Can you imagine paying only $300 a month in rent? That will soon be reality at one apartment building in downtown San Diego.
Right now, construction crews are converting Hotel Churchill off C Street & 9th Avenue into apartments for homeless veterans, teens moving out of foster care, and adults transitioning out of correctional centers.
Politicians like HUD Secretary Julian Castro, Congressman Scott Peters and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer toured the Hotel Churchill Monday to check the progress.
Here's how it works: A veteran must get a voucher from the V.A., with the average voucher amounting to $942 a month. The veteran pays 30 percent of that for an out-of-pocket cost of $283 in rent.
Rickee Little told NBC 7 he's a Vietnam veteran, working on staying off heroin and off the streets. Little hopes to transition from a sober living center to living on his own. Hotel Churchill could be an option.
"I would like to get my own place, that's what I really want. Get my own place, my own TV, have a good time. Just enjoy life and go fishing," said Little.
He and other veterans can move in starting June 2016.
The most common question reporters asked politicians after the tour: "What about federal funding not matching up with the number of homeless here in San Diego?"
"You very much are on our radar screen. We look forward at HUD to being good partners, and this won't be the last time I'm here," Castro said.