Affordable Housing Tools

SDG&E Electricity Assistance (for Residents):  Energy Assistance Programs from SDG&E could mean savings for affordable housing residents on their monthly electric bills.  READ MORE...

The California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program offers a monthly discount of up to 35% off an electric bill which can mean savings of up to $275 each year based on average energy use. Eligible customers will typically see the discount within 30 days of receipt of an application.

Lower Rate for Electricity:  Enrolled customers are eligible for electricity at a lower rate within a certain usage level through the Family Electric Rate Assistance Program (FERA). A household that qualifies for FERA can have slightly higher incomes than CARE, but this program is only offered to households with three (3) or more members.

Medical Baseline Allowance Program:  If a household has a medical need that requires increased energy usage, the Medical Baseline program can save an average of 30% a month. For more information about what medical conditions qualify, call 1-800-411-7343.

Affordable Housing Trust Funds:  Housing trust funds are distinct funds established by city, county or state governments that receive ongoing dedicated sources of public funding to support the preservation and production of affordable housing and increase opportunities for families and individuals to access decent affordable homes. READ MORE...

Housing trust funds systemically shift affordable housing funding from annual budget allocations to the commitment of dedicated public revenue. While housing trust funds can also be a repository for private donations, they are not public/private partnerships, nor are they endowed funds operating from interest and other earnings. There is a National Housing Trust Fund (created in 2008 but never funded), state Trust Funds, and local Trust Funds.

The only local Housing Trust Fund is administered by the San Diego Housing Commission. It has limited funding from the city’s inclusionary housing in-lieu fees and the linkage fee.