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Chula Vista seeing affordable housing boom

Posted: 6:16 PM, Mar 21, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-22 01:58:42Z

Chula Vista may be the best bet for affordable housing in the future, as the South Bay city has the most land set aside for new housing.

The city has a law on the books that requires 10 percent of any new development with 50 or more units be reserved for lower-income residents.

Wakeland Housing and Development recently opened the Lofts on Landis in western Chula Vista. Hundreds of people were on a waitlist for about 30 apartments.

Across San Diego County, thousands of people are still on affordable housing waiting lists.

"We couldn't even get return calls because the waiting lists were huge," said Norma Johnson, who was overjoyed to move into the Lofts. "It was an adventure."

A Chula Vista spokeswoman said the city expects to build between 800 and 1,000 new homes in the next five years. That could mean a minimum of 80 to 100 new affordable housing units.

The Chula Vista City Council will receive a report Tuesday night that says the city gained 158 between 2013 and 2014, giving it a total of 2,611 affordable housing units.