Affirmed Begins Work on San Diego Veterans Community

The project will transform a motel into an 84-unit community to be known as Zephyr. Funding is coming from several government sources, including the California Department of Housing and Community Development.

Motel 6, San Diego
Motel 6, San Diego

Affirmed Housing has broken ground on Zephyr, a permanent supportive housing project for San Diego veterans. The adaptive reuse project will convert a Motel 6 into a community for 84 extremely low-income and homeless veterans. The California Department of Housing and Community Development, through its Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention Program, has committed to invest $6.4 million in the project. The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) has also provided a $3 million grant, while the remainder of the project funding will come from federal LIHTC.

Located at 4370 Alvarado Canyon Road in the Grantville neighborhood of San Diego, the community will provide easy access to the junction between interstates 8 and 15. The rehabilitation of the motel will include reconfiguring room layouts to create 84 studio apartments for veterans earning 30 to 40 percent of the area median income. Interiors will feature:

  • new flooring and wall surfaces
  • redesigned bathrooms for accessibility and water efficiency
  • newly added kitchenettes
  • upgraded mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems
  • architectural enhancements
  • elevator and accessibility upgrades

Common area amenities will include a full kitchen, TV lounge, computer room and multi-purpose gathering and meeting rooms. The transit-oriented development will provide on-site social services, case management services and easy access to additional veteran services at the local VA Clinic just four trolley stops away.

The housing project supports two critical initiatives of SDHC and the City of San Diego Mayor’s Office: Housing First—SDHC’s Homelessness Action Plan and Housing Our Heroes—The 1000 Homeless Veterans Initiative. 

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