Measure A

City of San Diego Affordable Housing Bond

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CITY OF SAN DIEGO—Would authorize the City of San Diego to issue up to $900 million in general obligation bonds to provide permanent and supportive housing for extremely low- to low-income individuals and families, including supportive mental health and substance abuse services, for populations including veterans, seniors, the disabled, youth, and the homeless. Measure A requires at least ⅔ of voters approving to pass.

Fiscal Impact: Would levy additional taxes estimated to be approximately $3.14 per $100,000 of a property’s assessed value in fiscal year 2022, increasing to a maximum of $20.85 per $100,000 of assessed valuation over the life of the bonds.

Next San Diego County Measure: Measure B



Proponents of Measure A argue that the measure will: create homes for local homeless children and their families living in shelters or on the streets; provide homes for San Diegans experiencing chronic homelessness where they can get supportive mental health services, drug and alcohol treatment, job training, and placements; provide affordable homes near jobs for low-income families; and create thousands of good-paying construction jobs to help the region rebound from the COVID-created economic crisis.

A YES vote on this measure means: The City of San Diego would authorize the issuance and sale of up to $900 million of general obligation bonds secured by new taxes on real property within the City to provide affordable housing. (Campaign Website)


Opponents of Measure A argue that the measure would increase property taxes for the average homeowner by $500 or more in the first five years and San Diegans can’t afford a massive property tax increase in the midst of a pandemic. They also argue the measure fails to protect taxpayers by refusing to ban controversial Project Labor Agreements.

A NO vote on this measure means: The City of San Diego would not be authorized to issue $900 million in general obligation bonds to provide affordable housing.

In Depth
In Depth:

Measure A would allow the City to borrow up to $900 million by issuing and selling general obligation bonds. The City would use this money to acquire or improve real property in order to provide permanent supportive and affordable housing for vulnerable populations. The money could not be used to finance services or operations.

“Vulnerable populations” includes extremely low-income, very low-income, or low-income:

  • Individuals or families
  • Veterans
  • Youth
  • Seniors
  • Disabled People
  • Homeless individuals
  • Individuals suffering from mental health or substance abuse illnesses

“Affordable housing” may include:

  • Facilities for which assistance and services, such as mental health treatment, healthcare, drug and alcohol treatment, education, and job training may be provided by the City, other public entities, non-profit entities and/or private entities
  • Infrastructure and landscaping, including utilities, sidewalks, and streets that are directly related to and necessary for the acquisition, construction, or improvement of the affordable housing

If approved, Measure A would require the City to prepare a public report each year describing the amount of the funds collected and spent, and the status of any projects paid for with bond funds. The Council would establish a Citizens' Oversight Committee to review each annual report and would require an independent auditor to review the City's expenditure of bond funds.

Source: City Attorney's Impartial Analysis of Measure A

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