Spokane City Council approves affordable housing proposals

SPOKANE, Wash. – Ten million dollars will go toward 11 different projects to help address Spokane’s housing crisis for low to moderate-income people. 

The money will come from the City’s Community Housing and Human Services Board and will support the construction of new affordable housing units, rehabilitation of existing affordable housing units, as well as supportive services to maintain housing stability. 

The request for proposals, which happened earlier this summer, combined funding from the federal American Rescue Plant Act, the local Sales and Use Tax or Affordable and Supportive Housing and the local and state Sales and Use Tax for Housing and Housing-Related Supportive Services. 

Of that total amount, $6 million are ARPA funds that provide government resources to respond to the pandemic and its economic effects. 

The CHHS Board recommended the following proposals, amounts and new units: 

  •       Liberty Park Phase II Expansion, Proclaim Liberty, $4 million, 54 new units
  •       Permanently Affordable Homeownership, Habitat for Humanity, $1.8 million, 10 new units
  •       Canterbury Court Renovation Phase III Completion, St. John’s Properties, $1.2 million, rehabilitation of 54 existing units
  •       Thrive Center International Transitional Housing, Thrive International, $835,000, 123 new units
  •       St. John’s Two Senior Housing, St. John’s Two, $720,000, 40 new units
  •       Volunteers of America Permanent Supportive Housing, Volunteers of America, $621,000
  •       Multilingual Supportive Housing Services for Low-Income Tenants, Tenants Union of Washington State, $324,000
  •       Supportive Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence, Transitions, $151,562
  •       Increasing Emergency Shelter Capacity to Serve Homeless Youth and Families, Family Promise of Spokane, $150,000
  •       Housing Placement and Services for Domestic Violence Survivors, YWCA, $139,699
  •       Social Services Coordination for Residents of Subsidized Housing, Liberty Park Community Development Center, $46,800

All of the award recipients must at least match the award amount to receive the funding. 

“Everyone deserves safe and adequate housing, and these projects will subsequently go a long way toward reducing homelessness,” said CHHS Housing Manager Gorge Dahl. 

Target populations for the funding include people with behavioral health disabilities, veterans, senior citizens, homeless or at-risk of being homeless, persons with disabilities and domestic violence survivors.

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