Housing and Community Development

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In recognition of the Housing America Month Campaign, HCD would like to highlight efforts that support affordable housing and increase the local quality of life.  

The spotlight this week is on HCD’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program, which promotes economic independence and self-sufficiency for participating Section 8 families.  FSS Program participants set career and educational goals designed to achieve self-sufficiency within five years. At the end of the five-year term, participants who successfully achieve the goal of full-time employment and who have been off welfare programs (including Cal-Works and General Relief) for at least 12 consecutive months, graduate and receive funds accrued in their escrow account. As participants start working and earning more, their portion of rent increases. This increase is saved in an escrow account for the participant. When all the goals have been successfully completed, the participant receives the balance accumulated in their escrow account.

A recent FSS Program graduate Tara, found herself in San Diego pregnant, fleeing a domestic violence situation, and with no support system. After enrolling in the FSS Program in 2011, Tara obtained a bachelor’s degree, found full-time employment, repaired her credit, and improved her money management skills. Through the FSS Program, Tara was able to accomplish all her career and educational goals. She looks forward to using her escrow funds for a down payment on a home.


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) designated the County’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) as a “High Performer” for the last 12-month rating period. Serving as the County's Housing Authority, HCD was recognized for its efficient management of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

High Performer is HUD's highest possible designation, which HCD has earned for 13 consecutive years. The ratings are based on 14 key performance indicators, such as the voucher utilization rate and quality control results. This rating demonstrates that HCD is administering the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program at a consistently high level in accordance with HUD’s standards.  The designation also provides HCD with the potential for additional funding opportunities. 


HCD is excited to support NAHRO's Housing America Month Campaign, aimed at raising national awareness of the millions of Americans struggling to afford a roof over their heads and the need for safe, quality, affordable housing. Through increased awareness, the Campaign seeks to gain public support for additional State and Federal funding to meet the affordable housing need. 

This effort underscores HCD’s mission to provide the San Diego region with a complete spectrum of housing opportunities, from rent subsidies to homeownership which enhance the local quality of life.  We’d like to take the opportunity to share our annual efforts which use State and Federal funds to help those seeking assistance:

  • 11,000 families are assisted with Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program rental assistance
  • 1700 families reside in affordable housing complexes funded in part by HCD
  • HCD is a proud member of the Regional Continuum of Care, which brought $14.8 Million in federal funds into the San Diego region for homeless services, including emergency shelters, transitional housing and permanent housing
  • 159 units of public and farm worker housing are supported
  • 270 families with special needs receive rent subsidies
  • Over 300 veterans are assisted with affordable housing
  • 42 low-income households were assisted with the purchase of a home or with funds to address deferred home maintenance from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014
  • 24 Scholarships awarded to program participants attending two- or four-year colleges or vocational training from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014 

There is an important opportunity to bring additional federal dollars to our region to end homelessness. - On September 16, 2014, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year 2014 Funds in the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition. The Regional Continuum of Care Council (RCCC), with San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria as Chair, is eligible to apply for approximately $15 million in the CoC's Annual Renewal Demand. In addition, this year the RCCC has the ability to apply for approximately $2 million of new HUD dollars for a single bonus project that provides Permanent Supportive Housing for chronically homeless individuals and families. HUD has deemed San Diego as "high priority" for additional resources to serve people who are chronically homeless. 

Together we can end homelessness in San Diego.

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New Video – "Fair Housing and Disability: Reasonable Accommodations"

This six-minute video was designed to inform housing providers of their rights and responsibilities under state and federal fair housing laws. Disability is one of the most frequently cited basis of housing discrimination complaints. Problems can arise when rental property owners/resident managers do not understand their obligation to make changes in rules and policies in order to provide reasonable accommodation to persons with disabilities.

To view this and other fair housing information, go to http://www.fairhousingoc.org.