Making an Impact in Escondido
State Community Redevelopment Law requires that agencies set-aside at least 20 percent of all taxes allocated from project areas in a separate Housing Fund. Escondido had the worst record in San Diego County for underfunding the Housing Fund. Instead of setting aside 20 percent of the gross tax increment, as required, Escondido deposited only 20 percent of the net tax increment received.
AHA represented Hogar Dulce Hogar (Home Sweet Home), an association of low income residents of the City, to right this wrong. Hogar succeeded in increasing Housing Fund set-asides by $34 million. This sum represents recovery of historic underfunding, since 1998, as well as income to the Fund, through 2030.
To support the development of more affordable housing in your community, you can:
- Make a donation to AHA.
- Learn more about our region's need for affordable housing. Click on Land Use and Regional Growth and then Housing.
- Join the San Diego Housing Federation.
- Advocate for affordable housing development in your community. Contact your local planning and housing departments to get involved.