Workshop Proposals – Deadline Extended to Friday, June 23, 2017

2017 Annual Affordable Housing and Community Development Conference

Call for Workshop Proposals – Deadline Extended!

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 23, 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.

New CHPC Reports Show Depth & Impact of Housing Shortfall in San Diego


New Reports Show Depth and Impact of Housing Shortfall
in Five Southern California Counties

Today, the California Housing Partnership released the final installment of its 2017 Housing Needs Assessment series, describing the affordable housing crisis facing lower-income renters in five Southern California counties: Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego.

For more info, click HERE.

Key findings from San Diego include:

  • Cuts in federal and state funding, including elimination of State Redevelopment, have reduced investment in a ordable housing production and preservation in San Diego County by nearly $124 million annually since 2008, a 69% reduction.
  • Median rent in San Diego County has increased 36% since 2000 while median renter household income has increased only 4%, when adjusted for inflation.
  • Renters need to earn more than 3 times local minimum wage to afford the median asking rent of $1,940 in San Diego County.
  • San Diego County’s lowest-income renters spend 69% of income on rent, leaving little left for food, transportation, health expenses, and other needs.
  • When housing costs are considered, San Diego County’s poverty rate rises from 13.9% to 20.8%.
  • San Diego County needs 142,052 more affordable rental homes to meet the needs of its lowest-income renters.

Policy solutions recommended by the San Diego Housing Federation include:

  • Adopt local revenue sources to leverage state and federal resources to finance the construction and preservation of affordable homes, similar to those recently passed in other California jurisdictions.
  • Maximize the use of public lands for affordable housing and require affordable housing as a component of development on public lands located near transit.
  • Enact local programs to incentivize the development of affordable homes as a part of new development, including the City of San Diego’s Affordable Homes Density Bonus Program.
  • Fully implement inclusionary ordinances and related in-lieu fees, commercial linkage fees, and SRO replacement ordinances.
  • Make San Diego more competitive for state Cap-and-Trade funds by including affordable housing in all local TOD (transit-oriented development) policies, including Climate Action Plans and SANDAG’s Smart Growth Plan.
  • Identify local resources that can be matched with state No Place Like Home funds to create permanent supportive housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.


Register Today! LISC Roundtable: The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program

LISC Roundtable Series Presents:
The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program

Bringing Statewide Resources to the San Diego Region

The Strategic Growth Council’s Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program provides grants and affordable housing loans for compact transit-oriented development and related infrastructure and programs that reduce greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions. Since 2014, the San Diego region has received over $27 million from the AHSC program for the development of transit-oriented affordable housing. Senior SGC staff will present updates on the AHSC program and engage in a dialogue about program objectives and making competitive applications.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Registration: 8:30 – 9:00 AM
Program: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

The San Diego Foundation
2508 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92106

$25 Members/ $35 Non-Members

Register Now!

Ruby Awards – SOLD OUT


We are SOLD OUT!

2017 Ruby Awards

One of SDHF’s signature events, the annual Ruby Awards is the county’s largest affordable housing industry recognition event honoring the best people, projects, and achievements during the past year. Every year, hundreds of housing and community leaders from across the region and around the state will be on hand to applaud winners in more than a dozen categories and be inspired by their achievements.

2017 Ruby Awards will held be on Thursday, June 1, 2017
at the Prado in Balboa Park

Registration and Reception — 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Awards Program and Dinner — 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Ruby Awards recognize excellence in affordable housing and community development, highlighting the accomplishments of people, agencies and developments that work to ensure all San Diegans, regardless of income, have a safe, stable place they can afford to call home.

No Place Like Home Program Comments Task Group

Register Now!

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.

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.