Courtesy of Kitsap Sun – It’s not cheap to build a permanent supportive housing complex. Even as city officials across the Washington have touted the benefits of the ‘Housing First’ model, the multi-million investment necessary for construction costs can be prohibitively expensive.
But in Kitsap, there’s been a surge of progress overcoming funding barriers that have long thwarted potential projects. After years of discussion, Kitsap’s first permanent supportive housing project, Pendleton Place, has continued to see fundraising success.
The 72-unit apartment complex -— spearheaded by nonprofit Kitsap Mental Health Services — heads into the New Year with around half of its capital budget secured. That’s kept the ambitious project on pace to start construction in September, with plans to accept residents by the end of 2021.