San Diego County's need for affordable housing was apparent Friday when the Lofts on Landis celebrated its grand opening in Chula Vista.
The units rent for as low as $507 a month and are available for families that make a maximum of $56,400 a year.
More than 1,200 people applied to call one of the 33 units home.
"We have a waiting list a mile long, even for this property," said Ken Sauder, president and CEO of Wakeland Housing and Development.
Wakeland built the Lofts and more than 6,000 affordable housing units in California.
Sauder said the homes help families spend money on things like food, school supplies and better lives for their children.
"It's about the families," he said.
Sauder said several developers are working on affordable housing projects throughout the county and people shouldn't wait until they're done.
"Find out where they have properties and get on waiting lists," he recommended.