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Report: 80 percent of low-income San Diegans spending more than half their income on rent

May 9, 2024

The vast majority of low-income renters in San Diego County are spending more than half of their income on rent, said a new study.

San Diego’s Affordable Housing Needs Report, released Thursday by the nonprofit California Housing Partnership, gave the region poor marks across the board for everything from homeless housing to subsidized rentals — and sounds the alarm on decreasing funding.

The partnership said 81 percent of extremely low-income county residents, earning $31,850 a year for an individual, were paying more than half of their income on rent in fiscal year 2022-2023. The same went for 49 percent of very low-income renters ($53,050 a year) and 12 percent of low-income renters ($84,900 a year).