The Single Greatest Threat to San Diego’s Economic Growth

San Diego County is in a housing crisis with a shortage of safe, affordable housing. How can we build resilient communities if San Diegans can’t afford to live here? Housing is a foundational issue that affects all income sectors.

Growing Supply Gap.

Housing production is not keeping pace with housing need. The housing backlog in California will reach 3.5 million by 2025.

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Economic Impacts.

Housing affordability limits recruitment and retention of the skilled workers who drive San Diego’s innovation economy.

42%Increase in the median home price in San Diego County in the past five years
$150kAverage annual pay in life sciences sector vs $200,000 needed to qualify for purchase of an existing single-family home at the $900,000 median price
38%of San Diegans spend more than 30% of their income on housing

Workforce Impacts.

The lack of accessible, affordable housing makes our future workforce vulnerable.  A staggering 59% of San Diego Community College District students are housing insecure.

Inequitable Impacts.

The cost burden of housing is unequally distributed in San Diego.

51%of Black San Diegans pay more than 30% of their income on housing
43%of Latino/a San Diegans pay more than 30% of their income on housing
34%of White San Diegans pay more than 30% of their income on housing

Our Goal

Support the creation of 1,000 units of new housing in each of the next 10 years.

Partner with Us

Partner in our mission to end San Diego’s housing crisis.


Thinking Differently about Housing

The San Diego Housing Fund (SDHF) is partnering with investors, real estate developers and property owners on a new approach to provide faster, more efficient housing production across the spectrum of affordability.