San Diego is facing a housing shortage, and it’s causing rent and home prices to soar.

For decades, our region hasn’t been building enough homes to meet demand. 

Many building advocates say it’s challenging to build here because of environmental reviews, parking requirements and neighborhood opposition. 

Funding cuts for affordable housing production and preservation haven’t helped either. Another problem: Incomes haven’t kept pace with housing costs, particularly for the working class.

The housing crisis isn’t just hitting San Diego. California as a whole is in the midst of a housing shortage, which has led to more than 130 bills in the state Legislature aimed at solving the state’s housing issues

Locally, members of San Diego’s City Council have put forth proposals to try and combat the city’s high housing costs, too.

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In this week’s San Diego Explained, NBC 7’s Monica Dean and Voice of San Diego’s Maya Srikrishnan describe some of the solutions politicians are proposing to ease the housing crisis.

    This article relates to: Growth and Housing, Housing, Land Use, San Diego Explained

    Written by Kinsee Morlan

    Kinsee Morlan is the Engagement Editor at Voice of San Diego and author of the Culture Report. Contact her directly at Follow her on Facebook or Twitter. Subscribe to her podcast.

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    The problem is a bit more complicated. Land is finite and residentially zoned property (which is getting more scarce) is frequently zoned for single family homes and duplexes. A few years ago a national study found San Diego to be the city that is most suburban,because of its low densities. Some 49% of the city land area was defined as suburban. Attempts to increase density in areas with convenient public transportation and shopping have failed, as existing residents voiced their disapproval to the City Council. Given that dynamic, and Councilmember's unwillingness to buck their constituents, it is unlikely we will ever to build the housing we need.