New housing and on site services now available for homeless veterans and families
Fifty-eight new housing units for homeless veterans and their families officially opened on Friday, October 8, 2010 as part of the new Compass Veterans Center-Renton. King County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Council Chair Bob Ferguson joined Renton Mayor Denis Law, Mike Gregoire representing the State of Washington and Gov. Christine Gregoire, and about 150 members of the community at the dedication hosted by Compass Housing Alliance, the nonprofit developer of the project. The housing includes 20 family and 38 single units and offers a range of onsite supportive services, a children’s playground, meeting spaces and more.
“This project symbolizes King County’s commitment to creating safe and stable housing that will help individuals and families end the uncertainty, the pain and the isolation of homelessness,” said Executive Constantine. “I am particularly proud that this housing will help local veterans and families in need, giving us the opportunity to give something back to those who served our country.”
The development of Compass Veterans Center-Renton represents an extraordinary partnership between local, county, state and federal governments, combined with the significant contribution of the faith community. King County provided a total of $3 million to the project, with funds from document recording fees dedicated to homeless housing and services, and $2.5 million from the voter-approved Veterans and Human Services Levy.
“As we show appreciation for those who made this wonderful project possible, we must make sure to thank the voters of King County for their support for the Veterans and Human Services Levy, which helped fund this project,” said Council Chair Ferguson.
County Executive Constantine and Council Chair Ferguson joined together to present a bronze plaque to Compass Alliance Executive Director Rick Friedoff in recognition of the significant funding dedicated to the project from the levy.