The San Diego Housing Commission announced Tuesday it received a national award for its efforts to create affordable and permanent supportive housing.
The housing commission is the recipient of the Nan McKay and Associates’ 2018 Development Award for its Housing First program, which helps San Diego’s homeless residents find permanent housing. The program has created nearly 6,000 housing opportunities countywide since it launched in November 2014.
“Through Housing First — San Diego, the San Diego Housing Commission is partnering with developers and acquiring properties to create permanent supportive housing that is essential to addressing homelessness in the city of San Diego,” said commission Board Chair Stefanie Benvenuto.
The housing commission announced earlier this month that the Housing First program met its three-year goal to create 3,000 housing opportunities for homeless residents in just 18 months by offering incentives to landlords who rent to vulnerable demographics.
The commission has continued to invest in hundreds of affordable housing projects around the county. In September, the commission announced it would allocate up to $20 million to developers to building supportive housing units, $7.2 million of which is currently being used to build 125 units in San Diego.
“I thank Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the City Council for their support of this action plan, as well as my fellow board members, housing commission President & CEO Rick Gentry, staff and our partners for their outstanding work, which this award reflects,” Benvenuto said.
–City News Service
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