Housing Authority History

Members of the San Diego City Council also serve as the Housing Authority of the City of San Diego (Housing Authority), which has final authority over SDHC’s budget and major policy changes.

The Housing Authority has supported SDHC as it has developed in the last 40 years into a public housing agency with a reputation for innovation and cost-effectiveness in its housing assistance programs.

The current members of the Housing Authority are:

  • City Council President Georgette Gómez
  • City Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry
  • City Councilmember Jennifer Campbell
  • City Councilmember Chris Ward
  • City Councilmember Monica Montgomery
  • City Councilmember Mark Kersey
  • City Councilmember Chris Cate
  • City Councilmember Scott Sherman
  • City Councilmember Vivian Moreno
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Leadership Excellence

Toni Atkins

Throughout her career in public service, including as a member of the City Council and Housing Authority of the City of San Diego (2000 – 2008), California State Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins has demonstrated exceptional leadership in support of the creation of affordable housing and addressing homelessness.

Under her leadership as a member of the San Diego City Council, in 2002, the nation’s first Housing State of Emergency was enacted, due to the shortage of affordable housing in San Diego. At that time, the City Council also approved the creation of the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance to produce additional affordable housing.

This year, on April 19, 2019, the California Association of Housing Authorities presented her with the John Bohm Legislative Advocacy Award.

Previous recognitions include SDHC’s first “Housing Champion” Award in 2014, induction into the California Housing Consortium’s Housing Hall of Fame in 2013, and the Legislator of the Year Award from the Corporation for Supportive Housing of California in 2012.

Georgette Gómez

As a member of the City Council and Housing Authority of the City of San Diego since 2016, City Council President Georgette Gómez has continued to advocate for the creation and preservation of affordable housing opportunities.

In 2019, the Pacific Southwest Regional Council of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (PSWRC-NAHRO) recognized her with the “In Appreciation Award,” for which SDHC nominated her.

This award recognized “an elected or appointed official who, in calendar year 2018, demonstrated excellence as an advocate of housing programs.”

As a Councilmember in 2018, she introduced Municipal Code amendments that added Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance as a protected source of income. Landlords can no longer decline a tenant based only on the household receiving rental assistance. The full City Council adopted these amendments on July 31, 2018.

In 2017, she proposed a “Housing Action Plan” with seven major initiatives to “stimulate the development of new housing, preserve existing affordable housing, and improve the overall quality of life in the City.

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Housing Authority of the City of San Diego

1979 – 1990

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Celia Ballesteros (1986 – 1987)

Linda Bernhardt (1989 – 1991)

Bill Cleator (1979 – 1987)

Bob Filner (1987 – 1993)

Tom Gade (1975 – 1979)

Susan Golding (1981 – 1983)

Mike Gotch (1979 – 1987)

John Hartley (1989 – 1993)

Roger Hedgecock, Mayor (1983 – 1986)

Bruce Henderson (1987 – 1991)

William Jones (1982 – 1987)

Lucy Killea (1978 – 1982)

Bill Lowery (1977 – 1981)

Uvaldo Martinez (1982 – 1986)

Judy McCarty (1985 – 2000)

Gloria McColl (1983 – 1989)

Bill Mitchell (1977 – 1985)

Dick Murphy (1980 – 1985)

Maureen O’Connor (1971 – 1979) (Mayor 1986 – 1993)

Wes Pratt (1987 – 1991)

Ron Roberts (1987 – 1995)

Fred Schnaubelt (1977 – 1981)

Larry Stirling (1977 – 1980)

Ed Struiksma (1981 – 1989)

Leon Williams (1969 – 1982)

Pete Wilson, Mayor (1971 – 1983)

Abbe Wolfsheimer (1985 – 1993)

Housing Authority of the City of San Diego

1991 - 2000

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Toni Atkins (2000 – 2008)

Tom Behr (1991 – 1993)

Phil Blair (2000)

Bob Filner (1987 – 1993)

Susan Golding, Mayor (1993 – 2000)

John Hartley (1989 – 1993)

Scott Harvey (1995)

Bruce Henderson (1987 – 1991)

Christine Kehoe (1993 – 2000)

Jim Madaffer (2000 – 2008)

Brian Maienschein (2000 – 2008)

Harry Mathis (1993 – 2000)

Judy McCarty (1985 – 2000)

Dick Murphy, Mayor (2000 – 2005)

Maureen O’Connor, Mayor (1986 – 1993)

Scott Peters (2000 – 2008)

Wes Pratt (1987 – 1991)

Ron Roberts (1987 – 1995)

Valerie Stallings (1991 – 2001)

George Stevens (1991 – 2002)

Barbara Warden (1993 – 2000)

Byron Wear (1995 – 2002)

Abbe Wolfsheimer (1985 – 1993)

Juan Vargas (1993 -2000)

Housing Authority of the City of San Diego

2001 - 2010

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David Alvarez (2010 – 2018)

Toni Atkins (2000 – 2008)

Carl DeMaio (2008 – 2012)

Marti Emerald (2008 – 2012)

Kevin Faulconer (2006 – 2014)

Donna Frye (2001 – 2010)

Todd Gloria (2008 – 2016)

Ben Hueso (2006 – 2010)

Ralph Inzunza (2001 – 2005)

Charles Lewis (2002 – 2004)

Sherri S. Lightner (2008 – 2016)

Brian Maienschein (2000 – 2008)

Jim Madaffer (2000 – 2008)

Dick Murphy, Mayor (2000 – 2005)

Scott Peters (2000 – 2008)

Jerry Sanders, Mayor (2005 – 2012)

George Stevens (1991 – 2002)

Byron Wear (1995 – 2002)

Anthony Young (2005 – 2012)

Lorie Zapf (2010 – 2018)

Michael Zucchet (2002 – 2005)

Housing Authority of the City of San Diego

2011 - 2019

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David Alvarez (2010 – 2018)

Barbara Bry (2016 – Present)

Jennifer Campbell (2018 – Present)

Chris Cate (2014 – Present)

Myrtle Cole (2013 – 2018)

Carl DeMaio (2008 – 2012)

Marti Emerald (2008 – 2012)

Kevin Faulconer (2006 – 2014)

Todd Gloria (2008 – 2016)

Georgette Gómez (2016 – Present)

Edward B. Harris (2014)

Mark Kersey (2012 – Present)

Sherri S. Lightner (2008 – 2016)

Monica Montgomery (2018 – Present)

Vivian Moreno (2018 – Present)

Scott Sherman (2012 – Present)

Chris Ward (2016 – Present)

Anthony Young (2005 – 2012)

Lorie Zapf (2010 – 2018)