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Housing Hope breaks ground on project

The 50-unit project will provide housing to low-income and homeless families

 

Christopher Andersson

Housing Hope board members and officials break ground at their new Lakewood Twin Lakes Landing project on Oct. 28.

Housing Hope broke ground on Oct. 28 on their Twin Lakes Landing project in Lakewood which will become a 50-unit development providing households for homeless and low-income families.

The Snohomish County nonprofit organization Housing Hope has provided housing for the homeless for nearly 30 years now, and hopes to continue with their biggest project ever with Twin Lakes Landing.

The project will also be their first homes built in Marysville, although a group of homes in Smokey Point has already been built.

The project is scheduled to be completed next summer and 38 of the units are planned to be used for homeless families.

"We have 38 families that are living in cars or other hidden places. They are living in places that are not fit for human habitation. In nine months, we're going to have 38 of those families that can move into this location and those children will have an opportunity to thrive," said Fred Safstrom, chief executive officer of Housing Hope.

Chuck Weinstock, who works with Chase bank, helped with the financing of the project and is a "legend when it comes to low-income housing in the state of Washington" according to Safstrom, said the bank is happy to sponsor projects like these.

"I think we all remember a week or two ago and we were bracing for the typhoon," he said. "I don't know about you, but I was thinking about battening down the hatches at our house and wondering about our kids and family members, and thinking 'I'm pretty thankful and blessed to have a permanent house that's going to weather a storm, but for the grace of God I could be somewhere else,'" he said.

The new project is near Twin Lakes, in a growing Lakewood area.

"If you came out here 10 years ago, none of this was here. There was no traffic and it is just a hub of activity now. We're providing housing and, more than that, a platform for families to grow," said Bobby Thompson, director of housing development for Housing Hope.

In addition to shelter, Housing Hope will also provide life skills classes, child development services and job training programs at the Twin Lakes Landing.

"These services help to equip our homeless and very-low income families with the skills they need to grow in self-sufficiency and overcome barriers to housing," said Todd Morrow, current chair for the board of directors of Housing Hope.

Twin Lakes Landing will serve as a regional service center, providing those support services to families in Arlington, Marysville, Stanwood and Camano Island.

"A closer service center keeps them close and connected to their communities and schools, and it will make it easier for our families in the north to get the help they need," said Morrow.

Thompson said the services will be similar to those available at their other service center they opened in Monroe.

Image courtesy of housing hope

A rendering of what the Twin Lakes Landing housing project in Lakewood is planned to look like.

"Since Housing Hope's Monroe location opened it's had a real tangible impact on the 47 families living there," he said.

Housing Hope also owns three acres adjacent to the current Twin Lakes Landing project which could contribute to an expansion in the future for the housing, said Safstrom.

North regional board member Judith Shoudy wanted to thank all the financial partners including Marysville Rotary, Chinese Evangelical Church of Seattle, Walmart, Churches of North County, the Snohomish County Lodging Association and many more.

"Without all those contributions we wouldn't be here today," she said.

More information about Housing Hope is available at housinghope.org.

 

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