Despite the near-record pace of residential construction in fiscal year 1985-86, San Diego fell far short of its goal for constructing housing for the poor, the City Council was told Tuesday.
Senior Planner Judith Lenthall, issuing a housing report card for the city, told council members that the construction of more than 13,000 units of housing "was pointedly directed toward moderate or upper-income affordable housing. The new construction of lower-income affordable housing did not meet either programmatic goals or annual growth needs."
As part of its housing plan for 1985 through 1990, the city had intended to put up 2,247 units of housing affordable to the poor. But only 645 units--29% of the goal--were built, according to the initial review of the Housing Element.
Efforts to rehabilitate low-income housing resulted in 644 refurbished units, just 58% of the yearly goal.
Low-income housing construction was held back by the city's high land prices, sharp budget cutbacks at the federal level and policy decisions to emphasize moderately priced housing because such units require less government assistance than housing for the poor, said Steven Mikelman, director of programs and policy development for the San Diego Housing Commission.