SAN DIEGO — County officials announced Monday that demolition has begun on three properties — two in San Diego and one in Escondido — that will be developed into affordable housing.
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 last week to turn the three vacant, county-owned properties into affordable housing.
The properties are the former Northeast Family Resource Center at 5001 73rd Street in San Diego’s College Area neighborhood, land located at 6255 Mission Gorge Road in Grantville and a parcel at 600-620 E. Valley Parkway in Escondido, according to a presentation by county General Services and Housing and Community Development Services officials.
The plan from the county is part of its ongoing efforts to increase the number of affordable housing units in the region.
“What you see under construction, what you see moving forward today, that’s not it,” said Nathan Fletcher, board chairman, during a press conference at one of the sites Monday. “This board is committed doing everything we can to build affordable housing throughout the county, whether it’s in the unincorporated, partnering with the city.”
Also on Monday, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria announced the launch of the new “Bridge to Home” program, composed of seven projects that proposes a total of 662 apartments across the city. Nearly $32 million in funding is being made available to affordable housing developers.
After establishing the Innovative Housing Trust Fund in 2017, which provides gap financing for developments that create or preserve affordable housing, the county said the $50 million invested into the fund has since leveraged $567 million in other public and private funds. It has created and preserved 1,397 permanent affordable housing units within 20 developments in 15 communities throughout San Diego County, per officials.
County spokesperson José A. Álvarez said the Board of Supervisors increased funding by $20 million for a total of $70 million in August 2021.