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Former Church Restored and Transformed Into Affordable Senior Housing Community
Kevin Lee
Department of Economic and Property Development,
Beth Laski
Thomas Safran and Associates,

Today, the City of Long Beach in partnership with Thomas Safran and Associates (TSA) and Clifford Beers Housing, Inc., celebrated the grand opening of Immanuel Place. The adaptive reuse of the former Immanuel Church preserves the historic and culturally significant building, and creates a new affordable housing development for lower-income seniors.

“Long Beach is working to meet the vital need for affordable housing for seniors to support the vibrant and diverse communities of this City,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This development not only provides additional housing opportunities for seniors with limited-income, but also gives a historic building new life.”

Located at 3215 E. 3rd St., the three-story development features 24 one-bedroom units for low-income seniors, including 15 units for individuals experiencing homelessness or at-risk of experiencing homelessness, and one manager’s unit. Immanuel Place was constructed to meet Build It Green’s Platinum GreenPoint Rated New Home Multifamily (NHFM) certification standards, and is equipped with solar thermal water heating panels, high-efficiency lighting and appliances, and low-flow fixtures and sustainable finishes. During the conversion many of the building’s historic details were retained and restored, including the structure’s exterior façade, large stained-glass windows, and the Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ.

“The Grand Opening of Immanuel Place is an exciting time for our community,” said Councilmember Jeannine Pearce. “This project supports our goals of neighborhood revitalization and is a terrific addition to Bluff Heights.”

The National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) has announced that Immanuel Place will receive the organization’s 2017 Vanguard Award for its “major rehabilitation of a non-housing structure into affordable rental housing.” The honor, to be presented at a Washington D.C. ceremony on October 23, 2017, was awarded to Immanuel Place for demonstrating that the affordable multifamily industry must be creative and innovative to create exceptional properties, given the financing and other challenges to development.

“The Long Beach Community Investment Company is proud to invest in the adaptive reuse, preservation and restoration of Immanuel Place, which provides the building new purpose and serves the community,” said John Thomas, The LBCIC Chair. “This much-needed project will offer our seniors safe, affordable housing and a greater quality of life.”

Originally built in 1922 by the Long Beach architect, W. Horace Austin (1881-1942), Immanuel Church housed traditional American Baptist Association worship services and was operated as a community center prior to its vacancy in 2012. The building was then purchased by Thomas Safran & Associates, from the Immanuel Center for Conscious Living, to create the senior living community.
“It’s been an honor to work with the City of Long Beach and our partners to restore and revitalize this important cultural site to provide much-needed affordable housing in Long Beach that will improve and enrich the quality of living for seniors,” said Andrew Gross, President of TSA Development.

Funding for Immanuel Place include:

  • A loan from The LBCIC
  • An Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF) loan from the Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles (LACDC)
  • An Infill Infrastructure Grant (IIG) through the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)
  • An Affordable Housing Program (AHP) loan from the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco
  • An equity investment by Union Bank through an allocation of tax credits from the Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC)

For more information about TSA, visit: or call (310) 820-4888. For more information on the City’s affordable housing and assistance programs, visit and click on “Housing and Community Improvement.”

About Thomas Safran and Associates
Thomas Safran & Associates has built over 6,000 units of rental housing in California, and has been dedicated for more than 42 years to enhancing the world in which we live and enriching the lives of its residents. TSA has received such distinguished awards as the Golden Nugget Award for best mixed use and affordable housing; Lieutenant Governor Commendation for outstanding service in the public interest; Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing award, recognizing TSA for Project of the Year; Urban Environmental Design award for TSA’s housing project design; and commendations from the California State Assembly and the State of California Senate, among many more.

About Clifford Beers Housing, Inc.
Named after Mental Health America’s hero and founder, Clifford Beers Housing Inc. (CBH) is an organization that has been created as a Community Housing Development Organization to develop affordable housing for individuals and families with limited incomes, including households that are either homeless or at-risk of homelessness and have a member living with a mental illness. This model for affordable supportive housing focuses on reducing homelessness and increasing community reintegration, assisting those with special needs to live independently in their communities.

About Long Beach Development Services
Serving residents, businesses, and the community at large, the award-winning Long Beach Development Services sets a standard for high-quality, innovative urban planning and livability efforts that create more progressive and sustainable communities within the diverse City of Long Beach, CA. Through a variety of development, code enforcement, housing and neighborhood services, and building activities, the Department builds a better future for the City while also honoring its unique past. For more information, visit “Like” our Facebook page and “follow” us on Twitter.