Legislative Advocacy FY 2017

Federal

National Moving to Work Conference – April 20, 2017

SDHC President & CEO Gentry introduced HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson and participated in a panel discussion with him about the Federal Moving to Work (MTW) program.

Secretary Carson emphasized the importance of encouraging innovative programs, such as MTW, as well as developing the workforce and providing educational opportunities for Federal rental assistance recipients.

U.S. Congressional Staff Briefing – February 21, 2017

At the invitation of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families, SDHC President & CEO Gentry spoke to U.S. Congressional staff in Washington, D.C., on February 21, 2017, about the state of affordable housing in the United States and SDHC’s unique approach to address the housing needs of low-income San Diegans.

City of San Diego

Select Committee on Homelessness – June 21, 2017

SDHC President & CEO Gentry presented the details of the next phase of HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO at the first meeting of the City Council’s Select Committee on Homelessness on June 21, 2017.

Over the next three fiscal years (2018-2020), SDHC will direct $79.7 million in Federal, City of San Diego and SDHC resources for six programs to provide permanent housing opportunities for 3,000 homeless San Diegans.

Mayor’s “Housing SD” Plan Announcement – June 21, 2017

SDHC President & CEO Gentry joined Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer for the announcement of the Mayor’s “Housing SD” Plan on June 21, 2017.

“Housing SD” includes a variety of reforms and incentives to produce more housing that is affordable for low- and middle-income families to address the City’s housing crisis.

The recommended actions in SDHC’s report Addressing the Housing Affordability Crisis: An Action Plan for San Diego align with many of the Mayor’s proposals.

City Councilmembers Scott Sherman and Chris Ward and former Mayor Jerry Sanders, who currently serves as President & CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, were also among the speakers at the Mayor’s news conference.

Special City Council Meeting on Homelessness – March 20, 2017

The proposed programs for the next phase of HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO were presented by SDHC President & CEO Gentry at the San Diego City Council’s March 20, 2017, special meeting on homelessness, called by Council President Myrtle Cole.

In addition, Mr. Gentry discussed the efforts of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless, including the implementation of the Coordinated Entry System and the development of a regional homelessness plan.

Housing Summit – January 25, 2017

Public-private partnership solutions identified by SDHC to address the housing crisis in the City of San Diego were the focus of SDHC President & CEO Gentry’s presentation to the San Diego City Council Smart Growth & Land Use Committee’s Housing Summit on January 25, 2017.

The SDHC solutions included: the programs of the first three years of HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO, SDHC’s homelessness action plan (2014-2017), and the 11 recommended actions included in SDHC’s 2015 report, Addressing the Housing Affordability Crisis: An Action Plan for San Diego.

San Diego City Councilmembers Scott Sherman and David Alvarez, the Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of the Smart Growth and Land Use Committee, convened the Housing Summit.