Created in 1990, Housing Development Partners (HDP) is a nonprofit affiliate of the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC). HDP develops and preserves affordable housing for low-income San Diegans through the rehabilitation of existing buildings and new construction.

Buildings specifically designed for seniors, families, veterans, workers and tenants with special needs are among the developments in HDP’s real estate portfolio.

HDP is staffed by SDHC employees, including the Vice President of Development, with offices in Downtown San Diego. HDP is governed by a five-member board, including the President & CEO of SDHC and two members of the SDHC Board of Commissioners.

Two additional at-large board members are appointed by the SDHC Board of Commissioners to two-year terms.


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HDP Board meetings are open to the public.

Since its inception, HDP has developed 1,130 apartments, townhomes and single-room occupancy units, including 487 that are wholly owned by HDP and 643 through partnerships.

HDP will grow its portfolio of rental housing to serve San Diego’s diverse affordable housing needs by forging strategic partnerships with housing advocates in the community and actively supporting policies and initiatives that promote affordable housing.

HDP Board Members:

Richard C. Gentry, HDP Board President
Gary Gramling, HDP Board Vice President

Dorothy “Dottie” Surdi, HDP Board Secretary

Roberta Spoon, HDP Board Assistant Secretary

Ben Moraga, HDP Board member

Our Mission

The mission of Housing Development Partners of San Diego is

To provide low- and moderate income persons, elderly persons, and individuals with disabilities with affordable housing by acquiring or developing publicly financed low- and moderate-income housing and renting such housing to these persons;

To provide low- and moderate income persons, elderly persons, and individuals with disabilities with facilities and services related to housing; and

To take such other action, in cooperation with private and public persons or agencies, as may reasonably promote the cause of housing for low and moderate income persons, elderly persons, and individuals with disabilities

To serve as a general partner in a limited partnership which owns and operates housing for the benefit of low and moderate income persons, elderly persons, and handicapped persons who are in need of affordable, decent, safe and sanitary housing and related services, where no adequate housing exists for such groups.

Our Awards

2017 Ruby Award For The Housing Project Of The Year For Rehabilitation from The San Diego Housing Federation – The Hotel Churchill
2017 Certificate of Merit in Retrofit / Alterations from The SEAOSD Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards – The Hotel Churchill
2017 The People’s Choice Award from The SEAOSD Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards – The Hotel Churchill
2017 People in Preservation Award from The Save Our Heritage Organization – The Hotel Churchill
2013 Housing Project of the Year: Rehabilitation – The Mason presented by the San Diego Housing Federation
2011 LEED Silver Certification – Courtyard Terraces
2007 “Design Excellence Award – Affordable Housing Category” at the Multi Housing News World Expo – Studio 15