Homelessness and Housing

Building Better Housing Options

The County of San Diego is committed to ending homelessness. We are joined by our partners in finding long-term solutions while also expanding support for those currently in need. 

A place to call home.

This past year, our County Health and Human Services Agency awarded more than $20 million to five housing projects that serve low-income San Diegans and seniors and veterans who were previously homeless. Using our Innovative Housing Trust Fund, we are helping create nearly 1,400 affordable housing units in 20 developments in 15 communities across the county. 

In an important first, we broke ground on a project in Linda Vista to turn surplus County property into low-income housing. And we opened a new permanent-housing support community for older adults experiencing homelessness in Clairemont, with medical and essential services.

We made $12 million in American Rescue Act funding available to people and companies willing to acquire, build or rehabilitate multi-family affordable housing units to help extremely low-income people. The units will be used to give homes to people with physical or developmental disabilities, severe mental or substance use disorders, to families, older adults, veterans and others. 

Expanding shelters for those experiencing homelessness.

We also made $10 million available to the county’s 18 cities to build shelters and places to stay for people experiencing homelessness. One recent partnership with the Lucky Duck Foundation and City of San Diego created a 150-bed emergency shelter this summer. 

We recently opened our first Safe Parking Site for people experiencing homelessness in East County.

Providing affordable housing options for all.

Moreover, we are waiving permit fees to encourage people to build Accessory Dwelling Units. And we're looking to create an Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance that will require new developments to include housing that people who earn median incomes or less can afford.



Households get Monthly Rental Assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher Program or from Federal Funds Issued by the County



Accessory Dwelling Unit Permits Issued