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Housing and Community Development

Housing and Community Development

The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) provides housing assistance and community improvements that benefit low- and moderate-income persons. HCD provides services to county residents through rental assistance, minor home improvement loans, first-time homebuyer assistance and public improvement programs. These programs reduce blight, improve neighborhoods and alleviate substandard housing. They also increase the supply of affordable housing by preserving housing stock and stimulating private sector production of lower-income housing units.

Housing and Community Development Services, acting as the Housing Authority of the County of San Diego, administers rental assistance programs and publicly-owned rental housing units that provide safe and affordable housing options for low-income families and special needs populations

Over 10,900 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 $9.6 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

9,691 annual housing inspections conducted to ensure all Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher residences are safe, decent, and sanitary

39 youth who were aging out of the foster care system and 64 families with children that were participants of the County’s substance abuse recovery and family reunification programs were provided housing assistance

25 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 15th consecutive year for demonstrating a high level of competency in 14 areas including quality control.  The Public Housing program High Performer status for the 7th  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; 515 County staff volunteered (comprising 29% of the entire PITC volunteers; 24 were from HCDS)

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

526 homeless households (1,174 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: 131 vouchers have been issued, 80 households are permanently housed through the Section 8 program 


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

$4.5 million conditionally approved to support the construction of two affordable housing developments consisting of 143 units. Those units, combined with an additional 118 units of Section 8 housing, will result in the creation of 261 new affordable housing apartments in the County.

17 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) projects were completed in Fiscal Year 2016-17 to support street improvements, sidewalks, ADA improvements, senior/homeless programs, park design & improvements, neighborhood cleanup services, fire equipment, and housing programs

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

70 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