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The affordable housing advocacy group San Diego Housing Federation is out with its annual Ruby Awards, which honor new housing projects and notable individual achievements throughout the county.

This year’s Rubies, given for projects completed in 2012, include the 77-unit Brighton Place development opened in Poway by the San Diego Interfaith Housing Foundation (which also received an Energy Efficiency & Sustainability Award from SDG&E), the 92-unit mixed-use Estrella del Mercado project in Barrio Logan, and the 31-unit City Scene complex in University Heights.

All of the projects are comprised primarily of units made available to low, very low, and moderate income individuals and families. To qualify, residents typically have an income less than 60 percent of the county median, and waitlists for such projects are common.

“The year 2012 presented considerable challenges for those that build affordable housing in San Diego,” reads a Federation release accompanying the results, noting that a continued economic downturn and elimination of redevelopment funding both posed significant hurdles to funding the construction or conversion of existing units into affordable housing.

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