Fountain earns housing award

CARLSBAD — The city of Carlsbad’s Housing and Redevelopment Director Debbie Fountain was awarded the San Diego Housing Federation’s John Craven Memorial Award for her “exceptional contribution to affordable housing and community development” during the past year.
“This award belongs to all of the dedicated city staff who work so hard every day to fulfill our City Council’s commitment to ensuring a great quality of life for all Carlsbad residents,” Fountain said. “I am proud to share this honor with them.”
In her 11-year role as the city’s housing and redevelopment director, Fountain has been directly involved in the development and implementation of an ongoing inclusionary housing program. The program has provided more than 2,000 affordable units to date. She has also overseen the negotiation and closing of more than $27 million in city assistance in support of Carlsbad housing projects. Fountain also oversees the CDBG/HOME funding programs, Section 8 Rental Assistance program, and the Carlsbad Redevelopment/Revitalization Programs for the Village and South Carlsbad Coastal Redevelopment Areas.
Each year, the John Craven Memorial Award recognizes a public employee who has taken risks and gone above and beyond the call of duty to assist affordable housing developers and is given in memory of John Craven, one of San Diego’s most prominent housing development officials.
The San Diego Housing Federation is a coalition of affordable housing developers, advocates and other organizations that promote the creation of quality affordable housing focused on lower income families and people in need.