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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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New housing project slated for Catholic Charities Spokane

the Inland Register

(From the Feb. 3, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

Catholic Charities Spokane has been notified that they are one of only two projects in the entire State of Washington to be selected for an award from the Housing Trust Fund.

The award is a $2.5 million grant for the construction of a high-quality, 50-unit housing complex for chronically homeless and extremely low-income individuals on GAU (General Assistance Unemployable).

This project will provide permanent housing to one of the most vulnerable and underserved populations in the Spokane community.

This new housing complex will be located directly next door to the House of Charity, Catholic Charities’ homeless shelter for men. Catholic Charities has secured a purchase agreement on the land as part of the second phase of the application process.

The architectural firm Heylman-Martin has been awarded the project.

Ann Martin and Warren Heylman have been instrumental in the architectural work for the vast majority of the Catholic Charities properties that have been built in the past 40 years. Beacon Development out of Seattle will oversee the Housing project.

The award from the Housing Trust Fund, along with tax credits, will allow this multi-million project to be built at no cost to the agency and requires no fundraising of any kind from donors, parishes, private or public sources. Building low-income housing without any fundraising from parishes or parishioners is how Catholic Charities has built all of its nearly 900 units of housing.

As is the model for all Catholic Charities housing, this latest project will be done in collaboration with local parishes. In this case, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes and Sacred Heart Parish will assist in the design and implementation in the coming year.

As is also the tradition, this tax credit project will carry the “Haven” name like other Catholic Charities Housing projects located in Pasco (Tepeyac Haven and Bishop Topel Haven) and in Othello (Desert Haven).

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