Spokane families grateful for new affordable housing apartments

Spokane families grateful for new affordable housing apartments

Some Spokane families who were homeless are trading uncertainty for their own lock and key.

Catholic Charities Eastern Washington just opened a brand new apartment complex, in northwest Spokane.

The Sisters Haven joins a growing list of site across the Spokane area that Catholic Charities Eastern Washington built to help chronically homeless people.

Friday was move in day for some new residents, including mother Elisha Warden.

“I needed the communities help because, just being a single mom, I have family, but it’s just not enough,” Warden said.

She and her three daughters didn’t have a home of their own, until now.

Warden is among dozens of families that qualified to move into the Sisters Haven, near Covenant of the Holy Names.

“Catholic Charities is amazing because they really, really want to help people and it comes from, like, a really good place,” Warden said.

There are 75 units total in varying room sizes between one and three. Rent is determined based on income.

All units have a washer/dryer, dishwasher and beds. The $14.3 million dollar project also has an early childcare center on site.

Many residents consider it a hand up, not a hand out.

Danielle Johnson is a new mom and is moving into an apartment with her baby, mom, and sister.

“We’re just so thankful we got to come here. It feels so safe,” Johnson said. “This is just a great program to help you get on your feet and back on track and just be positive and know there is a better future.”

It’s a future both Warden and Johnson have an easier time imagining now that they have a roof over their heads and a place to call home.

“It’s going to be amazing and a once in a lifetime opportunity to be here,” Warden said.

Every apartment is currently full at the Sisters Have, but Catholic Charities Eastern Washington has several other housing units around the county. You can read more about them and openings here.

Read more KXLY stories about Catholic Charities Eastern Washington housing:

New apartments to open this fall for homeless families
New hope and a new home at Spokane apartment complex
Catholic Charities opens Father Bach Haven Home

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