U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of Community Planning and Development

Consolidated Plan Contact


This document represents the continuation of an ongoing process to formulate and implement a Consolidated Plan (previously known as the Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy, CHAS) for the City of Santee. The City of Santee is part of the County of San Diego Consortium (Consortium), for HOME funds and is an entitlement jurisdiction for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The Consolidated Plan is a comprehensive planning document that identifies a jurisdiction's overall needs for housing and community development and outlines a strategy to address those needs. As a member of the Consortium, the City of Santee can access additional funds to assist low and moderate income residents within the community.

Action Plan

The Consolidated Plan includes the application for CDBG funding for a total of $498,000.

Citizen Participation

On April 12, 1995 and May 10, 1995 public hearing were held. A draft version of the Consolidated Plan was made available in several City Offices, the local library, and at the Chamber of Commerce. Notice of availability was published in the local paper and information was posted at the local posting sites. The City's Housing Division is the lead agency for implementing the Plan and a neighborhood meeting was held on December 1, 1994 in conjunction with the County of San Diego to ensure participation for residents interested in HOME sponsored programs. In addition, the City's Housing Program Coordinator attended the Santee Park and Recreation Committee meeting on November 7, 1994 to ask for input from that body.


The City of Santee is located in San Diego County, CA. The City incorporated in 1980 and has a population of 52,902 according to 1990 census data. Of the 52,902 people, 10.7% are Hispanic, 89.3% are Non-Hispanic White, 1.1% are Non-Hispanic Black, and 2.7% are Asian/Pacific Islander. The median family income is $42,663. Families with incomes at below poverty standards is 3.9% of the total population. The City has a total of 18,275 housing units with 63.3% single family, 22.4% multiple family and 13.5% mobile home.


The vacancy rate was identified as 2.8% in 1990 and although the rate may have increased slightly, the vacancy rate remains low. Total housing units increased from 13,800 in 1980 to 18275 in 1990. Only 13.7% of the housing stock was built before 1960. The general condition of the City's housing stock is good with some tract housing built between 1950 and 1960 in need of rehabilitation. Of the total housing stock which is either occupied or available for rent or sale, 1,286 units are "needing rehab" and 252 units are "not rehabbable".


The general condition of the City's housing stock is good. The housing stock is primarily owner-occupied. There are 12,323 owner-occupied households and 5,267 renter households. The greatest need in the City is in the very low-, and low-income renter group. Some of the housing stock is reaching an age where major systems will need to be replaced. The City has a Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program to assist very- low and low- income residents with low interest loans for repairs.

Housing Needs

The census data indicates the largest numbers of very low- and low-income residents with housing needs are renters.

Housing Market Conditions

The vacancy rate was identified at 2.8% in 1990, down from 3.50% in 1980. There was an increase in total housing units from 1980 to 1990 of 32.7%. The major increase occurred in multiple family units with a 64.6% in that ten year time frame.

The average market price fro a single family home in the City in 1990 was $126,990. The median contract rent was $604.

Affordable Housing Needs

There continues to be an inadequate supply of affordable rental units for all family sizes as indicated by the large numbers in every category on the Section 8 rental assistance waiting list.

Homeless Needs

The homeless count remains very small for the City of Santee. There are currently no organized shelter programs or services for the homeless located within the City.

Public and Assisted Housing Needs

The City has two buildings which are covered by the HUD 236 program. Both owners have entered into agreements with HUD to continue with program assistance in the units. There are lengthy waiting lists for these buildings.

Barriers to Affordable Housing

The City Council has been undergoing extensive review al all zoning requirements in an attempt to streamline all permit processing and more readily allow various types of development.

Fair Housing

The City has contracted with Heartland Human Relations to provide education and enforcement of State and Federal housing laws for all residents who request assistance. Heartland administers the City's Fair Housing Program and assures that there are no impediments to fair housing choices through its affirmative outreach to program applicants most likely to experience impediments.

Lead-Based Paint

The City has always informed residents applying for Housing Rehabilitation Loans about the hazards of lead-based paint. Further, we have a supply of the HUD brochure, "Lead-Based Paint, A Threat to Your Children." There have been no reported cases of lead poisoning in children within the City.

Other Issues

The majority of supportive services and housing assistance for physically disabled people are provided through numerous nonprofit organizations.

Community Development Needs

The City was incorporated in 1980. The major reason for incorporation included a lack of public facilities. There continues to be a large need for street improvements, park development, and provision of various public services, such as: services for the elderly, youth, homeless, and handicapped populations.


The City attempts to coordinate with neighboring jurisdictions, the County of San Diego and interdepartmentally.


Vision for Change

The purpose of Santee's Consolidated Plan is to achieve certain basic living standards for its residents. The provision of decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities remain City goals.

Housing and Community Development Objectives and Priorities

Housing Priorities

The City's first priority is assistance to very- low and low-income renters. The City will support the County Housing Authority in any requests for additional Section 8 certificates. Further, HOME funds will be used for a tenant-based assistance program. And, finally, the City will continue a rent subsidy program for seniors and disabled residents of mobile home parks.

Non-Housing Community Development Priorities

The City was incorporated in 1980. As part of the Urban County, many infrastructure needs were not met. The City strives to upgrade streets, park services, and drainage facilities to an adequate service level for residents.

Anti-Poverty Strategy

The City of Santee works within the scope of services provided on a county-wide basis through a wide range of service providers. Additionally, the City provides direct CDBG funds to several social service providers. The City Council has historically awarded the full 15% of the annual CDBG allocation to these providers. The Redevelopment Agency is working to provide economic benefits in the form of additional jobs for residents. This is a complicated issue and we have tried to develop a diverse response to the issue of assistance to our disenfranchised residents.

Housing and Community Development Resources

Although resources do exist, they are not sufficient to meet the needs described in this Plan. The City receives Community Development Block Grant as an entitlement community as well as a consortium share of HOME funds. The Santee Community Development Commission collects redevelopment tax increment funds annually and a portion of these funds must be set aside to meet housing needs of very- low and low - income residents.

Coordination of Strategic Plan

The City's limited resources will be coordinated to fund as many of the needed projects as possible. All City department s work in a cooperative effort to meet common City goals. The City has in the past and will continue to work with various San Diego County agencies and local nonprofit service providers to ensure residents obtain all available services.


Description of Key Projects


Projects are located within the two census tracts with the largest concentration of low and moderate income residents.

Lead Agencies

City of Santee, Department of Housing and Redevelopment

Housing Program Coordinator

Other Federal Resources:

HOME funds from the San Diego County Consortium

Other Resources: Santee Community Development Commission

Housing Goals

The majority of the objectives and actions identified as part of the City of Santee Consolidated Plan are specifically aimed at increasing or maintaining the City's existing affordable housing stock and at assisting residents in need of affordable housing, home and neighborhood improvements.


MAP 1 depicts points of interest in the jurisdiction

MAP 2 depicts points of interest and low-moderate income areas.

MAP 3 depicts points of interest, low-moderate income areas, and minority concentration levels.

MAP 4 depicts points of interest, low-moderate income areas, and unemployment levels.

MAP 5 depicts points of interest, low-moderate income areas, unemployment levels, and proposed HUD funded projects; in addition, a table provides information about the project(s).

MAP 6 depicts Neighborhood Segments and streets with proposed HUD funded projects.

To comment on Santee's Consolidated Plan, please contact:

JoAnn Carpenter
PH: (619) 258-4100 x130

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