Anti-Displacement Strategy

Housing Policy and Planning Tools  /  Anti-Displacement Strategy


Residential displacement, or the involuntary relocation of existing residents takes many forms and can either be forced or responsive. Displacement in all its forms remains a primary concern for households across the San Diego region, particularly for low- and moderate-income renters. SANDAG's Anti-Displacement Strategy addresses the issue from a regional perspective.

In this Report

This report consists of three main sections:
  • Existing Conditions Assessment Report
  • Best Practices Research Report
  • Anti-Displacement Toolkit

Existing Conditions Assessment Report

The Existing Conditions Assessment Report combines lived experience with housing data to identify and understand how and to what extent residential displacement is occurring within the San Diego region and who is impacted by it. It also includes a map (shown below) of where there is risk of displacement throughout the region.
Urban Displacement Project’s San Diego Estimated Displacement Risk Map

Best Practices Research Report

The Best Practices Research Report identifies twenty-five policies to prevent displacement. Based on academic research and case studies, a range of short- and long-term policies are needed to produce more homes, preserve the affordability of existing homes, and regulate the operation of existing homes to support neighborhood and residential stability.

Anti-Displacement Toolkit

The Anti-Displacement Toolkit provides guidance tailored specifically to local agency staff to create, adopt, and implement anti-displacement policies. These policies were a product of the research and analysis from the Existing Conditions Assessment Report and the Best Practices Research Report. Ten of these policies were chosen as priorities based on stakeholder engagement with community members, community-based organizations, local jurisdiction staff, and affordable and market rate housing developers. 

Ten Priority Anti-Displacement Policies

The ten priority policies (listed below) have detailed policy briefs that describe each policy and its goals, its impact timeframe, special considerations (potential benefits/drawbacks and financial/political considerations), steps to implementing the policy, and case studies. 

All Anti-Displacement Policies

All the policies (listed below) from the Best Practices Research Report have shorter summaries that describe each policy and its goals, its impact timeframe, and case studies.

Data Limitations

Please note that the data is collected by another agency. As such, SANDAG does not perform data validation procedures on this data set. Although SANDAG makes efforts to identify and address potential issues, users and analysts should exercise their professional judgment when relying on the data.