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Creating Affordable Housing
The historical Hotel Churchill is being renovated to create 72 affordable
studios for homeless individuals.
The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) and its nonprofit affiliate,
Housing Development Partners (HDP), are collaborating to preserve this
affordable housing, which will be renamed The Churchill.
The $17 million rehabilitation project will set aside 56 units for
veterans and 16 units for transitional age youth and formerly
SDHC is a driving force behind 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.
Affordable Housing Impact
The new development will preserve 72 units of affordable housing
for individuals earning at or below 50 percent of San Diego’s Area
Median Income (“AMI”), which is currently $28,250 a year for
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 have been implemented:
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
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 The 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 The Churchill.
2016 – Anticipated completion of
1122 Broadway, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101
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