The San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) is one of the region’s anchor institutions that employs approximately 5,000 people and provides education to roughly 100,000 students annually. Unfortunately, a severe lack of affordable housing in the region is impacting SDCCD’s ability to implement its mission to provide accessible, high-quality learning experiences and undergraduate education at an affordable price to meet the educational needs of the San Diego community and the state.
LeSar Development Consultants has worked with SDCCD to define their vision of supporting housing that is affordable for students, staff, and transitional-age youth and developing strategies for SDCCD to build housing to serve these populations.
Last week, LDC’s Founder and CEO Jennifer LeSar and housing team member Danny Serrano, along with individuals from SDCCD, Funders Together to End Homelessness, and The Michaels Organization were on hand for SDCCD’s first affordable student housing project groundbreaking event at the San Diego City College campus located in downtown San Diego. Mayor Todd Gloria, as well as senior SDCCD officials, staff, and others, were also in attendance.
The LDC team is currently assisting SDCCD with the project, envisioned as an eight-story, 800+ bed project for low-income full-time students that will feature a proposed family resource center, a community kitchen and lounge spaces, a food pantry, laundry facilities, study rooms, and other amenities.