Last week, the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) in San Diego, California, unveiled a three-year homelessness action plan, which it is calling Housing-First San Diego. CSH played an important behind-the-scenes role in offering guidance to San Diego’s leaders and their partners as they crafted a comprehensive strategy to create more affordable housing with supportive services. The plan has the potential to impact the lives of as many as 1,500 homeless San Diegans.
The Housing First-San Diego plan:
- Renovates the historical Hotel Churchill to create 72 affordable studios for homeless veterans and former foster youth;
- Makes available up to $30 million over the next three years to create supportive housing that will remain affordable for 55 years;
- Commits up to 1,500 federal rental assistance vouchers to provide housing to homeless individuals and families;
- Invests up to $15 million from the federal "Moving to Work" rental assistance program to acquire a property that will set aside 20 percent of its units for supportive housing for homeless San Diegans; and
- Dedicates 25 of SDHC's own affordable units to temporarily provide homes for homeless individuals and families. SDHC is one of the first public housing agencies in the nation to commit affordable rental housing that it owns for this purpose.
SDHC also released the criteria for the Supportive Housing Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). The purpose of the NOFA is to identify, and provide resources to, qualified and experienced agencies seeking to create housing for homeless individuals in San Diego.