|HUD No. 20-024
HUD Public Affairs
February 12, 2020
SECRETARY BEN CARSONâS AFFORDABLE HOUSING BUS TOUR ARRIVES IN SAN DIEGO
Visit is part of the nationwide âDriving Affordable Housing Across America Bus Tourâ
SAN DIEGO - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson today visited San Diego, California, as part of his âDriving Affordable Housing Across Americaâ Bus Tour. Secretary Carson met with San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer to discuss regulatory barriers to affordable housing and innovative ways the city is working to increase the areaâs housing supply.
Mayor Faulconer and Secretary Carson visited two affordable housing complexes in the city, Bluewater Apartments and The Stella. Both properties are managed by Affirmed Housing, a local developer of affordable housing, and provide a total of 160 apartments for formerly homeless residents, low-income individuals and families and those with special needs. Projects like the Stella and Bluewater complexes in San Diegoâs Grantville community have been able to be fast-tracked due to the Cityâs push to update community plans and streamline project reviews for affordable housing. Following the tour, the Mayor and the Secretary co-hosted a roundtable discussion with community leaders about reducing regulatory barriers to affordable housing in the area.
Mayor Faulconer and Secretary Carson held a âshred the regâ ceremony during which they âshreddedâ a regulation inhibiting the development of affordable housing.
âSan Diego exemplifies the progress that can be made with communication and the realization of common goals across all levels of government,â said Secretary Carson. âAs we continue to shred excessive regulatory barriers, like we did here today in San Diego, we will see an increase in affordable housing choices available to residents across the country.â
âThe City of San Diego continues to implement the most forward-thinking housing reforms in California as we do our part to address the statewide housing crisis,â Mayor Faulconer said. âProjects like Stella are the culmination of those efforts to lower costs and speed up the construction of more affordable housing. Weâre excited to share our progress with Secretary Carson and how we plan to take our efforts to the next level this year.â
The âDriving Affordable Housing Across America Bus Tourâ is a part of the work Secretary Carson is undertaking as the Chair of the White House Council on Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing established in June 2019. The Councilâs eight Federal member agencies are engaging with governments at all levels-State, local, and Tribal-and private-sector and non-profit stakeholders on ways to increase our countryâs housing supply so more Americans have access to affordable housing.
Secretary Carsonâs Bus Tour will run through June 2020. For more information on the Councilâs work and tour locations, please visit www.hud.gov/drivingaffordablehousing or follow along via social media using #DrivingAffordableHousing.