Affordable-housing advocate, commission leader Parker dies

Kay Parker, an Oceanside champion for equal and fair housing for the elderly, families of low and modest means and those with HIV and AIDS, died Wednesday, city officials said Thursday. She was 74.

In a 2011 interview with U-T San Diego, Parker recalled that getting approval of the Marisol Apartments was the toughest fight of her career.

“There was a lot of concern because of misinformation about HIV,” Parker said in the interview. “I took a lot of incoming artillery.”

In January 2011, Parker was given the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award by the North San Diego County Branch of the NAACP for her work in the community, including development of La Mission Village and the Old Grove Apartment complexes, which provide more than 500 low- and very-low-income units.

–  UT San Diego

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