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Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)

SUBJECT: Mayor announces funding surge to help end homelessness

5/26/2005  10:00:00 AM

Mayor announces funding surge to help end homelessness
$8 million for homeless housing and
$1.3 million for workforce housing

SEATTLE - Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels today announced awards of $9.3 million in City dollars to create 225 units of housing for the homeless, and for people earning salaries as low as 30 percent of the median income.

The funding represents the first City award, of Housing Levy dollars and other City resources, using the 10-year plan to end homelessness as a program priority. Eight million will go to create 171 units for homeless men, women and families, and $1.3 million will go to create 54 units of workforce housing.

“This funding focuses on creating permanent housing for homeless seniors, the chronically homeless and homeless families,” said Mayor Nickels. “Homelessness is unacceptable. This surge of funding is the first step in our commitment to ending homelessness in Seattle within ten years.”

The official announcement took place at the future site of permanent housing for homeless seniors, age 55 and older, to be developed downtown along 2113-2131 Third Ave. The four projects receiving award dollars are:

Third & Blanchard - Plymouth Housing Group (PHG) will develop 95 units of affordable housing, 92 of which will be permanent housing for homeless individuals aged 55 and older.

415 10th Avenue Supportive Housing - Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) will develop 75 units of permanent housing for the chronic homeless.

Woodland Park (3622 Albion Place North) - Capitol Hill Housing Improvement Program (CHHIP) will build 19 units of affordable housing with four units for formerly homeless families, on this former Seattle City Light site.

The Urban Village at Colman School - The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle will redevelop the historic Colman School to create 36 units of workforce housing and space for a Northwest African American Museum.

“We are truly honored to receive this funding award and wish to express our gratitude for our partnership with the City.” said Urban League Executive Director James Kelly.

"The award of city funding represents the first critical step in implementing an exciting project CHHIP is developing at the request of the Fremont Neighborhood Council," said Chuck Weinstock, Executive Director of CHHIP.

“With this funding award, Mayor Nickels and the City are providing us the foundation we need for our part in the effort to end homelessness,” said PHG Executive Director Paul Lambros.

"I am very grateful to the citizens of Seattle for continuing to vote for levies to create housing for people that would otherwise have no where to go," said Bill Hobson, DESC Executive Director.

Both PHG and the DESC are receiving Section 8 vouchers from the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) to aid in the creation of housing for the homeless. SHA contributed 118 vouchers in all.

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