Homeowners in San Diego County may not feel it, but a housing crisis is underway in the region, and the middle class is especially hard squeezed.
Longtime Escondido resident Guy Chandler faced a situation that may be all too familiar to many San Diego families. He described what happened at a recent San Diego County Board of Supervisors’ meeting.
“Probably the worst day of my life was in June 2015,” Chandler said. “My daughter, Jenelle, 37 years old, came to me and told me, ‘Dad, sit down. There’s something you’re not going to like. We have to move out of San Diego County.’”
Chandler’s daughter told him she was planning to take her family and move to another state because she couldn’t find a house in San Diego where she could afford to raise her kids.
“The next two days a lot of hand-wringing and crying went on,” Chandler said.
He now communicates with his grandchildren on the web via FaceTime.
“What’s my point?” he asked the board. “My point is, droves of young families are leaving the state of California because they can’t afford to live here.”
The housing situation in San Diego is being called a crisis, for both buyers and renters.
Stephen Russell heads the San Diego Housing Federation, which works to produce more low-income housing for renters with the help of government subsidies.
“Since the year 2000, we’ve seen rents increase by about 32 percent, while wages have decreased 2 percent during that same time frame,” he said.