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The renovation of the historical Hotel Churchill created 72 affordable rental 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), working with its nonprofit affiliate, Housing Development Partners (HDP), preserved this affordable rental housing.
The $20.6 million rehabilitation project set aside 56 units for Veterans, 8 units for youth aging out of foster care and 8 units for adults exiting the corrections system 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 includes 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.
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Hotel Churchill preserves 72 units of affordable housing for 55 years for individuals with incomes up to 60 percent of San Diego’s Area Median Income (“AMI”), approximately $35,700 a year for one person, and for an additional 10 years for individuals with incomes up to 80 percent of AMI, approximately $46,700.
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.
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 11, 2015 – Construction began.
August 1, 2016 – Completion of Hotel Churchill.
The partnership between SDHC and HDP kept more than $12.1 million of federal funds in the City of San Diego, to preserve this affordable housing, which includes “Moving to Work” and HOME federal funds.
With HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO, SDHC also invested $14.7 million in additional “Moving to Work” funds to acquire 120-unit Village North Senior Garden Apartments; 20 percent of these housing units (24 apartments) are utilized to provide Permanent Supportive Housing for homeless seniors.
On November 21, 2003, the City of San Diego Historical Resources Board designated the Hotel Churchill a local historical landmark.
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:
1122 Broadway, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101
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