From the San Diego Housing Commission's press release:
The transformation of a formerly vacant property in the Chollas View community into new affordable rental apartments is giving residents like Damien a place to “survive” and save some of their income.
“Moving here has been such a gift,” Damien said at the grand opening today of The Orchard at Hilltop, developed in collaboration with the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC). “Now I can survive, and now I’m able to afford to put some of my money every month away toward the equipment I use for my video work and my animation work. That means a lot. So please keep doing what you’re doing, just keep doing it. It’s so important. There’s so many people out there just like me that need it.”
Developed by Affirmed Housing Group with financing from SDHC, The Orchard at Hilltop consists of 111 affordable rental apartments for individuals and families with income from 30 to 60 percent of San Diego’s Area Median Income, currently $39,050 to $78,060 per year for a family of four. Rents will remain affordable for 55 years.
“Deep gratitude on behalf of the City of San Diego to the Silverwood family and to Affirmed Housing,” San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria said. “This is not the first project we’ve done together. I know it won’t be the last either, but what I know about all those projects is that they’re high quality, very, very good projects that uplift neighborhoods and actually make my job easier as I try to explain to folks why we have to build more housing.”
SDHC awarded 25 federal rental housing vouchers that will help pay rent for some residents at the property. SDHC also awarded an $8.3 million loan toward the development.