San Diego faces housing crisis
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego City Council approved a 223-foot-high rise apartment building with 204 units at the corner of 6th and Olive. It’s fairly dense for the area but its close to downtown and public transit.
At his State of the City Address, Mayor Kevin Faulconer said the “not in my backyard” folks have worsened our housing crisis, and he repeated that on Good Morning San Diego.
Over the years political leaders have sided with the NIMBYs because they’re voters, but the housing crisis has gotten so severe it seems that bond needs to be broken.
To qualify for one of 18 apartments set aside as affordable housing, one has to earn less that 50% of the area’s median income. That means a family of four earning 45,000 dollars a year can’t live there.
18 units of affordable housing is a small number but it’s a message to neighborhoods to accept more density or it may be forced upon them.
Not having affordable housing isn’t a money problem though. The housing commission has millions of dollars, the city contributes housing funds, as does the state, and the voters this past November approved four billion dollars for housing. The money is there but the votes have not been.