Housing First – San Diego

HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO

SDHC’s Homelessness Action Plan

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HousingFirstSanDiego@sdhc.org

HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO: 2018-2020

The San Diego Housing Commission’s (SDHC) homelessness action plan, HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO, is an effective, diverse funding and housing strategy that has created thousands of housing opportunities for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in the City of San Diego.

HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO is rooted in the national “Housing First” model of addressing homelessness – to provide individuals experiencing homelessness with housing as quickly as possible, with supportive services as needed.

The current phase of HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO launched on July 1, 2017. It builds on the accomplishment of the previous phases of this homelessness action plan, which launched on November 12, 2014.

November 12, 2014 – May 31, 2020:
9,299 housing opportunities created

  • 761 New units – SDHC Board approved and/or under construction
  • 8,538 Permanent housing opportunities created (completed developments [587 units], vouchers and other programs)

July 1, 2017 – Present

The programs of the current phase of HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO created more than 6,200 housing opportunities as of April 30, 2020—more than double its three-year goal.

Homelessness Prevention & Diversion

Homelessness Prevention helps families at risk of homelessness to remain permanently housed.

Diversion assists newly homeless families to identify alternative permanent housing or necessary support to stay out of the shelter system.

Prevention & Diversion assistance may include:

  • Housing location
  • Security deposit assistance
  • Temporary rental assistance (including rent arrears)
  • Short-term case management
  • Application fees
  • Utility deposits and payments

In addition, SDHC funds the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Family Reunification Program, which reconnects individuals and families living on the streets or in emergency shelters with family or other support systems through relocation assistance and follow-up services.

 

SDHC Moving Home Rapid Rehousing

SDHC Moving Home Rapid Rehousing helps individuals and families experiencing homelessness to quickly obtain and maintain permanent housing through a tailored package of assistance that can include rental assistance and case management. SDHC has committed 50 rental housing units that it owns, annually, to provide housing through the Moving Home program.

 

A Moving Home Story

Landlord Engagement & Assistance Program (LEAP)

The Landlord Engagement and Assistance Program (LEAP) provides incentives and benefits to landlords who rent to San Diegans experiencing homelessness, as well as housing location and financial assistance for tenants to pay security deposits and application fees.

Incentives for landlords include:

  • $500 for the first unit landlords rent to a homeless household and $250 for each additional unit
  • Up to two times the contract rent in security deposits and an average of $100 in utility assistance per household
  • A contingency fund to help landlords cover expenses, such as repairs that exceed security deposits
  • Dedicated San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) housing specialists to answer landlords’ questions

LEAP Video

A Landlord Story

New Permanent Supportive Housing

SDHC committed up to $50 million over three fiscal years through HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO to create new permanent supportive housing for San Diegans experiencing homelessness.

Permanent supportive housing is rental housing that is affordable for low-income households and includes access to voluntary supportive services.

SDHC has awarded $46.9 million toward the creation of 850 permanent supportive housing units through this program.

A Grand Opening Story

Notice of Funding Availability

Permanent Supportive Housing (No. 2019-01-SDHC)

On September 4, 2018, SDHC released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for up to $20 million to create affordable rental housing with supportive services for San Diegans experiencing homelessness. This NOFA also includes 525 federal rental housing vouchers committed by SDHC to provide rental assistance for San Diegans experiencing homelessness. This NOFA will remain open for applications until September 4, 2020, or until all available funds/vouchers have been committed, whichever occurs first. The NOFA and any applicable updates, including notification of NOFA closing, is accessible on the SDHC Vendor Portal with PlanetBids.

The $20 million NOFA for permanent supportive housing generally would be subject to federal prevailing wages if nine or more federal rental housing vouchers are awarded to the development and/or 12 or more units of the development are supported by federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program funds. If the development involves other funding sources that are not administered by SDHC, the most restrictive of the applicable federal and state prevailing wage requirements would apply. The developer is responsible for ensuring that the correct prevailing wage is paid.

SDHC Moving On Rental Assistance

SDHC partners with the County of San Diego Behavioral Health Services Division to provide rental assistance to individuals who previously experienced homelessness who are ready to transition out of permanent supportive housing, but continue to need rental assistance.

 

A Moving On Story

Coordinated Outreach

SDHC coordinates outreach teams from the City of San Diego Bridge Shelters to provide housing navigation services to unsheltered individuals experiencing homelessness throughout the City of San Diego. In Fiscal Year 2019, the outreach teams have been leaders in the implementation of new data collection activities within the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) administered by the Regional Task Force on the Homeless (RTFH). SDHC partnered with RTFH to facilitate trainings and provide guidance to the outreach teams on these new data collection activities, which allow outreach workers to gather more information about individuals experiencing homelessness to better inform prioritization for housing resources.

In February and March 2019, SDHC also partnered with City Councilmember Chris Ward, the County of San Diego, RTFH and service providers on the Connect Hillcrest pilot program to provide coordinated, concentrated street outreach services in Hillcrest to individuals experiencing homelessness.

 

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Mainstream Vouchers

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded HUD Mainstream Vouchers to SDHC, effective November 1, 2018, to provide rental assistance to families experiencing homelessness that include a non-elderly person with a disability between the ages of 18 and 61.

 

HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO: 2014-2017

The programs of the first three years of HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO, which was launched on November 12, 2014, are on target to impact the lives of close to 3,000 homeless San Diegans—Veterans, families and individuals in the City of San Diego – which far exceeds the initial goal of 1,500 homeless San Diegans:

  • Award Development Funds – Up to $30 Million ($10 million per year): Awarded $28.9 million toward the creation of 382 permanent supportive housing units.
  • Commit up to 1,500 Federal Rental Housing Vouchers: Committed 1,952 rental housing vouchers to nonprofit agencies and affordable housing developments to assist homeless San Diegans.
  • Renovate Hotel Churchill: Created 72 units of permanent supportive housing, including 56 for homeless Veterans; 8 for transitional age youth, ages 18-25; and 8 for adults exiting the corrections system. SDHC invested $9.2 million in Moving to Work (MTW) funds toward the $20.6 million total rehabilitation cost. Grand Reopening took place September 19, 2016.
  • Invest MTW Federal Funds to Acquire Property: Invested $15 million in MTW funds to purchase the 120-unit Village North Senior Garden Apartments on May 1, 2015, and set aside 44 rental apartments, or 36 percent, for homeless seniors.
  • Dedicate SDHC-owned Housing Units: Committed 25 SDHC-owned housing units year-round for rapid rehousing for homeless San Diegans.
  • The Guardian Scholars Program: Provide rental assistance for up to 100 San Diego State University (SDSU) students who have been homeless or at risk of homelessness. Click here to watch a Guardian Sholar’s story
  • The Monarch School Project: Provide rental housing vouchers for up to 25 families who have at least one child enrolled at the Monarch School, one of the few schools in the nation specifically serving homeless children; this is also an SDHC MTW initiative. Click here to watch a Monarch School Project story. Click here to watch a Monarch School Project story
  • Housing Our Heroes: Provide housing opportunities for 1,000 homeless Veterans in the city of San Diego. On September 28, 2017, the Housing Our Heroes initiative reach its goal of helping 1,000 homeless Veterans in the City of San Diego secure rental housing, with 435 individual landlords joining the initiative.

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