Bud Emerson | Klish Way
Del Mar’s state-approved housing element calls for 21 new “affordable” housing units, seven of which will be proposed for the new Watermark Specific Plan. Some community members have expressed concern about how affordable housing will impact our community. What some may not know is that Del Mar has been supporting affordable housing for decades through the Rental Assistance (RA) program managed by Del Mar Community Connections. Below are anonymous profiles of the participants in that program, already respectable members of our community, likely very typical of those who will occupy the 21 new affordable units.
Resident 1: Single mother and her school-age son, (8yrs) live together. She has lived in Del Mar since 1987 and was approved for the program in January 2011. She is receiving SSI and SSA benefits. She volunteers at her son’s school and helps her landlord with part-time work to earn variable income. She also volunteers in for a local non-profit.
Resident 2: Single woman lives with her father. She needs a live-in caretaker due to a work-related accident. She was approved for the program in February 2013.
Resident 3: Single woman has been in the RA program since March 2004. Initially she lived with her son and daughter. In 2009 she and her son lived together, but in July of 2009 he moved out of the apartment. She is employed full-time in Del Mar.
Resident 4: She has been in the RA program since June of 1990. She receives supplemental security benefits retired from part-time employment in Del Mar in 2009.
Resident 5: He has been in the RA program since June of 2000. He is disabled and receives social security benefits.
Resident 6: This family has been in the RA program since November of 2012. They live with their three children. Part-time employment and disability income contribute to their income.
Resident 7: Single woman has been in the RA program since December 2010. She is a retired engineer. She receives SSI benefits.
Resident 8: Single woman has been in the RA program since December 2011. She receives veteran benefits and a disability pension.