SANDAG Asks State to Loosen the Purse Strings for Transit-Focused Housing
A new state program funds low-income housing projects near transit stations. Only two San Diego County projects made the cut. Now SANDAG is asking the state to lower the program’s standards for how close projects must be to stations, so that more local projects can compete.
Photo by Jamie Scott Lytle
The Paradise Creek low-income housing project in National City won funds from a new state program.
Two things don’t come easy to San Diego: figuring out how to build low-income housing, and figuring out how to develop near transit stations.
A new state program could address both issues, but local low-income housing advocates say the region isn’t as competitive as other major metro areas in the state because of its smaller public transit system.
The San Diego Association of Governments, or SANDAG, for its part has said the region got a healthy share of funding, but the regional planning agency is nonetheless asking the state to lower the program’s standards for how close projects must be to transit stations, so that more local projects can compete.
The new funding source is called the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program, and it offered $130 million this year to low-income housing projects that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by being built near transit stations and in already-developed, dense urban areas.