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Housing and Community Development

Housing and Community Development

Housing and Community Development Services supports the creation of affordable housing, supportive housing, and new housing resources for vulnerable populations and assists families with achieving stability and self-sufficiency for region that is healthy, safe and thriving 


Over 10,300 households assisted monthly with a portion of the rent paid through U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds (Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Mainstream, Moderate Rehabilitation program, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS   (HOPWA), Emancipated Foster Youth, Shelter Plus Care, Substance Abuse Treatment)

Over $10.5 million contributed each month to the local economy in assistance payments to landlords in the region

159 apartments owned and operated by HCDS in five housing sites for low income families, and elderly and disabled persons

12,291 annual housing inspections conducted to ensure all Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher residences are safe, decent, and sanitary

41 youth who were aging out of the foster care system and 55 families with children that were participants of the County’s substance abuse recovery and family reunification programs were provided housing assistance

8 scholarships were awarded to low-income housing participants or their children attending college

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program earned High Performer designation for the 16th consecutive year for demonstrating a high level of competency in 14 areas including quality control.  The Public Housing program High Performer status for the 8th  consecutive year, recognizing excellence in facilities, financial condition and management


HCDS provides resources to help address homelessness in the region

Coordinated the County’s participation in the Annual Point in Time Count; 485 County staff volunteered (comprising 38% of the entire PITC volunteers; 21 were from HCDS)

659 homeless veterans were permanently housed through the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program

629 homeless households (18,169 bed nights) were assisted with emergency housing through the issuance of hotel vouchers for homeless families, disabled and elderly individuals

344 “special local preference” vouchers were dedicated to Project One For All to house persons with serious mental illness who are experiencing homelessness

Since June 2016: 169 vouchers have been issued, 145 households are permanently housed through the Section 8 program 

In FY 2017-18, 88 vouchers were issued, and 87 households were permanently housed 


HCDS administers programs that promote affordable housing development, support low- and moderate-income homeowners and home buyers, and improve the living environment in our communities most in need

$25 million Innovative Housing Trust Fund established by the Board of Supervisors to develop and implement more affordable housing units

16 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) projects were completed in Fiscal Year 2017-18 to support street improvements, sidewalks, ADA improvements, senior/homeless programs, park design & improvements, neighborhood cleanup services, fire equipment, and housing programs

34 low-income first-time homebuyers were provided down payment and closing cost assistance

48 Home Repair Program loans and/or grants were provided to low-income homeowners

40 apartment complexes were tested for compliance with Fair Housing regulations and statutes. The variable tested for in this effort was National Origin

Member of the San Diego Regional Alliance for Fair Housing - a  group of professionals working together to ensure that all residents in San Diego County have equal access to housing

Industry-Specific Award: 2018 – NAHRO Merit Award: Project One for All