Reps. Dufault and Corry seek $2.55 million in state funding for Yakima homeless veterans’ project

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Reps. Dufault and Corry seek $2.55 million in state funding for Yakima homeless veterans’ project

State Reps. Jeremie Dufault and Chris Corry are seeking $2.55 million from the state's capital budget to help pay for a $17 million project in Yakima that would provide supportive housing and service space for homeless veterans and their families.

Dufault and Corry formally submitted the request on Wednesday, Jan. 16, to the House Capital Budget Committee.

“This is an essential part of the funding package put together by the Yakima Housing Authority. The goal is to renovate the former U.S. Marine Corps Armory in Yakima and create 41 supportive housing units for homeless veterans and their families,” said Dufault, R-Selah. “It would also create about 12-thousand square feet of space to provide health care and other supportive services to homeless veterans in the community.”

“Helping our veterans at home is a priority for my work in Olympia,” added Corry, R-Yakima.

The former U.S. Marine Corps armory building became available as federally surplus property with a priority for homeless use through the federal McKinney-Vento Act Title V Property Disposition program. With the support of partners in the Yakima community, the Yakima Housing Authority (YHA) successfully applied to obtain the property in 2017. The land has been donated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dufault, a major in the U.S. Army Reserve, says more than $14 million of the project has been secured through the City of Yakima, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, the State Housing Trust Fund, as well as other sources. He and Corry noted the capital budget money would supply the final funding piece.

“Our veterans have made great sacrifices to ensure we can live in freedom. We need to make sure when they return home, they and their families have a place to live,” said Dufault, “and that they can get the services necessary to keep them from being homeless. This is just one small, but very important way to thank them for their service and sacrifice to our country.”

“The founders of our great nation ended the Declaration of Independence with 'we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.' Through service to the cause of liberty, our veterans have made this same sacrifice,” said Corry. “I am proud to help support our veterans in Central Washington through my work on the Capital Budget Committee.”

The House Capital Budget Committee is working to construct a 2019-21 budget to fund construction and repair of public buildings and infrastructure. Adoption of a final capital budget is expected before the end of the legislative session in April.


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