced!


The San Diego Housing Federation is proud to have Shamus Roller give our Breakfast

Keynote Address at the 2017 Annual Affordable Housing and Community Development Conference on Thursday, October 26, 2017.

Shamus Roller is the Executive Director of the National Housing Law Project (NHLP) which is a national, nonprofit housing and legal advocacy center established in 1968.  NHLP advances housing justice by strengthening and enforcing the rights of tenants, increasing housing opportunities for undeserved communities and preserving and expand


ing the nation’s supply of affordable homes.  Before joining NHLP in 2016, Shamus served as the Executive Director of Housing California, a statewide advocacy organization working on issues of housing and homelessness. He started his career running street outreach programs for people that are homeless and ran a meditation and yoga program for incarcerated youth.

For more information about the 2017 Annual Affordable Housing and Community Development Conference, click here.


Climate Change Adaptation Planning Grants Lunch and Learn

ICF San Diego is pleased to invite you to the following presentation hosted for free at their San Diego office. An optional complimentary lunch will be provided. To RSVP, please register here. You may contact Alex Webb at alex.webb@icf.com with any questions.

This 2-part presentation and discussion will provide an overview of the Caltrans Transportation Planning and Climate Change Adaptation Planning Grant Program. This exciting new initiative will make available $20 million in grants for local and regional agencies for adaptation planning over 3 years funded through Senate Bill 1.  The grants, of between $150,000 and $1 million, seek to advance adaptation planning on the state’s transportation system.  The first round of funding will close on October 20th, 2017.

Join a Committee Today!



Much of San Diego Housing Federation’s work is accomplished through committees and work groups which are open to all members. These groups of volunteers and their staff liaisons provide analysis, ideas, and recommendations that are forwarded to the Board of Directors. Frequently, they are tasked with implementing recommendations as well. All Members and staff of member organizations are encouraged to participate in San Diego Housing Federation Committees.

We are currently looking for committee members for the following committees:

• Membership & Fundraising Committee
• Education Committee
• 2018 Ruby Awards Committee
• 2018 Annual Conference Committee

To sign up for a committee or if you have questions regarding other volunteer opportunities, please contact Sarah Buchanan Mirabelli, Director or Events and Membership. Click here for more information regarding the committees.

In Memoriam: Timothy L. O’Connell, Esq.

Timothy O’Connell, a lifelong advocate for Californians and affordable housing, passed away this month. Tim served on the San Diego Housing Federation Board of Directors. He was Senior Director for Policy and Advocacy at Century Housing and had also served on the boards of Housing California, Century Villages of Cabrillo, Los Angeles Business Council, and the California Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies. Tim had a brilliant mind for policy and his expertise was an enormous asset to the people and organizations fortunate enough to work with him. His dedication and commitment to the issues he cared about have made California a better place and countless families are better off because of the work he did. He will be greatly missed.

Tim O’Connell, our beloved friend and colleague, passed away on July 4. Tim was our shining light, a great storyteller, and a tireless advocate seeking social justice for the less fortunate. While we mourn his loss, we are so very thankful that we had the opportunity to know and work with him for close to 19 years.

Tim’s service at Century began in the spring of 1999, and as Director, Policy and Advocacy, he was responsible for representing the interests of Century, its affiliates, partners and clients at the federal, state and local levels, including matters relating to funding, regulation, and oversight. Tim was Century’s primary liaison with elected representatives, legislative staff, and administrative officials in his on-going effort to assure that affordable housing and related issues received the necessary legislative and financial support.

In addition to his service with Century, Tim served on various boards and committees dedicated to increasing the supply of critically needed affordable housing throughout the State of California, including the San Diego Housing Foundation, Housing California, Los Angeles Business Council, California Housing Consortium, the California Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies, and LA Family Housing.

Before his arrival at Century, Tim served as Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer of the San Diego Housing Commission, the City’s public housing agency. In that position, he provided policy support to the CEO and Board of Commissioners, as well as serving as primary liaison between that agency and the Mayor and City Council. Tim also served Maureen O’Connor during her term as Mayor of the City of San Diego as Director of Program Development for Growth & Development.

Tim received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law, attended the Graduate Program in City Planning at San Diego State University, and graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he earned a bachelor degree in geography and economics.

Tim was a longtime advocate of social justice and committed his life in service to others. With his passing, the affordable housing community has lost one of its strongest and most effective voices.

Tim had many interests and causes that he supported throughout his life. Two of his favorites were the public library system (where he was one of their most frequent borrowers) and the educational and social needs of underprivileged children. In recognition of Tim’s deep fondness for these causes, the family suggests that any tributes in Tim’s memory be made to either of the following:

The Library Foundation of Los Angeles, www.lfla.org
630 West 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Oasis Community Center, www.centuryvillages.org
2001 River Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90810

LISC Sponsored Roundtable Series Presents: Legislative Updates from Sacramento

School is out for summer, but the work doesn’t stop during recess! Come hear from our state representatives in the Assembly and Senate as they share updates from the capitol on housing legislation and other priorities. Assemblymember Todd Gloria and Senator Toni Atkins are confirmed to speak and will be joined from other capitol insiders to discuss the outlook at the halfway point of the legislative session.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Registration: 8:30 – 9:00 AM
Program: 9:00 – 11:00 AM

San Diego Housing Commission
1122 Broadway, 5th Floor
San Diego, CA 92101

$25 Members/ $35 Non-Members
Registration Now!

RSSN – June 22, 2017 Trauma Informed Services and Community Building (TICB)

On June 22nd, 35 service providers joined us for an informative presentation and interactive discussion on Trauma Informed Community Building (TICB) at The San Diego Foundation.

Steve Russell welcomed our members to the 4th workshop in the 2017 Resident Services Training Series. This series is designed to provide specialized and foundational training for professionals in the field of Resident Services within Affordable Housing.

Our first presenter, Barry Pollard, the founder of Urban Collaborative Project, introduced to our members trauma and resilience. He has helped educators, law enforcement, mental health professionals and community leaders understand trauma and how to identify signs of it in the residents and populations they serve. Staff learned how trauma affects daily interaction with community residents, and especially school aged children.

Next, Rafael Monroy, STEP Center Resident Services Coordinator at John Adams Manor/PJAM, shared evidence of incorporating trauma-informed principles as a TICB practitioner. Rafael shared his experience working in a challenging low income neighborhood with a history of violence, gangs and murders.

Our third presenter was Adrienne Markworth, Executive Director of Leah’s Pantry. Lean’s Pantry supports healthy, sustained behavior changes with innovate programs, builds a capacity of partner organizations, and develops cutting-edge tools that leverage technology and incorporate community perspective. For example on http://eatfresh.org/, members will be able to access 400+ recipes, meal plans, and direct education (self-pace online course in English and Spanish). She shared her own TICB experience and specific examples of incorporating trauma-informed principles into nutrition and food security work in poor, elderly and immigrant communities.

The Federation would like to give Adrienne a special thank you for incorporating her own practice and preparing healthy snacks in the morning for our members.

Soon after, the staff had time to break out into small groups and discussed how to overcome barriers to engagement, participation and program development that lead to successful outcomes. They discussed what they were currently doing to better their resident’s health and had time to write a new Plan of Action that would be implemented at their sites.

Staff gained knowledge of existing TICB support systems to help improve the daily outcomes of their roles in Community Building. At the end of the training, attendees had a better understanding of TICB and specific principles that help build residential communities.

CLICK (link: http://housingsandiego.org/2017-6-22-trauma-informed-services-and-community-building/sdhf-trauma-informed-presentation-6-22-17/ ) to review PowerPoint from the RSSN TICB training.

Weekly Brief – June 28, 2017

Action Alert: Call Your Assemblymember
Flood the phones of your district offices starting today!

Don’t let the California Legislature put off funding for affordable housing for another year. Starting today, we ask that you call and tweet your assemblymember to tell them to support SB 2 and AB 71 before summer recess. Call and tweet every day. Share with your coworkers, family, and friends and urge their participation in this action. Your advocacy will make a different in supporting affordable homes across California.

Step 1: Find your district
Enter your home address here to find your assemblymember. Then call the member’s Capitol office. Capitol numbers (members listed alphabetically).

Step 2: Call
Use this sample script to make the call easier. Feel free to add your own context to describe the crisis.

Step 3: Tweet
Use these instructions to tweet all week. Share and re-tweet as much as possible.

 California Housing Partnership and San Diego Housing Federation Present:
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, will present detailed information on at-risk affordable housing throughout San Diego County. Following the presentation, Anne Wilson, Senior Vice President with Community HousingWorks, will lead a series of questions on the data findings. Workshop attendees will be invited to discuss best practices and policy solutions to preserve these affordable homes.

Thursday, July 6, 2017
Registration: 1:15 – 1:30 PM
Program: 1:30 – 3:00 PM

The San Diego Foundation
Raymond Executive Board Room
2508 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92106

This event is free of charge. Space is limited.


Save the Date
LISC Sponsored Roundtable Series Presents:
Legislative Updates from Sacramento

School is out for summer, but the work doesn’t stop during recess! Come hear from our state representatives in the Assembly and Senate as they share updates from the capitol on housing legislation and other priorities. Assemblymember Todd Gloria is confirmed to speak and will be joined from other capitol insiders to discuss the outlook at the halfway point of the legislative session.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Registration: 8:30 – 9:00 AM
Program: 9:00 – 11:00 AM

San Diego Housing Commission
1122 Broadway, 5th Floor
San Diego, CA 92101

$25 Members/ $35 Non-Members

Registration Coming Soon!

Annual Affordable Housing and Community Development Conference and Institutes



2017 Annual Affordable Housing and Community Development Conference

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

Click here for more information

Online Registration will begin on August 21, 2017

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

Click here for agenda.