Day of Action – Restore the City’s investment in Affordable Housing

By | October 31, 2013 |

WorkersI wanted to make sure you received the San Diego Housing Federation’s email regarding the Workforce Housing Offset (WHO). Paid by commercial developers, the offset is used to build homes for low-wage workers. In a stagnant economy where many good jobs have been replaced with low-paid work this offset makes housing more attainable in a region where there is a severe shortage of affordable homes.

Please join me in supporting the San Diego Housing Federation’s proposal to protect and restore this important investment in San Diego’s working families. Read the email below and call your Councilmember to support housing that is affordable to its workforce.

From: Laura Nunn []
Sent: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 12:25 PM
To: Clare Crawford
Subject: WHO Days of Action: Day 2 – Call in support

Dear Friends,

Just six days from now, the San Diego City Council will vote on proposed changes to the Workforce Housing Offset.

The time to restore the city’s investment in the creation and preservation of affordable housing for its workforce is NOW.

In its 23-year history, the Workforce Housing Offset has once been cut in half and never adjusted for the rise of costs.  San Diegans have lost out on hundreds of affordable homes and millions of dollars in investment.

After too many years of waiting, our city’s working families and their advocates, will wait no more.

Today is Day 2 of our “5 Days of Action” to call on the San Diego City Council to:

  • Reset the Workforce Housing Offset to a level that represents 1.5 percent of total current commercial development costs
  • Require the Workforce Housing Offset be adjusted annually

  •  Call the offices of City Council members.  Ask to speak to the person that handles housing issues.  If that person is not available, ask to leave a message for the councilmember and share the following messages:
    •  I am in strong support of the proposal made by the San Diego Housing Commission.
    • The time to restore the City of San Diego’s investment in housing that is affordable to its workforce is NOW, let’s not compromise on meeting this need. 
    • I urge the Councilmember  to demonstrate his/her commitment to San Diego’s working families by voting YES on November 4th to the Housing Commission’s proposal as it is currently presented.
    • Please also customize your message with comments on why this is important to you and your organization.

Find your Councilmember online:

Todd Gloria, District 3Interim Mayor & Council PresidentTelephone: (619) 236-6633 Sherri Lightner, District 1
Council President Pro TemTelephone: (619) 236-6611
Kevin Faulconer, District 2
CouncilmemberTelephone: (619) 236-6622
Lorie Zapf, District 6
CouncilmemberTelephone: (619) 236-6616
Mark Kersey, District 5
CouncilmemberTelephone: (619) 236-6655
Myrtle Cole, District 4
CouncilmemberTelephone: (619) 236-6644
Scott Sherman, District 7
CouncilmemberTelephone: (619) 236-6677
David Alvarez, District 8
CouncilmemberTelephone: (619) 236-6688
Marti Emerald, District 9
CouncilmemberTelephone: (619) 236-6699



The need for a local source to promote the creation and preservation of affordable housing for our working families is critical and intensifying. 

Nearly 125,000 residents live at or below the federal poverty level despite being employed. And while over years development of housing stock for middle to high-income earners has kept a steady pace, only 11% of residential development has generated units affordable to those earning low wages.

The Workforce Housing Offset restores investment in housing that is affordable to people who are important contributors to our region’s economic prosperity. 

While everyone’s cost of living and doing business steadily rises, San Diego continues to charge less than mid-1990s prices for a 2013 cost. The Workforce Housing Offset was cut in half in 1996 and has never been adjusted for current costs.

The Workforce Housing Offset generates millions of dollars of outside investments in San Diego and helps add jobs to our local economy. 

Every dollar spent from the Housing Trust Fund San Diego sees $30 come back in the form of outside and private investment.   Each new affordable unit created generates 2.1 jobs San Diego’s economy.

Thanks for your support of San Diego’s working families!