County Begins Construction on New 100-Unit Affordable Housing Complex

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Article by Fernanda Lopez Halvorson  |  Read full article at County Newscenter

The County celebrated the beginning of construction on a new affordable housing complex in San Ysidro. 

The Iris at San Ysidro will feature 100 units ranging from one to three bedrooms, including 15 fully furnished units reserved for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. 

The development is a collaborative partnership with National CORE, the County of San Diego, the San Diego Housing Commission, and City of San Diego.

“It is a good day when we can come together to take a step forward in ensuring San Diegans have a safe, supportive and affordable place to live,” said David Estrella, County Housing and Community Development Services Director. “The Iris at San Ysidro will be a welcoming new community for families and children close to transit, jobs and educational opportunities.” 

The County provided $10.5 million from the County’s Innovative Housing Trust Fund and No Place Like Home funds for the development. County Behavioral Health Services also committed to providing care at The Iris for the next 20 years. 

The Iris at San Ysidro is expected to be completed in 2025. 

The County has been a partner in breaking ground on eight other affordable housing projects so far this year.

Since 2017, the County has invested more than $235 million in affordable housing, including using County excess property and its Innovative Housing Trust Fund.  

Efforts since 2017 have resulted in 1,660 new units opened with an additional 2,926 units on the way.  

When all the developments in the pipeline are complete, the total number of affordable units supported by the County will reach nearly 7,600. This is expected to provide homes to more than 16,700 people.

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