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Economic Mobility & Security Initiative:


Through our grantmaking and Impact Investment portfolio, AHF is an active investor in the housing continuum in San Diego, one of the primary social determinants of health.

As one of the least affordable places to live in America, San Diego’s housing production has been massively under-paced by the rate of economic and population growth for decades. It is estimated that we need over 130,000 units of new affordable housing units to meet the current need. (Affordable Housing Needs 2021 Report/California Housing Partnership)

Several of our recent grants and impact investments are aligned with the strategic priority of adding more attainable housing units to San Diego’s supply, including homeless housing for veterans, low-income affordable housing for families earning below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI), and workforce housing for the “missing middle.”

AHF also provided initial funding to conduct a feasibility assessment on an innovative lease-to-own homeownership model for low-income San Diegans utilizing a Community Land Trust model. The goal is to simultaneously preserve perpetual affordability of housing while building long-term wealth through home ownership.

Each of our recent housing projects is positioned to disproportionately support people of color, recognizing the historic and systemic barriers to stable housing and home ownership that have plagued BIPOC populations for generations.

Lead Partners: Casa FamiliarHitzke DevelopmentMission Drive FinanceBridgedeck Partners, LLCHilltop-Encanto LLCYes in God’s Backyard (YIGBY)

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Hilltop-Encanto project: 47 units of new workforce housing for families living at 120-150% AMI, targeted for first-time homebuyers with down payment assistance grants built-in.

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190 units of affordable housing for individuals and families living at 50-60% AMI (area median income).

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26 units of new housing for homeless veterans in partnership with Bethel AME, San Diego’s oldest African American church.