Catholic Charities announces $576k grant for Gonzaga Family Haven at roundtable

SPOKANE, Wash. — U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell held a roundtable with Spokane leaders to discuss the impact of supportive, low-income housing in Eastern Washington.

At the roundtable, Catholic Charities Eastern Washington announced that Gonzaga Family Haven received a $576,000 federal grant for wraparound services for the Haven’s 72 resident families.

These services include scholarships, health care and employment programs.

“You really were not just providing housing, but you were providing a pathway for people to get on the right track in their lives and actually be employed in things that would give them an income to sustain them for the future,” Cantwell said. “This a great model.”

Cantwell also spoke about federal funding programs like the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, which finances more than 90 percent of affordable housing in the U.S.

Cantwell said if her legislation passed, it would increase resources to the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, and would help build more than 66,000 affordable housing units across Washington.

“We need more affordable houses. We have a housing crisis…We know that the answer is the tax credit. But one thing that we still aren’t getting through in people’s minds is that 95 percent of the units that get built, get built with the tax credit,” Cantwell said. “If you aren’t increasing that tax credit, you are not basically increasing supply… And so I just want you to know that we are fighting to get this bill [done] before the end of the year.”

Roundtable attendees included Director of Multifamily Housing and Community Facilities Lisa Vatske, Spokane City Council President Breean Beggs, CEO of Catholic Charities Eastern Washington Rob McCann, CEO of Inland Group Darin Davidson, and many other local leaders.

You can read all of Cantwell’s remarks during the roundtable here.

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