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San Diego’s affordable housing program one ups California

Smart City Chirine Etezadzadeh

How can cities respond when housing demand is multiple times higher than its supply? Image source: Shutterstock (#664935280).

A recent San Diego Housing Commission report concluded that the city has to triple the amount of housing it builds each year to meet demand. To tackle this issue, San Diego has tried inclusionary zoning, in the framework of which developers put up bigger buildings in exchange for contributing to a city’s supply of homes that are affordable to a greater percentage of residents.

In 2016, the Affordable Homes Bonus Program (AHBP) was launched, ups the California system and offers up to 50 percent density boosts for 15 percent rent-restricted units built.

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