SDHC’s Nonprofit Affiliate
April 17, 1990
SDHC’s nonprofit affiliate, Housing Development Partners, incorporates under the name “San Diego Housing Development Corporation” to develop and preserve affordable housing for seniors, families, veterans and tenants with special needs who have low-income and/or are experiencing homelessness.
This nonprofit changes its name to Housing Development Partners (HDP) in 1998.
HDP’s real estate portfolio expands significantly from 2008 to 2018, increasing 275 percent in that time, from 410 units to 1,537 units.
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SDHC’s New Home
January 3, 2007
SDHC’s new offices open at 1122 Broadway, part of the Smart Corner development that also includes ground-floor retail space and underground parking near a major transit corridor.
The SDHC Board of Commissioners and Housing Authority of the City of San Diego approved a Purchase and Sale Agreement with developer Lankford & Associates in 2003 for the development of this new building, with SDHC acquiring the building upon completion of construction.
New SDHC President & CEO
September 19, 2008
Richard C. Gentry becomes SDHC’s President & CEO. Under his leadership, SDHC transforms from a traditional public housing authority to an organization nationally recognized for its innovative approaches to providing housing assistance to San Diegans with low-income and/or experiencing homelessness.
In October 2017, Mr. Gentry receives the M. Justin Herman Memorial Award, the highest recognition awarded by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), for lifetime service to the affordable housing industry.
Today, with more than 46 years of service and leadership in affordable housing and community development, Mr. Gentry continues to lead SDHC, an agency with more than 300 employees and an annual budget of $388 million.
A ‘Moving to Work’ Agency
January 14, 2009
SDHC renews its “Moving to Work” (MTW) designation from HUD. MTW status gives SDHC the flexibility to implement a variety of innovative, cost-effective approaches to provide housing assistance in the City of San Diego.
SDHC is one of only 39 public housing agencies, out of 3,400 nationwide, to receive an MTW designation.
SDHC President & CEO Richard C. Gentry serves on the national MTW Steering Committee, which includes all 39 MTW agencies.
SDHC Achievement Academy
With MTW flexibility, SDHC creates the SDHC Achievement Academy, which opens on October 4, 2010. This learning and resource center and computer lab at SDHC headquarters provides programs that emphasize career planning, job skills, and personal financial education.
These programs are available at no cost to Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance participants and public housing residents.
Path to Success
On July 1, 2013, SDHC implements Path to Success, an MTW initiative that encourages Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance participants to become more financially self-reliant.
Path to Success modifies the method SDHC uses to determine the portion of the monthly rent that rental assistance families and public housing residents pay. The new rent methodology is designed to motivate families to increase earnings.
SDHC guides Work-Able families to become more financially self-reliant through enrollment at the SDHC Achievement Academy.
Innovative Finance Plan
October 13, 2009
The San Diego City Council, sitting as the Housing Authority of the City of San Diego, approves SDHC’s innovative Finance Plan to leverage the equity from the real estate portfolio of former public housing units that had been transferred to SDHC through a landmark agreement with HUD on September 10, 2007.
With this Finance Plan, SDHC creates or preserves 810 affordable rental housing units through direct purchases or public-private partnerships.
July 1, 2010
SDHC begins to administer the City of San Diego’s (City) Homeless Shelters and Services Programs and becomes one of the initial public housing agencies in the nation to receive approval to use is federal rental housing voucher funding to provide long-term housing to San Diegans experiencing homelessness.
Under the leadership of then-Mayor Jerry Sanders, the City turns to SDHC to administer homelessness programs, such as the City’s Emergency Winter Shelters, Neil Good Day Center and Cortez Hill Family Center, through a Memorandum of Understanding between SDHC and the City.
In addition, SDHC lays the foundation for the implementation of the “Housing First” model of addressing homelessness in the City of San Diego by using federal rental housing voucher funding to address homelessness.
Today, SDHC has committed more than 4,000 vouchers to provide long-term housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
Hotel Churchill Renovation
September 19, 2016
The grand reopening of the historic Hotel Churchill is celebrated. SDHC’s renovation of Hotel Churchill creates 72 permanent supportive housing units for individuals experiencing homelessness: 56 units for Veterans, 8 units for transitional age youth ages 18-25, and 8 units for adults exiting the corrections system.
The award-winning renovation of this 102-year-old building includes the unprecedented provision of on-site supportive services from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to Veterans who experienced homelessness before residing at Hotel Churchill.
SDHC Expands Choice Communities Initiative
January 1, 2018
SDHC expands its Choice Communities Initiative, an MTW program originally launched on January 1, 2010, that provides families that receive rental assistance with more flexibility to choose to live in neighborhoods that offer more opportunities for transportation, schools and employment.
To increase housing opportunities and to continue to assist as many families as possible, SDHC divided City of San Diego ZIP Codes into three groups, each with its own payment standards (the maximum subsidy payment that the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher would pay for an apartment or rental house, minus the applicable tenant rent portion):
- Choice Communities
- Enterprise Communities
- Signature Communities
HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO Milestone
February 7, 2019
SDHC announces that the current phase of HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO has created more than 3,000 housing opportunities for San Diegans experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, achieving its three-year goal in just 18 months.
Since the initial launch of HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO on November 12, 2014, the homelessness action plan has created more than 6,000 housing opportunities in less than five years, including the Housing Our Heroes initiative, which helped 1,000 Veterans experiencing homelessness secure rental housing.