FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021
SAN DIEGO – As part of his “Homes For All of Us” plan to address San Diego’s housing affordability crisis, Mayor Todd Gloria today announced the makeup of his new Middle-Income Housing Working Group, a 22-member panel of volunteer experts that will develop and evaluate ideas to produce more housing for residents who earn too much to qualify for affordable housing and too little to afford rising market-rate home costs.
“In 2020, the City of San Diego approved only three building permits for moderate-income housing projects. That’s not close to good enough,” Mayor Todd Gloria said. “I have loaded our new Middle-Income Housing Working Group with diverse, bold, creative thinkers who will advise me on ways to fill in the missing middle – so that every San Diegan can have a roof over their head at a price they can afford.”
The Middle-Income Housing Working Group will be chaired by Bill Fulton, director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and former director of the City of San Diego’s Planning Department.
“Nothing is more important to San Diego than assuring everyone has access to good housing at an affordable price,” Fulton said. “I’m proud to assist Mayor Gloria in his effort to make housing more affordable to middle-income San Diegans.”
San Diego suffers from a lack of housing built for families earning between 80 percent and 150 percent of the area median income -- $97,000 to $142,650 for a family of four. Between 2010 and 2020, the State’s Regional Housing Needs Assessment called on the City of San Diego to plan for 15,462 housing units to meet the demand of families in this income range, but only 37 were constructed.
The Middle-Income Housing Working Group includes affordable housing advocates, developers, finance professionals and representatives from building trades and think tanks. The group will meet frequently from September through November 2021 to prepare policy and financing recommendations that can be acted upon quickly by the Mayor and City Council. Additional stakeholder groups and experts will be invited to participate in the meetings.
Members of the group are:
- Bill Fulton, director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
- Gilman Bishop, CEO, Bishop Ventures
- Mike Burnett, principal, Foundation for Form
- Molly Chase, vice president of policy, San Diego Housing Commission
- Charles Davis, board president, San Diego Community Land Trust
- Chi Elder, Southern California community development officer, Citi Bank
- Marcela Escobar-Eck, president and CEO, Atlantis Group Land Use Consultants
- Lara Gates, land use and housing consultant, Price Philanthropies
- Doug Hicks, lead representative, Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
- Lori Holt Pfeiler, CEO, Building Industry Association of San Diego
- Reginald Jones, president and CEO, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
- Stath Karras, executive director, University of San Diego Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate
- Carol Kim, director of community engagement, San Diego Building & Construction Trades Council
- Sarah Lyman, executive director, Alliance Healthcare Foundation
- Andrew Malick, founder/principal, Malick Infill Development
- Arnulfo Manriquez, president and CEO, MAAC
- Lenny McNeill, executive vice president, U.S. Bank Home Mortgage
- Kelly Modén, executive board member and Legislative Committee co-chair, NAIOP San Diego
- Louie Nguyen, chief investment officer, Mission Driven Finance
- Satomi Rash-Zeigler, managing director, San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council
- Deborah Ruane, founder and managing member, Norwood Development Strategies
- Stephen Russell, executive director, San Diego Housing Federation
Learn more by visiting sandiego.gov/middleincome.