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The historical Hotel Churchill is being renovated to create 72 affordable studios for homeless individuals.
It is one of the five key components of HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO, the San Diego Housing Commission’s Homelessness Action Plan (HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO), which was launched on November 12, 2014.
The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) and its nonprofit affiliate, Housing Development Partners (HDP), are collaborating to preserve this affordable housing.
The $20.5 million rehabilitation project will set aside 56 units for Veterans, 8 units for youth aging out of the foster care system and 8 units for adults who will also need supportive services.
SDHC is a driving force of the Housing First Model in the City of San Diego, which is to provide housing as quickly as possible, with supportive services as needed, to homeless individuals.
Hotel Churchill will include on-site social services and case management for residents.
Built in 1914, Hotel Churchill is a seven-story building at the corner of Ninth Avenue and C Street, in the eastern part of downtown San Diego along the San Diego Trolley line.
Affordable Housing Impact
The new development will preserve 72 units of affordable housing for individuals earning at or below 60 percent of San Diego’s Area Median Income (“AMI”), currently $34,020 a year for one person for 55 years, and up to 80 percent of AMI, currently $45,400, for an additional 10 years.
These 72 units will remain affordable for a minimum of 65 years under new restrictions by SDHC and the City’s Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Ordinance.
SDHC will ground lease the land to HDP for a 65-year term.
On November 21, 2003, the City of San Diego Historical Resources Board designated the Hotel Churchill a local historical landmark.
Building Security Status
SDHC took immediate action to safeguard Hotel Churchill, which was in significant disrepair. With a budget of $350,000, the following safety actions were implemented, upon acquisition of Hotel Churchill:
Aug. 16, 2011 – Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure via settlement recorded in favor of SDHC conveying fee simple title to the 94-unit Hotel Churchill and adjoining parking lot.
A restriction recorded against the property requires that 57 units be maintained as SRO units for a minimum of 30 years.
May 10, 2013 – SDHC Board of Commissioners approved the development plan for Hotel Churchill that designates HDP as the developer for the rehabilitation.
June 6, 2013 – Community forum was held at the SDHC Achievement Academy in downtown San Diego (1045 11th Avenue).
June 11, 2013 – The Housing Authority of the City of San Diego unanimously approved the partnership development plan for Hotel Churchill.
May 15 - Construction began.
2016 – Anticipated completion of Hotel Churchill.
1122 Broadway, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101
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