CVESD Wants to Build Affordable Housing for Teachers

The Chula Vista Elementary School District hopes to become the first school district in San Diego County to offer affordable housing to its staff after voters go to the polls next month.

The $300 million bond known as Measure M would raise property taxes at a rate of $30 per $100,000 of assessed property value. Most of the money would go toward school repairs and renovation. $65 million would be spent to help house employees in a 100-unit complex with subsidized rent.

“The district needs to incentivize coming to Chula Vista Elementary School District for those positions that we have a difficult time hiring for,” Deputy Superintendent Oscar Esquivel told KPBS

CVESD is one of many school districts across the state struggling to recruit and maintain staff because of housing costs. According to EdSource, affordable housing projects for teachers have been built or pursued in Los Angeles, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Sonoma, San Francisco and Contra Costa.