September 7, 2019

Breaking Ground on YHA Veterans Supportive Housing and Service Center 

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Yakima Housing Authority Groundbreaking

The Yakima Housing Authority (YHA) recently held a groundbreaking for one of their newest projects: the Veterans Supportive Housing and Service Center. The development includes the adaptive reuse of a former U.S. Marine Corps armory building and new construction of five apartment buildings for 41 supportive housing units serving homeless veterans in Yakima, WA. The land and existing buildings are being conveyed from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the Yakima Housing Authority. All units will benefit from project-based subsidy. Services, including case management for veterans, will be provided on site in a newly developed Service Center in the armory building. Green features include a photovoltaic array to supplement the project’s electricity needs. 

When Enterprise Community Partners invests in a project, we know that we are investing in more than a building. For this project, we’re proud to have partnered with Heritage Bank to provide low-income housing tax credits totaling approximately $9.5 million in housing credit equity, which also includes about $111,000 in energy credits equity. In addition to capital, Enterprise also supported the project through YHA's participation in the 2018 Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI). AHDLI brings together the nation’s leading designers and affordable housing developers to collaborate on buildings that impact health, wealth creation, community cohesion and beyond for some of America’s most vulnerable communities. 

This YHA development is a central goal of our local Home and Hope program, and is a clear demonstration that through the creative and adaptive re-use of buildings or public lands, we can create a wealth of benefits for the community.

Photo by Edison Creative Group: Kris Faulkner

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