City Hall, First Floor
201 North Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025

Phone: 760-839-4841
Hour: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Housing Neighborhood Services recommends policies and programs, administers affordable housing development,  the first-time homebuyer program, oversees CBDG and HOME funds, mobilehome rent control, and provides housing information and referrals.




Public Review and Comment from September 14, 2023 through September 29, 2023

Attached CAPER Report 


The City of Escondido (“City”) received a grant allocation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) for $2,254,596 in Community Development Block Grant (“CDBG”) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (“HOME”) for FY 2022-23.  The City also received $2,394,882 in Community Development Block Grant CV (“CDBG-CV”) dollars to prevent, prepare for, and respond to Coronavirus (Covid-19). 
The purpose of these funds is to ensure low- and moderate-income households have resources for affordable housing, suitable living environments, and to expand opportunities. The City administers and provides funding for public services, fair housing resources, and capital improvement projects addressing homelessness, neighborhood revitalization, basic needs, health and human development, economic development, and affordable housing for low- to- moderate residents and businesses.
The CAPER reports on the City’s progress, outcomes, and expenditures from FY 2022-23.  This is the third year of a five-year strategic plan known as the Consolidation Plan from FY 2020 – 2024. The CAPER report for FY 2022-23 will also highlight the City’s accomplishments in regard to CDBG-CV funds. 
Further information and comments can be shared with Dulce Salazar at or 760-839-4057. 

Housing Resources

Help is available to help you stay in your home or find a new apartment. Learn more about your rights and about programs that can help you to pay your rent or utilities:

Know Your Rights

Affordable Housing Resources located within Escondido

City's First Time Homebuyer Program

HUD Section 8 (Housing Choice Voucher) Program

Housing and Community Development Services of San Diego County administers this HUD Rental Assistance Program within the City of Escondido. For information about the program visit their website, apply here, or contact the County at (858) 694-3900 to complete an application over the phone or to request an application in the mail. If you are currently on the waitlist for Section 8, please contact (858) 694-4801 to check your status.

Affordable Housing Income and Rent Limits (HUD, HCD, Tax Credit)

Utility Billing Past Due Account Update

In compliance with the Governor’s Stay-At-Home Order enacted in March 2020, the City suspended all past due fees and disconnections for non-payment for water and wastewater services. The Stay-At-Home Order and prohibition on the disconnection of water service was lifted in December 2021. Since the order has been lifted, multiple federal programs to assist with past due utility debt have been implemented. The results of those programs are included in the attached memo.

The Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is a federally funded program that offers a one-time payment to assist customers with past due water or wastewater bills. The agency is currently accepting applications, customers can apply by contacting Campesinos Unidos, Inc. directly at (619) 391-9790. Additional information can be found by visiting


What projects are in the pipeline?

  • Valley Senior Development
    • City funded 50 affordable apartment studios for seniors at 30 to 60 percent of the area median income (AMI). Twenty-five unit are reserved for seniors experiencing homelessness. The projected was completed in September 2023 and is currently moving in new tenants. 
    • Waitlist Information:
  • Habitat for Humanity San Diego - El Norte Project
    • City Funded the construction of 10 duplex-style townhomes. These are an affordable home ownership units for families at 80% percent of the applicable area median income (AMI). The projected completion date is December 2023.
    • PBS news coverage
  • Family Shelter
    • The City was awarded a $736,066.68 grant from the County of San Diego to retrofit a space for the purpose of creating a family shelter program. This is in partnership with Interfaith Community Services this facility will serve 10-16 families at one time and will allow for 36 new beds. The shelter is expected to open in fall 2023. 

Mobilehome Rent Review

Neighborhood Services 

Subordination Requests

Effective June 14, 2021, subordination requests are on hold. We will not be accepting subordination requests during this time.

Redevelopment Set-Aside Funds

In accordance with the requirements of AB 987 (Health and Safety Code Section 33418), passed by the California State Legislature, a worksheet describing newly constructed, existing, and substantially rehabilitated housing units developed or otherwise assisted with redevelopment tax increment Low- and Moderate-Income Housing (LMIH) Funds, or its successor the LMIH Asset Fund, including units counted to meet inclusionary and replacement housing obligations (regardless of whether such units received any assistance from the LMIH Fund or LMIH Asset Fund) may be accessed here: Affordable Housing - MultiFamily Rehab/Dev Database.

The Affordable Housing - MultiFamily Rehab/Dev Database includes all units referenced in Health and Safety Code Section 33418(c) (including all units that may be subject to Health and Safety Code Sections 33413(a) and (b)) and is updated annually.

Please note that The Affordable Housing - MultiFamily Rehab/Dev Database is not a list of currently available housing. 

Valley Seniors Village Project

Valley Seniors Village is a new affordable housing complex for Seniors 62+ that is being built off Ivy and Valley in downtown Escondido. The project will have 49 studio units of which 25 units will be reserved for people who are at-risk or experiencing homelessness with mental illness. Individuals will be matched through a regional homeless database and prioritized based on their needs like length of homelessness, disabling conditions, and other risk factors. The other 24 traditional affordable housing units will have a waitlist for seniors who are considered very low and low income. The waitlist will be managed by a third party company. The City has no additional information about the waitlist at this time and will post more information on its website when it becomes available. The property is expected to be completed in the fall of 2023.

COVID-19 Resources

The San Diego Housing Federation has put together a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Affordable Housing list with federal, state, and local resources, view the complete list here.




Division Contacts

Emergency Solutions Grants, Community Development Block Grants, Mobilehome Rent Control
Danielle Lopez, Housing & Neighborhood Services Manager

Affordable Housing Development and Housing Services

First-Time Homebuyer Program
Karla Ortega, Program Coordinator 

Neighborhood Services and Grants-to-Blocks
Dulce Salazar, Program Coordinator

Request For Proposal (RFP)



Contact Executive Staff

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