Courtesy of Kitsap Sun – The first time Monica Bernhard walked into one of Pendleton Place’s unfinished apartments, she started crying.

“They have room numbers already written above them, and I just try to imagine who that person’s going to be, that we’re bringing in from the outside and finally giving them an opportunity for housing,” Bernhard, Kitsap Mental Health Services chief operating officer, said.

“It fills me up.”

Although it isn’t finished yet, Pendleton Place is now more than an idea — Kitsap County’s first permanent supportive housing facility has floors and walls and a roof. Contractors with Port Orchard-based BJC Group are finishing up framing and preparing to start drywall work on the 47,903-square-foot apartment building.

“I’m so excited, I cannot believe that we are actually here,” Bernhard said.

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