Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

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Housing and Homelessness


Advocating to Update the HUD Funding Formula

Since coming to Congress in 2013, I’ve been fighting to ensure San Diego receives its fair share of federal funding to address homelessness.  I first contacted HUD about the formula in March of 2013 after a report found that in 2012, despite having the third largest homeless population in the country, San Diego received the 18th highest level of federal homelessness funding.

Following the change in administrations, I sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with other San Diego Representatives to request the status of their analysis of the Public Comment Period feedback.

Supporting San Diego’s Housing Market

As a federal legislator, Congressman Peters has worked to support the development of new housing units.  San Diego’s population is growing at a far greater rate than our supply of housing but there are ways that the federal government can help close this gap. I’m working to incentivize more housing development as well as efforts to improve access to homeownership.

  • Wrote an op-ed in the San Diego Union-Tribune about the unintended consequences that the California Environmental Quality Act has on the housing market, urging CEQA reform.
  • Opposed the GOP tax bill, which would hurt California’s ability to develop affordable housing.
  • Cosponsored the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, which increases consumer access to manufactured housing including mobile homes, for example).  Scott also helped pass this bill in the 114th Congress when it was before the House for a vote.


Expanding Access to Benefits and Care

As we work to find permanent housing for individuals experiencing homelessness, we also need to ensure they have supportive services. As a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, I’ve highlighted the unique challenges associated with veteran homelessness and the innovative ways San Diego is working to address them.

  • Participated in a committee hearing regarding the HUD-VASH rental assistance program for veterans and asked HUD what they are doing to address the gap between high housing costs and the value of vouchers veterans receive.
  • Sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the Hepatitis A outbreak, which affected many homelessness individuals, requesting all federal resources necessary to address the crisis.
  • Introduced the Shelter our Servicemembers (SOS) Act to provide elderly homeless veterans with stable housing and benefits
  • Introduced the Housing Assistance Efficiency Act to clarify a HUD regulation and permit private non-profits to administer rental assistance
  • Participate San Diego’s annual Point in Time Count (PITC) to get a snapshot unsheltered homeless individuals and assess the availability and quality of existing services.

More on Housing and Homelessness

Oct 3, 2018 Press Release

Yesterday, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) introduced H.R. 7022, a bipartisan bill with Representatives John Katko (NY-24), Mark Takano (CA-41), and Mike Coffman (CO-6) that will increase transparency within the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) voucher program which provides eligible veterans with supportive services.

Aug 14, 2018 Press Release

Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) introduced the Rent Relief Act to help Americans struggling to afford housing each month. The bill would provide a refundable tax credit to renters who paid more than 30 percent of their gross income on rent, including utilities, the previous year. The bill is the House companion to the bill introduced in the Senate by Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA).

Aug 14, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KGTV) – San Diego Congressman Scott Peters introduced legislation Tuesday to provide a tax credit to renters who paid more than 30 percent of their gross income on rent and utilities the previous year.

The Rent Relief Act is the House companion to a Senate bill introduced by Senator Kamala Harris.

Aug 1, 2018 In The News

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The federal housing program known as the Housing Choice Voucher or Section 8 program provides families with a subsidy to pay their rent. In an effort to expand housing choices and keep landlords from discriminating, the San Diego City Council approved an ordinance that prohibits landlords from refusing to consider rental applications from a tenant applicant who receives a Section 8 voucher or some type of rental assistance.

Jul 20, 2018 In The News

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a $7.94 million grant to the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless (RTFH) to help identify homeless youth in San Diego and connect them to housing services.

Dec 12, 2016 In The News

San Diego is eager to see an overhaul to the federal formula that doles out money to cities to combat homelessness – the current setup gives more money to cities that have smaller homeless populations than San Diego. But at least three cities that benefit from the current arrangement – Chicago, New York and Philadelphia – don’t want it to change, and are vigorously opposing the plans, saying the effort would cost them millions of dollars, federal records show.

Jul 25, 2016 In The News

A formula that has resulted in San Diego County receiving less federal money for homeless services than cities with fewer homeless people is being revised.

“I think it’s great news,” said Regional Task Force on the Homeless Executive Director Dolores Diaz, who was reached Monday in Washington, D.C., at the annual National Conference on ending Homelessness. “Over time, it’s going to make a huge difference to our community.”

Apr 4, 2016 In The News
SAN DIEGO — Having recently moved back into her newly renovated unit at San Diego Square, Isara Garrett said she had only one word for the officials who have helped keep her downtown home affordable.
“That word is grateful,” said Garrett, 71. “I am so grateful for my brand-new apartment. My little dog Snoopy and I love living here.”

Mar 4, 2016 In The News

San Diego’s Downtown has grown into a thriving center for arts, business, tourism and urban living. Ask any resident or business owner what challenges remain, and most will cite homelessness.

San Diego’s Regional Continuum of Care Council, led by Councilmember Todd Gloria, has brought together community leaders and service providers to distribute resources and get people off the streets and into permanent housing.

In the San Diego way, we have been cooperative and innovative in our approach.