We have a crisis in San Diego. The city’s thousands of homeless know this, the thousands of families on the brink of homelessness know this, and the thousands of residents faced with rising rents know this.
From day one, my office has been working to address this issue. Actively seeking solutions to address the housing affordability and homelessness crisis are top priorities of my office.
Data shows that income and wages are not keeping pace with the rising costs of housing. Federal resources for programs, such as Section 8, do not match the continually growing demand. Development barriers exist in many communities, including permit processing times, outdated community plans and conflicting community priorities. Low housing vacancy rates are contributing to a competitive housing market, raising rents and hindering future growth. The bottom line is that we are not building enough homes for our workforce.
Countywide, median rents have increased 36 percent since 2000, yet median renter income has only increased by 4 percent. Our lowest-income renters are spending 69 percent of their income on rent, leaving very little left for food, transportation, health care and other necessary expenses.
With such a high cost of living, families who work in low-wage jobs and seniors on fixed incomes are particularly at risk of becoming homeless. Many residents are one paycheck away from living on the street.
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What Plan? How about we get rid of plan checkers and certify Architects and engineers, who are actually responsible and can be sued. Plan checkers take time to review plans, cost money and have no responsibility if your house falls down, but the engineer and architect do. Inspections are important, but I have found that Plan Checkers do not add any value, and we could reduce city pay rolls.
This is not a plan...it's a pipe dream...Easy enough to list all these worthy ideas, but the devil and sometimes the angel is in the details. Where are the details. It's not WHAT, but HOW and WHO and BY WHEN. I worked too long helping organizations achieve their goals with specifics to buy anything as la-di-da and pie in the sky as this. Actually, Ms. Gomez, you want what everybody working on homelessness wants. So let's see how it's going to happen. Who, specifically, will make it happen and what's the date for it to be accomplished.
Oh, and what will be the penalties when that doesn't happen.
San Diego is so full of talk, it's a surprise that there's any energy left for the "leaders" to drink wine and sit by the pool.
Remarkably void of specifics. When The plan arrives we can expect more heavy govt social engineering. Politicians seem oblivious to how we got here. Govt policies have made developing housing increasing difficult and expensive. This makes it more vitally to build so developers build less and when they do build they need to build more extensive houses to attempt to recover their investment.
Here's ideas that would help and cost no money!
Provide a waiver to all developers to build residential in commercial zones.
Let developers build whatever size homes they desire, big or small.
Allow developers to convert office buildings to residential without development fees.
Suspend expensive regulations like requiring parking. It's the Uber era!
The above would have a dramatic on the supply. Give people incentive and path to make a profit and they'll respond.
The free market will provide products people need of allowed to operate. It happens everyday all around us with life essentials like food. For some wacky reason people valued politicians should oversee housing.
I am I missing something? What's the plan proposed? Does she want the gov build the housing? The outline left me unsure of what she's actually thinking will help.
I know living along public transportation lines makes transportation easier for folks without a lot of disposiable income. However, I sensed dig at housing projects along trolley lines targeting middle and higher income households. If she's thinking that expensive housing doesn't belong on the trolley line then she the plan is doing a disservice to the MTS which needs more economic diversity in their ridership to expand. A better MTS will make a better commute and also help us with some of the environmental goals.
"....increasing developers’ fair share of affordable housing..." Watch your wallet when politicians use the euphemism, 'fair share.' Development restrictions created today's housing shortage misery, doubling down on those restrictions lead to higher costs for everyone. The most insidious aspect of affordable housing trap is the opportunity cost it associates with income gains: get a raise and get thrown out of your home because of the income cap.