Report: San Diego needs to triple annual housing production

San Diego needs to roughly triple the number of homes it builds each year to keep up with demand and keep prices down, said a San Diego Housing Commission report released Thursday.

The commission, which is the city’s housing authority, produced the report with other government agencies to address rising rent and home costs. It said the city needs to take steps to increase the supply of homes — seen as the biggest reason for rising costs — such as eliminating required parking spots and increasing density in some areas.

The report argued the city would need an additional 150,000 to 220,000 housing units — that’s apartments, condos and single-family homes — by 2028, or 17,000 to 24,000 a year. It’s a tall order because the city’s top annual production rate in the last five years was 6,400 units.

“Whether you are working a minimum wage job or have a college degree and working a full-time job making a decent amount of money, you still can’t afford to rent or buy in San Diego,” said Councilman David Alvarez at a press conference Thursday at City Hall. “That is alarming.”

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