An end to homelessness for more than 60 people. That was the cause for celebration at the March 7 Grand Opening of Francis Village in Kirkland, built by Imagine Housing. Speakers included King County Executive Dow Constantine, Kirkland Mayor Joan McBride, and First Gentlemen Mike Gregoire who joined more than 150 members of the community to officially open the doors. The 60 studio, one and two-bedroom units are located at 12601 NE 124thStreet in the Totem Lake area.
In addition to housing, Francis Village will provide onsite supportive services to help homeless individuals and families, including veterans, survivors of domestic violence, and homeless youth get on track to healthier and more stable lives. King County provided over $2.2 million, including $900,000 from the voter-approved Veterans and Human Services Levy. Construction of Francis Village helped stimulate the local economy by creating or supporting more than 200 local jobs. The project was built “green” to the Washington State Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard, with water-conserving fixtures and high overall energy efficiency. This new housing is particularly needed in East King County, where affordable housing is scarce.