|Michelle Jaramillo, director of communications at San Diego
Housing Federation, says the work her organization does is
important because, “34 percent of San Diegans pay more
than 50 percent of their income on rent.” Photo by Adam Ward
But a new effort is trying to change that, and have resident leaders, including a core group in City Heights, speak for themselves about their needs.
Michelle Jaramillo, director of communications at the federation, said it is important because, "it allows for policies that are crafted and executed that are more responsive to the actual needs of San Diegans."
The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities Initiative funds San Diego Housing Federation to do resident capacity building. The initiative is a 10-year, $1 billion effort to change the way that health happens in 14 communities throughout California, including City Heights.