$25 million could help boost affordable housing in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Tens of millions of dollars could soon be set aside just to help bring some much-needed affordable housing to San Diego County.

On Tuesday, the County Board of Supervisors could vote to create a $25 million fund that would help proposed affordable housing projects meet their budgets and break ground.

A county staff report says projects that help work-eligible households become self-sufficient will get priority. It will also prioritize projects that help the homeless, those at risk of becoming homeless, veterans, persons with disabilities, seniors, transition age youth and families.

Kyle Trepanier, a substitute teacher who lives in North Park, just saw his rent rise $50 a month.

"One day, hopefully I will be able to get a house or stay in a place long term, besides jumping around, playing a best bet with who has the best rent," he said.

The average rent in the county is now $1,853 a month, up 6 percent from last year, according to MarketPointe Realty Advisors.

If the board approves the fund on Tuesday, the funds should become available to help with the projects early next year.

Meanwhile, the San Diego Housing Commission keeps a list of current affordable housing complexes, and recently updated its waiting list system. Access both here: http://www.sdhc.org/Affordable-Housing/

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