Long Beach, CA | 25 units

Englekirk developed a strengthening approach that preserves the historic and culturally significant 1920s Immanuel Church for use as an affordable housing facility for lower-income seniors. The Immanuel Church, designed by Long Beach architect, W. Horace Austin, housed traditional American Baptist Association worship services and was operated as a community center prior to its vacancy in 2012.

In an effort to promote the goals of neighborhood revitalization, the 3-story development includes 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.

The project received the National Affordable Housing Management Association’s (NAHMA) 2017 Vanguard Award for a “major rehabilitation of a non-housing structure into affordable rental housing.”


Killefer Flammang Architects


Dreyfuss Construction


Courtesy of Thomas Safran & Associates