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Kristin Benson Place 

Heritage Bank (Winner) - Seattle, Washington

2021 Community Commitment Awards Submission

  • Entry Category: Affordable Housing
  • Asset Size: Medium

Slated to open in mid-2021, Plymouth Housing's Kristin Benson Place, located in Seattle, Washington, will have 91 studio apartments for single adults who have stabilized after homelessness, plus two live-in staff apartments.

Residents of the building will include individuals experiencing homelessness who have relied on temporary shelter for many years as well as people currently housed with Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) or Catholic Housing Services, and residents in Plymouth Housing’s “Moving On” program.

The project includes offices for building staff and on-site case management to provide the supportive services that have shown to dramatically improve the success rate of permanent housing for those exiting chronic homelessness.

The Kristin Benson Place project also features a ground-floor space for Path with Art, a local organization that utilizes art as a means to assist people recovering from homelessness, addiction or other trauma. In addition to operating out of this new building, Path with Art will offer classes and community arts space.

Heritage Bank financed a ,160,000 construction loan as well as provided a ,286,050 equity investment in the project through a proprietary fund with Enterprise Community Investments.

The full press release is available on Plymouth Housing's website: https://plymouthhousing.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2ndMercer_PlymouthHousing011320.pdf