The mayor and several City Council members have put forth different housing plans this year. And while city leaders agree that we’re facing a major housing shortage that’s caused home prices and rents to surge, there’s less consensus on how to solve the problem.
VOSD’s Lisa Halverstadt read all the plans so you don’t have to looking mostly for what they had in common, since those may be the easiest to implement.
The policies that seem to have the most support include setting annual housing production goals, encourage development near public transit, reduce parking requirements and make it easier to build granny flats.
• KPBS has an update on the Mission Valley community plan, where thousands of new housing units can start to chip away at the city’s housing woes.
The housing crisis isn’t isolated to San Diego. It’s a statewide problem.
CALmatters has a cool visual representation of how bad housing costs are getting throughout the state and how things got that bad.
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Solving this homeless crisis is very much like the case of a hoarder who knows that getting rid of stuff must be done. But, can't get started because the project seems overwhelming. So? Start with the easiest: college-age young people and the already identified and qualified very low income families with school-age children.
a. 18+ year olds don't want to live at home. They want to make their own money and go to college. They just want a place to "crash", a room. There are plenty of rooms in homes available. What is needed is to provide the homeowner a way to secure the rest of the home and provide independence for the room renter. The cost of providing both is minimal. The result is a win-win. A win for the student with, most likely, a very low cost rent. And, a win for the homeowner to provide some needed income.
b. There are many families that need a home. Why not do a "Katrina" and obtain free mobile homes from the Federal Government. The City could provide free water and utilities and families can live independently. Families could live this way for a period of three years. After which, families would be required to begin a slow upward sliding scale of rental payments and utility payments.
c.*The City cannot take care of the hardcore street homeless until the City decides to allow the street homeless to live as they do: smoking and drinking. The street homeless are free to do drugs, smoke, and get drunk. Getting them into supervised homes could reduce their drug and cigarette abuse. no tent city.
d. The City must begin to purchase land in areas of town with little or no low income housing. The City then would build nicely appointed subsidized housing: high rise apartment buildings, town homes, and single family detached homes. And, the land must be purchased on current or future planned mass transit routes. Mira Mesa, Rancho Bernardo, La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Point Loma, University City, and the College area must carry a load of low income housing. No more NIMBY-ism. And, no more dumping of low income housing in current low income neighborhoods.
Only the government could claim that adding costs can improve affordability! Please just get out of the way. $3 Billion bond? Who benefits? A few lottery winners and the well connected. Just increase density 20% throughout San Diego, reduce the time and cost required for permits and watch the development happen. Simple - No crony capitalism, less bureaucracy, more innovation. Let the people decide.