Achieving Self Sufficiency
Jessica struggled as a single parent of three children. Fortunately, she was able to establish a home in one of the collaborative housing properties. A year later she obtained a tenant-based Housing Choice Voucher and enrolled in the Family Self Sufficiency program that builds an escrow account for clients as the need for rent subsidy decreases. Jessica earned a Bachelor’s Degree and obtained a professional position. No longer receiving assistance, she used the escrow funds to help purchase a house.
After nearly completing a college education, Robesia became disabled and was homeless for many years as the result of domestic violence. Sometimes she stayed with friends or relatives for short periods of times, but she also endured living in tents. With a Mainstream voucher, Robesia was able to secure permanent housing. The Mainstream program assists non-elderly disabled neighbors who are experiencing homelessness or at high risk of it. Through all of our rental assistance programs, 124 households moved from homelessness to permanent housing during 2019.
Affordable Mixed-Income Rental Communities
The triplex community at Golf Club Road & 14th Avenue in Lacey provides twelve units of quality, below-market rate housing on the Intercity Transit bus line. This property was designed for energy efficiency and includes many other green building features. We also designed this property to enhance the neighborhood. At the corner of Golf Club and 14th Avenue, we tore down an old derelict structure that was not built for human habitation. Our properties are home to a full spectrum of people, including those with full-time jobs.