Continuing the Fight For affordable housing
If you want proof that we can no longer ignore the San Diego housing crisis, look no further than the Southgate Apartments in the community of Nestor.
I have been fighting alongside Southgate residents and the national housing rights group ACORN to stop the condominium conversion planned for these apartments.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 20 percent of every renter household spends at least 50 percent of its income on housing. San Diego County is among the ten least-affordable housing markets in the nation.
To make matters worse, condo conversions are decreasing the number of available apartments and are pushing rents to outrageous levels. More condos mean more evictions and more people left without a home.
Instead of approving condo conversions all over town without any thought to what happens to the tenants, the City needs to work with Southgate residents and other renters. If we cannot give renters the assistance they need to purchase their converted apartments, we need a moratorium on these condo conversions!