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Housing and Community Development Services Announcements

New, Enhanced Landlord Incentive Program Available May 1, 2022 – June 30, 2022

The County of San Diego, Housing and Community Development Services (HCDS) has launched a new, enhanced Landlord Incentive Program (LIP)  available for a limited time only. These increased incentives are available to landlords executing new leases with County of San Diego voucher holders participating in applicable special programs from May 1, 2022 - June 30, 2022.

This new, robust package of incentives includes:

  • LEASING BONUS: Landlords may receive up to $2500 for each unit newly leased to a person experiencing homelessness.
  • APPLICATION EXPENSES: Financial Assistance of up to $50 may be paid directly to landlords to cover application costs, such as a credit report and application fees.
  • SECURITY DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE: Receive up to two months’ rent security deposit.
  • HOLDING FEES: May be available for eligible participants.
  • LANDLORD LIAISON: Valued landlord partners receive personal customer service staff member. 

To learn more about these new incentives, please join us on our recurring Landlord Incentive Program (LIP) Webinar every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.

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Informational session will cover the increased landlord incentives. Landlords will have the opportunity to ask questions about the program.

 

Tenant-Commissioner Recruitment

The Housing Authority of the County of San Diego is seeking qualified applicants to serve as Tenant Commissioners on the Housing Authority of the County of San Diego Board of Commissioners.

The Board of Commissioners is the governing body of the Housing Authority of the County of San Diego (HACSD). As the governing body, the Board of Commissioners oversees the administration of the Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing Programs and is responsible for approving program activities, such as the Agency Plan, the annual budget, requests for funding, changes in program administration and implementation of new housing programs.  The HACSD Board of Commissioners is comprised of the five members of the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors and two Tenant Commissioners.

Public Housing residents and Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program participants in the Housing Authority of the County of San Diego (HACSD), are eligible for appointment to the HACSD’s Board of Commissioners as a tenant-commissioner.

Attendance at scheduled Tenant-Commissioner training and board meetings is a requirement for continued eligibility.

Interested applicants must submit an application to begin the application process. Application and informational documents are linked below. If you have any questions or to submit your application, email us at hacsdboards@sdcounty.ca.gov on or before Friday, June 3, 2022.

Announcement translations - Arabic | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese

Applications -  EnglishArabic | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese

Fact Sheets - EnglishArabic | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese

 

New Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) offers a monthly discount on internet service bill, for eligible households.

Housing and Community Development (HCDS) program participants and applicants may qualify for the new Affordable Connectivity Program, which offers a monthly discount on internet service and a one-time discount of $100 for a laptop, desktop, or tablet purchased through a participating provider. Households participating in certain government assistance programs such as SNAP, Medi-Cal, WIC, or other programs are eligible to receive this benefit.

For more information or to apply for this program, visit affordableconnectivity.com

 

Annual Plan and HOME-ARP Plan

The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Housing and Community Development Services (HCDS) is announcing the posting of the draft FY 2022-23 Annual Plan and HOME-ARP Cost Allocation Plan. The County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing at 9:00 a.m. on April 5, 2022 in Room 310 at the County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA. The Board will consider the proposed use of an estimated: $4,395,761 in CDBG funds; $3,280,906 in HOME funds; $363,813 in ESG funds; and $5,253,183 in HOPWA funds that the County will receive from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

The Board will also consider the proposed use of an estimated $2,000,000 in FY 2022-23 CDBG and HOME Program revenues and the reallocation of an estimated $9,600,000 in previous years’ HOME, ESG, CDBG and HOPWA entitlements. These figures are based on prior year funding levels. The Annual Plan describes proposed activities to be funded from FY 2022-23 and previous year entitlements, which must meet the goals established in the 2020-24 Consolidated Plan. The Board will also consider the proposed use of $11,891,028 in HOME-American Rescue Plan (HOME-ARP) funds.  The County is receiving HOME-ARP funds from HUD to assist the region in reducing and preventing homelessness and increase housing stability.

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Draft Plans:

 

Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHV).

Housing Authority of the County of San Diego (HACSD) is accepting referrals for Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHV) which are designed to serve individuals and families who are:

  • Experiencing homelessness,
  • At risk of experiencing homelessness,
  • Fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking,
  • Recently homeless or those whom providing rental assistance will prevent the family’s homelessness or having a high risk of housing instability.

These vouchers work similarly to other federal rental assistance programs administered by HACSD and are distributed in limited numbers based on available funding. Eligible households will be identified through the Coordinated Entry System (CES). This system helps identify the most appropriate housing resource for households experiencing homelessness, based on their needs. If you are interested in a referral for the EHV program, contact 2-1-1 San Diego or visit a Coordinated Entry Access Site. For additional information on the EHV Program please see FAQ's below.

Announcement translations - Arabic / Tagalog / Vietnamese / Spanish

FAQ's - EnglishArabic / Tagalog / Vietnamese / Spanish

 

New Project-Based Voucher development – Villa Lakeshore in Lakeside

On November 30th, 2021 at 7:30 AM the Housing Authority of the County of San Diego (HACSD) will be opening a new waiting list for a Project-Based Voucher development in the City of Lakeside designed to serve low-income households. Villa Lakeshore (12606 Lakeshore Dr. Lakeside, CA 92040) was recently converted from the Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation Program to the Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV) Program. This development includes 28 Project-Based Vouchers: 25 two-bedroom units and 3 three-bedroom units.

All applicants will be selected from HACSD’s Villa Lakeshore waiting list in accordance with federal housing policies, must meet program criteria, and be screened by the property management for tenancy. The highest preference goes to those who live or work in our jurisdiction AND have one of the following:

  • Dependent children
  • Elderly person (head of household or spouse is 62 years of age or older)
  • Disabled person (head of household or spouse is disabled)
  • Veteran or surviving spouse of veteran (other than dishonorable discharge)
  • Working applicant (Must have worked at least 32-plus hours per week for the previous 12 months). You may combine job training or an academic program as part of the previous 12-month requirement.
  • Homeless 

If you are interested in applying for the Villa Lakeshore rental assistance waitlist, you can apply on or after November 30, 2021. How to apply: 

  • Online www.sdhcd.org   
  • Call 858-694-4801 
  • In person at 3989 Ruffin Road, San Diego, CA 92123 

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HCDS COVID-19 Related Updates

The temporary suspension, or moratoriums, on evictions are in place for San Diegans experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Typically under the moratoriums, although tenant rent portions can be delayed, forgiveness on back rents is not covered. Tenants are required to pay back unpaid rent amounts. If you need assistance related to landlord-tenant issues, including information on protections under eviction moratoriums, please contact Legal Aid Society of San Diego at 1(877) 534-2524 or visit their website https://www.lassd.org/

Please see below for information on the temporary prohibitions on evictions.

Moratoriums – Listing of Federal, State and local moratoriums that have been enacted prohibiting tenant evictions for renters.

HUD Flyer: Addressing Tenant concerns regarding rent and the temporary suspension of evictions for non-payment of rent  

HUD Flyer: Tools for Landlords with Tenants Impacted by COVID-19 - HUD published a document to help landlords engage with at-risk tenants while remaining in compliance with fair housing laws and understand the key elements of a repayment plan.  The document also provides links to sample rent repayment agreements. 

HUD Resource: COVID-19 Tenant Guidance: Rent Repayment Plans - HUD published a document to assist at-risk tenants in understanding and pursuing rent repayment agreements with their landlords.  The document includes links to helpful resources and a sample script for requesting a repayment agreement from a landlord.

The Housing Authority of the County of San Diego (HACSD) has adopted the broad level CARES Act HUD Waivers.

Unit Inspections - The Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection process has temporarily changed.

CARES Act HUD Waivers – The Housing Authority of the County of San Diego (HACSD) has adopted the broad level CARES Act HUD Waivers included in this policy.

HOME and HOPWA Waivers - HACSD has adopted the HOME and HOPWA Waivers

Notice of Funding Availability - No Place Like Home Program

The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Housing and Community Development Services (HCDS) is announcing the availability of funding for affordable multi-family supportive housing. Funds will be provided in the form of loans to successful applicants serving persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness.

Application submittals must be complete and in compliance with all of the specified application requirements set forth in the NOFA solicitation documents. Download application here.         

No Place Like Home FAQ's

For more information, please visit our website or contact Felipe Murillo email or 858-694-4807.

 

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