residents hoping to stop Windsor Pointe housing project
Steve Puterski, September 2, 2020
Residents in the Barrio neighborhood are hoping to
reverse a controversial housing project that continues to
Windsor Pointe project by Affirmed Housing, a San Diego-based
real estate developer, was approved several weeks ago by the
Carlsbad City Council, although some residents in the area
voiced their anger and displeasure with the development.
city committed $8 million to the $31-million project, which
will allow severely mentally ill individuals housing despite
the project initially being sold for homeless veterans.
funds allocated are tied to veterans housing, but Affirmed
Housing went through the No Place Like Home program, a state-run
project created in 2016 to provide up to $2 billion in bond
proceeds to invest in the development of permanent supportive
rental housing for homeless individuals living with serious
Windsor Pointe project is a 50-unit development to be constructed
at 3606-3618 and 3630 Harding Street and 965-967 Oak Avenue.
since the project was given approval, residents are hoping
the council will bring back the item to address their concerns,
which include using veteran-specific funds for a non-veteran
project and a potential Brown Act violation. If the council
does not act, resident Denis Jensen, said he and his neighbors
may file a lawsuit to try and stop the project.
have retained attorney Everett Delano, who said his in the
exploratory phase of reviewing the case. He said there may
be several avenues to challenge the citys decision but
declined specifics as a matter of attorney-client privilege.
gotten these monies to build certain things, while they decided
to use it for something else, Delano said, also referring
to another case several years ago in San Diego. Its
not what you were intending it for. Its not what the
approval was for.
said it may be possible for Affirmed Housing to show how the
money is being used for veterans and other funds for mentally
ill residents. Still, he and the residents are keeping a watchful
eye on the project as it moves forward.
though, pointed to policies in New York City and other cities
where severely mentally ill people have been residing due
to the COVID-19 pandemic. In those cities, residents and hotels
have endured a number of issues stemming from those housing
situations without proper services or regulations.
at Windsor Pointe will not be required or subjected to enforcement
due to fair housing laws. Even those with substance abuse
problems will not be tested, Jensen said.
also directed his ire toward Affirmed Housing, which has come
under fire for questionable ethics probes for projects linked
to Civic San Diego board member Phil Rath, who did not disclose
nor recuse himself from a vote to recommend Affirmed Housing
for a large project in San Diego in 2018. Rath was fined $11,000.
resident Lara Benusis said she and others are worried about
children and their exposure to people with severe mental illnesses
and drug addictions. Benusis said the area with Pine Avenue
Park is already home to dozens of homeless and mentally ill
window dressing is its being called a homeless shelter
for veterans and their families, Benusis said. There
is a lot of wasteful spending that does occur
when theres not the oversight.