Addressing homelessness is one of my top priorities. Every single day, we are getting people off the street, connected to services and on a path to securing permanent housing.  

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Underused City Property Will Become Affordable Homes 

The City is looking for a developer to turn our Homelessness Response Center (HRC) located at 1401 Imperial Avenue into 100% affordable rental units.

The City purchased the HRC property in 2018, and it has been used by the San Diego Housing Commission to help people experiencing homelessness get connected to shelter and services since 2020.

While we’ll continue to offer the HRC’s valuable services to unsheltered San Diegans at other locations, the best use of this City-owned property is to provide the affordable housing residents need to get and stay housed permanently.

This project requires that all of the rental homes on the property be reserved for low- or moderate-income people and families.

Proposals must be submitted to the City by May 1, 2024, at 5 p.m. The City hopes the purchase and sale of the property will move quickly, especially with the 100% affordable housing review incentives now available through the development review process. 

Road to Home

Transforming an MTS Parking Lot into Affordable Apartments 


An innovative new affordable apartment project in Rancho Bernardo shows how San Diegans are thinking outside of the box and working together to build more affordable housing in all corners of our city. 

Affordable Housing developers Affirmed Housing partnered with the City, Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), the County of San Diego, our city’s Housing Commission and the Building and Construction Trades Council to make their new SkyLINE project possible. 

SkyLINE will use a portion of an existing underused MTS parking lot that is in close proximity to several off-site amenities -- including bus service, grocery stores, pharmacies, healthcare options, and the Rancho Bernardo library -- transforming it into 100 apartment homes set aside for individuals and families earning between 30 and 60 percent of the area median income and roughly 14,000 square feet of commercial space that will be Affirmed Housing’s new company headquarters.  

For the City of San Diego and my administration, SkyLINE checks a lot of boxes: For starters, it’s one of the inaugural projects in our Bridge to Home program. This program, overseen by our Economic Development Department, bridges the gap in financing for projects like this through direct city investment. For this project, the City invested $5 million to help get it across the finish line. 


Now three funding rounds in, Bridge to Home has awarded more than $60 million to 16 housing projects totaling nearly 1,340 affordable homes, with 368 of those set aside for people experiencing homelessness. 


Second, SkyLINE is part of our Affordable Housing Permit Now program – which was initiated by the executive order I signed last year, requiring 100% affordable housing projects to be reviewed within 30 days. Our Development Services Department not only accepted my challenge, but then exceeded expectations, reviewing projects in 9 days on average. 


This program is saving time and money and getting shovels in the ground faster. 


Finally, SkyLINE is being built under a project labor agreement. I had the honor this week of signing into law the first citywide project labor agreement that will ensure that our City public works projects are built on time and on budget and prioritize local workers for these high-quality, good-paying jobs. 


Building more homes for all income levels is the best way to lower the cost of housing and put more hard-earned dollars back in the pockets of San Diegans. And aligning this housing with public transit gives residents more options for getting around, cuts their fuel costs and helps us reach our ambitious climate goals.  

Get Involved

San Diego Students Share Some Love with Safe Sleeping sites on Valentine’s Day

City and nonprofit staff handed out dozens of handmade Valentine’s Day cards and candy to residents at both of the City’s Safe Sleeping sites on Feb. 14. Students from a third and fifth grade class at Benchley-Weinberger Elementary in San Carlos made the cards and filled them with art and inspirational messages. There were plenty of smiles from residents who got the cards (and some teary-eyed staff).

Contact Dreams for Change to learn more about how you can help at the City's Safe Sleeping sites.

News Stories of Interest... 

Huge batch of proposed San Diego policy changes would make it easier to open behavioral-health clinics, turn malls into homes and more (San Diego Union-Tribune) 


Man's journey from homeless to his own apartment (CBS 8)  


California Senate bill seeks to prohibit homeless camps near schools (Los Angeles Times)  


County Begins Placing Flood-Impacted Residents into Temporary Housing (Times of San Diego)  


Former hotel property being used as short-term shelter for San Diego flood victims (NBC 7 San Diego)

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