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San Diego County, MTS put up surplus land for affordable housing



County and transportation officials announced Monday they have identified nine more properties where developers can begin building affordable housing.

San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher was joined by Sharon Cooney, CEO of the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, and David Estrella, director of San Diego County Housing and Community Development Services, for a press conference Monday at the former Northeast Family Resources Center, one of the nine properties identified as surplus, government-owned properties.

The surplus properties, three of which are owned by the county and six by MTS, have been labeled “underutilized,” totaling more than 13 acres that have become available for housing development.

“Access to affordable housing is at crisis levels right now,” Fletcher said. “We want to do everything we possibly can to find solutions, to find locations and find ways that we can invest in building affordable housing right here in San Diego County.”

Fletcher also said that county staff is expected to bring more county properties to the Board of Supervisors to request they be designated as surplus later this year.

The county has other ongoing efforts to increase the number of affordable housing units in the region.

The Board of Supervisors recently approved $23 million to support four projects that will construct 421 units of housing for seniors, people with disabilities, the homeless or those at risk of being homeless, and people with behavioral health challenges located in Ramona, Clairmont, San Ysidro and Vista.

The county has also contributed $14 million for 407 new affordable units at the Saint Teresa of Calcutta Villa in East Village, $6.25 million to build 100 affordable housing units for low-income individuals and families in San Marcos, and $10 million on a 50-unit senior apartment complex in Escondido for older people who are homeless and have a serious mental illness.

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