Affordable Housing in Lemon Grove
The cities of San Diego and Lemon Grove are set to sell lots for $1 to a non-profit land trust aiming to provide more affordable housing for local families. Charles Davis and Jean Diaz were in studio to tell us more about it.
Charles E. Davis is the principal of Urban West Development, which was founded in 1996 specializing in supporting owners, investors and non-profits with the development of real estate. Charles Davis has been in involved in over 800 million dollars in development and construction. Charles experience includes the management of housing, retail, industrial, environmental and commercial projects from acquisition, planning, development, construction and operations. He has over 35 years of experience in community and real estate development which includes feasibility analysis, project budgeting, site selection and acquisition, project consultant/contractor selection and coordination, project monitoring and cost controls, scheduling, change orders management, submital and pay application systems administrations and project financing.
His expertise also includes government agency negotiations, regulatory compliance and enforcement and the development, construction and asset management of affordable housing, multi-family housing, senior housing, single family tracts, condominiums and commercial/retail centers. He has served as Director of Project Development for Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Community Development Officer of the Gaslamp Quarter Association in San Diego, Director of Development at Land grant Development and partner in the firms of Thompson and Associates and Robinson Development.
Charles attended the University of California at Los Angeles School of Engineering and has a Business degree from the University of Redlands. He also studied and completed the Community Economic Development Program at San Diego State University. He is a Licensed California General Building Contractor and is a Member of the Construction Management Association of America.
The San Diego Community Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to create and preserve affordable ownership opportunities for working families that are otherwise priced out of the expensive real estate market in San Diego County. Home ownership through SDCLT provides the opportunity for equity and wealth accumulation, albeit with resale restrictions and limits on appreciation in order to preserve homeownership affordability for future generations of income-qualifying families. In addition, SDCLT’s stewardship provides on-going support to owners, monitors improvements and maintenance, intervenes when financial problems arise and seeks neighborhood participation in the management of the organization thereby enhancing neighborhood stability.
Why What We Do Is So Important
San Diego’s Homeownership Affordability Index ranks among the lowest in the country with the third highest percentage of working households with a severe housing cost burden. This housing crisis impacts lower wage working families such as those in San Diego’s vital tourism, retail, hospitality and agriculture industries, teachers, public safety workers , recent graduates and the growing senior population living on fixed incomes as well as returning veterans and the disabled. As a result many working families are forced to live in outlying communities yielding long commutes that increase congestion, degrade the environment and quality of life, or are forced to live in substandard housing or spend less on healthcare, nutrition and education.