OLYMPIA - Hundreds of low income and homeless residents of the south sound area received assistance in the 2010 fiscal year (September 1, 2010 to August 31, 2011) thanks to funding and programs provided by the Thurston County HOME Consortium. The Consortium, comprised of elected officials from the participating jurisdictions of Olympia; Lacey; Tumwater; Yelm; Tenino; Bucoda; Rainier and Thurston County, is responsible for making recommendations to the Thurston County Board of Commissioners, the lead agency for housing funds. Recommendations are regarding the HOME federal program and the Affordable Housing and Homeless Housing Programs for low to moderate income and homeless households. The consortium has just released the annual report for 2010. Below are some of the accomplishments. Home Investment Partnership Program in 2010-
Affordable Low Income Housing Projects in 2010-
- Provided Tenant Based Rental Assistance to 23 households: $77,753;
- Housing Authority of Thurston County (HATC) renovated 4 single family homes in various locations: $86,416;
- Started the renovation of the Magnolia Villa 21 unit complex: $133,724;
- Acquired the land to construct the Salmon Run Apartments in Yelm: $475,000;
- Through Habitat for Humanity, started to build five homes for the Shepherd's Grove project in Tumwater: $221,276.
- Provided Tenant Based Rental Assistance to 76 households including several in the rural communities $366,599;
- Conducted the annual Homeless Point In Time Count: $25,000;
- Provided matching funds to Community Youth Services transitional housing project for at-risk youth (ages 15-23): $29,977;
- Updated the Ten-Year Homeless Housing Plan and worked with the Citizen Advisory Committee: $12,934;
- Provided Operation and Maintenance support to seventeen programs: $350,262;
- Acquired the property to construct a thirty-two (32) unit rental housing complex on Littlerock Road for low-median income households with six (6) units reserved for homeless households. Project to be completed in 2012. $ 400,000
Thurston County Commission Chair Karen Valenzuela says it is beneficial to track progress on these issues. "The group has done a lot of good through an interjurisdictional effort to assist the homeless and low income in our community. We have a lot more to do and we can build on these good activities."
Work on HOME Consortium projects was continuing in 2011 and goals are now being outlined for 2012. The HOME Consortium meets the second Monday of each month at Thurston County Public Health & Social Services, 412 Lilly Rd. NE, Olympia, WA 98506 in Room 107ABC from 11:00AM-1:00PM.
For more information on the Thurston County HOME Consortium, please visit the Thurston County Public Health and Social services web pages at HTTP://WWW.CO.THURSTON.WA.US/HEALTH/SSCP/CONSORTIUM.HTML-30-